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Fake Survey

Posted: March 27, 2011

Just as you'd expect from its name, Fake Survey is a rogue survey infection that pretends to be innocuous while collecting personal data to be distributed without your consent. Some sources have also reported Fake Survey to have advanced rootkit and backdoor Trojan functions that allow Fake Survey to escape deletion and enable remote attacks. You should not give this threat your personal information and remove Fake Survey through the application of a high-quality anti-malware program.

Don't Answer That Fake Survey

Fake Survey may be delivered through Trojans or directly install itself by using web browser exploits. Keeping high browser security settings and avoiding file sources with unconfirmed safety will help you prevent a Fake Survey infection from happening.

Although most rogue security programs prefer to disguise themselves as anti-virus applications or system defragmenters, Fake Survey takes the form of a poll or survey that requests information for ostensibly benevolent purposes. Fake Survey may present itself this way through desktop pop-ups or as online content in web pages or advertisements.

Unlike a real survey, Fake Survey will request highly personal information - your family name, given name, and email address are confirmed to be some of the data requested by Fake Survey. Giving this info away will likely result in the trusting survey-taker being signed up on spam lists indefinitely.

Fake Survey may also have other functions, less visible but no less harmful to the PC or to the PC's user. Some sources indicate that Fake Survey has backdoor functions, which would allow a remote attacker to control your computer without authorization. Remote attacks can compromise the security and privacy of your PC and all stored information even if there aren't any visible signs of attacks.

Removing Fake Survey's Malicious Questionnaire

Removing Fake Survey may not be a simple chore, since Fake Survey may possess advanced rootkit functions to conceal Fake Survey's memory process. There have also been reports of Fake Survey preventing basic security functions like Microsoft Essentials from running. Crashes in security programs may be coupled with fake alerts about root file infections or other false warnings.

Following known methods of removing advanced threats like this one will let you delete Fake Survey without any further hardships, although you may have to jump through quite a few hoops along the way! Assume that all information is exposed until you've verified that Fake Survey is completely gone, and only then should you resume life as usual. Be sure to have fully-updated anti-malware programs and do your best to stop this rogue security program from running before you try to remove Fake Survey.

File System Modifications

  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name
    1 %CurrentFolder%\artbygorup.exe
    2 %CurrentFolder%\callistointgoup.exe
    3 %CurrentFolder%\kreskogroup.exe
    4 %CurrentFolder%\neolinellc.exe
    5 %CurrentFolder%\targetmarketgroupllc.exe
    6 %CurrentFolder%\uplandgroupus.exe
    7 %Temp%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].dll

Registry Modifications

  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM CHARACTERS]"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\inctest