[root-kit, roo t‐]Computers.
- malicious software that allows an unauthorized user to maintain access to a computer by concealing programs and processes, files, or data from the operating system.
- to install such software on (a computer, electronic device, etc.): I think my system has been rootkitted.
Origin of rootkit
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- computing a set of programs used to gain unauthorized access to a computer's operating system, esp in order to destroy or alter files, attack other computers, etc
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