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This type of malicious program is designed to conceal certain objects or activities in the system. Registry keys (those used to automatically launch malicious objects, for example), files, folders, and processes in the memory of an infected computer, as well as malicious network activity, can all be hidden.

Rootkits themselves have any malicious payload but in most cases, this type of program is used to prevent malicious programs from being detected and extend the length of time that they run on an infected computer.

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