Sophos is a great security research firm I like but the fact is that I haven’t used many softwares by them but I hear about them almost everyday abou thier research pappers and market outlook comments,from that I have a really nice opinion about them.Sophos have released a rootkit scanner/detection software.I think most of you knew that there is very few rootkit scanners available(As opposed to Antivirus and Antispyware products)
Called Sophos Anti-Rootkit, the software will detect and remove both known and unknown rootkits, and it will warn systems administrators if removing the software might harm operating system integrity.
Rootkits are a collection of tools used by hackers to gain administrative privileges on compromised machines. They are typically used to help hide other forms of malware — keyloggers or Trojan horse programs, for example — from antivirus software.
Sophos Anti-Rootkit works with the Windows NT, 2000, XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. The software features a graphical interface to help guide users through the process of detecting and removing the malicious software.
Since the Sony fiasco, the security industry has paid more attention to the rootkit problem, and there are now a number of free utilities designed to identify this type of software. Other tools include RootkitRevealer, GMER and IceSword.