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

It is an adware program which deceives users and warns them of unexisting threats in their computer. It prevents certain antivirus programs and firewalls from being run and websites belonging to searchers from being accessed. It can be distributed through malicious websites using subjects like the successful series Lost, among others, in order to deceive users.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:April 23, 2010
Detection updated on:June 18, 2010

Brief Description 


MySecurityEngine is an adware program that deceives users warning them of unexisting threats in their computers so that they purchase a certain program that removes them from the computer.

Additionally, it prevents users from accessing certain search engines and from running certain security programs, like antivirus solutions, firewalls, or even fils belonging to fake antivirus programs. It also modifies the searcher that is displayed in the Search option of the Internet Explorer browser.

MySecurityEngine can reach the computer in spam messages containing a link or an attached file, or through malicious websites that have obtained googd positions in the search engines by using BlackHat Seo techniques. Some of the topics that are being used are the successful series Lost or the death of Ronnie James Dio, among others.


SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Basically, it refers to techniques used to improve the positioning of web pages in search engines (Yahoo, Google, etc.). BlackHat SEO refers specifically to the use of SEO techniques by cyber-criminals to promote their web pages.

Visible Symptoms 


MySecurityEngine is easy to recognize, as it shows the symptoms below:

  • When it is run, MySecurityEngine connects to the URL and the installation process of the fake antivirus starts:

    Installation process of MySecurityEngine
  • Then, it starts scanning the system in search for possible malware.
  • Once finished, it notifies users that their computer is infected:

    Scan carried out by MySecurityEngine