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Windows 7: Is Sophos rootkit scanner reliable?

08 Aug 2011   #1
RoloDman

7 Ultimate 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 
Is Sophos rootkit scanner reliable?

I just ran Sophos' root-kit scanner and it returned results that I mostly can identify. What are you opinions regarding their software?


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08 Aug 2011   #2
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I have run it occasionally on XP and now 7. Whether it is good is hard to say, impossible for me as an end user. I found some tests, but none appear to be up to date.

Page 1 | Anti-Rootkit Detection and Treatment Test | Comparative tests

Main results of the testing of anti-rootkit software for the detection and removal of malicious programs | Anti-Malware Test Lab

Anti-rootkit tests | Anti-Malware Test Lab

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09 Aug 2011   #3
marsmimar

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I've also used their scanner with XP and now Windows 7. In fact, I just ran it on my Vaio yesterday. It returned 17 unknown files, all of which were Sony or Vaio specific as well as my Nitro PDF Reader. That's my biggest gripe with Sophos Rootkit Scanner ... it doesn't identify a boatload of files that have been around long enough to have been entered in their database.

Having said that, the scanner seems to work because other free scanners like SuperAntispyware and Hitman Pro (that also claim to find rootkits) have never found any rootkits on my machines, either.

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09 Aug 2011   #4
RoloDman

7 Ultimate 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

thanks!
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