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  • Best antirootkit scanner?

    Posted on March 23rd, 2009 at 10:03 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Reader PM has a question about rootkit scanners:

    Do you have any suggestions for an alternative to sophos? They do not support the 64 bit Vista Home Premium edition edition.

    I recommended Sophos in Windows Vista All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies, but unfortunately Sophos pulled support for Vista from its free product after we went to press.

    Vista is significantly harder to rootkit (is that a verb?) than XP. For that reason, I’m not overly concerned about scanning my Vista machines for rootkits. But, of course, it never hurts.

    Scott Spanbauer at Windows Secrets Newsletter has a roundup of the top free antirootkits.  There’s also an excellent review of the effectiveness of antirootkit products in Mark Joseph Edwards’ column in the same edition. (Scott’s article is free; Mark’s requires a subscription, but as you undoubtedly remember, you can subscribe to Windows Secrets Newsletter and pay whatever you feel it is worth.)