Virus Melt

Virus Melt, a clone of Virus Doctor, is a rogue anti-spyware program with the look and feel of Virus Doctor. Virus Melt performs scare tactics to influence and trick the user into buying the full commercial version of the program. One of these scare tactics is to inundate the user's computer with fake system notifications or security alerts claiming that the PC is infected with an excessive amount of malware. Virus Melt will state that in order to remove the supposed malware threats the user must purchase the commercial version. Virus Melt is another rogue anti-spyware program that follows the same patterns as its family siblings that include Virus Melt, a fresh member of the family has more of an edge than previous rogue anti-spyware programs circulating the Web because it installs bogus malware files on the user's computer. The bogus...

Posted on March 5, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Koobface

Koobface is a computer worm infection that takes advantage of users through social network messages in Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and others. Koobface attacks social network user’s profiles by sending a message asking them to view videos which redirects users to malicious websites designed to spread the Koobface infection. Many of the illicit messages sent via social networks have the subject line "You look funny in this new video" or "You look just awesome in this new movie." If the link within the message is clicked on, then it will ask that you update your flash player which leads to the download of malware. Koobface is able to infiltrate a users' system through a fake flash player update file named flash_player.exe. Other variants of Koobface are known as W32.Koobface, W32/Koobface, Worm.Win32.Koobface.b and Boface.

Posted on March 3, 2009 in Worms

ADM Sniffer

ADM Sniffer is a sniffing tool from ADM crew. A sniffer is a computer application or program that monitors the network traffic that is transmitted from one particular network location to another. A sniffer is a networking tool that is targeted to system administrators and network managers. It is used to troubleshoot, monitor or to detect hackers or attackers attempting to invade their system. Sniffers can be used to steal the user's sensitive personal information which can lead to identity theft and financial loss. It is in this capacity that sniffers are used as a hacking tool. Sniffers are not parasites or viruses. A malicious sniffer can enter your system by other parasites like viruses, Trojans, backdoors or worms without the user's knowledge or consent. ADM Sniffer should be removed immediately.

Posted on March 3, 2009 in Sniffers

ANG AntiVirus 09

ANG AntiVirus 09, is a rogue anti-spyware programs similar to Total Virus Protection, Antivirus 2009 and Antivirus 2010 which may have been installed onto your computer by a Trojan. ANG AntiVirus 09 will attempt to scare or trick the user into purchasing the full ANG AntiVirus 09 version of the program. ANG AntiVirus 09 deploys misleading tactics by displaying fake security alerts and false system notifications that claim the computer is infected with excessive spyware. In order to remove the imaginary spyware threats, the user needs to purchase the full commercial version of the bogus ANG AntiVirus 09 program. ANG AntiVirus 09 also has the ability to imitate a computer scan which lists imaginary infections. These results are to be ignored since they are being created by ANG AntiVirus 09 to entice the user to purchase the full version...

Posted on March 1, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

New Conficker B++ Worm Variant Joins the Infamous Conficker Family

After millions of computers around the world were infected with the Conficker worm, and other Conficker variants such as Conficker.A, Downadup, or Kido, a new Conficker variant has now appeared on the computer security radar called Conficker B++. The latest Conficker B++ variant, called Conficker.C by Microsoft, may pose an even greater threat than previous Conficker variants. Conficker B++ is very similar to Conficker, Downadup or Kido, in the way that it uses the same algorithm to look for rendezvous points for infection of computers. The difference in Conficker B++, aka Conficker.C, from the previous variants is that it has a new technique to download software where the creators have a greater amount of flexibility on controlling the infected machines. Conficker B++'s new technique allows bots to pull and verify signed executables...

Posted on February 23, 2009 in Computer Security

Alureon

Alureon is one of the most dangerous malware infections. The Alureon Trojan and rootkit can search a computer system's network traffic and extract account information, passwords, online banking data and credit card information. The Alureon Trojan is responsible for several well-publicized attacks on computer systems using Windows operating systems. Microsoft has released several patches for their operating system, in order to undo some of the effects of this dangerous malware invader. According to PC security researchers, as of 2010, Alureon was responsible for the second-largest botnet and a host of spam email and DDoS attacks. A Timeline of the Alureon Rootkit According to PC security researchers, the first infections of the Alureon rootkit were first detected in 2006. Most computer systems become infected with the Alureon malware...

Posted on February 23, 2009 in Trojans

Ace Password Sniffer

Ace Password Sniffer was created to steal your passwords by monitoring your online activity. Ace Password Sniffer can be clandestinely hidden by a hacker while it operates. This application poses serious threats to the user's system security which may result in identity theft and/or financial loss. Ace Password Sniffer should be removed immediately.

Posted on February 22, 2009 in Sniffers

Malware Doctor

Malware Doctor is a rogue security program that has been around for a while and seems to be making a comeback. If you have Malware Doctor on your computer, remember that Malware Doctor is malicious, and Malware Doctor is not a safe place to provide information about your PC's security. Symptoms of Malware Doctor The symptoms of an infection with Malware Doctor are easy to spot. Malware Doctor will regularly show a fake home screen, where Malware Doctor will pretend to run scans of your computer. Malware Doctor will always report that its scans have turned up results, regardless of what is actually going on with your computer, because Malware Doctor is incapable of detecting threats. The interesting thing about Malware Doctor, compared to other fake security programs, is that Malware Doctor reports relatively few threats in Malware...

