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AntivirusPC2009

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:AntivirusPC2009
Technical name:Adware/AntivirusPC2009
Threat level:Medium
Type:Adware
Effects:  

It is an adware program which deceives users and warns them of unexisting threats in their computers. 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:April 22, 2010
Detection updated on:April 23, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

AntivirusPC2009 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.

AntivirusPC2009 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 

    

AntivirusPC2009 is easy to recognize, as it shows the symptoms below:

  • When it is run, the program is installed in the computer and drops several files belonging to malware in order to detect them later in the analysis.
  • First, it starts scanning the system and once finished, it notifies users that malware has been detected in the computer:

    Analysis carried out by AntivirusPC2009
  • Then, it displays alert messages, reminding users that the computer is infected:

    Alert message displayed by AntivirusPC2009