What is the ESET Rootkit Detector?
ESET Rootkit Detector is an application that will scan your Mac® OS X, for rogue kernel extensions that hook inside the OS X kernel to change the system behavior. It provides a single-click way to check your Mac for rootkits.
What can rootkit do?
A rootkit is a stealthy type of malicious software designed to lie hidden on computers and remain undetected by antivirus software. It enables continued administrative access to a computer, allowing access to your personal information. Rootkits are frequently used in combination with other malware to hide them from users and security products.
Why do I need this?
Instructions for creating rootkits are readily available online these days. This increases the likelihood of finding rootkits for Mac OS X in the wild. Just in the last year we have seen rootkits targeting OS X such as OSX/Morcut (also known as OSX/Crisis). This rootkit was used to spy on users and steal information from their Mac.
How does it work?
ESET Rootkit Detector is a small app file. After download, it will scan your Mac running OS X for rootkits. ESET Rootkit Detector verifies that the system call will be sent to the right function and that it was not hooked by a potentially malicious third party kernel extension.
ESET Rootkit Detector Beta
32bit x86 or 64bit x64, Intel®
Mac OS X 10.8.x (Mountain Lion)
Mac OS X 10.7.x (Lion)
Mac OS X 10.6.x (Snow Leopard)