Threat risk: Severe Risk
Severe risk threats are typically installed without user interaction through security exploits, and may allow an attacker to remotely control the infected machine. Such threats may allow the attacker to install additional malware and use the compromised machine to participate in denial of service attacks, spamming, and bot nets, or to transmit sensitive data to a remote server. The malware may be cloaked and not visible to the user. These threats severely compromise the system by lowering security settings, installing ?backdoors,? infecting system files, or spreading to other networked machines.
Once a week I run a spyware check, antivirus check and a Trojan check on my computer
I use AVG for antivirus, TrojanHunter for trojans and CounterSpy for spyware. All 3 have guards enabled.
I wasn't warned that I had a Doly RAT Trojan virus until I ran a spyware scan. TrojanHunter never detected it and neither did the guard that I have running for CounterSpy. What good is it to have a guard up and running if if doesn't flag you that you have a problem until you run a scan? The Trojan had a very serious rating (per CounterSpy) and I'm wondering what sort of damage that could have done if I didn't run a scan to remove it.