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PandaLabs Reports – 73,000 New Malware Threats EVERY DAY!

When I start my day, it never enters my mind to consider whether or not I’ll be mugged that day; if my home will be burglarized; or if I’ll be the victim of any type of crime. Except in one circumstance.

Each time I start an Internet session, I consciously consider the odds that I will be a victim of cyber criminals. I know I’ll have to deal with attempts to scam me; attempts to compromise my machine through driveby downloads; infected downloads and applications; infected web sites and redirections – the list goes on… and on …and on.

Little wonder then, that I was not in the least surprised to see PandaLabs reveal in their malware report on the most notable malware trends for the first 3 months of 2011,  that surfers are now exposed to 73,000 new malware threats every day –  an increase of 10,000 over the same time frame last year.

Report highlights:

Incidence of new malware has increased 26 percent over the same period last year.

PandaLabs now observes on average of 73,000 malware samples every day, an increase of 10,000.

Trojans remain the most popular type of threat, accounting for 70 percent of all malware.

Downloaders, a subtype of Trojan, have seen an astounding increase over the last 3 months.

New malware growth from Q1 2010 through Q1 2011.

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Malware by type.

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In the following graphic you’ll note that Downloaders, a lightweight Trojan since it contains only a few lines of code (making it harder to detect), have increased dramatically. Downloaders are particularly dangerous, since they are designed to connect to the Net to facilitate the downloading of additional malware.

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I’ll risk sounding like a broken record, and repeat what I’ve said numerous times here –

“Controlling malware intrusion, while surfing the Net, through the use of a  “virtual” environment rather than operating in a “real” environment, makes sense given the escalating level of cyber criminal activity on the Internet.”

BufferZone, is a particular effective and easy to use freeware virtualization application (perfect for casual users), which creates an isolated environment called the Virtual Zone, while you surf the Internet. You can read more about BufferZone, here.

About PandaLabs:

Since 1990, PandaLabs, Panda Security’s malware research laboratory, has been working to detect and classify malware in order to protect consumers and companies against new Internet threats.

To do so, PandaLabs uses Collective Intelligence, a cloud-based proprietary system that leverages the knowledge gathered from Panda’s user community to automatically detect, analyze and classify the more than 73,000 new malware strains that appear every day.

This automated malware classification is complemented through the work of an international team with researchers specialized each in a specific type of malware (viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware and other attacks) to provide global coverage.

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Free License Giveaway for BufferZone Pro Virtualization Application

imageRegular reader John W, has once more pointed me to a free license giveaway – this time for BufferZone, a virtualization application which creates an isolated environment called the Virtual Zone, while you surf the Internet. The Virtual Zone “buffers” your PC from all forms of known or unknown attacks, that originate from the Internet and external devices.

I have not had an opportunity to test drive this application, but of the 6 or so reviews I did have a chance to read, most reported favorably on the program’s performance.

Virtualization provides a strong layer of protection against malware infection while surfing the Net, and this license giveaway will give you an opportunity to run with the Pro version of  BufferZone, and save $40.00 in the process.

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From the developer’s site:

When you use the Internet, programs from the Web can enter your PC uninvited or invited (by downloading). In order to run, these programs make modifications to your hard drive and registry (operating system). Usually such modifications are harmless. However, when they’re not, infected programs or files can do serious damage to your computer.

BufferZone patented “Threat Virtualization” technology

 

With BufferZone, all programs or files that enter your computer through downloading, browsing or uploading with external media devices are redirected to a Virtual Zone (C:\Virtual). C:\Virtual is a special directory in your computer’s registry that keeps external programs and files in an isolated environment, separated from your trusted personal files and your PC’s operating system.

All files, personal information, drivers and system resources remain invisible to threats and therefore protected from costly or irreversible damage. Viruses, bots, worms, Trojan Horses, phishing, keyloggers, spyware and other malicious code are prevented from covertly installing on your PC.

Modifications from infected programs, files or problematic websites will run only inside C:\Virtual. Inside the Virtual Zone, infections are easily contained and changes can be reversed. The Virtual Zone keeps your computer and trusted files clean and safe.

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(Graphic from the developer’s site)

System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 (32-bit).

Download at: the developer’s site (Trustware.com).

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