Rootkits can often be hard to hunt down. They can snoop on to your PC, steal confidential information and even take control of various administrative privileges, without you even knowing. Although they most often make their way into a machine via software installations from unreliable sources, rootkits can be injected through other means as well, such as malicious web scripts, email scams and so on. A while ago, we covered a Windows app called Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit that helps you in terminating even the most obnoxious of rootkits around using the step-by-step instructions provided by its a wizard-based interface. However, if you’re looking for a minimalist solution that provides one-click rootkit removal, give Bitdefender Rootkit Remover a try. The software is developed by Bitdefender Labs – a widely acclaimed security firm known for creating excellent antivirus solutions and other security tools.
Bitdefender Labs reports that Rootkit Remover can remove infections from a wide range of threats including Mebroot, all TDL families (TDL/SST/Pihar), Mayachok, Mybios, Plite, XPaj, Whistler, Alipop, Cpd, Fengd, Fips, Guntior, MBR Locker, Mebratix, Niwa, Ponreb, Ramnit, Stoned, Yoddos, Yurn, Zegost and Necurs, amongst other malicious scripts.
Rootkit Remover won’t indulge you in any complicated installation processes or confusing settings. It’s a portable tool that can be launched straight from its executable file. The UI also looks pretty simple and compact, while maintaining a nice, elegant feel. So overall, the tool’s main emphasis is on simplicity and user-friendliness. To get started, launch the application and click the ‘Start Scan’ button. You will notice that the scan process is blazing fast, especially if no threats are found. The reason is that the tool is designed to remove only the known threats mentioned above, so it doesn’t have to scan your entire file system the way a full antivirus utility does. So before a lot of you find it useless, keep in mind that it’s not to be compared with a full-fledged antivirus suite.
When the scan process finishes, Bitdefender Rootkit Remover shows you the completion message along with a small advertisement of the company’s other offerings. You don’t even have to interact with the tool to remove any detected threats; it takes care of them by itself. Again, since it only removes rootkits already established as malicious, there’s no risk of losing anything important by unattended removal of potential false positives.
Despite not being the most feature-rich tool of its kind, Bitdefender Rootkit Remover is sure to come handy if you find your PC infected by a malicious threat and your current antivirus can’t handle it. The application works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 8. Testing was carried out on Windows 8 Pro, 64-bit.