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Difference between Rootkit and Spyware
  • 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. Spyware :
Spyware is a kind of malware that perform certain works include watching and tracking of user actions and collecting personal data. Spyware programs generally install themselves on system and provides profit to the third party by collecting data of system user without his consent. Malicious spyware also try to catch passwords and personal information of the users by running in background in the system.



Difference between Rootkit and Spyware :

S.No.ROOTKITSPYWARE
1.Rootkit is set of malicious program that enables administrator-level access to a computer network.Spyware is a form of malware designed to collect your personal information.
2.It is less harmful as compared.It is less harmful as compared.
3.Rootkit is one of the type of malware.Spyware is also one of the type of malware.
4.The main objective of rootkit is to steal the identity information, often to gain control of a system.The main objective of the spyware is to monitor the activity of the system.
5.Detecting and removing a rootkit is a complex process and typically requires the use of specialized tools.Spyware can be detected and removed by the anti-spyware program.
6.It give unauthorized access and control of the system to the attacker.It provides profit to the third party by collecting data of user without his awareness.
7.TDSS, ZeroAccess, Alureon and Necurs are some of the common rootkit.Bonzibuddy, Cydore and Downloadware are some examples of spyware

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