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Malware is a collective term for various types of malicious software that infect a user’s computer. These include viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkits, spyware, adware, and several others.

Malicious software is becoming a bigger problem with each passing year, and it is growing at an increasingly faster pace than ever before. In fact, last year there were 74,000 new computer viruses created every single day on average.


Spring has just sprung and with the first days of April comes that welcome reminder that the worst had passed. With that, the necessary task of spring cleaning comes along too. This year, in addition to tidying your home, consider tidying your digital home as well.


We received impressive reviews from Virus Bulletin's VB100 Testing on Ad-Aware 11 Free Antivirus+. We are very honored to be able to secure the top spots alongside with the other big guys. We're definitely very proud of our achievement for Ad-Aware 11. Hard work definitely pays off!


Feven usually comes with a free software package, or fake updates that appears to be real ones (their installation file looks very similar to the one from a trusted manufacturer). It is based on Crossrider framework (designed to create cross browser extensions), so Feven additionally installs this framework components by taking over space on your PC.


Data breaches have been dominating headlines recently... It also comes with a good reason and bad intentions. The number of identity fraud victims jumped to 13.1 million in 2013, a new report from Javelin Strategy & Research finds. That's an increase of 500,000 from 2012 and the second highest number of victims since Javelin began conducting its annual study in 2004.


Tax fraud is a serious crime. Tax refund fraud itself affects millions of people every year and costs the government billions of dollars. In 2011, fraudsters stole more than $3 billion from the government via an estimated 1.1 million false returns. That same year, the Internal Revenue Service blocked more than 12 million false refund claims worth more than $40 billion.


As part of Microsoft’s longstanding commitment to privacy, they have just released their findings and results of a survey that shows the privacy attitudes of technology savvy individuals in the US and four European countries (Belgium, France, Germany and the UK).


Most people think that their computers or mobile phones can only be hacked if they download a program or go onto a website that looks suspicious. However, the latest ring of cyber attacks point to a completely different method of infection.


Data Privacy Day was held recently on January 28, it is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint.


With hackers getting more and more intrusive, let's try our best to make 2014 a much more secure year. The first step is coming up with resolutions to make involving the way we work and operate in the digital space everyday.


Our Director at Malware Labs, Andrew Browne has prepared an overview of what we can expect in terms of malware trends in the coming year.





As we already know, hackers and cybercriminals are constantly seeking new and creative ways in gaining access to your computers and stealing your personal information.