Category Archives: Malware Alerts

Events like the recent spat of earthquakes and hurricanes in the United States inspire curiosity, especially when it’s so easy to find information these days. However, any time there’s a topic with a high volume of search traffic, cybercriminals swoop in … Continue reading

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From precious photos to important work documents, a computer’s hard drive typically contains heaps of priceless data.  That’s why losing everything in the hard drive is a great fear for many—especially those who haven’t taken precautions to back their files … Continue reading

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By Steve Espino – PC Tools Malware Research Team Stealthy malware can redirect web search results to websites other than what was initially being searched for. The user may be redirected to advertising websites, fake antivirus sites, and some completely … Continue reading

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Image courtesy of Flickr user indi.ca Fake AVs have been tormenting PC owners for years.  And they have now finally made their way to the Mac. A fake antivirus designed to look like a real Mac OS X application emerged … Continue reading

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Image courtesy of Flickr user swanksalot While the news that U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden probably came as a big surprise to all of us, the use of the topic to spread malware should be a surprise to no … Continue reading

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Image courtesy of Flickr user RambergMediaImages As consumers become less and less responsive to email marketing campaigns from large companies, these companies, in turn, are outsourcing their online marketing efforts to 3rd party specialists.

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Image via. Any time there’s an upcoming movie with an extremely dedicated fan base, you can expect to find cyber-crooks trying to take advantage of the fanaticism to make money.

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Image courtesy of Flickr user MoneyBlogNewz While the general public dreads the thought of tax season, many cybercriminals look forward to it.  For most, filing taxes is a tedious but necessary civic duty.  Cybercriminals, on the other hand, excitedly view … Continue reading

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Image via Flickr user alancleaver_2000 According to some security experts, Lizamoon is the most successful SQL injection attack ever witnessed.  During its short lifespan it has already compromised hundreds of thousands of websites.  While reports vary on the number of … Continue reading

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Those who have seen the 80′s Bond flicks might remember OddJob–the stout, round-faced Bond villain with the lethal top hat and the thin mustache.  Well, “OddJob” recently reemerged and is still dangerous.  But this time around, rather than executing people … Continue reading

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Phishing scams are nothing new on social networking sites – Facebook has been especially prone to ongoing series of attacks, including recent scams promising free tickets on Southwest Airlines and free iPad giveaways. However, hackers have recently launched a more … Continue reading

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By Steve Espino – PC Tools Malware Research Team Palladium Pro is a fake antivirus program that displays fake malware alerts on PCs in order to make unsuspecting users think that their computer has been infected by malware. Palladium Pro … Continue reading

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Antivirus.NET may sound like a legitimate website or program, but it’s far from it.  It’s essentially a newer version of previous rogue anti-virus software such as Antivirus Scan, Antispyware Soft, and AV Security Suite.  The first reports of Antivirus.NET surfaced … Continue reading

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By Crescencio Reyes – PC Tools Malware Research Team Cybercriminals typically use major news outbreaks as their main lure for malware delivery. However, as we recently discovered, even a relatively small news story out of Milan, Italy can be effectively … Continue reading

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By Steve Espino – PC Tools Malware Research Team If you ever receive any alerts related to “Win HDD” or observe any signs that it exists on your PC, make sure you take the proper steps to avoid it and/or … Continue reading

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If you’re a Mac owner, you might think that you don’t have to worry about computer viruses and other types of malware. Those are troubles that PC users have to deal with, right? Not so fast. A new alert illustrates … Continue reading

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In our current age of ubiquitous social networking, it is easy to get drawn into what our friends and acquaintances say, do, and post. As most people choose to share stories that they find interesting, we think nothing of clicking … Continue reading

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By Jonathan San Jose and Alan Lee Another Adobe 0 day vulnerability has been discovered on 28th October 2010. Version 10.1 of Adobe Flash and Version 9.x of Acrobat and Acrobat Reader are vulnerable to this attack. Exploits taking advantage … Continue reading

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By Crescencio Reyes – PC Tools Malware Research Division A new rogue antivirus was recently reported which is part of the fake Security Essential rogue malware. When the binary is executed, it will show a splash screen which is displayed … Continue reading

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Author: Marianne Layador – PC Tools Malware Research Team Installation Method System Defragmenter is scam-ware that imitates a legitimate utility tool that will scan the system for hard drive and memory problems. It is installed through the typical method and … Continue reading

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By Steve Espino – PCTools Malware Research Team Windows Defence is a fake antivirus program that displays fake malware alerts on PCs in order to make unsuspecting users think that their computer has been infected by malware. Windows Defence is … Continue reading

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This post describes a technique that allows building a domain name generator for Murofet. The pseudo-random domain generators are not new – these were previously used by Sober, Kraken, or Conficker worms. The important thing about reproducing a particular domain … Continue reading

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By Marianne Layador - PC Tools Malware Research Team Antivirus GT is another fake antivirus program originated from the same group of products as Personal Antivirus, Alpha Antivirus and Live Enterprise Suite, Live Security Suite. Like any other rogue, Antivirus GT … Continue reading

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By Mylene Villacorte – PCTools Malware Research Team Pursuant to the classic rouge security application modus operandi, Antivirus IS takes advantage of computer users’ fear and paranoia of getting infected by a worm or Trojan in order to persuade them … Continue reading

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By Crescencio Reyes – PC Tools Malware Research Team There has been an update to the current widespread Security Essential rogue malware. Like the previous variant, it still exhibits the same behavior. Upon running the binary, it will present you … Continue reading

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Since the last post Rogue Warning: Antimalware Doctor, there are some new discoveries in the samples that came our way. ThreatExpert report:- http://www.threatexpert.com/report.aspx?md5=299e2c761ef22b6871cf4e3311ec12c1 Antimalware Doctor installer has added a screen that attempts to trick unsuspecting victims that installing Antimalware Doctor … Continue reading

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By Alan Lee – PC Tools Malware Research Center Security Essential is a rogue security application that attempts to falsely detect malware on victim’s computer and prompts victim to pay for removal of those false detections. What is interesting about … Continue reading

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Author: Alan  Lee – PC Tools malware research team Antimalware Doctor is a rogue security application that attempts to entice victims to pay for malware removal by falsely detecting malware on infected computers. Antimalware Doctor belongs to a family of … Continue reading

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Author: Alan  Lee – PC Tools malware research team Antivirus 2010 Security Centre is a rogue security application which uses fake detections to entice infected users to pay for the application which does not function or remove malware as intended. … Continue reading

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Email-Worm.Imsolk is a worm that propagates via email, removable drives and network shares. It sends emails containing a malicious download link to email addresses harvested from the infected machine. The worm targets recipients from contacts found in the Outlook Address … Continue reading

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