Safer. But still not 100% safe.
One last thing, rootkits has the potential to falsify the way your system works, it has the potential to fool traditional anti virus or firewall can be installed on your motherboards bio chip making reinstall of os pointless also can affect your router, it is a nightmare as i am suffering from rootkit associated instructions.
Rootkits can make you look like a fool due to just how genuine rootkits work if you ever find out and never underestimate rootkits, for me over time my pc system router have rootkit on it.
In my opinion rootkits are the way to go if you potentially want to rape a system or network unless you know how rootkits work and how to prevent them,
Read about root kits here > https://home.sophos.com/en-us/security-news/2019/what-is-a-rootkit.aspx and learn about them otherwise you may never know and works like quicksand because over time it can make your system be more vulnerable and the less you can do about it unless your a computer expert of all sorts.