Microsoft nukes Zeus malware from 275,000 Windows machines

Daniel Doty
October 19, 2010

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According to Microsoft, the companies Malicious Software Removal Tool has nuked over 275,000 machines running Windows operating system of the Zeus malware, or better known as the Zbot malware. Here is what Jeff Williams from Microsoft had to say about it:


Of the 1,344,669 computers cleaned, this is about 1 in 5, a ratio that’s higher than we typically see even when accounting for the normal, first-month spike which results from adding a new family but not exceptionally so.

To put this in greater perspective the removals of Zbot are almost as many as the removals of the #2 and #3 malware families this month combined (Win32/Vundo and Win32/Bubnix respectively). Approximately 86 million computers have run this version of MSRT as we compile this data so we should expect this number to increase as the month continues.

For the complete read on this, head on over toZDNet and check it out.



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