Sunbelt Software Announces Top Ten Spyware/Malware Threats for September

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

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Sunbelt Software, a leading provider of Windows security and management software, today announced the top ten most prevalent spyware and malware threats for the month of September. 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 Trojan.TDSServ threat. Trojan.TDSServ is a Trojan installed with rootkit-specific techniques designed to hide the software presence in the system. The Trojan also is used to block access to security sites.

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 September are:
1.Trojan-Downloader.Zlob.Media-Codec 2.76%
2.Trojan.FakeAlert 1.75%
3.Virtumonde 1.31%
4.Trojan.TDSServ 1.20%
5.Adware.NetAdware.Gen 1.04%
6. Antivirus XP 2008 (Winifixer) 0.85%
7.FakeAlert.PCHealthCenter 0.75%
8.Ultimate SecuritySuite 0.72%
9.Trojan.Win32.Monder.gen 0.72%
10.Trojan.NewMediaCodec 0.70%

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 and antivirus, antispyware, and vulnerability assessment. Leading products include the CounterSpy and VIPRE product lines, Ninja Email Security, Sunbelt Exchange Archiver, and endpoint firewall technologies. The company is part of Sunbelt International Group, based in Paris, France.

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.

Copyright © 2008 Sunbelt Software. All rights reserved. All trademarks used are owned by their respective companies.

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