SOURCE: BitDefender


September 15, 2010 09:00 ET

BitDefender Releases Emergency ZBot Removal Tool

Standalone Utility Available for Free Download on

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA--(Marketwire - September 15, 2010) -  BitDefender®, an award-winning provider of innovative antimalware security solutions, today posted a free removal tool for the infamous ZBot as a part of their ongoing efforts to inform, educate and safeguard consumers against e-threats.

While ZBot, or ZeusBot, focuses mainly on online banking details that users enter on financial organizations' websites, it also monitors system information and steals additional authentication credentials. The latest variants are also able to gather the history of visited sites and other data provided by users online, while also capturing desktop screenshots. ZBot is distributed mainly via spam campaigns and on webpages that host its malicious payload under the guise of popular legitimate applications.

BitDefender's ZBot Removal Tool detects and eliminates most of the ZBot variants spotted in the wild and can be downloaded from the Removal Tools section of, a BitDefender initiative for the software security community and a free resource for those interested in online security.

"ZBot is one of the most prolific breeds of malware and new variants are appearing every day. We strongly suggest that computer users regularly return to our removal tool page on for additional updates. Users of BitDefender antimalware suites are already protected by state-of-the-art defensive technology," said Catalin Cosoi, Head of the BitDefender Antimalware Lab.

To make sure that your system is always safe and secured, BitDefender strongly recommends that users consider installing and using a comprehensive antimalware suite. Users can download and try any BitDefender security solution for 30 days free of charge.

About BitDefender®
BitDefender is the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Since its inception in 2001, BitDefender has continued to raise the bar and set new standards in proactive threat prevention, emerging as the industry's anti-malware innovator. Every day, BitDefender protects tens of millions of home and corporate users across the globe -- giving them the peace of mind of knowing that their digital experiences will be secure. BitDefender solutions are distributed by a global network of value-added distribution and reseller partners in more than 100 countries worldwide. More information about BitDefender and its products are available at the company's security solutions press room. More information is available at

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