ESET has released the Monthly Malware Threat for India, June 2013 Report. Top Malware detected INF/Autorun.gen. Can spread through spam, email attachments, malicious websites, unsafe downloads and many other ways.
INF/Autorun.gen was detected in Malware Threat for India for May 2013 as well
ESET, the renowned security solutions for businesses and consumers, today published the malware threat for India for the month of June 2013 by revealing the findings of a daily survey by ThreatSense.Net®. It is the ‘in-the-cloud’ malware collection system utilizing data from users of ESET solutions worldwide. ESET has reported that INF/Autorun.gen has increasingly harming ESET users, for several different reasons.
ESET worldwide survey of 100 billion computer users uncovers some alarming attitudes towards INF/Autorun.gen – a generic detection for an “autorun.inf” file created by malware. It can spread through spam, email attachments, malicious websites, unsafe downloads and many other ways.
ESET also reports that INF/Autorun.gen is the generic malware which was highly affecting even for the month May 2013.
How To remain safe from Malware infections:
By following these rules you can safeguard your system from any of the malicious codes mentioned in the Malware Threat for India June 2013 Report:
1) Spam: Spam is anything sent to you without your permission. Spam are laden with malwares, as malwares are used by Spam senders to secretly get different types of information from you. Such as what websites you surf, what products you look for, what products/ services you buy online, the frequency of these purchases etc. If you don’t want someone spying you secretly, avoid any unsolicited information, newsletters etc.
2) Email Attachments: Spam filters in most email applications are quite effective these days. Hence, if a mail with attachment from an unknown sender appears in your spam box, don’t doubt the Spam identification effectiveness of your email program. Modern day mails use a variety of benchmarks to declare an email as spam, so better trust it. Don’t open such mail, and permanently delete it from the Spam folder.
If an email with suspicious message like “I have a Business proposal for You” or “You have won 3 million GBP” land in your inbox, simply press the spam button. This time your mail Spam failed, so you help it detect a Spam.
An email with attachment from a known sender (your friend, or someone from your contacts) but sent to multiple people must be treated as suspicious. If the attachment is simply to wish you new year, or some festival, better not open it. Simply acknowledge that the person wished you, and press the delete button. It hase been documented that, ecards downloads etc. do have some malwares.
2) Malicious Websites: If a site has not very good safe rating. Avoid it. If your antivirus suite with online security cautions you of some threat webpage, don’t ignore that warning.
4) Don’t Download Free Music, movie, apps and books: The lure of free music, videos, Apps and books is real on internet. Malware makers use this greed to infect user systems. So Don’t download free stuff online. It’s free, and that’s why is unsafe. Why will someone offer things for free? Ask yourself.