Virus Alerts, by Panda Security (http://www.pandasecurity.com)
Madrid, March 14, 2008 - According to data gathered at the Infected or
Not website (http://www.infectedornot.com) this week, 26.05% of
protected computers are infected with some type of malicious code.
"Many users think that having an antivirus installed is enough to
protect them. However, not all solutions protect the same nor is it
enough to have a solution installed on the computer", explains Luis
Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs. "To be more protected,
traditional security software must be complemented with on-demand scans performed by online solutions that offer greater detection capacity".
Regarding the most prevalent malicious codes last week, the list is
headed by the Comet adware, which shows ads while users surf the
The Bagle.RP and Puce.E worms take second and third place respectively.
These malicious codes use their own means to spread from one computer to another.
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As for the thousands of new codes that have appeared this week, the
PandaLabs report looks at EbayRob.B and WinFake.A.
EbayRob.B is a Trojan designed to steal data entered in online forms on sites like eBay. This data is later on sent to the malware creator by email.
The Trojan modifies the Windows Registry in order to register itself as a service, which allows it to run automatically every time Windows is started up. It also edits the hosts file to redirect access to a series of websites to the affected computer. By doing this, the Trojan will be able to monitor access to those addresses.
When run by the user, EbayRob.B displays a series of cars photos.
Winfake.A is a worm that infects all available drives. It also prevents certain utilities, functions (like regedit) or the Windows console from being run, and hinders the normal use of the clipboard.
The worm appears as a Microsoft Word icon called Love. Once run, it
makes several copies of itself on the system and names them after songs to entice users to run them.
More information in PandaLabs' Encyclopedia