July 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.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 websites.

2. 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.

3. Win32.TrojanPWS.Onlinegames
Win32.TrojanPWS.Onlinegames is a family of threats consisting of password stealers that are aimed at stealing log-in information from online gamers. Online game accounts are then plundered and/or sold for a profit. Popularly targeted games include World of Warcraft and Legend of Mir.

4. 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.

5. Win32.Trojandownloader.banload
Win32.Trojandownloader.banload is a downloader that will download and install a banker Trojan – a password stealing Trojan that focuses on capturing bank logins.

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