Have you heard of Rootkit.Duqu.A?
It is a piece of malware that is both fiendish and clever, not to mention difficult to detect. Utilising aspects of Stuxnet, this new threat comprises of a backdoor and a keylogger which is designed to collect any sensitive information you input via your keyboard. This can include passwords to web sites such as your online bank among others.
As I mentioned before, it is a rootkit and can be hard to detect and, therefore, hard to remove.
If you don’t have an antivirus or internet security program then you really ought to get one installed now. Even if you do have up to date security on your system it is still worth using this free tool from BitDefender to ensure that you don’t have Rootkit.Duqu.A on your computer.
BitDefender removal tool for Rootkit.Duqu.A
Obtaining the removal tool and installing it is quite simple and this guide will show you exactly how to do it.
Firstly, you need to navigate your way to the web site that BitDefender have set up: duquremoval.com.
Scroll down the page a little and you will find the link to download the tool, as seen in the image above.
You will then need to choose whereabouts on your computer you wish to download the zipped file to.
Remember where you choose as you will need to find the zipped file and extract it.
Once you have unzipped the removal tool, using a program such as WinZip, you will notice that a new folder called Duqu_Removal_Tool has been created on your hard drive.
Double click on this folder to find the tool itself:
Now all you need to do is double click on the Duqu_Removal_Tool application, as seen in the image above.
(Depending on your operating system and the way user accounts are set up, you may need to right click on the icon and Run As Administrator).
Now you are ready to run the tool by clicking on the START SCAN button that you can see above.
I should point out here that this program is rather slow – it took best part of an hour to run on my netbook which has a small and quite empty hard drive on it – so it may be worth using this tool when your computer is not likely to be needed for any other tasks.
After running a scan you will, hopefully, see a screen like the one above which informs you that nothing has been detected.
If you are not so lucky then follow the onscreen prompts for removing Rootkit.Duqu.A.