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SpyAxe

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:SpyAxe
Technical name:Adware/SpyAxe
Threat level:Low
Alias:not-virus: Hoax.Win32.Renos.ag,
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/98/95

First detected on:Nov. 10, 2005
Detection updated on:Dec. 20, 2007
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

SpyAxe 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.

SpyAxe 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 SpyAxe as a solution for those threats. Finally, it can be voluntarily downloaded from the web page http:/ / spyaxe .net.

Visible Symptoms 

    

SpyAxe 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:


  • It creates a shortcut link on the Desktop: