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.

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.FraudLoad
Win32.TrojanDownloader.Fraudload is a generic family for rogue installers. Rogue security software is an application that appears to be beneficial from a security perspective but provides little or no security, generates erroneous alerts, or attempts to lure users into participating in fraudulent transactions.

3. Win32.TrojanSpy.Agent
Win32.Trojan.Spy.Agent is a generic family for Trojan spy malware, capable of spying on the victim's activities (logging keystrokes, recording web pages visited, etc) and reporting the results back to a main server.

4. Win32.Worm.Kido
Win32.Worm.Kido, also known as Downup, Downadup, and — most infamously — as Conficker, is a worm that originally surfaced in the end of 2008, when it began exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.

5. 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.

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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