Malware sometimes uses rootkit technology to hide itself at system level. This makes it undetectable by standard tools. Our plugins help Spybot to detect this form of malware. Our Rootkit Scan tool shows anything that uses certain rootkit technologies, even if it’s not in Spybot’s detection database.
The Rootkit Scan is a tool that checks the file system, the registry and process related lists. When Rootkit Scan is started, it performs a quick scan of a few critical locations. This check takes about a second on modern machines. To check the full system, it is possible to choose a Deep Scan. A regular System Scan will also scan for known rootkits of course.