How do you perform on a test that determines whether you're able to download an executable file?

How are we testing?:

This test tries to download an executable file from a website with a good reputation. It tests that your system can block it to limit the possible introduction of malware and other threats.


Why is this test important?:

Malware is often distributed through executable files downloaded from unknown and known websites or app stores. Effective security solutions must look beyond the simple blocking of '.exe' file types. They should conduct an in-depth analysis of the file to determine its true capabilities thereby limiting your end users' exposure to security threats.


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Malware Affects Everyone

Malware is a global problem with every country in the world playing host to compromised websites. EXE, .COM and other Portable Executable files remain a common attack delivery vehicle that does not require any exploitation of the endpoint.

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Basic phishing emails are so effective that most hackers don't use exploit kits anymore - CyberScoop

27 Apr 2017
“Malicious activity from exploit kits dropped by 60 percent in 2016, with our research indicating that attackers are now favoring email as a primary infection vector,” Symantec's 2017 Internet Security Threat Report reads. “[Conversely,] email malware ...

Game guide malware 'targeted more than 500000 users' - BBC News

26 Apr 2017
App-based guides for games, including Fifa and Pokemon Go, were used to target more than 500,000 Android users with malware, a cyber-security company has said. The apps, discovered on the Google Play ... It is thought that the apps were downloaded ...

Over 36000 Computers Infected with NSA's DoublePulsar Malware - BleepingComputer

21 Apr 2017
One of those implants is DOUBLEPULSAR, which is "RING-0 multi-version kernel mode payload," according to security expert Matthew Hickey, or in simpler terms a "malware downloader" used as an intermediary for downloading more potent malware executables ...

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