AUGUST 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. Win32.Backdoor.Hupigon
Win32.Backdoor.Hupigon is a backdoor that runs as a service. It is most likely of Chinese origin. Backdoors are used by malware writers to open up ports on the compromised computer, allowing remote access and control of the victim’s machine.

5. Win32.TrojanDownloader.Agent
Win32.TrojanDownloader.Agent is a generic family for Trojans that download additional families on an infected system. A Trojan is a program that appears to do one thing but actually does another.

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Have a question about one of these threats? Need guidance on how to rid your computer of spyware and malware? Take advantage of free support from our worldwide volunteer security network at the Lavasoft Support Forums.

 
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