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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Fakegooglebar.Z

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Fakegooglebar.Z
Technical name:Trj/Fakegooglebar.Z
Threat level:Low
Type:Trojan
Effects:  

It is a Trojan that, by exploiting a vulnerability in Internet Explorer, tries to install a rogue antivirus on the affected computer. It does not spread automatically using its own means.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 27, 2008
Detection updated on:Sept. 27, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Fakegooglebar.Z is a Trojan that, by exploiting a vulnerability in Internet Explorer, tries to install a rogue antivirus on the affected computer displaying security warnings.

Fakegooglebar.Z does not spread automatically using its own means. It needs an attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, email messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Fakegooglebar.Z is easy to recognize as, it shows the following symptoms:

  • When executing Internet Explorer it displays security warning. With any other browser that warning does not appear.

  • When visiting Google with Internet Explorer it displays a box on the page itself indicating that an unregistered copy of Antivirus 2009 has been detected, and clicking on the link starts the download of a rogue antivirus:

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