Rootkit Revealer

1.71

RootkitRevealer is an advanced rootkit detection utility. It runs on Windows NT 4 and higher and its output lists Registry and file system API discrepancies that may indicate the presence of a user-mode or kernel-mode rootkit.

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Version1.71
Operating System SupportWindows 10, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows Vista
Current LanguageEnglish
Available LanguagesEnglish, French, Polish, Chinese, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish
LicenseFree
DateSaturday, November 11th 2006
DeveloperMicrosoft SysInternals
Developer URLhttps://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals

RootkitRevealer successfully detects many persistent rootkits including AFX, Vanquish and HackerDefender (note: RootkitRevealer is not intended to detect rootkits like Fu that don’t attempt to hide their files or registry keys).

Since persistent rootkits work by changing API results so that a system view using APIs differs from the actual view in storage, RootkitRevealer compares the results of a system scan at the highest level with that at the lowest level. The highest level is the Windows API and the lowest level is the raw contents of a file system volume or Registry hive (a hive file is the Registry’s on-disk storage format).

Thus, rootkits, whether user mode or kernel mode, that manipulate the Windows API or native API to remove their presence from a directory listing, for example, will be seen by RootkitRevealer as a discrepancy between the information returned by the Windows API and that seen in the raw scan of a FAT or NTFS volume’s file system structures.

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