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Rootkit symptoms

slow computer performance

Slow computer performance

Rootkits drain memory which results in sluggish computer performance.

web browser redirects

Web browser redirects

You’re seeing weird web browser behavior like Google link redirects or unrecognized bookmarks.

windows error messages

Windows error messages

You’re getting Windows error messages (“The Blue Screen of Death”) and are constantly rebooting.

personal information is stolen

Personal information is stolen

Your credit card, social security number, and user passwords are stolen.

anti-virus isn’t working

Anti-virus isn’t working

Your antivirus software is suddenly deactivated.

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How to remove rootkits

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Don't take our word for it

“We use Malwarebytes on all of our company computers. Our experience is that Malwarebytes is effective and trouble free.”

‒ Robin G.

Fort Worth, TX

“Malwarebytes provides an extra, invaluable layer protection against malicious data, and that makes me and our systems feel safer!”

‒ Billy H.

Sarasota, FL

“Eliminating hundreds of potential malware and trackers every week for our entire organization.”

‒ Raymond P.

Southfield, MI

Rootkit FAQ

Rootkits are one of the most difficult types of malware to find and remove. Cybercriminals use a rootkit virus to remotely access and gain full control your machine, burrowing deep into the system like a latched-on tick. Rootkits can infect computers via a phishing email, fooling users with a legitimate-looking email that actually contains malware, but rootkits can also be delivered through exploit kits.

There are multiple characteristics of a rootkit including slow computer performance, frequent system error messages, stolen personal information, and deactivated antivirus software. Attackers frequently use rootkits to remotely control your computer, eavesdrop on your network communication, or execute botnet attacks. It’s much easier to use the right rootkit cleaner to prevent an attack than to get rid of a rootkit after it infiltrates your device.

A rootkit is hard to detect, because it hides deep in your device’s operating system. Many rootkits run on a higher level of privilege than most cybersecurity software which is one reason why they’re so difficult to detect. Rootkits can hijack or subvert less sophisticated security software like traditional antivirus solutions.

Malwarebytes security software can scan and detect rootkits. Download Malwarebytes to your device and scan to see if any rootkits are detected. If so, click ok to remove them from your device. 

Malwarebytes Premium’s rootkit scanner protects against rootkits by leveraging modern security techniques, like machine learning-based anomaly detection and behavioral heuristics. Its anti-rootkit technology initiates a scan for rootkits, determines the rootkit’s origin based on its behavior, and blocks it from infecting your system.

Malwarebytes Premium gives you advanced antivirus/anti-malware protection that even fights threats that traditional antivirus alone can't stop, and blocks ransomware and zero-day attacks (attacks for which there are currently no fixes).

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