AntiSpyware Master Service Alert

Posted on September 16, 2008. Filed under: Service Alert | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Reliant PC Consulting Service Alert

 

Date: September 16, 2008

 

Subject: AntiSpyware Master

 

Purpose

 

This alert has been generated due to an issue that may affect my clients’ computer security. A malware program masquerading as a legitimate antivirus software exists. Of particular note are the following:

 

  1. The program looks legitimate.
  2. There are several methods that this malware can be introduced into your computer:
    1. Installing a malicious codec through a multimedia file.
    2. Infection from a Trojan virus.
    3. Social networking spam from fake social networking profiles.
    4. Peer-to-Peer (file sharing) networks.
  3. The software, and others like it, requires payment before the software is “installed” and activated to “protect” you. This is a typical ploy for malware.

 

Background

 

A client noticed a red circle with a white ‘X’ in the lower right-hand task bar and a pop up notification that the computer had been “infected” with a virus.

 

This threat is persists with initial reports of this malware starting in April 2008.

 

What AntiSpyware Master Looks Like

 

On the next page you will note a screen shot of the main program screen. It is in process of “scanning” the subject computer and relies on false positives to encourage users to take the next step in the process: to pay money for nothing.

 


The program looks like this:

 

 

AntiSpyware Master

AntiSpyware Master

 

 

 

Resolution

 

In this case Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware was downloaded and installed. A quick scan was initiated and in 10 minutes the program found 8 suspicious items. The items were removed and the pop ups ceased. Once the scan is complete and the malicious items removed then:

  1.  
    1. Remove the icon titled “AntiSpyware Master” was removed.
    2. Remove the program group titled “AntiSpyware Master” was removed.

 

Precautions

 

  1. Keep your anti virus software up to date.
  2. Be aware of this program in general and do not initiate any web activity that directs you to a site that promotes this software.
  3. Ignore any alert that AntiSpwyare Master has “detected” any virus on your computer.
  4. Do not attempt to click on the program to close it. This WILL generate more activity and insure infection.
  5. Simply shut down all other programs and then shut down your computer completely.
  6. If you are infected contact me ASAP and I will assist you on the removal of this software.

 

References

 

http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

 

Conclusion

 

This Service Alert addresses a potential threat. There is a good chance you may not be affected by this particular threat but an awareness of it existence will make it less likely to affect you.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.

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