Anit-Virus Scanner DescriptionType: Adware
While rogue security programs are some of the most common types of malware infections, Anit-Virus Scanner has caught the attention of PC security researchers because of its peculiar characteristics. First of all, Anit-Virus Scanner does attack desktop computers but is mostly designed to target cell phones with Android-based operating systems. Also, while most fake security programs get their money by convincing their victims to register for a fake 'full version', Anit-Virus Scanner instead takes over the victim's mobile phone and uses it to send premium text messages in order to generate a profit. For now, downloading Anit-Virus Scanner onto a mobile phone will allow criminals to install one of various variants of this malware threat. All of its variants execute the same attack but differ in their obfuscation methods in order to bypass real anti-malware programs. Anit-Virus Scanner is hosted on a server located in the Russian Federation and is promoted through malicious social engineering campaigns on social networks like Facebook and especially Twitter.
Despite its claims, Anit-Virus Scanner has no way of detecting or removing malware. This is because Anit-Virus Scanner is part of a malware attack itself. Anit-Virus Scanner has various dangerous effects on an infected mobile phone. Some risks of an Anit-Virus Scanner infection include the following:
- Anit-Virus Scanner will automatically send out SMS messages to services charging premium quotes. This allows criminals to profit from infecting your phone with Anit-Virus Scanner. If you notice unusual charges in your phone bill, an Anit-Virus Scanner infection may be the reason. It is important to remove Anit-Virus Scanner immediately before these charges add up to a significant amount.
- Anit-Virus Scanner is also designed to make your phone more vulnerable to other malware attacks. To do this, Anit-Virus Scanner will change your phone's security settings. Anit-Virus Scanner will also make changes to your phone's preferences that can increase the degree of difficulty to remove Anit-Virus Scanner. For example, Anit-Virus Scanner can disable sleep mode or detect legitimate anti-malware apps on the infected phone.
- Anit-Virus Scanner also has a functionality similar to a backdoor Trojan. Basically, Anit-Virus Scanner establishes a connection with a remote server. Through this connection, Anit-Virus Scanner can channel your private information to a third party or download and set up other malware threats on the corrupted phone.
As a member of the FakeSpyPro family, there are numerous clones of Anit-Virus Scanner. These clones include AntiSpyware Soft, Antivirus System Pro, Spyware Protect 2009, Security Central, Antivirus Soft, Antivirus Suite, Antivir Solution Pro, Security Suite, Malware Destructor 2011, Antivirus Action, Antivirus Scan, PC Security 2011, Antivirus .NET, AntiVira Av, AntiMalware GO, Antivirii 2011, Antivirus Monitor, Antivirus Live.
This article is provided "as is" and to be used for educational information purposes only. By following any instructions on this article, you agree to be bound by the disclaimer. We make no guarantees that this article will help you completely remove the malware threats on your computer. Spyware changes regularly; therefore, it is difficult to fully clean an infected machine through manual means.