Threats and PUPs
McAfee's AVERT has announced the most commonly-reported malicious threats and
Potentially Unwanted Programmes (PUPs) affecting enterprises and consumers in
the first quarter of 2005.
The top malicious threats in Q1 are listed alphabetically and identified by
the AVERT name schema: Exploit-ByteVerify, Exploit-HelpZonePass, Exploit-MhtRedir,
JS/Noclose, StartPage, VBS/Psyme, W32/Mytob and W32/Sdbot (family including
sdbot, gaobot, polybot and spybot). In addition, AVERT also notes that mass-mailers,
including those from the Bagle, Netsky and Mydoom families, are widely reported.
The following, while not malicious, are the most commonly reported PUPs identified
by McAfee technology and reported by customers to AVERT. The following PUPs
are listed alphabetically: Adware-BB, Adware-DFC, Adware-Gator, Adware-Rblast,
Adware-180 SearchAssist, Adware-Searchcentrix, Downloader-KL, Downloader-UI