December 17th, 2005, 12:46 AM
Lavasoft Releases Sony Rootkit Fix
In 2005, Sony included rootkit style content protection software to approximately 4.7 million CDs of over 50 artists worldwide exposing consumer PCs to security holes. The DRM (Digital Rights Management) software called XCP, developed by First4Internet, was placed. According to Sony, about six million CDs currently have this software.
Lavasoft answers the challenge by giving you the Beta of the ARIES Rootkit Remover (Sony Rootkit), which aims to remove the Sony Rootkit for good. Currently a standalone tool, this application provides a reliable, trustworthy, and safe way of removing the root-kit, unlike Sony's own root-kit remover that has been known to cause blue screens.
Maybe we can expect a fully functional rootkit scanner before long ?
December 17th, 2005, 12:51 AM
Looks like it's heading in that direction......nice to see the creators of Adaware SE getting on board to help get rid of this crap....
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December 19th, 2005, 06:42 PM
I believe I read in another post here on AO about a beta rootkit detector by F-Secure called Blacklight. Its free at the moment. http://www.f-secure.com/blacklight
It's gotten some decent reviews on other forums. Have no idea if it detects/removes the Sony Root kit though. Anyone try?
December 19th, 2005, 10:32 PM
Has anyone ever tried the Rootkit Revealer from SystemInternals?
It was basically Mark from SysInternals that found out about Sony's little Rootkit (story)
December 19th, 2005, 10:37 PM
Yes, but it just indicated something was amiss and helped point him in the right direction. Mark used other tools to dig down and actually find and remove the rootkit. Don't get me wrong, it is a very good tool. The betas mentioned above, though, are the tools for those who you don't want performing the surgery Mark was able to do.
December 19th, 2005, 10:44 PM
Ahhh! I haven't gotten around to using it yet and was wondering about it.
December 20th, 2005, 01:34 AM
Nice to see someone actually creating a tool to remove this garbage. It's sad that most of the anti-virus companies and so on are content with only removing the stealthing done to the software.
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