Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunbelt Software Announces Top Ten Spyware/Malware Threats for March

Top ten most prevalent spyware and malware threats for the month of March 2009

Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) April 9, 2009 -- Sunbelt Software, a leading provider of Windows security software, today announced the top ten most prevalent spyware and malware threats for the month of March 2009. The report, compiled from monthly scans performed by Sunbelt's award-winning antispyware tool, CounterSpy™, and its anti-malware solution, VIPRE™ Antivirus + Antispyware, is a service of the Sunbelt Software Malware Research Labs.

The results represent the number of times a particular spyware or malware infection was detected during CounterSpy and VIPRE scans that report back to Sunbelt's community of opt-in users.

The top ten most prevalent spyware threats for the month of March are:

1. Virtumonde 3.76%

2. Trojan.1 3.25%

3. Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen 2.88%

4. Trojan-Downloader.Zlob.Media-Codec 2.50%

5. Virtumonde.Traces (v) 1.75%

6. Trojan-Downloader.Generic 1.71%

7. Trojan.StartPage.HMH 1.61%

8. Antivirus 360 1.19%

9. INF.Autorun (v) 1.07%

10. Trojan.Crypt.XPACK.Gen 1.07%

About Sunbelt Software's Malware Research Labs:
The Sunbelt Software Malware Research Labs specializes in the discovery and analysis of dangerous vulnerabilities (i.e., security holes, bugs, maligned features or combination of operations) that could be exploited for Internet and email attacks. The research team actively researches new spyware outbreaks, creating and testing new spyware definitions on a constant basis. For detailed spyware research information and to view the top ten threats in real-time please visit Sunbelt Malware Research Labs.

About Sunbelt Software:
Headquartered in Tampa Bay (Clearwater), Fla., Sunbelt Software was founded in 1994 and is a leading provider of Windows security and management software with product solutions in the areas of antispam software and antivirus software, antispyware software, and vulnerability assessment. Leading products include the CounterSpy and VIPRE product lines, Ninja Email Security, Sunbelt Exchange Archiver, and CWSandbox malware analysis tools. The company, located in Tampa Bay, Florida is part of the French-based Sunbelt International Group.
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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Tips for Protecting Your Computer From Security Attacks

With the numerous instances of viruses, worms, Trojans, and spyware that can threaten your computer, to not be fully protected is to invite trouble. Your computer, although a marvel of technology, can also become the channel of significant problems when connected to the Internet.

You are likely already familiar with email worms that meander their way through millions of computers over a short period of time. Well, obviously, you do not want to be one of those people. To avoid this you need to make sure you follow the following tips to protect your own computer from threats via the Internet.

One practical and very simple tip to protecting your computer is to simply update your Windows operating system (OS) when new releases are stabilized. Even if you have the new Vista OS, Microsoft routinely develops updates for bug fixes, enhancements, and other threats.

Most computers automatically download updated software when there is something new. However, you can still go to the Microsoft web site to ensure you have the most recent updates. This is one of your best ways to ward off security threats that may be lurking near your PC.

Another simple tip to protecting your computer is to increase the security levels on your Internet browser. If you use Microsoft Internet Explore, you can click on the Tools dropdown option, and then click the Internet Options section, and then finally the Security tab; there you will see your level of protection for the Internet, Local intranet (if you are on one), Trusted sites, and Restricted sites. There you can make selections based on either the default settings the PC is shipped with, or you can consult with someone comfortable with computer security for advice on appropriate settings that will simultaneously not be too restrictive for your computing needs.

Under the Privacy tab, if the security is not at least Medium-High, you may want to consider changing it. Medium simply does not offer the protection you typically need for your computer. Having it set for Medium-High will keep out most harmful programs. It will also help prevent annoying pop up ads and other attachments that may show up containing a virus.

Additionally, you need to use some common sense. Make sure you always think carefully before opening any attachments from people you do not know. The same goes for emails as well as clickable links. If you are not already familiar with the content that has arrived, then it is not important enough to click and take the chance of ruining your computer. When you receive an attachment in an email message, you should have it assessed with virus scanning software before opening the file.

Lastly, if you receive something that looks suspicious, just put it into your junk folder so it can be deleted properly. No email is so important that you need to risk your computer and data over it.

By taking these steps, your computer should remain relatively safe from cyber threats. As long as you ensure your security programs are routinely updated, you can rest fairly comfortably that you will not be the next victim who loses critical computer data.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Spyware Nuker Review

by Kenneth Lim
Spyware Nuker is one of the most popular adware and spyware removal software available in the industry. Spyware Nuker works to remove adware and spyware from your computer, which can enter your computer through third party programs. These spyware are designed to track your actions on your computer, and pose a serious threat to the confidentiality of your private information.

Thousands of new adware and spyware are appearing all over the internet today, with many more new ones spawning every day. Therefore, it is highly recommended that all computers connected to the web should contain a spyware remover like Spyware Nuker, and these spyware removers should be regularly updated. Spyware Nuker can do a quick scan of your computer and immediately identify where these spyware are hiding your PC. You are also given the choice of whether you want to delete the spyware found on your computer. This is a useful option since I do not always delete everything, as I choose to leave certain cookies in my computer. Such cookies are reliable sources that I trust and wish to leave them in my system so that I do not have to repeatedly type my username and password.

Adware and spyware cause many irritating problems for you when they hide in your computer. Such problems can include multiple intrusive popups that appear when you are surfing the internet. Closing these popups can be very difficult, since closing it will open another popup. Other examples include significant slowdown in computer processing speed. This is how Spyware Nuker will help you tremendously. It easily and quickly removes the adware and spyware on your computer to eliminate all these irritating problems for you.

After using Spyware Nuker, my computer speed has improved and the strange popups were gone. A free downloadable version is available, and this version scans your PC for all the adware and spyware located in the files in your computer. The most important aspect of Spyware Nuker is that it always upgrades itself with new security features that deter the threats that developing adwares and spywares bring.

If your computer does not have a spyware remover, it will most probably be infected by spyware, most of them hiding in seemingly innocent files. Such sources can include your opened emails, music, games and other files that you download from the internet. Spyware Nuker is fast becoming a basic component that every computer should have in this digital age, and it is vital to protect your privacy and your computer's security.