Tip:  Your Antivirus Program should have a boot-time scan option to stop Rootkits.  Rootkit viruses activate themselves before windows logs you into the computer and so they are active- with files locked and access to the files denied- long before your desktop appears when you start up your Windows PC Computer. Thus, some viruses can ONLY be removed as the computer boots up.  Avast! Antivirus is an example of an antivirus application that allows you to scan at boot-time.  MalwareBytes Anti-Malware seems to be a good exception to the need for a boot scan because it seems able to prep rootkits for removal during boot while running a scan while the computer is already up and running, but it's doubtful that it can gain access to all files.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 June 2010 05:51