Think of a rootkit as a cloaking device for enemy vessels: Rootkits
allow security threats such as Trojans and spyware to covertly
operate on your system. Sophos Anti-Rootkit helps you locate
rootkits and remove them from your PC.
Sophos Anti-Rootkit is easy to use, but getting to it takes a
minute. It installs in the root directory in a folder called
SOPHTEMP. In that folder, you click a file called SARGUI to launch
the simple interface. While running a quick scan on my test PC,
Sophos Anti-Rootkit popped up the names of the offending files. At
the end of a few minutes’ scanning, it let me delete them. Bear in
mind that I’m not a security expert, and I didn’t put the Sophos
tool through extensive tests.
One last caveat: Like many security tools, Sophos Anti-Rootkit
can return the occasional false positive. Should any security
program find a potential problem, it’s best to make sure
it’s a problem before you delete something that might be
harmless–or even necessary.
Note: The download link takes you to the vendor’s site,
where you must register to download the software.