OCTOBER 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. 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.

2. 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.

3. DNSChanger
DNSChanger is a fake codec that installs a user mode rootkit and changes the DNS settings on the victim’s machine.

4. FakeAlert
FakeAlert is a type of Trojan that presents false system messages with the intention of frightening the user into downloading and buying rogue security software. It is often distributed through Zlob Trojans.

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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2.9 billion U.S. dollars were lost by households in the past two years due to damage caused by virus infections.

Source: Consumer Reports, State of the Net 2008
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