Malware Keeps Evolving

Malware never sleeps. And it never sits still, either. New and potentially disastrous threats appear on the Internet more frequently than new crops of tomatoes show up at the supermarket.

And with good reason. As soon as a new threat is discovered, security companies like Trend Micro snap into action, searching for ways to identify, neutralize, and remove the latest in evil software. And the bad guys, unwilling to give up on your hard-earned money, have to try and stay one step ahead of them.

Consider the notorious Duqu rootkit, which seemed like the baddest malware around when it was discovered in mid-October. That one appears to have been based on Stuxnet, the biggest baddy of 2010. As an unsigned Help Net Security article put it, "It is a game that malware creators have played with victims — the computer users — or with their arch-enemies — the AV industry — since computers were too large to fit in a regular room and were anything but 'personal.'"

Do you remember that evil Trojan Koobface, which spread via Facebook and other social networking platforms in 2008, stealing logon information and adding computers to its botnet? How about MyDoom, from 2004? That one also added victims' PCs to a botnet, and was for a while the fastest-spreading worm of all time. You can even go back to the bad old days of 1992, when the Michelangelo virus threatened to wipe millions of hard drives on March 6 (the famous artist's birthday). That was a boot virus that spread on infected floppy disks. At least that's one thing you don't have to worry about anymore.

But no use getting nostalgic for the bad old days, because things are even more dangerous today. Your only real protection is a first-class anti-virus program — one that's constantly updating itself, and can use heuristic detection methods to identify malware that it doesn't even yet know about. Any one of Trend Micro's Titanium packages will do the trick.

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