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zmlg3
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"RootKit" in McAfee's Scans?

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I was wondering on rootkits and McAfee. I saw a separate thread on this, but it was from April or some time ago. I ran my basic McAfee Quick Scan, and the last file it scanned was named "RootKit" and of course, knowing what a rootkit is, this raised my ears. So, I then began to panic thinking I have a kernel rootkit or something. I dowloaded McAfee's RootkitRemover tool, which detected nothing. Then, I ran a full McAfee scan, twice, and both times, I watched all of the thousands of files being scanned, and I saw this "RootKit" again.The scan on the file took some time, much longer than any other normal file. The other discussion I read on this site said that this simply meant that the scanner was checking for rootkits, not that I had one. I would just like to be reassured of this and know why this "Battle with McAfee" to get this renamed, but it still hasn't been, which is why I'd like to be reassured.

Thanks for any answers.

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catdaddy
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Re: "RootKit" in McAfee's Scans?

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             You can be self-Assured that the software is indeed "Scanning For Rootkits". Not as the wording seems to indicate. We Moderators have brought this topic up during our calls. Hopefully this will put your mind to ease.

All the very Best

Catdaddy

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Cliff
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catdaddy
Level 20

Re: "RootKit" in McAfee's Scans?

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             You can be self-Assured that the software is indeed "Scanning For Rootkits". Not as the wording seems to indicate. We Moderators have brought this topic up during our calls. Hopefully this will put your mind to ease.

All the very Best

Catdaddy

McAfee Community Moderator

Consumer Products

Cliff
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zmlg3
Level 7

Re: "RootKit" in McAfee's Scans?

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Alright, thank you very much, it does put me at ease. I was a little more uneasy than most people would be, because earlier in the day I downloaded a pretty sketchy file by accident, and the computer auto-ran it, but it appears as if the McAfee program stopped it before it could do anything, but it didnt acknowledge that it did anything. Could I perhaps bother to ask also if it is in fact scanning for rootkits, why does it go through maybe 1,000 or so files, then scan rootkit quickly, and do that a couple times, then maybe one time it'll scan "rootkit" for a minute, then at the end it, scans it for about 10-15 minutes?

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Peacekeeper
Level 20

Re: "RootKit" in McAfee's Scans?

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The hold up at scanning rootkits is a bug that will be fixed in a future release to fix it yourself try

VirusScan stops scanning at 98% or 99% complete

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catdaddy
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Re: "RootKit" in McAfee's Scans?

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              You may also find these two articles most informative ;

It may assist you in future references in regards to Downloads/Installs.

All the very best

Catdaddy

McAfee Community Moderator

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Cliff
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catdaddy
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Re: "RootKit" in McAfee's Scans?

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Moved appropriately to Virus Scan > Discussions By Moderator

Cliff
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