Originally Posted by k1t
can it kill the rootkit? (i heard some dodgy free security software can detect rootkit but can't kill it.)
Avast is not a dodgy piece of kit I can assure you. I've used it for years and even using version 4.7 without rootkit and antispyware detection, it was impossible to get things past it. I kept a check on this by running sparate apps by different AV vendors to double check.
I would hope that Avast 4.8 would detect a rootkit before it actually entered the system and block it, I assume you've read that Avast comes with its own built-in self protection which stops any malicious program from adjusting or turning off Avast so that the malicious program can run.
And no I don't have anything to do with Avast. I just use it and have done for a long time without any issues at all - Well apart from the protection warnings that Avast keeps giving me when it's doing it's job when using, shall we say..- programs that you won't see in the shops