At Halloween, monsters are not all costume-clad children knocking on your door. Or colleagues at the after-work party. Or even just confined to silver screen blockbusters. Malware Monsters can also creep silently into yours and your clients’ IT systems.
Once they’re through the digital door, they can wreak havoc – stealing sensitive data, stealthily adding computers to a botnet, or tracking your every move online.
We’ve looked through our malware ‘Top Detections List’ to identify the most common malware monsters out there today. Here are seven you’ll want to ensure you’re protected from this October 31st.
So what do these malware do?
The primary function of these types of applications is to make revenue through advertising. Usually they come bundled in different software that poses as freeware.
Although at first it appears to be harmless, many ads which adware serves can lead to websites, which will download malware and compromise the computer.
Computers infected with this type of malware could display unexpected behavior, such as linking to malicious websites that pose an even worse threat towards your IT infrastructure.
If the adware causes an additional load, performance of IT systems could significantly decrease, effectively slowing down operational speed and work efficiency.
A program that appears to be legitimate, but in fact does something malicious. It will perform the following actions: Download other malware, steal Private Information (passwords, credit card info), modify/delete files, crash the system, send out attacks (DoS, spam), keystroke logging, create backdoors for remote access.
The two Trojans we have in our monster list are particularly crafty as they take advantage of the latest security exploits in order to avoid detection and to infect computers.
Trojans open a backdoor that remains unlocked, granting unwanted access to anyone using this exploit.
This exposes the infected computer to all kinds of options such as copying sensitive files, etc.
This is a self-replicating program that spreads by inserting copies of itself into other executable code or documents.
The target for this monster is Windows executable files with the extensions .EXE or .SCR. Also it has a polymorphic component which allows it to mutate after each infection thus making it hard to detect and remove without proper anti-malware protection.
Viruses are usually created with specific targets in mind and they spread though the network, USB drives, e-mail attachments.
A virus could result in total meltdown of the infected devices.
As the name implies, viruses can spread quickly inside a network by copying themselves multiple times or even sending themselves to contacts via email.
The pattern is clear in our top detections list. Malware is being used to generate more profit than ever.
Previously malware was used to compromise a system – and now it is used in combination with clever marketing techniques and development skills to fly under the radar and generate the highest revenue possible.
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