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Trojans: Still on Top

Friday, March 14th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Security Help

Trojans: Still on Top

Do you often wonder where different types of malware stand in comparison to each other? For instance, are Trojans more dangerous than spyware or is it the other way around? I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time thinking about which one is the worst when it comes to the damage it could do to my computer. Well, today, I’ve got all the answers you’ve been looking for and more. Keep reading for all the details!

According to ActiveScan (Panda Security’s online scanner), Trojans accounted for 23.70 percent of all infections found during the month of February 2008. Yikes! On a good note, the same test was done for the last few months of 2007 and the percentage has decreased since then, but the results are still a little scary. On the other hand, worms came in second for the most active malware in February and that number jumped from 15 percent to 17.60. Adware stayed about the same though, clocking in at 20.71 percent.

Even more, as far as the most active malicious code goes, first on the list is a Trojan called Downloader.MDW, which is designed to infect computers with several different types of malware at once. Second on the list is a worm called Bagle.RC and coming in third is another worm that goes by the name of Lineage.GXD. It’s hard to tell where all of these Trojans, worms, etc. come from, but as long as you keep your computer secure, you’ll be just fine. You can do that by running all of your scans (antivirus, spyware, etc.) on a regular basis. Be safe!

~ Erin

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