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Root­kit

A rootkit is a piece of software that runs at the same level as your operating system's administrator

Root kits are nasty. Really, really nasty and the worst part is that you could have one without even knowing it. They can’t be detected by traditional anti-virus software, and in theory can take complete control of your computer without you even knowing it exists.   Basically what root kits do is this: they install themselves OUTSIDE your operating system. Some particularly malicious ones can even consume your operating system, running your entire computer themselves. Once they’ve installed and hidden themselves, most root kits allow some other program to slip through undetected and because your anti-virus program runs within your operating system, it can’t see any changes that the root kit is making. Through this, hackers can gain access to your computer without even having to be in Sacramento – they could easily be on the other side of the world.  Super scary stuff!   Fortunately, Nerds On Call is well-equipped to deal with this problem. We’ve fought root kits head-on before and are prepared to keep on doing it. We’ll make sure the root kit is removed, and if it comes to a reinstall of Windows, we can ensure that your data is backed up.   So how do you tell if you’re infected with a root kit? Well, if it’s a good (or bad, depending on your perspective) one, it’s actually pretty hard to tell. Some easy signs to look out for are changes in Windows settings that you didn’t adjust or if the computer locks up without warning, that’s a good, sign you should scan for a root kit. The most common symptom is network speed slowing, but that can be due to so many factors it’s hard to tell when it’s the real thing.   If you’re worried that your computer may have a root kit, call or chat with our friendly Nerds right here in Sacramento and they can help put your mind at ease!

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Questions nerds often hear about Rootkit Removal Sacramento

  • How do I know if I have a rootkit?

    You might not. One of the characteristics of rootkits is that they hide themselves well. Some even rewrite parts of your operating system to hide.

  • Well then what do I do?

    Regular scanning is the only effective combat method. Keep your computer and anti-virus up to date.