AVG Anti-Rootkit Free: The Right Tool for the Job?
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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.
AVG Anti-Rootkit Setup Wizard
In keeping with the goal to make AVG Anti-Rootkit a very simple tool, the file features a simple .exe install file that triggers a setup wizard.
Users can select between a normal interface (which Grisoft recommends and sets as the default) or a low graphics interface (which is optimized for visually impaired users who rely on screen-reading programs).
AVG Anti-Rootkit Free License Agreement
Users must accept the AVG Anti-Rootkit Free license agreement before they can use the program to check their Windows system for stealth rootkit programs.
Next, users must specify the location of the AVG Anti-Rootkit Free installation files.
Unfortunately, due to the way most anti-rootkit applications operate, it’s necessary to reboot Windows to enable proper operation. AVG’s free anti-rootkit application is no different. Here you can see AVG’s setup utility gives users the option of rebooting immediately automatically or manually rebooting later.
Search For Rootkits
AVG purposefully keeps its anti-rootkit interface simple. There are very few options for users to choose, thereby helping simplify the already confusing and complex world of rootkits.
AVG includes concise educational information aimed at helping regular (non-IT professionals) better understand the threat stealth rootkit programs present.
The Learn More tab lists information on what rootkits are and how users can protect their PCs from the stealth threats. There’s also a link to Grisoft’s site where additional computer security information is made available.
AVG Anti-Rootkit Free Updates
Users can check for AVG Anti-Rootkit Free updates using the third tab (About & Update). Clicking the About & Update tab also reveals the current version users have installed (Installed Version 22.214.171.124, in this case).
Also, interesting to note, Grisoft informs users on this third tab why the AVG Anti-Rootkit uses random window titles. The reason is that AVG’s programmers wanted intentionally to change the name of the window the free anti-rootkit application uses to help thwart detection efforts rootkit hackers might program into their malware.
New Version Check
If users click the Check For New Version button found on the third About & Update tab, they are directed to this Web page on Grisoft’s Web site. Here users will see whether the version they are using is current or whether updates must be downloaded.
Searching For Rootkits
Here’s where the real action occurs in AVG’s Anti-Rootkit Free application. The Search For Rootkits tab is the meat of the program and the reason users will download it in the first place.
Clicking the Search For Rootkits button triggers a search of stealth rootkit programs. The free AVG app tracks its progress in the progress bar at the menu’s bottom.
By default, the Search For Rootkits button only searches critical Windows directories on the root drive.
Rootkit Search Results
When no rootkits are found, AVG presents this congratulations menu.
When rootkits are found, AVG displays those that are found (with information on the rootkit path and type). Users can then highlight the rootkit items in question and click the Remove Selected Items button to eliminate the offending files from their Windows systems.
In-Depth Scan Results
With the In-Depth Search, however, AVG Anti-Rootkit searches for stealth rootkit files on all the hard drives and partitions within a system.
Just as with the simple rootkit search, the AVG Anti-Rootkit Free app tracks its progress as it works. Should users wish, they can terminate the search using the provided Stop button.
In a nutshell, these are all the options a user can select when working with AVG’s free anti-rootkit program. By purposefully keeping the application easy to use, AVG engineers have created a free malware detection utility that’s the Right Tool for regular (personal) users seeking to check their systems for unwanted stealth software.