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TDL4 Rootkit Removal Tool Available Free

BitDefender UK : 05 July, 2011  (New Product)
BitDefender has made a tool for removing the TDL4 rootkit from infected computers for free

Catalin Cosoi, Head of the BitDefender Online Threats Lab comments on TDL4 - the rootkit that allows its creators to sell your computer to cyber-criminals:


“If you have been connected to the pulse of the security world in the past few days, then you probably know that there’s a new bad guy in town, called TDL4. This rootkit-based e-threat is not what you would expect from a regular piece of malware: it is encrypted using custom algorithms, and will stay absolutely hidden after it has successfully infected your system. More than that, given the fact that it features one of the most advanced rootkits on the market, chances are that most antiviruses will fail to accurately identify it, let alone to remove it.”


“The piece of malware spreads through pornography websites, as well as through illegal file sharing repositories, where it is disguised as cracks or codecs. Moreover, infections with TDL4 have also been logged on computers that had been previously infected with Zeus bots, which prompts that the latter is responsible for downloading and installing the rootkit. The rootkit itself has no damaging potential. Instead, it is used by other pieces of malware to conceal their presence on the computer, as well as to gain extra privileges on the operating users.”


“BitDefender has been monitoring the evolution of TDL4/TDSS ever since its emergence, when we offered our first removal tools for this e-threat. Given the developments, we have added detection, removal and disinfection in the BitDefender antimalware solutions, so our customers have been protected against this e-threat since its discovery.  Computer users who are not protected by a BitDefender security solution can download our free removal tool for either 32-bit or 64-bit flavours of Windows.”

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