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.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.

3. VirusRemover2008
VirusRemover2008 is rogue anti-spyware spread through Zlob and fake online scanners. Its distribution methods are stealthy and/or misleading. The user is presented with misleading advertisements, often popped-up from files and processes installed by Trojans, which ultimately scare or trick the user into buying the commercial version.

4. Win32.TrojanDownloader.Zlob
Win32.TrojanDownloader.Zlob is the "original" fake codec malware. It disguises itself as a media codec that is needed to be installed for the user to view a certain movie (often pornographic content). Once installed, the user will get a barrage of pop-ups and security warnings consisting mainly of casino advertisements and rogue applications.

5. AntiVirus2009
AntiVirus2009 is rogue anti-spyware that spreads by way of Zlob and fake online scanners. Its distribution methods are stealthy and/or misleading. The user is presented with misleading advertisements, often popped-up from files and processes installed by Trojans, which ultimately scare or trick the user into buying the commercial version.

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