We're experiencing a lot of downloads of Panda AntiRootkit. Many thanks to all the people that are helping us improve this free utility by sending suggestions, comments, feedback and submitting new rootkits that are being found in the wild.
I'm happy to say that I have a couple of good news. The first one is that based on your many suggestions we have created version 1.07 of Panda AntiRootkit. Version 1.07 has the following improvements:
- Capable of deactivating unknown rootkits. We consider "unknown" a rootkit for which Panda AntiRootkit does not have a deactivation routine. This does not mean that Panda does not know about the rootkit. Rather that we have not yet included the full deactivation routine in Panda AntiRootkit. But now you'll be able to deactivate all rootkits. By default you'll be presented with deactivation of known rootkits plus the option to deactivate any unknown rootkits found on your system.
- Deletes registry keys transparently. Up to version 1.06 we only deleted the necessary registry keys to deactivate the rootkit and prevent it from functioning. Some leftover keys made some users worry about incomplete deactivation. Version 1.07 now transparently deletes all rootkit associated registry keys for piece of mind.
- Cleaner interface. We have cleaned the results window for a more efficient use of available space. Now a mouse-over a detected object will present you with its type (file, process, ADS, registry, etc.).
- Various improvements have also been made to the disinfection of unknown rootkits, some false positives reported by some of you, and more deactivation routines.
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The second good news is that Panda AntiRootkit 1.07 has achieved the prestigious Editor's Choice award from PC Magazine USA. Read the review to see how Panda AntiRootkit and other anti-rootkits performed during detection and deactivation tests. Again many thanks for your support and remember to perform a full system scan with a signature based antivirus after deactivating a rootkit.