PCVaccine Description

ESG security researchers have detected a family of rogue security programs specifically targeted at computer systems in South Korea. PCVaccine is one of the many rogue security programs that belong to this family, first detected in fall of 2011. Despite being specifically aimed at South Korean computer system, PCVaccine and its clones have managed to attack computers from all around the world. This can pose something of a baffling experience for non-Korean speakers, since this rogue security program's interface and error messages are entirely in Korean. Not being able to understand the elements of the scam may even be in your best interest, since PCVaccine is a typical example of a common online scam. This scam consists of provoking a large number of problems in the victim's computer system and then offering the victim a fake anti-virus program to fix these problems – in this case, the fake security program in question is named PCVaccine. Despite its convincing interface and its name, PCVaccine does nothing to safeguard your computer system from dangerous malware. In fact, PCVaccine is a malware infection in itself; a Trojan horse that hides behind an authentic-looking user interface. ESG security researchers consider that PCVaccine is a dangerous malware infection that should be removed immediately from an infected computer system. Failure to do so can result in the loss of your personal information and money in your banking accounts.

Preventing a PCVaccine Infection on Your Computer System

Due to PCVaccine's Korean origin, ESG security researchers advise caution with files and websites hosted on Korean servers. As of December of 2011, clones of PCVaccine have infected a number of Korean sources, while also branching out to attack computer systems located in other parts of the world. The best way to prevent a PCVaccine infection is to make sure to browse safely and to use reliable, fully-updated anti-malware software always. Examples of browsing safely include never opening an email attachment from an unknown source, avoiding websites generally considered being unsafe (such as pornographic websites and websites containing illegal content) and being extremely wary of clicking on any unknown links. Following these simple recommendations can prolong the health of your computer system and ensure that you never have to deal with the likes of PCVaccine.

Technical Information

Registry Details

PCVaccine creates the following registry entry or registry entries:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\PCVaccineUp.exe

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