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McAfee Offers Free Rootkit Tool

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE) today released Rootkit Detective, a new, free tool to help computer users clean their machines of increasingly prevalent hidden malicious codes known as rootkits.

Cybercrooks use rootkits to hide other nefarious programs on compromised PCs. Last year the number of rootkits hit 3,284 and has already more than doubled in the first half this year to 7,325. Since the initial trial release of Rootkit Detective in January, the application has been downloaded over 110,000 times.

"Rootkit Detective offers the most comprehensive rootkit detection capabilities available today," said Ahmed Sallam, lead research architect at McAfee. "We have achieved extremely high levels of accuracy, using various techniques to find anything that hides itself on a computer."

McAfee Inc. (NYSE: MFE)