Rootkit Guru: Win 9x/ME Are Hopeless
Unless you've been sleeping under a rock, you know that rootkits are bundles of code that act as invisible cloaks for other software. When doing its job properly, a rootkit allows the cloaked software to operate without interference or detection by users, managers, or protective software, including antivirus, antispyware and rootkit detectors. It is critical to note that rootkits irrevocably change your operating system. As top rootkit author Greg Hoglund says, a rootkit "inserts backdoors into existing programs, and patches or breaks the existing security system."
For this reason, rootkits are often deployed for projects most users don't appreciate, like trojans, viruses, spyware and Digital Rights Management (a la Sony BMG). As an operating system that enjoys a huge audience, Microsoft Windows is a giant target. And the best rootkit for Windows?
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