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.Trojan-Dropper.Delf

Win32.Trojan-Dropper.Delf is a generic family for Trojan droppers made in the Delphi programming language. A dropper is a type of malware that drops additional malicious files on the infected system. These files are often other Trojans or downloaders.

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. Win32.Trojan.Buzus

Win32.Trojan.Buzus is a Trojan that attempts to steal login data to banks, instant messaging services, FTP's and other accounts. It may also try to install rogues and fake alerts.

4. Win32.Trojanspy.Zbot

Win32.Trojanspy.Zbot is a Trojan that targets bank accounts. It also may install a rootkit on the compromised machine.

5. Win32.Backdoor.IRC

Win32.Backdoor.IRC is a generic family for backdoors that use Internet Relay Chat (IRC) protocol to communicate. Win32.Backdoor.IRC is able to open up a backdoor on a compromised computer, allowing remote access and control of the victim's machine.

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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