March 2008

Threat Check

What types of threats have been plaguing computer users this past month? Take a look, below, at the top threats creating a buzz among Ad-Aware users in the Lavasoft Support Forums.

1. Worm.Licat
Worm.Licat is a worm that spreads as a link through MSN Messenger. Once the user clicks the link, the worm will copy itself to the MSN Messenger folder, rename the real MSN Messenger file and place itself there instead, enabling it to start every time the user starts MSN Messenger. It will also try to download other malware.

2. Win32.TrojanDownloader.Zlob
Win32.TrojanDownloader.Zlob is the "original" fake codec malware. It disguises itself as a media codec that is needed to be installed for the user to view a certain movie (often pornographic content). Once installed, the user will get a barrage of pop-ups and security warnings consisting mainly of casino advertisements and rogue applications.

3. Adware.E404
Adware.E404 is an adware component that is distributed along with certain versions of Zlob.

4. Win32.Trojanspy.banker
Win32.Trojanspy.banker is a type of password stealer that targets bank accounts. A banker Trojan like this could target a single bank or up to thousands, making behavior different among the varying types.

5. Virusprotect
Virusprotect is a rogue anti-spyware application that is distributed with some types of Zlob Trojans. It has now been replaced with VirusHeat.

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