Chapter 3. Rootkits: Sneaky, Stealthy Toolboxes
IN THIS CHAPTER
- What Is a Rootkit?
- What Are Rootkits Used For?
- Rock Star Rootkit: Sony’s Famous Malware
- How Rootkits Work
- Free Rootkit Scanners
- The Simplest Rootkit Removal Technique
Rootkits are not so much malware themselves, as they are deviously clever toolboxes that make malware vanish even though it is still there. In this chapter you’ll find out how they work, how to scan and remove them, and how Sony made the term famous.
What Is a Rootkit?
Let’s say you’re toodling around the house one Saturday morning, perhaps tidying up, when you notice some odd things about your home. The back door is ajar. Strangely, your checkbooks and bank statements have been moved from your desk to a pile ...