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TotalSecurity2009

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:TotalSecurity2009
Technical name:Adware/TotalSecurity2009
Threat level:Medium
Type:Adware
Effects:  

It is an adware program which 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 reach the computer through spam messages, banners or pop-up windows which are displayed in certain websites.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Aug. 14, 2009
Detection updated on:May 6, 2010
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

TotalSecurity2009 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.

TotalSecurity2009 can reach the computer when the user accesses certain websites which display banners or pop-up windows which lead to the download of this program. It can also reach the computer in a link distributed in spam messages.

Visible Symptoms 

    

TotalSecurity2009 is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • When it is run, the following message is displayed:
  • Then, several fake security warnings like the following are displayed in the system bar:
  • Finally, it starts scanning the system looking for possible malware: