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by gerette / October 3, 2010 1:50 AM PDT

Hello. I just installed AVG free version 10. Did a rootkit check and have 272--all "white-listed" or "hidden" so not removed. What does this mean? ANy rememdy? I have windows XP home SP3. Thanks kindly.

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No remedy required.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 3, 2010 4:02 AM PDT
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AVG writes "Please note that rootkits can be either correct or malicious. Correct rootkits may be installed as a part of legitimate application. The list of some well-known rootkits can be found in the FAQ 2346. Because of that it is necessary to pay close attention to the Anti-Rootkit results."

Since it's on the whitelist and AVG documents why this is so, no further action is required.
Bob

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R. Profitt
by gerette / October 9, 2010 7:28 AM PDT
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Thanks. Others have told me to be more suspicious of any in c windows/system 32 folder and subfolders; I do have alot there, in addition to the whitelist. It is has been suggested I go to: http://free.antivirus.com/hijackthis to remove. Your thoughts on this? Thanks again for all your help.

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Your choice. My thought is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 9, 2010 8:12 AM PDT
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I recall folk that dive in and start removing all that they find without research or worse, without a backup.

They don't have a plan to recover their files or system once they deleted what a rootkit revealer found and it turned out to be there for a good reason. Not all rootkits are evil.

Bob

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