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More than 54,000 virus threats in existence

More than 54,000 virus threats exist as of today and more viruses are expected to appear as the festive season approaches.

More than 54,000 virus threats exist as of today and more viruses are expected to appear as the festive season approaches.

According Deb Dutta, regional director, Network Associates, Southeast Asia/India, although there is no direct relation between the increase of virus threats to the festive season, hackers are expected to be mroe prevalent when they have free time on their hands within these two months, with Christmas, Hari Raya and the New Year back-to-back.

McAfee AVERT (Anti-Virus Emergency Response Team) Virus Information Library, a division of McAfee, a Network Associates, Inc. has come up with comprehensive lists of the top threats, latest virus information and cures tacked and developed by AVERT.

The Virus Information Library also contains information about virus hoaxes and email warnings about disk attachments that sometimes land in your inbox.

Top 10 threats tracked by AVERT listed alphabetically:

1. Backdoor-G2 Trojan
2. W97M/Ethan.a
3. W32/Funlove.4099
4. W32/ Ska (a.k.a Happy99)
5. JS/Kak.worm.a
6. XM/Laroux.dx
7. VBS/Loveletter.a
8. W97M/Marker.gen
9. W97M/Melissa.a@mm
10. IRC/Stages.worm

McAfee AVERT tracks the latest viruses and trojan horses to keep you up-to-date with the many new, and altered, viruses emerging every day. Each profile gives you comprehensive details on virus characteristics and indications of infections.