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Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:RSTAntivirus2010
Technical name:Adware/RSTAntivirus2010
Threat level:Medium

It is an adware program which passes itself off as an antivirus solution that protects the computer against any malware, when in fact it is not able to detect malware. It can reach the computer when the user accesses certain websites which display banners or pop-up windows which lead to the download of this program.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:May 24, 2010
Detection updated on:May 26, 2010

Brief Description 


RSTAntivirus2010 is an adware program that deceives users passing itself off as a real antivirus program which will protect the computer against any malware and tries to persuade them to purchase the product.

RSTAntivirus2010 can reach the computer when the user accesses certain websites which display banners or pop-up windows which lead to the download of this program. It can also reach the computer in a link that can be received via spam messages, fraudulent websites, etc.

Visible Symptoms 


RSTAntivirus2010 is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • It reaches the computer in a file with the following name and icon:

    Icon of the program installation
  • If this file is run, the installation process of the program is started:

    Screen of the program installation
  • Once installed in the computer, the interface of the program is opened and it starts scanning the system in search for possible malware:

    Program interface
  • It also adds a shortcut to the Desktop:

    Shortcut to the program in the Desktop