Sunday, November 18, 2007

But of Course I'm Infected With Spyware

Remember those old school fake hard drive erasers where a status bar that's basically doing a directory listing is shown, and HDD activity is stimulated so that the end user gets the false feeling of witnessing the process? Fake anti spyware and anti virus software, like the ones courtesy of the now fast-moving RBN, have been using this tactic for a while, and adding an additional layer of social engineering tricks by obtaining the PCs details with simple javascript. The folks behind;; own a far more deceptive domain name compared to RBN's ones. In fact, even an anti virus vendor could envy them for not picking it up earlier and integrating it in upcoming marketing campaign or service to come. SpywareSoftStop's statements :

"At present the Internet is stuffed with viruses of any kind. Every PC is at risk and most probably IS infected. Anti-viruses can detect viruses only, but spyware, installed surreptitiously on a PC without the user's informed consent, is modified each day and solely particularized software can help to detect and remove it. However, a spyware program is rarely alone on a computer: an affected machine can rapidly be infected by many other components. In some infections, the spyware is not even evident; moreover, some types of spyware disable software firewalls and anti-virus software, and/or reduce browser security settings, thus opening the system to further opportunistic infections, much like an immune deficiency disease. Right now your system is going to be scanned and spyware, if any, will be detected."

The name servers and serve :;; The popup at that's now returning a 404 error for ldr.exe ( will even appear if you try to close the window while your PC is "being scanned". What's ldr.exe? It's the default output of a DIY malware courtesy of Pinch.

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