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GFI Announces Trojan:Win32.Generic Top of the Charts Yet Again

Trojan:Win32.Generic, which was first on GFI's list of Top Ten malware of February 2012, is once again in the same position with 30.93% of infections on the company's March 2012 list.

Characterized as a destructive program, Trojan:Win32.Generic exploits software vulnerabilities towards facilitating a remote hacker to gain unhindered access to the affected computer through a backdoor. By downloading additional malware, this Trojan carries out multiple malevolent tasks. Post installation, it also renders the computer unfunctional through the alterations of crucial system configurations and Windows registries. Further, it may monitor and tap the web-browsing activities of the end-user for garnering his sensitive information like usernames and passwords, or credit card details.

Positioned second, however, is GamePlayLabs with 4.56% of all infections. This one is associated with an adware which poses as assisting the victim for surfing on the Web, however, in reality intercepts his activities for pushing ads. The malicious program also installs and executes additional malware sans the computer-user's prior awareness or permission. It may as well create a backdoor, thus allowing a remote attacker to access the user's computer and its stored data such as financial or other personal information.

The next malware on the list is Yontoo which has a 1.92% infection rate. This one, an adware, exhibits intermediate ads on the contaminated PC. By abusing software flaws, it gives the remote hacker illegal entry into the PC. The Yontoo is also capable of slackening the computer's speed thus making the system unsteady. And when it infects any computer, it leaves the machine's stored software, folders, usernames, passwords and accounts unsecured.

Ranked No.4, meanwhile, is INF.Autorun (v) (1.64%). INF.Autroun (v) represents one malicious program, which clandestinely plants itself onto data or software folders, from where it further proliferates to other folders whenever the associated software becomes active.

Additionally, Trojan.Win32.Ramnit (v), following the Autorun, is at 1.36%. Ramnit creeps into computers through malicious instant messages, e-mail attachments and so on. It also proliferates through chat clients for infecting further via IRC-networks.

Finally, the other malware programs listed include Worm.Win32.Downad.Gen (v) (1.09%), Virus.Win32.Sality.at (v) (1.05%), Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen ([1.04), iBryte (.88%) and Exploit.PDF-JS.Gen (v) (.88%).

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