Posted on February 19, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Spyware Protection 2009

Spyware Protection 2009 is a fake spyware removal program. Spyware Protection 2009 is known to render inaccurate system scan results in an effort to convince computer users that they need to purchase the Spyware Protection 2009 program to remove the found threats. One of the issues with that is the fact that Spyware Protection 2009 is unable to remove legitimate threats from any PC. Furthermore, Spyware Protection 2009 was created by hackers who look for monetary gain from their scrupulous rogue anti-spyware programs. It can be concluded that Spyware Protection 2009 should never be installed or purchased. Doing so would only put credit card information in the hands of a cybercrook. It is wise to utilize a trusted spyware removal tool to delete Spyware Protection 2009 and any of its related malware files.

Posted on February 17, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Anti-Virus-1

Anti-Virus-1 is a rogue anti-spyware program similar to Antivirus 2010. Anti-Virus-1 may have been installed by a Trojan known as Zlob or Vundo. Zlob and Vundo Trojans infect users without their knowledge and permission and will attempt to scare or trick the user into buying the full Anti-Virus-1 version of the program. Anti-Virus-1's common unscrupulous tactics to persuade the user may be bogus system notifications or fake security alerts stating that the computer is infected with an exaggerated amount of spyware. In order to to remove the supposed threats, the user should purchase Anti-Virus-1's commercial version. Anti-Virus-1 may also imitate a computer system scan and list supposed spyware infections as a result. However, these resulting entries are created by Anti-Virus-1 itself to make the user believe Anti-Virus-1's scanner has...

Posted on February 16, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Rootkit.Small.ra

Rootkit.Small.ra is a rootkit infection which conceals itself as a security tool. Rootkit.Small.ra enters the users system through a Trojan application which imitates Windows firewall notifications to entice the user to click on the "Enable Protection" button and thereby installs the Trojan. Rootkit.Small.ra will perform pretend scans that will produce numerous infections that do not exist. This is all conducted to fool the user into buying the full paid version of the application. Rootkit.Small.ra may also download additional malware to the users system. Rootkit.Small.ra poses a serious threat as it could permit an attacker to steal personal information. Rootkit.Small.ra is also capable of hijacking the user's web browser and redirecting it to its website. Rootkit.Small.ra may slow down the user's computer and internet connection....

Posted on February 15, 2009 in Rootkits

Green Antivirus 2009

Green Antivirus 2009 is a rogue anti-spyware program similar to Antivirus 2009, Antivirus 360, and MS Antivirus 2009. Green Antivirus 2009 may have been installed by a Trojan known as Zlob (also called Trojan.Downloader.Zlob.GEN) usually found in spam email attachments, shareware/crack websites, and fake video codecs from porn sites. Once the Trojan is installed, it may generate rogue popups and imaginary system notifications stating that your computer has been infected with spyware. In order to remove the imaginary spyware infections, the Trojan will offer Green Antivirus 2009 as the solution. Green Antivirus 2009 may also use its fake system scan to emulate a computer system scan and generate erroneous scan results. Green Antivirus 2009's bogus security messages may redirect you to Green Antivirus 2009's website...

Posted on February 10, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

System Guard 2009

System Guard 2009, SystemGuard2009, SystemGuard 2009 or System Guard2009, is a rogue anti-spyware program that belongs to the , usually installed on the user's computer system by a Trojan or through other dubious mechanisms. System Guard 2009 infects users without their knowledge and permission and will attempt to trick the user into buying the full System Guard 2009 version of the program. System Guard 2009's common tactics to persuade the user may be bogus system notifications or fake security alerts stating that the computer is infected with a large amount of spyware. System Guard 2009 will state that in order to remove the supposed threats the user should purchase the commercial version. System Guard 2009 may also emulate a computer system scan and list supposed spyware infections as a result. However, these resulting entries are...

Posted on February 10, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

SafeGuard 2009

Safe Guard 2009 or Safeguard 2009, is a rogue anti-spyware application, similar to MS AntiSpyware 2009. Safe Guard 2009 may be installed by a Trojan or through a fraudulent website. Safe Guard 2009 uses fake system scans and results, as well as an exaggerated amount of popup infection notifications to push the user into buying the full Safe Guard 2009 program to remove the supposed threats. Safe Guard 2009 may seem a trustworthy program, however, it's just a scam to download and install additional adware and spyware and steal the user's money.

Posted on February 5, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program

Virus Doctor

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Virus Doctor is a fake anti-virus application that is a textbook example of how rogue anti-virus programs attacks are able to steal money from their victims. Virus Doctor is linked to the website virus-doctor.com, where victims are instructed to enter their credit card information in exchange for a 'full version' of this useless application. Virus Doctor, first seen in 2009, is one of the first members of a very large family of rogue anti-virus programs. In fact, new members of the Virus Doctor family, the family of rogue anti-virus programs are detected every day. Fortunately, Virus Doctor's age and reputation make it reasonably easy to deal with since most legitimate security programs...

Posted on February 5, 2009 in Rogue Anti-Spyware Program