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.
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.
Win32.Hoax.PCHealthCenter is a type of application that mimics Windows security and tries to scare the user into licensing rogue software. This family is a type of fake alert.
Win32.Backdoor.Sinowal is a backdoor and can provide unauthorized access to the user’s machine. It will also attempt to monitor selected input and steal login information and passwords.
Win32.Trojan.Fraudpack is a type of Trojan that helps distribute rogue software or similar fraudulent applications.
Win32.Rootkit.Agent is a generic family for rootkits. A rootkit is a program that fraudulently gains or maintains administrator level access that may also execute in a manner that prevents detection. They can be used to monitor traffic and keystrokes, create a backdoor into the system for the hacker's use, alter log files, attack other machines on the network, and alter existing system tools to avoid detection.
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