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Chkrootkit Alternatives for Windows

Chkrootkit is not available for Windows but there are some alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows alternative is TDSSKiller, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked six alternatives to Chkrootkit and five of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Chkrootkit are GMER, Trend Micro RootkitBuster, Sophos Virus Removal Tool and RootkitRevealer.

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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux

Chkrootkit is a Linux tool to locally check for signs of a rootkit. It contains:

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  1. TDSSKiller icon


    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    6 alternatives to TDSSKiller 

    Kaspersky Lab has developed the TDSSKiller utility that allows removing rootkits.

     Suggest and vote on features
    1.  PortableTDSSKiller can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
      TDSSKiller scanning for rootkit
      TDSSKiller results page
    • GMER icon


      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      13 alternatives to GMER 

      GMER is an application that detects and removes rootkits .

      It scans for:

      • hidden processes
      • hidden threads
      • hidden modules
      • hidden services
      • hidden files
      • hidden Alternate Data Streams
      • hidden registry keys
      • drivers hooking SSDT
      • drivers hooking IDT
      • drivers hooking IR.
       GMER has no features, suggest some!

    • Trend Micro RootkitBuster icon

      Trend Micro RootkitBuster

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      3 alternatives to Trend Micro RootkitBuster 

      Scan for hidden files, registry entries, processes, services, drivers, kernel code patches, ports, operating system service hooks, and Master Boot Record (MBR) rootkits. Clean or remove hidden files, registry entries, and services.

       Suggest and vote on features
      1.  PortableTrend Micro RootkitBuster can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    • Sophos Virus Removal Tool icon

      Sophos Virus Removal Tool

      60 alternatives to Sophos Virus Removal Tool 

      Infected with a virus? Unsure whether your existing antivirus software has detected and removed it? Still having problems and unsure where to turn to next? Sophos Virus Removal Tool can help.

       Sophos Virus Removal Tool has no features, suggest some!
    • RootkitRevealer

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Online
      7 alternatives to RootkitRevealer 

      RootkitRevealer is an advanced rootkit detection utility. It runs on Windows NT 4 and higher and its output lists Registry and file system API discrepancies that may indicate the presence of a user-mode or kernel-mode rootkit.

       RootkitRevealer has no features, suggest some!
      Screenshot of RootkitRevealer detecting the presence of the popular HackerDefender rootkit.
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