“It’s troubling that a significant number of Windows PCs, both consumer and corporate, continue to be infected with genuinely malicious code, such as rootkits, keyloggers, and Trojan horses,” said Andrew Jaquith, a senior analyst at the Yankee Group.
According to a new report from Microsoft, rootkits have not yet risen to the level of being a hacker weapon of choice, but Trojan horse programs have become a “significant and tangible threat to Windows users.”
The Microsoft report comes as many computer users are growing more fearful about the security of their PCs, particularly in light of threats caused by viruses and worms — such as Zotob, Sasser, and Blaster — that have made headlines in the mainstream media by infecting computers around the world.[/QUOTE]
Related document: Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool: Progress Made, Trends Observed – A White Paper from the Microsoft Antimalware Team
This report provides an in-depth perspective of the malware landscape based on the data collected by the MSRT, and highlights the impact that the MSRT has had in reducing the impact of malware on Windows users.