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Virus Encyclopedia

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PersonalProtector

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:PersonalProtector
Technical name:Adware/PersonalProtector
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 when the user accesses certain websites which display banners or pop-up windows which lead to the download of this program.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Nov. 17, 2009
Detection updated on:Dec. 15, 2009
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

PersonalProtector 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.

PersonalProtector 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 that can be received via spam messages, fraudulent websites, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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

  • When it is run, a window that seems to belong to the Windows Security Center is displayed, warning users that no antivirus is intalled on the computer and recommending them to install this fake security program:

  • If users decide to install it, they are redirected to a website from which this program can be downloaded:

  • From this website, the following file is downloaded, which will install the fake antivirus program: