Sunbelt Software Announces Top Ten Spyware/Malware Threats for August

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Stats from leading anti-malware developer show high risk rogue backdoor trojan for the first time in top ten

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

A new threat that appears for the first time in the top ten lists includes the Antivirus XP 2008 threat. Antivirus XP 2008 is a rogue, malicious backdoor trojan that attempts to scare users into paying for useless antispyware protection by leading them to believe that their PCs are infected with malware applications.

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 August are:
1. Trojan-Downloader.Zlob.Media-Codec -1.72%
2. Adware.NetAdware.Gen -1.26%
3. Trojan.FakeAlert -1.23%
4. Virtumonde -1.11%
5. Antivirus XP 2008 (Winifixer) -1.00%
6. Trojan.NewMediaCodec     -0.79%
7. Trojan.Win32.Monder.gen -0.73%
8. Trojan.Crypt.XPACK.Gen -0.64%
9. C2.Lop -0.52%
10. Backdoor.Rbot -0.52%

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 and malware definitions on a constant basis. For detailed research information and to view the top ten threats in real-time please visit http://www.research.sunbelt-software.com.

About Sunbelt Software
Sunbelt Software was founded in 1994 and is a leading provider of Windows security and management software for small and mid-size enterprises with product solutions in the areas of antispam, antivirus, antispyware, and anti-malware. Leading products include the VIPRE and CounterSpy 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. For more information about Sunbelt Software, please visit the company's website at: http://www.sunbeltsoftware.com.

To learn more about current activities, products, and ideas at Sunbelt Software, please visit Sunbelt's corporate blog at http://www.sunbeltblog.com.

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