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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

SecurityTool

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

It is an adware program which deceives users and warns them of unexisting threats in their computers. It prevents users from working with the computer, as it does not allow executable files to be run and hides the icons of the Desktop. It can reach the computer in spam messages or through fraudulent websites.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Oct. 8, 2009
Detection updated on:May 31, 2010
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

SecurityTool 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, once the computer is restarted, it prevents users from running any executable file and hides the icons of the Desktop, preventing users from working with the computer as usual.

SecurityTool can reach the computer in spam messages containing a link or an attached file, or through malicious websites that have obtained good positions in the search engines by using BlackHat Seo techniques.

 

Note:
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Basically, it refers to techniques used to improve the positioning of web pages in search engines (Yahoo, Google, etc.). BlackHat SEO refers specifically to the use of SEO techniques by cyber-criminals to promote their web pages.

Visible Symptoms 

    

SecurityTool is easy to recognize, as it shows the symptoms below:

  • When it is run and installed, the interface of the program is displayed and starts scanning the system in search for possible malware:

    Interface of SecurityTool
  • Once finished, it displays a warning message informing users that their computer is infected:

    Alert message displayed by SecurityTool
  •  Once the computer is restarted, it does not allow the executable files to be run. When users attempt to run any of them, the following message is displayed on screen:

    Alert message displayed by SecurityTool