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AntivirusXP2010

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:AntivirusXP2010
Technical name:Adware/AntivirusXP2010
Threat level:Medium
Type:Adware
Effects:  

It is an adware program which deceives users and warns them of unexisting threats in their computers. It does not allow users to run several programs, like Internet Explorer, Firefox and certain security suites. It can reach the computer in email messages which seem to contain a postcard attached.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Feb. 9, 2010
Detection updated on:May 19, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

AntivirusXP2010 is an adware program that warns users of unexisting threats in their computers so that they purchase a certain program that removes them from the computer.

Additionally, it prevents users from working with the computer, as it blocks the execution of several applications like the Firefox browser, and several security solutions, displaying a message informing them that these programs are infected.

AntivirusXP2010 can reach the computer in email messages that seem to contain a postcard attached.

Visible Symptoms 

    

AntivirusXP2010 is easy to recognize, as it shows the symptoms below:

  • It reaches the computer in an email message like the following:

    Email message that contains AntivirusXP2010
  • 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 AntivirusXP2010
  • Once finished, it displays a warning message informing users that the computer is infected:

    Alert message displayed by AntivirusXP2010
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