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WinAntispy

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:WinAntispy
Technical name:Application/WinAntispyware2006
Threat level:Low
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Effects:  

It scans the computer in search for malware and warns users of non-existing threats, enticing them into purchasing a certain program in order to delete them.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:March 3, 2006
Detection updated on:Nov. 8, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

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

WinAntispy scans the computer in search for threats. Once the scan is finished, it displays a message where users are warned of non-existing threats in their computer. In order to delete them, users are requested to register and purchase a certain program.

WinAntispy 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 

    

WinAntispy is easy to recognize, as it shows the following sysmptoms:

  • Once installed in the computer, it scans the computer and displays a screen with the result of the analysis:

    Result of the analysis made by WinAntispyware2006
  • It displays warning messages like the following continuously:

    Warning message displayed by WinAntispyware2006