Avast's anti-rootkit scans your computer and MBR for rootkits and fixes issues


Our rating: 


Pros & Cons:

Works well. Detects most rootkits, easy to use. ‘FixMBR’ function within Windows is invaluable; a must have on any USB flash drive.
Results sometimes hard to interpret and removal failed on some rootkits.

Our Review:

aswMBR, Avast's anti-rootkit, resembles a command prompt window but is fairly easy to use. It lets you scan your computer and MBR for rootkits and even fixes any issues.

Understanding the output from aswMBR may be a little hard for some users but it does the job well. I tested it against TDSS and several other modern rootkits and it found all of them.

Removal on the other hand was not as good as some of the other tools. But what it does have is a very useful tool that I personally would not be without: the ability to perform FixMBR right from within Windows.

Normally one would have to boot to a Windows XP disc or Windows 7 recovery disc to perform this command but aswMBR has a built in ‘FixMBR’ button that with one click will write a new Master Boot Record which is often necessary in the removal of rootkits. This is very useful as you may not always have a Windows disc on hand in the field. I keep this on my USB drive at all times.

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