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DefenseCenter

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:DefenseCenter
Technical name:Adware/DefenseCenter
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 does not allow the files with an EXE extension to be run. 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:June 29, 2010
Detection updated on:July 29, 2010
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

DefenseCenter 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.

DefenseCenter 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 

    

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

  • When it is run, a windows like the following is displayed:

    Installation screen of the program
  • Once run, it starts scanning the system in search for possible malware:

    Scan carried out by DefenseCenter
  • When finished, it displays a warning message informing users that their computer is infected:

    Alert message displayed by DefenseCenter

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