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DesktopSecurity2010

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:DesktopSecurity2010
Technical name:Adware/DesktopSecurity2010
Threat level:Medium
Alias:reno.c,
Type:Adware
Effects:  

It is an adware program which deceives users and warns them of unexisting threats in their computers. In order to convince users that the computer is infected from time to time the screen fades to black and other times blinks with different colours. 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:Feb. 22, 2010
Detection updated on:June 15, 2010
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

DesktopSecurity2010 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, in order to make users think that their computer is really infected, it displays a warning message when the computer is restarted, and from time to time the screen fades to black and other times blinks with different colours.

DesktopSecurity2010 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 

    

DesktopSecurity2010 is easy to recognize, as it shows the symptoms below:

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

    Icon with which it reaches the computer
  • When it is run, a screen to install the program is displayed:

    Installation screen of DesktopSecurity2010
  • Once installed, it starts to carry out a system scan in search for possible malware and once finished, it displays warning messages informing users that the computer is infected:

    Alert message displayed by DesktopSecurity2010