Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.3 and Vista

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Escalader, Mar 1, 2007.

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  1. Escalader

    Escalader Registered Member

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    For the record I use Webroot Spy Sweeper 5.3.

    FYI, on their alert page for general information they have posted the following:

    "Important Update: Spy Sweeper® with AntiVirus is now compatible with Windows Vista

    Webroot® Software Inc. has released Spy Sweeper with AntiVirus version 5.3, this new version has been optimized to improve performance and is compatible with Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows Vista™ (version 5.3 continues to support Windows 2000 and XP). To receive your FREE upgrade, click "Check for Updates" on the home screen of Spy Sweeper."

    Having found a RK in SM7 recently, (I reverted to SM6), I ran 3 rootkit finders on to see if SS, uses RK's. Results were:

    1) BD 10 reported no root kits
    2) F-Secures BlackLight, reported no rootkits
    3) RKU found things on BD 10 and ZA Pro with hooked and hidden processes plus a bunch of other entries which I can't decode, so I'll submit them to the official RKU forum for study. Since some of those MAY relate to SS.

    What I would like to better understand at some point is there ever a valid technical reason for using RK's hooks, and / or hidden processes?

    Does anybody know the answer to this?:doubt:
     
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    Hi!
    Most security tools have "RK type" of technology (e.g. SS, ZA, TH, etc..) to hardening their defence and to defend themselves from malware and tampering activities.

    I have never tried SM7 and SM6 didn't last long on my PC... messed up my registry more than once. I presume that SM7 as another all-in-one security product implement RK technology to better defend itself.

    Why are you worried about RK? There is nothing wrong with it if properly implemented...

    Cheers,
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  3. DVD+R

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    "SM" what in the Blue F*** is "SM" it sounds like some Bondage thing :blink:
     
  4. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    this forum is biased!
    system mechanic maybe?
     
  5. Escalader

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    Yes, SM = Systems Mechanic by iolo technologies.

    Has 2 incarnations V6 and V7. Found that V7 when I ran my rootkit hunters after installing that a rootkit was present. Disabled it and uninstalled V7.

    Reverted to V6, no rootkit.
    Re-installed V7 from scratch, re updated it no rootkit detected.
     
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