Bitdefender released an new free anti-malware tool called “Bitdefender Rootkit Remover”, which detects and removes known rootkits on Windows based system.
Before you download this tool, you must know that this app is not replacement for your Anti-virus or Internet security suite. Rootkit remover is not a full-fledged antivirus, it’s just a free tool for emergency if there is no Antivirus installed on your PC and if you feel the machine is infected,you can run this app to detect and remove some known rootkits.
Also Bitdefender Rootkit remover will be helpful in situations, where your current antivirus engine didn’t detect a rootkit and this new tool provides a very quick and easy way to remove the rootkit from your PC.
Bitdefender Rootkit Remover is a stand-alone app, which means the app can be launched immediately without installation and no need to reboot your system. Just download the BootkitRemoval.exe file, run the file, it will detect rootkits if they are present on your machine and a reboot may be required for complete cleanup.
Rootkit Remover deals easily with Mebroot, all TDL families (TDL/SST/Pihar), Mayachok, Mybios, Plite, XPaj, Whistler, Alipop, Cpd, Fengd, Fips, Guntior, MBR Locker, Mebratix, Niwa, Ponreb, Ramnit, Stoned, Yoddos, Yurn, Zegost and also cleans infections with Necurs (the last rootkit standing). Please note that the list is a bit outdated – new rootkit families are added as they become known.
I think we cannot expect much from an free anti-malware tool, the only complaint I have about Bitdefender Rootkit Remover is, the app doesn’t support automatic -update,you must download the new version manually. However Bitdefender said that, an auto-updater is being considered for a future version.