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SpywareCleaner2010

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:SpywareCleaner2010
Technical name:Adware/SpywareCleaner2010
Threat level:Medium
Type:Adware
Effects:  

It is an adware program which passes itself off as an antivirus solution that warns users of unexisting threats and protects the computer against any malware. 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:June 3, 2010
Detection updated on:June 22, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

SpywareCleaner2010 is an adware program that deceives users passing itself off as a real antivirus program which warns users of unexisting threats and which protects the computer against any malware, in order to persuade them to purchase the product.

SpywareCleaner2010 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 

    

SpywareCleaner2010 is easy to recognize, as it shows the following symptoms:

  • When it is run, the installation process of the program is started:

    Screen of the program installation
  • Once installed in the computer, the main interface of the program is opened and it displays a message notifying users that it is a free trial version:

    Program interface
  • It also adds a shortcut to the Desktop:

    Shortcut to the program in the Desktop