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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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System Requirements as of 30 January 2019

Windows 7, 8/8.1, or 10
Minimum 1 GB of free disk space / Minimum 1 GB of RAM

macOS 10.11, 10.12, 10.13, or 10.14
Minimum 4 GB of free disk space / Minimum 4 GB of RAM

Supported Browsers: Microsoft Edge / Internet Explorer 10 /
Apple Safari / Google Chrome / Mozilla Firefox

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