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Zlob Trojan Penetrating Deeply in Canada

Downloader virus Zlob Trojan is expanding on a large scale and has caused a significant hike in the malware infection ranking of Canada, as per the fifth version of the Microsoft's Security Intelligence Report.

It is noteworthy that traditionally Canada is neither in the list of 25 most infected nations of the world nor it is among the 25 least infected countries. It is maintaining its intermediate position. Microsoft Canada's National Security and Privacy Lead Mohammad Akif stated that corresponding to the soaring Zlob virus infections, the country's heat index increased by 39.5% during the first half of 2008 as compared to the later half of 2007, as per the news published by itWorldCanada on October 4, 2008.

Akif further stated that Canada is having a heat index of 8.1 at present, whereas the worldwide heat index is at 10.0. In other words, a minimum of 8.1 PCs out of the 1,000 PCs inspected by Microsoft were in the need of malware removal.

At the same time, security researchers and security analysts of the Zlob Trojan revealed that the Trojan is prevailing in approximately 86,000 different forms worldwide, with a per continuous growth of 571 variants per day. In this context, Microsoft stated that uptill now, it has successfully made 155,6444 Canadian PCs free from Zlob.

Zlob Trojan is leading the malware list in Canada while the other malevolent codes that have played havoc in the Canadian PCs comprise of ZangoSearch Assistant, i.e. an adware infecting 106,718 PCs. Then comes Agent that has infected 67,098 computers, followed by Trojan Vundo and Adware ZangoShoppingreports, which are responsible for infecting 60,153 and 53,710 machines respectively. Lastly, an adware named Hotbar has been held responsible for infecting 52,324 PCs in Canada.

The report by Microsoft provides a clear description of the mode of operation and execution of the Zlob Trojan. According to security researchers and analysts, this particular Trojan infects the computers through Internet browser. It looks apparently a spyware tool and once installed, it starts to download the malware, which, in turn, steals the personal and sensitive information of the users.

The state security researchers also warned that the software applications and products that have been left unattended for long can provide the backdoor entry to the malware. So it's always better to remove such products to ensure full security.

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