SafeFighter Fake Antivirus – PandaLabs Takes a Look

Courtesy of Panda Security.

PandaLabs’ report this week focuses on two Trojans, and a new fake antivirus.

SafeFighter is a new fake antivirus.

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Like other malware of this kind, it tries to fool users by displaying false infections, remote connections and vulnerabilities that do not exist. If users fall for the trap, they are directed to a screen where their credit card details are requested to carry out the transaction. This way, as well as obtaining money for a service that will never be provided, cyber-crooks steal users’ credit card details.

Removal help for this nasty is further on in this article.

Spammer.ANT is a Trojan that passes itself off as a Microsoft program.

Once run, it copies itself to the system and loads itself to memory under the name reader_s.exe. It then carries out remote connections and spams users, trying to get them to believe the messages received are from an online store.

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It has a compressed file attachment with an executable called open.exe. When opened, AntivirusPro2010 is installed on the computer (a fake security solution we have discussed in the past).

The other Trojan in this report is Sinowal.WOE.

It reaches computers through email, and passes itself off as a Microsoft Word document. Once installed, it collects as much information as it can from the infected user.

Additionally, when the user opens the browser, the Trojan connects to a server where Sinowal.WOE stores the victim’s information, and downloads the AntivirusPro2010 fake security solution.

More information about these and other malicious codes is available in the Panda Security Encyclopedia. You can also follow Panda Security’s online activity on its Twitter and PandaLabs blog.

SafeFighter and AntivirusPro 2010 Removal:

If you have become infected by AntivirusPro 2010, SafeFighter, or other scareware (rogue software), have your PC worked on by a certified computer technician, who will have the tools, and the competency, to determine if the infection can be removed without causing system damage. Computer technicians do not provide services at no cost, so be prepared for the costs involved.

If you feel you have the necessary skills, and you want to try your hand at removal, then by all means do so.

The following free resources can provide tools and the advice you will need to attempt removal.

Click here to download free SUPERAntiSpyware to remove AntiVirusPro 2010.

Malwarebytes, a very reliable anti-malware company, offers a free version of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, a highly rated anti-malware application which is capable of removing many newer rogue applications.

411 Spyware – a site that specializes in malware removal. I highly recommend this site.

Bleeping Computer – a web site where help is available for many computer related problems, including the removal of rogue software. This is another site I highly recommend.

SmitFraudFix, available for download at Geekstogo is a free tool that is continuously updated to assist victims of rogue security applications.

What you can do to reduce the chances of infecting your system with rogue software.

Be careful in downloading freeware or shareware programs. Spyware is occasionally concealed in these programs. Download this type of program only through reputable web sites such as Download.com, or sites that you know to be safe.

Consider carefully the inherent risks attached to peer-to-peer (P2P), or file sharing applications.

Install an Internet Browser add-on that provides protection against questionable or unsafe websites. My personal favorite is Web of Trust, an Internet Explorer/FireFox add-on, that offers substantial protection against questionable or unsafe websites.

Do not click on unsolicited invitations to download software of any kind.

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