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Commercial spyware using rootkit techniques to avoid removal
In a recent weblog entry F-Secure's Chief Researcher, Mikko Hyppönen, said the most common rootkit his company's BlackLight technology has exposed is installed by Apropos spyware, which plagues users with popup windows.

"The reason for Apropos to use rootkit techniques is very different from your average worm or bot," Hyppönen noted. "Usually rootkit malware tries to avoid detection. Apropos, on the other hand, shows the user pop-ups 'ad nauseam'. Therefore, the motive of Apropos is not to use rootkits for hiding itself. The very advanced rootkit functionality in Apropos is designed to prevent uninstallation and removal."
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