Virus.DOS.RogueAntiSpyware is a versatile Trojan that has been around for a long time. Actually, this name for the Trojan is just what PCTools calls it – other software companies have their own names for it. For example, Kaspersky Labs calls it Trojan.Win32.Tdss.beea, and Microsoft calls it Trojan:Win32/Alureon.gen!J.
The virus sometimes referred to as Virus.DOS.RogueAntiSpyware is capable of a variety of different things, and over time, it has been used for widely varying purposes. Its most recent variant is being used to add infected computers to a botnet, and to steal information about the users of the infected PC's. In the past, Virus.DOS.RogueAntiSpyware has been used to download rogue anti-virus applications to affected computers, and to change DNS settings on networks. The Trojan has basic functionality that allows it to be modified to do a lot of different things.
In general, Virus.DOS.RogueAntiSpyware is a Trojan that opens a backdoor. This backdoor can then be used to contact a remote controller, to send information from the host computer to the crook behind the malware, to make the computer part of a botnet and use it to send spam or be included in denial of service attacks, and to download other malware, among other things.
This wide range of potential variations in Virus.DOS.RogueAntiSpyware means that there will be a range of different symptoms when a computer is infected. Sometimes, depending on what the Trojan has been modified in order to do, there may be no symptoms at all. Other times, the computer may be slower than normal, or files may mysteriously disappear and reappear, or the system may become unstable.
Virus.DOS.RogueAntiSpyware is extremely dangerous, and should be removed immediately in order to avoid any further information theft or botnet involvement. This Trojan has been around and going through changes for several years, and possibly goes back all the way to 2005, which is eons in virus terms. Therefore, Virus.DOS.RogueAntiSpyware is a threat that isn't going away, and in order to secure your PC, it is far better prevent this Trojan from infecting in the first place than by trying to deal with it later.
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