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BitDefender Releases Emergency ZBot Removal Tool

September 2010

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BitDefender®, an award-winning provider of innovative internet 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.