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rfbohn
Level 7

Stinger not checking Root Kit

I use Stinger and it never checks the root kit.  How do I get Stinger to check the root kit.  Or is something wrong.???  I am on an XP sp3 Dell 8250 3.05G.

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Hayton
Level 17

Re: Stinger not checking Root Kit

rfbohn wrote:

I use Stinger and it never checks the root kit. 

... which implies you use Stinger frequently. Why are you running Stinger? And as for "it never checks the root kit" : do you know that your PC has a rootkit infection? If it has, there is a separate tool you could run.

I think we need some more information before we can answer this one. What infection, if any, has your PC got?

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exbrit
Level 21

Re: Stinger not checking Root Kit

Stinger is specialised for certain kinds of infections only and is not meant to be a rootkit remover or replace your antivirus but rather supplement it, but there is a tool under development for rootkits specifically.

Try it here:  http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/rootkitremover.aspx

Read the "How to Use" first and remember that it is like Stinger, it doesn't self-update and must be uninstalled/reinstalled every time you use it to obtain the latest version.

For information only this attachment shows what Stinger looks for currently and is subject to change daily (There is no similar list for RootkitRemover):

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sammyone
Level 7

Re: Stinger not checking Root Kit

As another user of Stinger - I use Stinger Monthly, to confirm my computers Antivirus and Antimalware, along with my installed Firewall and Rootkit detector ARE doing their Job.... Especially as I work away from Home a lot and am using possibly dodgy WiFi connections...

One does not HAVE to have an infection to use something like Stinger !

Recently there has been an addition to Stinger (mine is currently 601) that starts to CHECK ROOTKIT(s) when first started...

and, as for the OP, this comes up with a Notification...

Rootkit scan results : Not scanned

Like the OP, I too would like to know why was a Rootkit scan NOT carried out, if it is now built into Stinger... ???

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exbrit
Level 21

Re: Stinger not checking Root Kit

As I stated earlier there is a scanner specifically for Rootkits:  http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/rootkitremover.aspx

Stinger looks for specific infections only.   You can check what it looks for here: http://downloadcenter.mcafee.com/products/mcafee-avert/stinger/Readme.txt

There are many tools on the web and a few that I recommend are listed here:  https://community.mcafee.com/docs/DOC-2168

Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 02/05/12 7:33:27 EDT AM
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sammyone
Level 7

Re: Stinger not checking Root Kit

So, the real answer is... You do not know how Stinger works...

We are using a program (Stinger) that comes up with a dialog...

We, USERS,  do not understand why the dialog comes up...

IF it was meant to happen... why did it NOT SCAN?

Else, WHY DID IT START that part of the scan ???

Answer should be simple... NOT reiterating a USELESS statement...

If you READ my post - I stated that I was using Stinger to CONFIRM that the ROOTKIT KILLER (along with other Anti-malware programs) I am already using, ARE WORKING CORRECTLY...

This sort of answer to a SIMPLE QUESTION does not give me any confidence in either the MVP's NOR,  by extension, McAffee Stinger...

P.S. I have been using McAffees since 1989... when I got my first 8086 IBM Clone Computer

Message was edited by: sammyone on 03/05/12 01:14:16 CDT
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exbrit
Level 21

Re: Stinger not checking Root Kit

Sorry but I am extremely busy doing other things and maybe didn't pay enough attention.  I'm a Moderator not an MVP and a volunteer to boot.   I was simply stating fact.   If that upsets you then tough as I was only trying to help and the original poster's question is what we should be talking about anyway..

Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 03/05/12 7:26:03 EDT AM
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sammyone
Level 7

Re: Stinger not checking Root Kit

The OP asked -

I use Stinger and it never checks the root kit. How do I get Stinger to check the root kit.  Or is something wrong.???

I repeat...


We are using a program (Stinger) that comes up with a dialog... 

Scanning Directory      Rootkit

File                                   Rootkit

After a short time, the dialog closes and goes on to scan the C: Drive stating

Rootkit scan results : Not scanned

No Files Scanned.

We, USERS,  do not understand why the dialog comes up...

IF it was meant to happen... why did it NOT SCAN?

It is a simple question....

Maybe it is a badly written piece of code; maybe part of the code was written, then some of it deleted...

leaving an un-neccessary dialog - which at least two of us have picked up on...

Attitude will just lose you customers...


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exbrit
Level 21

Re: Stinger not checking Root Kit

It perhaps used to scan for rootkits and the new scanner has taken over that function, either that or it scans for certain types only and in this instance didn't find them.

As I said, Stinger only scans for certain named malware and that's it.

I could ask why it says that but from experience, it will be a long time before any answer is forthcoming from McAfee Labs.

Do you want me to ask?

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exbrit
Level 21

Re: Stinger not checking Root Kit

OK I posted internally and hope for an answer.