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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

SpyFalcon

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:SpyFalcon
Technical name:Application/SpyFalcon
Threat level:Low
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It warns users of non-existing threats on their computer, and entices them into purchasing a certain program in order to delete such threats.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Feb. 16, 2006
Detection updated on:Oct. 21, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

SpyFalcon belongs to the category of Potentially Unwanted Programs, also known as PUPs.

SpyFalcon displays a message in the System Tray warning users of non-existing threats on their computer and enticing them into purchasing a certain program in order to delete such threats.

SpyFalcon can be automatically downloaded when visiting certain websites, but it can also be voluntarily downloaded from the website belonging to the company that has developed it.

Visible Symptoms 

    

SpyFalcon is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • It displays the following message in the System Tray:

  • It adds the following icon to the System Tray: