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Threat Check

What types of threats have been plaguing computer users this past month? Take a look, below, at the top threats detected among Ad-Aware users.

  1. MyWebSearch
    MyWebSearch is a toolbar that is installed by FunWeb products. This potentially unwanted toolbar can be installed without providing sufficient notice and choice to users and does not secure their full, meaningful and informed consent prior to installation. The toolbar is installed by FunWeb products on all user accounts and runs an application hidden from view. If you have intentionally installed this application and/or permit this application's presence on your computer, add it to the ignore list.
  2. Win32.TrojanPWS.Magania
    Win32.TrojanPWS.Magania is a password stealing program that hooks itself into the Windows login procedure.
  3. Win32.Trojan.Agent
    Win32.Trojan.Agent installs itself as a Trojan. It may also download additional files onto the infected system. A Trojan is a program that appears to do one thing but actually does another.
  4. SweetIM
    SweetIM is an instant messenger add-on. This application installs without providing sufficient notice in terms of the availability of choices presented to the user with regard to automatic updating and automatic startup of the application, the absence of notification of a continuously running process in the background, installation on other user accounts, and un-installation issues.
  5. Win32.TrojanDownloader.Agent
    Win32.TrojanDownloader.Agent downloads malicious software from a remote server without the consent of the user. A Trojan is a program that appears to do one thing but actually does another.

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

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In the past 12 months, only 27% of teachers taught about the safe use of social networks, only 18% taught about online scams, fraud and social engineering, and only 19% taught about safe passwords.
Source: National Cyber Security Industry Alliance 2010 “The State of K-12 Cyberethics, Cybersafety and Cybersecurity Curriculum in the U.S. Survey”
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“We don't teach children to drive by giving them the keys to the car and expecting them to be 'self-taught'. Similarly, we shouldn't let them sit down at the computer and surf away without training and supervision.”
- StaySafeOnline.Org website
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