Unfortunately, The Sony rootkit is not the only copy protection scheme that tries to manipulate your computer. Also, the copy protection does not have to be a rootkit, at least not in the traditional sense. With rootkit reviealers, you will only find copy protection schemes that try to hide themselves by further manipulating the operating system in such a way that the presence of the copy protection scheme is not easily revealed. This may include hiding its own files or not showing some of the processes that are running. That said, it is certainly a good idea nowadays do not only use an anti-virus and anti-spyware pgrogram, but also a root kit detection tool. I believe that some anti-spyware programs already incorporate such functionality. Unfortunately, because those malicious copy-protection schemes are in fact malware produced by powerful multi national companies like Sony, some manufactures of anti-spyware programs might see themselves forced to look the other way, when they detect such malware. We can really be glad that the people at sysinternals made the information about the sony rootkit public. Best regards, Lukas Farhan Khan writes ("[bct] Re: problems with CD rom drive"): > hello, what your talking about is rootkits. Sony rootkits > This practice that sony is doing to there cd's make them very unsecure and > possibly dangerous to you. > 1. The rootkit onceincstalled hides the cd drive, effectivly using a dolar > sign to hide it. > 2. a hacker could exployt this vonerability by going in to your machine if > you don't have a firewall or router, and running a patch that could > potentially hide all your important operating system files. > So my personal thoughts? > Don't buy cd's anymore, or at least not from sony. > You can find more information on http://sysinternals.com or do a google > search for rootkit revealers.