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ExpressAntivirus2009

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:ExpressAntivirus2009
Technical name:Adware/ExpressAntivirus2009
Threat level:Medium
Type:Adware
Effects:  

It deceives users and warns them of unexisting threats in their computers. In order to eliminate them, they are enticed to purchase a certain program. It can be downloaded from the website belonging to the company that has developed it.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Dec. 30, 2008
Detection updated on:Jan. 8, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

ExpressAntivirus2009 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 carries out several modifications in the Windows Registry which prevent the user from working with the computer as usual:

  • Running files and doing searches in a fast and straight way, as it disables the Run and Search features from the Start menu.
  • View the processes that are being run through the Task Manager.
  • View the content of all the system drives of the affected computer.

ExpressAntivirus2009 can be voluntarily downloaded from the website belonging to the company that has developed it.

Visible Symptoms 

    

ExpressAntivirus2009 is easy to recognize as, it shows the following symptoms:

  • It reaches the computer with the following icon:

  • When it is run, it is installed and the computer is restarted.
  • Once restarted, it scans the computer in search for possible malware:

  • Additionally, it prevents the user from viewing the content of the system drives. When any of them is accessed, the following message is displayed: