What are Rootkits?

Simple explanation on Rootkits

rootkitsRootkits are software that enable administrator-level access to a computer or computer network while while actively hiding it’s presence from administrators and software protections. Rootkits originally came from UNIX computers but in the last few years they have evolved and invaded Windows computers. The term “rootkit” comes from the fact the a programs gains administrative privileges or root access on UNIX machines and they hide their presence so they can work undetected.

Rootkits may consist of spyware, adware, viruses, trojans, and other malware to be use to monitor traffic and keystrokes, create a “backdoor” into the system for the hacker’s use; alter log files; attack other machines on the network; and alter existing system tools to escape detection.

Slow running computers unwanted popup ads, redirection of websites and search can all be signs of a rootkit. Rootkits are designed to hide from most antivirus and antispyware software that is also why it needs a special software to detect them.

If you are experiencing system slowdown, blue screens, computer locks up or fails to respond to any kind of input from the mouse or keyboard, Windows settings are changed, network slow down. Keep also in mind that good rootkits are stealthy, If rootkits are working correctly then  most of the rootkits symptoms aren’t going to be noticeable.