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Difference between Rootkit and Adware
  • Last Updated : 25 Sep, 2020
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1. Rootkit :
Rootkit is a set of application, a type of malware that is designed to infect a target PC and allow an attacker to install a set of tools that grant him persistent remote access to the computer. The malware typically pretended itself as normal files that “hide in plain sight” so your antivirus software overlooks them. It enables administrator-level access to a computer or computer network. The motive is to steal the identity information from your computer, often to gain control of a system. It is difficult to detect and remove, requires the specialized tools to remove.

2. Adware :
Adware is not exactly malicious but they do breach privacy of the users for malicious purpose. They display ads (a pop up window appear) on computer’s desktop or inside individual programs. They mainly come attached with free to use software, thus main source of revenue for such developers. They basically monitor your interests and display relevant ads. An attacker may embed malicious code inside the software and adware can monitor your system activities and can even compromise your machine.



Difference between Rootkit and Adware :

S.No.ROOTKITADWARE
1.Rootkit is set of malicious program that enables administrator-level access to a computer network.Adware is similar to a spyware and it can be both intrusive and difficult to eradicate.
2.The main objective of rootkit is to steal the identity information, often to gain control of a system.The main objective of adware is to monitor your interests and display relevant ads.
3.Detecting and removing a rootkit is a complex process and typically requires the use of specialized tools.Adware can be detected and removed by the antivirus program.
4.It give unauthorized access and control of the system to the attacker.It provides profit to the developer by generating online advertisement.
5.Rootkit is one of the type of malware.Adware is also one of the type of malware.
6.It is more harmful.It is less harmful as compared.
7.TDSS, ZeroAccess, Alureon and Necurs are some of the common rootkit.Fireball, Appearch, Gator and dollarrevenue are some of the examples of adware.

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