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ProoDefender2009

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:ProoDefender2009
Technical name:Adware/ProofDefender2009
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:Sept. 3, 2009
Detection updated on:Sept. 11, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

ProoDefender2009 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.

ProoDefender2009 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 

    

ProoDefender2009 is easy to reconize, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • It reaches the computer passing itself off as a legitimate antivirus solution. When it is run, the installation process of the program is started and a screen like the following is displayed, among others:

  • Once installed in the computer, it starts scanning the computer in search for possible malware:

  • The following icon is displayed in the taskbar, which belongs to the program: