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LivePcCare

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

It is an adware program which deceives users and warns them of unexisting threats in their computers. When users do certain searches related with the Nexus One or the earthquake in Haiti among the first results there are some links that point to malicious websites.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Jan. 13, 2010
Detection updated on:Feb. 8, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

LivePcCare 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 prevents many files from being run which mainly belong to antivirus programs, so that the antivirus installed on the computer cannot detect it.

LivePcCare uses BlackHat SEO techniques to infect as many computers as possible. When users do searches related to the Nexus One (Google's mobile phone) or the earthquake in Haiti among the first results there are sveeral links that point to malicious websites.

Visible Symptoms 

    

LivePcCare is easy to recognize, as it shows the symptoms bellow:

  • It reaches the computer in a file with the following icon:

    Icon with which LivePcCare reaches the computer
  • If users run the file, the program will start the installation process:

    Installation process of LivePcCare
  • Then, it starts to carry out a system scan in search for possible malware and displays fake infection results:

    Results of the scan carried out by LivePcCare
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