Posted on March 23rd, 2009 at 10:03 1 comment
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.Â 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.)