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Routed 32-Bit Rootkit Sets Sights on 64 Bits

Microsoft believes it has, more or less, vanquished the Alureon (anyone know if this word has any actual meaning?) rootkit, at least as far as 32-bit systems go. Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool can root out this rootkit, and the tool has reportedly cleansed over a million machines of this little nasty.

Now hackers are aiming Alureon at 64-bit systems such as XP 64 and 64-bit Vista. So far this new rootkit variant has not been beaten.

Have you used the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool? If so, is it any good? Send malware-free messages to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/01/2010 at 1:18 PM


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