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Defensive Downloading – The Basics

malware 5BitDefender is currently warning,  on its Malware City site, of a fake Stuxnet removal tool which, once downloaded and installed, will wipe out the contents of the victim’s Hard Drive.

As we’ve pointed out here many times in the past – if it’s in the news, you can be sure cyber criminals are exploiting it to their advantage. So we shouldn’t be too surprised, that cyber criminals have been very successful in hijacking searches related to the Stuxnet worm.

Unfortunately, following hijacked links is the common behavior of a large percentage of unaware, undereducated, and less security conscious computer users. Is it any wonder the cyber criminals are winning the game?

At the risk of sounding insensitive it’s fair to say, that users who get victimized by the type of scheme described above, end up that way because they behave like victims.

It’s beyond dispute that download sites are not all equal and as a result, downloading can be extremely risky, especially for unaware users. It’s frustrating to realize that so many users lack this basic knowledge.

Download basics are just that – basic:

Download ONLY from well established sites, or sites that are known to you.

Preferably, download from the developer’s official site.

Regardless of origin, scan all downloads with 2 or more, security applications.

Install a Browser security add-on such as WOT, which  investigates web sites for spyware, spam, viruses, browser exploits, phishing, and online scams.

Since “trusted” websites, are not always to be trusted, consider installing an additional layer of security by substituting your ISP provided DNS service, with a more secure alternative such as ClearCloud.

Despite the best precautions, it is still possible to become infected – so, make regular backups of critical data. If you become infected this may be your only solution.

Finally, don’t store critical data on the system partition.

Regular readers will know, that virtually all downloads recommended here, are hosted on CNET’s (download.com), site. There is good reason for this – CNET scrupulously audits hosted downloads, to ensure they are not contaminated by malware.

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Free Stuxnet Removal Tool From BitDefender

imageBitDefender an award-winning provider of innovative internet security solutions, has just released a free removal tool targeting Win32.Worm.Stuxnet.

This tool is capable of removing all known variants of Win32.Worm.Stuxnet, as well as the rootkit drivers that are used to conceal critical components of the worm.

Win32.Worm.Stuxnet is a new breed of e-threats that emerged in mid-July. Although it infects all Windows-based systems alike, it primarily targets supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems which run the Siemens WinCC software.

The worm spreads by taking advantage of a multitude of zero day exploits in the current versions of Windows. Moreover, it can execute itself from an infected removable medium as soon as the .lnk file on the drive which has been read by the operating system. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability results in the injection of a backdoor, as well as the installation of two rootkits that will conceal both the .lnk files and the accompanying .tmp files.

“BitDefender added generic detection covering all variants of Stuxnet on July 19, thus protecting our customers since day zero. As part of our constant efforts to help worldwide users fight against e-threats, BitDefender has also created a Stuxnet Removal Tool. Computer users who are not protected by a BitDefender security solution can now eliminate Stuxnet from their infected systems as well,” said Catalin Cosoi, Head of the BitDefender Online Threats Lab.

The tool can be run on both 32- and 64-bit installations, and it will eliminate both the rootkit drivers and the worm. Stuxnet Removal Tool can be downloaded from the Removal Tools section of www.malwarecity.com.

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Got ZBot (ZeusBot) Malware? Then Download BitDefender’s Free Special Removal Tool

image Lately it seems, we’re seeing more and more specialty malware removal tools, each one specially designed to eliminate a specific malware threat. Or, in some cases, a specific class of malware. In fact, we’ve covered several of these tools in the last week or so.

One of the tools we previously covered here, Rkill, an excellent free specialty tool designed to deal with the removal of rogue software, has been download 11,000+ times through Tech Thoughts, since June 17, 2010. I think those numbers speak to the need for these specialty tools.

The infamous ZBot, aka Zeus, ZeusBot or WSNPoem, can be one of the most frustrating Trojans to eradicate from a system, and recognizing this, BitDefender has developed and released, a free removal tool designed specifically to deal with this threat.

Since ZBot is one of the most prolific breeds of malware, and new variants appear every day, if you suspect that you are infected by this scourge, be sure to download the latest version of the ZBot Removal Tool.

Download at: BitDefender

More info about the threat is available here.

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