What are the best rootkit scanners?

conceptualclarity

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It seems like every security company has its own rootkit scanner these days.

I've run TDSSKiller and GMER. GMER was a mess: I've read it's only 64-bit support.

So what are the best rootkit scanners? Please evaluate for detection skill, intelligibility of results, and false positive rate.

Products that are not dedicated rootkit scanners but still do the job are welcome in the discussion.
 
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It seems like every security company has its own rootkit scanner these days.

I've run TDSSKiller and GMER. GMER was a mess: I've read it's only 64-bit support.

So what are the best rootkit scanners? Please evaluate for detection skill, intelligibility of results, and false positive rate.

Products that are not dedicated rootkit scanners but still do the job are welcome in the discussion.

For which version and bitness of Windows ?
 

bribon77

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Well: it's never wrong to have a second opinion.
But today almost all Avs or all have an anti-Rootkit protection module.
I'm talking about what I've tried lately.

Malwarebytes: has an Anti-Rootkit module.

Emsisoft Antimalware: has an Anti-Rootkit module.

KTS: has an Anti-Rootkit module.

Avast: when I tried it a long time ago, it had an Anti-Rootkit module.

In summary, I think Bitdender will have it and Avira, etc.
 

Lightning_Brian

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As with many others such as @frogboy @Faybert @212eta @Solarquest , my vote goes to Norton Power Eraser and TDSSKiller (made by Kaspersky). I only keep TDSSKiller installed for as long as the scanning takes and I then remove it from my system. Norton is my main AV so Norton Power Eraser comes bundled.

A great honorable mention would be Malwarebytes as they still do a good job in finding this stuff.

~Brian
 
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