Today’s viruses are smarter than they have ever been in the past. They use advanced hacking technology to gain access to your system before installing themselves on some of the most critical parts of your hard drive. Once there, they can be extremely difficult to remove.

To make matters worse, even the smartest PC users have started to become victims of dangerous viruses. Even websites that you trust can be infected by a virus, and today, more and more types of malware are spread through social media websites like Twitter and Facebook. All you have to do is click on one link and your computer could be infected. Your computer can even contract a virus just by clicking on an image on Google image search.

Put simply, no matter how much experience you have with computers, you can never be 100% safe from malware infections.

A system restore fixes all my virus problems, right?

Of course, computer-savvy people like to argue that, even if they did get a virus, they could backup all their important files and perform a system restore in order to rescue their PC. This removes your operating system and all programs from your hard drive so that the user can perform a clean install.

While a system restore is an easy and effective way to remove simple viruses, some viruses are able to get around it. Yes, that’s right: some viruses can survive on your hard drive even when you perform a complete system restore. This new strain of malware is called a ‘bootkit’, and it is one of the most dangerous types of viruses available on the internet today.

A bootkit is a type of rootkit, which means that it lodges itself deep within your computer to a level where even the best antivirus programs have trouble getting rid of it. A bootkit, however, is particularly difficult to remove because it implants itself within your computer’s core system files by modifying the boot-up process.

How do I stay protected?

Bootkits have been around for a few years, and as of yet, there are very few ways to defend your system against them. Surprisingly, registry cleaner have been shown to remove several common bootkits from your system and are an effective way of protecting your computer’s core boot-up files.

By cleaning the Windows Registry – which contains data about your system’s startup sequence and other program configuration information – you may be able to remove bootkits from your computer.

Rootkits and bootkits are difficult to detect because they lie silently on your hard drive for days, weeks, or even months before they become active. Your computer could be infected right now without you even knowing about it. To make sure your PC is free of rootkits, download your free scan of Registry Cleaner Pro 2012 today.