Linked by David Adams on Wed 30th Mar 2011 16:02 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Hearkening back to the Sony Rootkit brouhaha from a few years ago, a security researcher is claiming in a Network World article that he detected factory-installed keyloggers in two brand new Samsung Laptops. Samsung has made no official response, but a tech support supervisor contacted by the author said that the keystroke logging software was installed by Samsung to "monitor the performance of the machine and to find out how it is being used."
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I have several questions:

Does anybody know of any free software to find rootkits and keyloggers on Windows?

There are several out there; is a good resource to start from.

Is this a Windows only problem or is Linux also running stuff like this?

It's highly doubtful that any GNU/Linux or BSD distribution contains something like that, and it's very difficult (but not impossible) to infect such OSes with rootkits. It would depend on an absolutely moronic user (which is rare among the OSS using crowd), or on physical access to the hardware by the person wanting to install the rootkit. OS X is nearly as safe as other Unix-like OSes, and the more obscure OSes are virtually malware-free.

That said, it's easy to keep your Windows installation secure if you research the options available and don't visit shady parts of the internet. As one of my colleagues used to say, "If you sleep with a prostitute you catch the funk, why is it any different for a PC?"

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