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Nearly 52% Malware Threats’ Life Span of Just One Day

According to the Internet security company 'PandaLabs,' about 52% of all newly released viruses, trojans and worms remain on the Net for not even 24 hours before getting inactive.

Unfortunately, this tendency is not because Panda, Symantec or AVG, the firms for computer security, eradicate them with their own remarkable methods, but because virus creators are constantly shifting towards their successive major malware.

PandaLabs said - every day it finds almost 37,000 fresh samples of viruses, Trojans, worms and other Internet threats.

Among these, the company discovered that more than half (52% or 19,240 on average) proliferate and contaminate computer users for only 24 hours. Following that time period, they become exhausted and innocuous, with other new variants quickly replacing them.

The reason why such large numbers of variants turn out is that the trend helps to escape identification, said PandaLabs. According to the company, a huge number of malware pieces are recurrently revised and then re-deployed so that anti-malware program is not able to spot or eliminate them from the infected systems.

Luis Corrons, Technical Director at PandaLabs, said that the race was never to end and in it sadly, hackers continued to win, as reported by V3 on August 13, 2009.

Corrons further said that security researchers are bound to wait till they are able to seize the newly created malware for analysis, classification and annihilation. He added that in the particular race, security providers that analyze malware with conventional, manual methods aren't fast enough to vaccinate their customers' networks since the time span for malware dissemination and contamination is very small.

This explains why there is a considerable rise in new threats that PandaLabs detects. During 2008, the company detected as high as 18 Million pieces of malware, a record number in the 20-year history of the company. And from 2008, this number has remarkably risen to 30 Million till July 31, 2009.

With malware increasing exponentially, vendors are adopting new practices like adding behavior-based 'heuristics' techniques to signature-based detection. Companies are also adopting cloud computing along with web services for developing improved updates.

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