SOURCE: BitDefender

BitDefender

April 27, 2011 08:00 ET

BitDefender® Offers Free Tool Against Autorun Malware

USB Immunizer Helps Prevent Spread of Threats Such as Conficker and Stuxnet

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA--(Marketwire - Apr 27, 2011) - BitDefender®, an award winning provider of innovative Internet security solutions, has released a free USB Immunizer tool to protect against prominent Autorun-based malware threats.

For years, this form of malware has ranked high in the worldwide e-threat landscape, with notorious examples including Trojan.AutorunInf, the Conficker worm (Win32.Worm.Downadup), Worm.Autorun.VHD or the fearsome Stuxnet.

To help computer users more easily protect themselves, BitDefender's USB Immunizer allows users to shield their USB storage device or SD card against infections. Even if a storage device has been plugged into an infected computer, the piece of malware will be unable to create its autorun.inf file, thus removing any chance of it auto-launching.

The Immunize Computer slider allows the user to toggle the Autorun feature On or Off for any removable media (except for CD/DVD-ROM devices). For those who frequently read and write data from USB sticks or SD cards, disabling the Autorun option can save the unpleasant surprise of getting their computer infected without warning.

"For several years, we have seen a significant increase in malware exploiting the Autorun technology in order to infect other computers via flash disks," said Catalin Cosoi, BitDefender Head of Online Threats Lab. "Trojan.AutorunINF has been the world's number one e-threat since the second half of 2009, while the other two representatives of the Autorun family -- Worm.Autorun.VHG and Trojan.Autorun.AET -- are constantly present in the global Top 10 malware tops. Our USB immunizer is a positive, easy-to-use response to this growing issue. It will help users to keep both their storage devices and computers safe."

The BitDefender USB Immunizer is available for free on the product's page located at the BitDefender Labs.

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. 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. Additionally, BitDefender's www.malwarecity.com provides background and the latest updates on security threats helping users stay informed in the everyday battle against malware.

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