US got hit by a massive wave of infections due to Trojan.FakeAV.ABT
linked by the 19th of January Massachusetts
elections topic. Data provided by BitDefender’s Real-Time Virus Reporting System shows that
in North America, the number of systems
infected with this Trojan, increased -just
before the elections day (the 18th of January) with almost 8%, while
the number of infected files raised nearly 13%.
Just in the last two days, the
number of the infected systems severely grew in Canada: with 62% on the 19th
of January and with 14% on the 20th of January. The same ascending
trend for infections can be observed in UK – the number of infected systems
grew with more than 29%, while the number of the infected files with almost
53%; for France, the number of infected systems increased by 23%, while the
number of the infected files with about 32%. In Romania, the number of infected
systems raised more than 11%.
The following day, the Sexiest Man
of the Year 1982 and his nude pictures in Cosmopolitan Magazine – the same
Senator Scott Brown – not only that stirred women’s imagination, but got the
interest of malware creators too. The latter thought to exploit the volcanic
news to spread another fake antivirus: Trojan.FakeAV.XP
Instead of spicy pictures, the user receives
messages of false infection on his/her computer in order to make him/her buy
the fake antivirus product.
The rogue antivirus resembles the
program suite from the operating system and on its installation the user can
notice the following image:
Once onto the system, it creates a
startup registry value “Enterprise
Suite” in order to run every time the operating system starts. It
damages the content of several systems files, delivering pop-up windows with
fake infections, while requiring user to buy a license for it.
To protect your systems and data and avoid compromising your
systems and data, follow the five security tips below:
- first and foremost have
legitimate antivirus software installed.
- install and activate a reliable antimalware, firewall solution and
spam filter, such as those provided by BitDefender.
- do not download software that
claims to be free or anything else unless you completely trust the source.
- do not get fooled of fake video
players that require “codecs” and Web scanners that pretend to disinfect your computer.
- always scan your downloads before