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On July 14, the Microsoft's free Malicious Software Removal Tool or MSRT added another fake security software program (or rogue), Win32/FakeSpyPro, to its database. As of July 29, MSRT cleaned FakeSpyPro from a staggering 187,258 machines worldwide. See the report here.

Koobface - a sort of anagram of Facebook - had infected more than 200,000 computers before being removed by the MSRT. Koobface is a computer worm that targets the users of the social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, hi5, Bebo, Friendster and Twitter. Koobface ultimately tries to gather sensitive information from the victims such as credit card numbers.

These numbers are a sure sign that people still aren't adequately protecting themselves by having a free anti-virus program, a free anti-spyware program and a free anti-malware program.

Malicious Software Removal Tool can be downloaded for free here.

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