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SecurityTool2010

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:SecurityTool2010
Technical name:Adware/SecurityTool2010
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:Aug. 24, 2010
Detection updated on:Sept. 5, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

SecurityTool2010 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.

SecurityTool2010 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 

    

SecurityTool2010 is easy to recognize, as it shows the symptoms below:

  • When it is run, a windows like the following is displayed and it starts scanning the system in search for possible malware:

    Scan carried out by SecurityTool2010
  • Once finished, it displays several warning messagesinforming users that their computer is infected:

    Warning messages displayed by SecurityTool2010
  • Additionally, it creates a shortcut to the program in the Desktop:

    Shortcut to SecurityTool2010