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RedCrossAntivirus

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

It is a fake antivirus 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:Sept. 7, 2010
Detection updated on:Sept. 30, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

RedCrossAntivirus is an adware program which warns users of unexisting threats in their computers so that they purchase a certain program that removes them from the computer.

RedCrossAntivirus 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 

    

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

  • When it is run, it displays the window of an installer, like the following:

    Installation window of RedCrossAntivirus
  • Once it is installed, it displays a warning message to remind users that their computer is not protected and that the antivirus program is a trial version:

    Warning message displayed by RedCrossAntivirus