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A rootkit is a type of malware that hides itself or other processes running on a computer. Malware frequently installs rootkits upon infection to hide its own activity. A rootkit can hide a keylogger, capturing your keystrokes and sending your confidential information without your consent. It can also allow hackers to use your computer for illicit purposes, such launching a denial-of-service attack against other computers or sending out spam email. Sophos Home protects against rootkits with its advanced antivirus scanning, exploit protection, and real-time behavioral detection mechanisms.

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