What Is A Rootkit
Rootkits according to Wikipedia:
A rootkit is a collection of computer software, typically malicious, designed to enable access to a computer or an area of its software that is not otherwise allowed (for example, to an unauthorized user) and often masks its existence or the existence of other software.
I thought I had one because when I went to reply to some comments from here (or to comment on another site), I would go to the email field, click on it and the auto-fill options would display. A strange email would display that wasn’t mine: email@example.com. I thought it was a browser issue but couldn’t find it in any of the saved data. I checked online forums but couldn’t find any suitable solution. So I put the address in a search engine and it would end up at some Spanish websites. I was convinced it was a Spanish email so I put the words correo and ejemplo in Google translate. Correo means mail and ejemplo means example. So, in English it’s firstname.lastname@example.org. Now I understood. It was giving an example of how to format an email address, but in Spanish, so I didn’t understand what it meant. This happens only on a WordPress site.
So I found no Rootkit but if you suspect one on your system, here are my recommended scanners:
Open Malwarebytes. Click on Settings, down the left-hand side, then the Protection tab across the top. In the Scan Options section, click on the little switch by Scan for rootkits if not already on.
This one also scans for Rootkits but I couldn’t find any specific settings that referenced it.
Accept the license agreement and statement when starting. It’s recommended to click on Change parameters, then check both Verify file digital signatures and Detect TDLFS file system. Then click OK, and then Start scan.
Make sure all options are checked and click on the Scan Now button.
Just hit the Start Scan button.
I also tried one called aswMBR but it caused my system to Blue Screen so I’m hesitant to recommend it. So, what are your recommendations? Mention your choice in the comments.