Rootkits are programs designed to hide malicious activity on a compromised computer by hiding files, processes or registry entries.

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What else besides a virus would keep turning on “Show Hidden Files” in WinXP

I've got a couple of machines that definitely recently had viruses and very likely still do. I've run Norton AV, Radix RootKit remover, Sophos Rootkit remover, Spybot, Ad-Aware, CA Antivirus Plus, ...
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OS X rootkit/spyware scanners?

For OS X, I have discovered Rootkit Hunter recently and liked the functionality. What other rootkit/spyware scanners for OS X have been developed that are available for use?
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RootKit Hunter Warnings on Mac OS X

Just executed rkhunter on my new MBP which runs a freshly installed Mac OS X and I get the following warnings: Checking for passwd file changes [ Warning ] Checking ...