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Braviax

Posted: August 6, 2008

Braviax can refer to either a family of fake anti-malware scanners or a type of Trojan downloader. Trojan versions of Braviax typically conceal their files in your Windows directory and install other PC threats trying to avoid your attention, while rogue anti-malware programs from Braviax will do the opposite – by grabbing your attention with threatening pop-ups while they request that you spend money on their obscure product to remove infections that don't exist. Scamware-based types of Braviax will often confirm to the local operating system's name – for example, by using the name Win 7 Anti-spyware when Braviax attacks a PC that's using Windows 7. Regardless of whether you have a Trojan or scamware version of Braviax, however, SpywareRemove.com malware experts discourage anything other than its immediate removal with a competent anti-malware application, since both types of Braviax are serious security risks for your computer.

Spotting a Braviax Scam That Wants to Protect You from Viruses That Don't Exist

Rogue security programs from the Braviax family (also known as the FakeRean or Trojan.Win32.FakeRean family) are particularly well-known for their distinctive naming scheme, which often uses an operating system name in a pattern that may or may not include a yearly suffix. The common naming pattern is OS-(optional)adjective-noun-(optional)year, which can include, for example, Vista Guardian 2010, Win 7 AntiMalware 2010, Antispyware XP 2009, XP Guardian, XP Defender Pro 2010 and Vista Security Tool 2010 are all members of this family. Individual Braviax programs may look slightly different from each other and use different names, but SpywareRemove.com malware experts have found that all of them are equal in lacking any sort of credible anti-malware features.

The main sign of a Braviax-based type of rogue anti-malware application is the presence of unusual fake alerts and automatic system scans from the rogue program in question. Although these alerts look genuine and will identify threats by their technical names, all information from Braviax scamware can be considered fraudulent and potentially self-destructive if taken at its word. Other attacks can include the installation of a replacement Security Center that links to a Braviax-promoting website and the creation of fake PC threat files in your system folder. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers note that fake security programs from the Braviax group can be identified by the following examples of their error messages, although this list shouldn't be considered to be conclusive:

System warning!
Continue working in unprotected mode is very dangerous. Viruses can damage your confidential data and work on your computer. Click here to protect your computer.

Critical Warning!
Critical System Warning! Your system is probably infected with a version of Trojan-Spy.HTML.Visafraud.a. This may result in website access passwords being stolen from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook etc. Click Yes to scan and remove threats. (recommended)

System warning!
Security Essentials Ultimate Pack software detects programs that may compromise your privacy and harm your systems. It is highly recommended you scan your PC right now. Click here to start.

Security Alert!
Your computer is being attacked from a remote machine!
Block Internet access to your computer to prevent system infection.

Stealth intrusion!
Infection detected in the background. Your computer is now attacked by spyware and rogue software. Eliminate the infection safely, perform a security scan and deletion now.

Attention: DANGER!
ALERT! System scan for spyware, adware, Trojans and viruses is complete.
Win 7 Security 2011 detected 33 critical system objects.

When Braviax is Only the First of Your Problems

Although Braviax-designated scamware are a visible danger to your PC, the file that's often labeled Braviax.exe presents an entirely different form of threat. This file is associated with Trojans that attempt to avoid your attention instead of drawing it; such Trojans are often identified by the aliases Trojan:Win32/Tibs.gen!H, not-virus:Hoax.Win32/Renos.bjb, Adware.UltimateDefend.E or Trojan.Packed.13. This Trojan downloads and installs other files, which have the potential of being Trojans or other PC threats themselves, by using concealed HTTP requests.

Either version of Braviax should be considered a danger to your PC, and SpywareRemove.com malware researchers stress that there are no situations where you should ignore, purchase or otherwise tolerate the presence of a Braviax Trojan or rogue anti-malware program. If you see any of the symptoms of Braviax scamware or notice a Braviax.exe file on your computer, you should scan your PC immediately to insure that both Braviax and related PC threats are completely removed.

File System Modifications

  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name
    1 braviax.exe
    2 cru629.dat

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2 Comments

  • Bobby Taylor says:

    Braviax.exe can be deleted except for C:\Windows\system32\braviax.exe. I have been unable to get rid of this pest. Cannot change its properties. Cannot delete it using C prompt, etc. Seems like it has learned and defeated all attempts to reach it.

  • chad says:

    I just dont know who to trust any more. I have Full AVG security 3 pack with anti-spyware,anti malware - all of it. and i still get viruses. they get through my defenses and i try to remove it and everyone is trying to get me to download something new. its fishy.