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Handling Today's Tough Security Threats: Gromozon

Created: 14 Nov 2006 08:00:00 GMT • Updated: 23 Jan 2014 18:55:21 GMT
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Whether it’s spaghetti or lasagna or any other potential mess, Symantec can clear away whatever Gromozon dishes out. Our team has already written a couple of blogs on just how nasty the Gromozon (LinkOptimizer) threat is. You can read about it in Gromozon.com and Italian Spaghetti, and Gromozon Evolution: From Spaghetti to Lasagna.

Recently, we took 18 different LinkOptimizer samples and did our own testing to see whether or not other vendors could deal with this super aggressive threat. The results are pretty staggering. Symantec provides the most complete protection, whereas the next closest vendor handled only five out of the 18 samples.

Products tested:
Norton AntiVirus 2007
SpySweeper 5.0.5.1286
Trend Micro AntiVirus 11.26 (Engine 8.320)
McAfee VirusScan Plus 11.0.213
Microsoft One Care with Windows Defender

Each product was updated to its latest definitions in the week of Oct 19 - 26, 2006. If you think that you have this threat on your system and want to get rid of it, we offer a free, stand-alone removal tool here: http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=20