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NetWorkControl

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

It is a fake antivirus program which warns users that their computer is unprotected. It blocks the computer until users activate the false program 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:Aug. 6, 2010
Detection updated on:Aug. 30, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

NetWorkControl is an adware program which warns users that their computer is not protected and tries to convince them to purchase certain security program.

Additionally, it leaves the computer useless until users install the program, as it disables all the proograms and functions except for the windows of the false program, which cannot be closed.

NetWorkControl 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 

    

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

  • It reaches the computer in a file with the following icon:

    Icon of NetworkControl
  • Once run and after few seconds, it starts displaying warning messages like the following, informing users of an attack to the computer:

    Warning message displayed by NetworkControl
  • Other of the messages indicates that no software to block IP addresses has been found in the computer and shows a list of programs, inviting users to install a certain antivirus:

    Other of the messages displayed by NetworkControl
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