Is Rootkit Unhooker safe?

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by quadrophonic, Jul 18, 2007.

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  1. quadrophonic

    quadrophonic Registered Member

    Jan 24, 2007
    I see that Castle Cops has approved this utility, but there's so little that appears in a Google search for the official site:

    and there's very little information on the official site.

    I found this post in the blog:

    and it just leads to more questions. Has any other site studied this program yet? PC Magazine? If anyone can find detail reviews of the program by a software engineer, please post the link.

    From what I've read it has advantages over some of the other anti-rootkit programs because it supposedly removes the rootkit completely.

    I viewed this link to the Sysinternals forum that was posted in another thread:

    and it appears that the author of Rootkit Unhooker is contributing to that thread.
    Has someone from Sysinternals analyzed the program and given a "thumbs up" to it?

    The author seems to feel that Gmer and the others are quite inferior to his program. It seems that if he's willing to discuss it on Sysinternals, it should be safe (answering my own question here). I'd like to see what others here feel about it.

    By the way, is it worth running Sysinternal's Rootkit Revealer:

    and how is the rootkit program that Avira PE Premium has incorporated into its AV software?
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2007
  2. Longboard

    Longboard Registered Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    Hello Quadraphonic:
    LOL, depends on if you want to dance with the devil :D

    yes safe, complex, very advanced scanner functions, requires real expertise to use, may BSOD or not.
    Read the threads here, and supported here and at Sysinternals, castlecops, et al.
    The developers have released a rootkit they themselves can not detect.

    he and his team are usually very responsive.

    If you want.
    Can produce confusing logs and allegedly has been bypassed by some rootkits
    Extensive support at Castlecops and Sysinternals

    Prolly "quite" good. All the AV vendors have some antirootkit scanners of some effectiveness: search the Sysinternals forums for EP_XOFF's tests: you will see.
    That is the only "main stream" review I am aware of and not bad at that.

    Is there some specific rootkit issue you are worried about?
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