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AVG Anti-Rootkit Free: The Right Tool for the Job?

The Free AVG Anti-Rootkit Download

Grisoft has developed quite a following with its free (for personal, non-commercial use) security applications, and for good reason. AVG anti-virus and anti-spyware programs use little overhead and have proven effective at combating common malware. The security products have racked up a number of awards and accolades as a result.

Now there's an anti-rootkit utility in AVG's free software stable, too, and for users seeking a minimum of interaction, AVG Anti-Rootkit Free may very well be the Right Tool for the Job. Find out why in this screenshot gallery.

Grisoft makes its free AVG Anti-Rootkit application available for download. Users download the avgarkt.exe setup file, which features simple installation.

You may download a free, trial version of AVG Anti-Rootkit here.

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29 comments
thephoton
thephoton

To bad the link to the kit doesn't work.........

bop
bop

Maybe !, but AVG AV - I'm not shure. In many compare tests AVG AV are rated "fair", not bad, not good. It has too many fals positives and are "not fast" not to say slow. Right AVG are just one of a couple of handfulls in this category of AV's. But the one we all hate, me included, Symantecs AV has few or no fals positives and are a fast scanner - don't talk about resources !! - it's able to drain even the most powerfull PC for what it's got. I campain against Sym. AV for that simple reason - unacceptable resource demand. Actualy all the best AV's - that is fast, few fals positives, on access scanning, auto-updating - demands hugh resources. But give the AV the only needs less than 32MB, fast on-read-access scanning, super effective-easy on resources-write access scanning (easy on resources is 1/10 of what Symantec AV demands of MIPS), then you've done it. BTW does any one of you know you can kill 98% of all spam mail with a simple script on you server !?.

jedinc
jedinc

Where, Oh, Where is the download link???

Terril_Harris
Terril_Harris

I have used all the AVG products to salvage installations otherwise completely bollixed under the erstwhile protection of new versions of McAfee and Symantic. I like.

dhunter41
dhunter41

I've never been a big fan of McAfee so when I discovered that Comcast high-speed comes with McAfee security products, I immediately removed them and installed AVG's antivirus and other free security products. This was just over a year ago and I have no regrets. Unlike McAfee and Symantec, AVG has an easy user interface and runs automatically. I've never had a problem and I recommend it to everyone. I wasn't aware of the anti-rootkit software but I plan on checking it out. I'm also going to check out the website to see what else is available.

bergson126
bergson126

Please inform if it will work with OS windows 98 SE

jwlindsey
jwlindsey

I have been using Avast! anti-virus software for three years. It is also free. Updates are automatic. Never any problems. Web site: www.avast.com They claim over 30,000,000 installations for their free home edition. They also have a "pay-for" version if you want to fork out the money for the advanced features.

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

In My Computer>C:>Program Files>Internet Explorer there is a file named "iedw".When this file is deleted it somehow reappears.There are more files like this.Windows>inf>unregmp2.(for this one you need to click in "show hidden files and folders" in Tools>Folder options.In Windows>Sys32 there are files that read like "c_1251".All of these file types appear,to me,to reside in the electronics of the computer.You could write a script to repeatedly delete these.You can experiment with these before you erase your drive and reinstall the operating system.Let's get rid of virus forever.

Brian.Crawford
Brian.Crawford

"find out why" ... Like numerous other times I see nothing in this gallery that says "why". Nothing but a bunch of sfwr installation screenshots (duh ! how many times have we all seen those). How many times do people have to comment on that .. how about something useful. No comment on the product yet but am going to try it out.

bergson126
bergson126

How can I download the Grisoft free anti rootkit tool? I am trying to dowload for a long time and I am not successful.

Bit - Twiddler
Bit - Twiddler

I love the Grisoft tools, and have been using AVG for many years with great success. They write good code, and understand the importance of making these tools available and free for personal use. In the software industry, it is rare to find a developer that "gets it". Grisoft does. Seems to me however, they were bought up by Symantec last year? I'm sure I read this somewhere, but have not been able to confirm (or deny). I am quite sure Symantec bought up Sygate, who used to make a great free (for personal use) firewall, which was quickly discontinued by Symantec. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the future, and if Symantec continues their aggressive (Microsoft style) acquisition strategy. In the meanwhile, I suggest you at least try the grisoft products while you still can!

tech
tech

AVG produces some excellent products. Only an extended trial will show the usefulness or otherwise of this particular product, but I would expect the usual high standard.

amj2010
amj2010

and certainly not the 64 ultimzte version...

