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Spytrooper

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Spytrooper
Technical name:Adware/Spytrooper
Threat level:Low
Alias:SpywareNo, W32@Sinnaka.mm,
Type:Spyware
Subtype: Adware
Effects:  

It warns users of non-existing threats, which are supposedly deleted when the full version of the program is purchased. It exploits vulnerabilities in order to be automatically downloaded when accessing certain websites, or it can be voluntarily downloaded from a web page.

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Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Sept. 12, 2005
Detection updated on:March 18, 2008
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

Spytrooper is an adware type malware. It is a fake anti-malware program that warns users of non-existing threats, which can only be deleted after purchasing the full version of the program.

When users buy the full version and register the product, the so-called threats are no longer detected and the computer is supposedly clean.

Spytrooper can be installed in the affected computer without user consent, as it is automatically downloaded while accessing several adult sites or pirated software websites that use vulnerability exploits in order to affect computers.

However, it can also be downloaded when a pop-up appears on screen warning of spyware programs that affect the computer. The user is offered Spytrooper as a solution for those threats. Finally, it can be voluntarily downloaded from the web page www. spytrooper. com.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Spytrooper is easy to recognize once it has affected the computer, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • An icon belonging to the fake anti-malware program appears on the System Tray:


  • Later on, the following message appears on screen:


  • It creates a shortcut link on the Desktop: