Five million new threats have been detected in the last three months.

The new quarterly report by PandaLabs claimed that there has been a huge increase in the number of banking Trojans, with new adware and spyware variants also detected. However more ‘traditional' viruses and worms have all but disappeared and now account for just two per cent of the total detections.

The report, covering cyber-threat activity from July to September 2009, also detected a 15 per cent rise in the number of computers infected in comparison to the previous quarter. In more than 37 per cent of cases, this was a Trojan downloader, while adware was responsible for 18.68 per cent of all infections.

Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs, said: “We are currently receiving some 50,000 new examples of malware everyday, this compares to 37,000 just a few months ago. There is no reason to believe that the situation will improve in the coming months.”