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Bill Detwiler moderator

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jonathanwood27
jonathanwood27

hi there, I've been using and recommending avg products for a number of years now, and haven't been happier!!! I've installed the anti-virus, spam, and root-kit applications on many pc's from win 98 - XP and never had a problem. All i do is install the software and then set the automatic updates and scan to when the machine is not being used. the end users are happy and i'm happy when the phone is not going mad because some virus or other is crawling is way over the net.

kurmat
kurmat

I used AVG a few years ago but Avast seems a little more automatic except for a yearly renewal. Consumer Reports rates Avast slightly better than AVG.

jdclyde
jdclyde

an actual evaluation of how well it [b]WORKS?[/b] Maybe compare how well it works to other major offerings out there? How silly of you. I have had it downloaded for about two weeks, but have only tried it once, so not enough to say if it is decent or not.

neighbourcg
neighbourcg

I've been using AVG anti-virus for years, and don't have any problems with it. Its simple to use and works reliably without using a lot of system resources. I've even installed in on many of my client's system. This has saved them the hassle of using Symantec or MacAfee, in both the annual subscription renewal cost and how much these products slow down systems. I've even used used Ewido, now AVG Anti-Spyware, with great success. I did notice the AVG Anti-Rootkit and few months ago and haven't tried it yet. As for rumors of Symantec buying Grisoft (the makers of AVG), this is not true. Grisoft is still independent, and in fact purchased Ewido late last year. For those who are curious as to where to download AVG, just go to Google and enter "AVG" as the search parameter. The search result will list the download page.

bob21
bob21

I have been using AVG for several years now. I have nothing but praise for them. I trust them completely. I am going to go get their other product(s?) as soon as I finish this post. I didn't know they had any other products. I haven't visited their website since I installed AVG. Never any problems. Updates have all been automatic. As for Symantic, it has been about 4 years since I got rid of the last traces of their products on my computer (I hope! ). They slowed me down to a crawl, locked me up, and would not uninstall completely. I had to run searches on the hard drive and the registry on their names and the product names and the file names and the variations thereof and then manually delete each instance. And they are so obnoxiously arrogant, that they know what is best for you, they give you little choice. Just one example: my c-drive is small. I try to keep it only for the operating system. I try to put programs, apps, etc in my large g-drive. I have moved folders e.g. docs and settings, temp, write-to-CD files, etc to another drive. When Symantic installs to g-drive, only a few files go there, and most go to a variety of folders in c-drive. Most apps can find their way to their folders in g-drive when I run updates or re-install them. Why not Symantic, who were supposed to be the most knowledgeable about computer internals. I will never use Symantic products. If they ever buy AVG, I'll switch. Too bad they bought out PC Tools. That was a good reliable, trustworthy company.

Paul W.
Paul W.

Grisoft bought Ewido networks (another excellent free program) and ewido anti-spyware 4.0 became AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5. I agree with your positive comments and have used, recommended and installed all the Grisoft products for years. AVG has saved my customers from the Mcafee and Symantic bloat many many times.

Shesca
Shesca

I am fairly new to AVG, but I think it's anti-virus is much, much better than Symantec! Although you laud AVG Anti-Root Kit, I will have to look at the site, since you don't really explain what the software does. Knowing that AVG is so great for many others, I am going to download many of its other programs. I have already thrown out Symantec.

teradude
teradude

I put Avast on my gf's pc 2 yrs ago when I had troubles installing AVG for some reason. Rather than lose any more time trying to troubleshoot, I got Avast. It has been great freeware. I don't like the manual update method though. When I have to use it [she is helpless, computer-hostile], the main screen is not intuitive. Instead I right click on the Avast icon in tray, choose updates, and do major, then minor. For some reason more people are aware of, and boost, AVG which is fine. Just letting people know there is another euro company putting out solid stuff. For best Antivirus on the market, I am a solid booster of NOD32 from www.eset.com . They have features in addition to Antivirus protection. Go to their website and look at their comparison to all the big boys. NOD32 kicks butt and takes names. Also the scan is very low in resource-consumption. I too had trouble uninstalling Symantec crapware. It is as bad as uninstalling AOL's hidden files.

laman
laman

Brian is not silly. I would expect a bit more than the screen shots of the installation. Who hasn't seen these enough on our day role? I want to know how good the author thinks the program is. If he threw in some root-kits, did they got detected?

rkuhn040172
rkuhn040172

The corporate edition doesn't have the same problems as the consumer edition. Also, just Symantec AV and not the whole suite that includes AV, firewall, anti-spam, etc including the kitchen sink isn't bad either. That's more like AVG Free anyways as a comparison. All products including Symantec, McAfee, etc eat resources when you buy the entire suite. They are built for dummies and retards who need so much hand holding that comes at a resource depleting cost.

Servicemaster
Servicemaster

I am using the AVG since version 3. The first versions where not very impressive, but they worked on it and today you can see the big difference. What I like the most is the user friendly interface which suits the novice or the pro the same way. Once you set it, you can fully trust it. And on the other hand, there is always the FREE version without any problem. Now I buying license for 5 PCs for 2years. It works-out about $13 per PC/year. Isn't that almost free? I thing the AVG is great application.

MyLittleMansAnIdiot
MyLittleMansAnIdiot

That's mainly due to the fact that Symantec software is so damn invasive. When I finally switched to AVG, I just bit the bullet and did a full format and reinstall of WinXP, and never looked back.