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Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:SecurityMasterAV
Technical name:Adware/SecurityMasterAV
Threat level:Medium

It is an adware program which deceives users and warns them of unexisting threats in their computers. In order to eliminate them, they are enticed to purchase a certain program. It can reach the computer downloaded from certain websites where banners or pop-up windows are displayed.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:May 26, 2010
Detection updated on:Sept. 4, 2010
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 


SecurityMasterAV is an adware program that deceives users warning them of unexisting threats in their computers so that they purchase a certain program that removes them from the computer.

Additionally, it prevents users from accessing certain search engines and from running certain legitimate antivirus programs, leaving the computer unprotected.

SecurityMasterAV 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 


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

  • It reaches the computer in a file with any of the following icons:

     Icons of SecurityMasterAV
  • If users run any of these icons, an installation screen is displayed:

    Installation window of SecurityMasterAV
  • Once installed in the computer, it diplays alert messages indicating that the computer is infected and that the problem can be solved with the program Security Master AV:

    Alert message displayed by SecurityMasterAV
  • If users follow the recommendations of this message, the interface of the program, which has the following appearance, will be displayed:

    SecuritymasterAV interface