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It looks as though MySpace isn't the only major media site attracting phishers. Malware in the form of Zlob adware has been discovered embedded in YouTube videos. Attackers are using a fake video link to initiate a p#rn adware program that results in the installation of data-stealing code. Zlob Media's spyware codec was the most prevalent threat to PC users in the month of May, according to Sunbelt Software's Threat Research Center.
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1. Zlob isn't "adware", "spyware" or a "phishing" program, it's a good old-fashioned trojan. It allows people to access your computer without your knowledge. A Google search for "zlob" pulls up tons of hits.
Here's the PC World article on the YouTube problem:
2. Zlob is a few years old and any decent anti-virus or anti-spy program should get rid of it.
3. You don't get it from watching a YouTube video, per se, but from clicking on a fake video link.
It should go without saying that you should be running a quality anti-virus program in the background at all times, and scanning all of your files with an anti-spy program once a week should be SOP. I use Spy Sweeper, but there are many good ones out there.