FakeScanti Description

The Trojan:Win32/FakeScanti's family of rogue anti-spyware programs is an especially numerous family, which has been present online since at least 2010. Like on most rogue anti-spyware applications, the malware in the Trojan:Win32/FakeScanti family will claim that the infected computer is severely infected. The malware will do this, in an attempt to convince its victim to purchase a license or a "full version" for a useless fake security application. ESG security researchers recommend ignoring all claims from rogue anti-spyware programs from the Trojan:Win32/FakeScanti family; none of the supposed security programs associated with the Trojan:Win32/FakeScanti have real anti-spyware capabilities. Some examples of malware belonging to the Trojan:Win32/FakeScanti family include AV Protection 2012, AV Protection 2011, Cloud AV 2012, Security Guard 2012, Wolfram Antivirus, OpenCloud Security, OpenCloud AV, Milestone Antivirus and Your PC Protector. Rather than fixing your computer system, FakeScanti-related rogue anti-spyware programs will actually negatively impact your system's performance, deliberately cause a number of problems and pester you with a constant stream of fake security alerts and alarming error messages. Inexperienced computer users may be taken in by Trojan:Win32/FakeScanti's use of legitimate Microsoft logos or superficially-impressive user interfaces. However, ESG security researchers strongly recommend removing any malware associated with Trojan:Win32/FakeScanti immediately.

Main Effects of Trojan:Win32/FakeScanti

Rogue anti-spyware programs in the Trojan:Win32/FakeScanti family will make harmful changes to your operating system's settings. They will usually also create new files in your Windows or System folder. Examples of these include svchasts.exe and desot.exe. Trojan:Win32/FakeScanti will also alter the Windows registry so that rogue anti-spyware programs will be allowed to start up automatically when Windows is launched, stop and start file processes and block certain programs or access to the Internet. When installed, a rogue anti-spyware program will also create a shortcut icon on the infected computer's desktop and add an entry to the Windows Start Menu.

Understanding the Trojan:Win32/FakeScanti Scam

The Trojan:Win32/FakeScanti scam is typical of most rogue anti-spyware programs. However, rogue anti-spyware programs related to Trojan:Win32/FakeScanti  are characterized by having very convincing interfaces and error messages. While most rogue security applications tend to be poorly written and can be quickly discerned by their bad grammar and spelling, rogue anti-spyware programs are highly professional in appearance and can trick their victims into purchasing these useless programs. Because of this, ESG malware analysts recommend being extremely wary of any unexpected pop-up messages or error messages that show up while browsing the Internet, especially if they are prompting you to download or purchase a security application or to run a free scan of your computer system. This is usually the first step in a dangerous malware infection.

Aliases: Generic Malware [Panda], FakeAlert.SF [AVG], W32/FakeAV.AXNT!tr [Fortinet], Trojan.Fakealert [Ikarus], Trojan.Win32.Generic.52094D3D, Virus.DOS.RogueAntiSpyware, Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra [Sunbelt], Trojan.Fakealert!IK [a-squared], Trojan/Win32.FraudPack.gen [Antiy-AVL], Win32/SysinternalsAntivirus.D [eTrust-Vet], Artemis!0E6D024A5238 [McAfee-GW-Edition], TR/FakeScanti.A.229 [AntiVir], Heur.Suspicious [Comodo], Gen:Variant.FakeAlert.12 [BitDefender] and Trojan.Win32.FraudPack.axnt [Kaspersky].

Technical Information

File System Details

FakeScanti creates the following file(s):
# File Name Size MD5 Detection Count
1 %PROGRAMFILES%shk_v10.dll 371,712 991802e7fca6cc47e264e06b59d2376c 509
2 %PROGRAMFILES%adc_w32.dll 360,960 23bcde829d7c222cbfafefb6c3d9db21 10
3 %PROGRAMFILES%svchost.exe 28,672 12fceb054d18c433152e12f760059573 2
4 %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\Guest\Application Data\wpp.exe 1,385,984 0e6d024a52380ae16bd8657cdc17d5a7 2
5 plugie.dll 656,896 17eabc7ea492a63dd6b4f7e6335d0b85 0
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More Details on FakeScanti

The following messages associated with FakeScanti were found:
Your computer is INFECTED!
Such infection will cause permanent loss of all information stored on your computer: documents, files, etc.
All your secret data like logins, passwords, credit card information can be accessed by third-parties for malicious purposes.
All your online activities like sending e-mails, visiting web-sites are logged and stored on your hard disk. Spyware blocks the deletion of such information from your computer and makes your online actions traceable.
Security Warning
Your computer continues to be infected with harmful viruses. In order to prevent permanent loss of your information and credit card data theft please activate your antivirus software. Click here to enable protection.
Warning: Infection is Detected
Windows has found spyware infection on your computer! Click here to update your Windows antivirus software

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