|Operating System||Windows 7 / 8 / 10|
Kaspersky TDSSKiller is a security software for removing rootkits. Judging from the function and history of its creation, the rootkit itself is not malware. But, because rootkits are very often used for malicious purposes, rootkits are finally synonymous with malware. Many parties such as Norton, Kaspersky, and many other security industry parties categorize the rootkit as malware.
Rootkits are also considered more dangerous than other types of malware because the perpetrators who create and spread them can control the infected computer remotely. Perpetrators can do anything with the computer, such as running a keylogger to steal data, using the computer as part of a botnet to launch DDoS attacks, monitor victim activity, and copy confidential documents owned by a company.
Features and Highlights
Detecting Rootkits is more difficult than detecting other types of malware. If a computer is infected with ransomware, the victim can find out easily because of the typical ransomware operating mode, which locks the data to request a ransom. Likewise, with a computer that is attacked by a virus, the symptoms are relatively easy to know. As for the rootkit, a special tool is needed to detect it.
Kaspersky TDSSKiller supports Windows XP SP2 and SP3 up to Windows 10. Its file size is not large, in contrast to antivirus software, which on average, is more than half-sized or even hundreds of megabytes. For example, Kaspersky Free version 20 has a file size of more than 150 MB, while Quick Heal Antivirus Pro 18 is about 241 MB. This is reasonable because Kaspersky TDSSKiller is only made to eradicate one type of malware and does not have many features like the two antiviruses.
Kaspersky TDSSKiller is not intended to eradicate all types of existing rootkits, but only a few rootkits that are widely known. You can see some of the names of the rootkits on the Kaspersky TDSSKiller interface, and some of the other rootkit names can be read on the Kaspersky official website.
In addition to mentioning some rootkit names that can be detected and removed, on the Kaspersky TDSSKiller interface, there are also instructions for saving all the documents that you are working on before starting scanning. There is also a notification that you may need to restart your computer to complete rootkit cleaning.
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In carrying out the cleaning, Kaspersky TDSSKiller requires confirmation from you after successfully finding all suspicious objects. You can find out these objects by reading the scanning report provided by Kaspersky TDSSKiller. You can delete each object directly or move it into quarantine.
Even if your computer has been protected with an antivirus that can detect rootkits, it will not hurt to run Kaspersky TDSSKiller at least once a month just in case. After all, Kaspersky TDSSKiller only takes about 15 seconds to scan.