What is a Rootkit?

A Rootkit is software that helps disguise the presence of malware by hiding programs or processes running on a computer. It is frequently installed with malware and can cover up applications such as keyloggers and password sniffers, as well as signs that a hacker has taken control of the device.

How to Recognize This Threat: You may notice your computer running especially slow. You may also come across a never-before-seen application when checking your Task Manager. If you discover a Rootkit, that means some further nefarious activity is occurring on your system.

How to Prevent This Threat: Endpoint security products have evolved to detect and remove rootkits when scanning for malware. Check out excellent options to secure the endpoints on your network from SonicWall and Sophos.