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McAfee launches rootkit tool

Security vendor McAfee has developed a new tool designed to detect and destroy rootkits.

Security vendor McAfee has developed a new tool designed to detect and destroy rootkits.

The company said it created its Rootkit Detective 1.0 in response to the growing number of rootkits appearing online. According to McAfee, there were 3,284 rootkits last year, with the number doubling in the first half of this year to reach 7,325.

A rootkit is essentially a program or set of programs designed to conceal system processes and configuration data from a user. This allows a hacker to hide harmful apps such as spyware and key logging software.

"Rootkit Detective offers the most comprehensive rootkit detection capabilities available today," claims McAfee's regional director Patrick Hayati. "We have achieved extremely high levels of accuracy, using various techniques to find anything that hides itself on a computer."

The free tool can be downloaded at http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/rkstinger.aspx