June 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. Win32.Worm.Licat
Win32.Worm.Licat is a worm that monitors an infected PC. It sends information back to the attacker and downloads files onto the victim’s computer, dependant on certain events.

2. Adware.Iehlpr
Adware.Iehlpr is adware that installs itself into Internet Explorer. It then causes pop-up advertisements, often with Chinese origin.

3. Virtumonde
Virtumonde, also known as Vundo, is a type of malware/adware that often requires special help, or tools, to remove. It hooks itself into the system and then displays pop-ups. It has also been seen, though not as commonly, popping-up fake alerts for rogue anti-spyware.

4. Win32.Worm.Warezov
Win32.Worm.Warezov is a worm that spreads through e-mail. When infecting a new computer it will scan it for e-mail addresses and then mail itself to those addresses. It may also change the Hosts file, stopping the user from accessing certain web sites.

5. MyWebSearch
MyWebSearch is a toolbar that is bundled with functionally unrelated FunWeb products. This potentially unwanted application installs without providing sufficient notice and choice to users and does not secure their full, meaningful and informed consent prior to installation. MyWebSearch toolbar is installed on all user accounts and runs an application hidden from view, operating in stealth.

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