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ControlCenter

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

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 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:Nov. 14, 2009
Detection updated on:May 6, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

ControlCenter 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.

If the user does not follow the recommendation of the program, when the computer is restarted, the interface of the program will be displayed on screen and when the user attempts to close it, an error message will be displayed, leaving the computer blocked.

ControlCenter 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 

    

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

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

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

  • Once installed, the following shortcut is displayed in the Desktop and an icon in the Taskbar:

          
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