Short bio

Rootkit.Komodia.PUA is Malwarebytes’ detection name for software that uses a particular SSL hijacker designed by Komodia. This hijacker is vulnerable to man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks. This is hidden from users using a special rootkit. At the time when this was revealed, the SSL hijack is also called “Superfish”.


Malwarebytes protects users from Rootkit.Komodia.PUA using real-time protection.

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Malwarebytes blocks Rootkit.Komodia.PUA

Home remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove Rootkit.Komodia.PUA without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

Business remediation

How to remove Rootkit.Komodia.PUA with the Malwarebytes Nebula console

You can use the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Nebula console to scan endpoints.

endpoint menu Nebula endpoint tasks menu

Choose the Scan + Quarantine option. Afterwards you can check the Detections page to see which threats were found.

Nebula detections

On the Quarantine page you can see which threats were quarantined and restore them if necessary.

Nebula Quarantaine

How to enable the scan for rootkits option:

Go to Settings > Policies.
Click New or select an existing policy.
Choose your endpoints operating systems affected by this policy. Select from the following tabs:
– Windows
– Mac
– Linux
Select the Settings tab to see the specific settings available for each operating system.
Select Scan Rootkits: The scan searches for rootkits. This may increase the time required to complete a scan.

scan rootkits

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