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5 Million Malware Sites Discovered in October

On November 14, 2007 Webroot Software Inc., a leading security software provider for businesses, SME markets and consumers, announced the most popular and common forms of deadly security threats in the UK in October.

The top adware programs during October were the CoolWebSearch, a Google browser redirection pest which promises to improve searching, the Comet Cursor, a browser plug in that appears as a mouse pointer utility, and Starware Toolbar, a pop-up blocker that exhibits its own ads. Surely, all of these would be downloaded by users who have no idea of what they are signing up for.

Webroot has recognized 007 Spy as the most common system monitor for October. This malware notices the activities of a PC, but can prove to be dangerous if its installation on the PC is without the user's knowledge.

CEO of Webroot Software Inc., Peter Watkins, said that the technology behind spyware has increased manifolds and has become highly sophisticated. He also said that their advancement has picked up such a great speed that manual methods used by many security companies and freeware providers won't be able to tackle it, as per the news by sourcewire on November 14, 2007.

Watkins continues by saying that the Threat Research Company of Webroot has recognized almost 5 Million sites that houses deadly spyware using the PhileasTM spyware research system. By using a patent pending technology, this research system scours the whole web to detect spy ware faster and more efficiently in comparison to other available detection method. Consequently, this high speed system keeps the consumer and enterprises secure with efficient blocking, detection and removal rates.

In October, the most common form of malicious attack, as per the monthly analysis of Webroot, is the Downloader-Zlob Trojan. During the past 6 months, this Trojan has ruled the list of Webroot of the most common and dangerous threats. Further, it silently installs some rogue security programs viz. Ultimate Defender, Ultimate Fixer and AntispyStorm.

The worse part is that some parts of Trojan Downloader-Zlob perform a backdoor functionality which allows a remote attacker to control and access a compromised computer for harmful purposes.

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