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Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

SafetyBar

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:SafetyBar
Technical name:Adware/SafetyBar
Threat level:Medium
Alias:updatesystemcenter.com, protectionbar.com,
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  

It attempts to deceive users into downloading certain antispyware programs, which inform users that their computer is infected by non-existing threats. It can be downloaded when visiting certain websites for adults.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:June 18, 2006
Detection updated on:Nov. 21, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

SafetyBar is an adware program that offers information about computer security and that attempts to deceive users into downloading certain antispyware programs in order to be protected against malware. These programs inform users that their computer is infected by non-existing threats.

SafetyBar can be downloaded when visiting certain websites for adults, or pirated software websites that use vulnerability exploits in order to affect computers.

Visible Symptoms 

    

SafetyBar is easy to recognize, as it installs the following toolbar in the Internet Explorer browser: