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Rootkits are definitely dangerous and immediate steps need to be taken to clean this machine.
Hi, Leo. Are all rootkits dangerous? I have had 28 that cannot be removed since April of last year. I don't seem have any of the obvious problems, but I wonder if they are necessary to remove by other than convenient methods. My AVG free rootkit removal tool cannot remove them. Thank you.
In this excerpt from Answercast #41, I look at a case with numerous rootkits found on a machine – it definitely needs cleaned.
Are all rootkits dangerous? Boy, you know, they are certainly intended to be; I'll put it that way!
Rootkits are rootkits for a reason:
They are there to hide from you.
They are there specifically to do something that you would not normally want your computer to do.
Depends on your definition of danger. The only safe answer is that yes; rootkits, all rootkits, are potentially dangerous.
That means, in a situation like yours, you definitely need, in my opinion, to find a rootkit removal tool that will remove all of those rootkits that you have on your machine.
Twenty eight is an incredible number!
If you cannot find an anti-malware tool that actually does the rootkit removal that you're looking for (I would have expected AVG to be able to do it), then I think you may want to seriously consider:
Backing up your machine and,
Yes, personally, I believe that rootkits are that serious, especially if you've got 28 of them, so give it some thought.
Have a look for a better rootkit removal tool. I honestly don't have one to recommend for you right now; otherwise, I would.
I'm hoping that what you really have is one rootkit that happens to manifest
in 28 different ways to AVG. But nonetheless, the number 28 really scares me. I
think it's very likely that you have something that you really, really don't
want on your machine.
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