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Home Codec Pack

Posted: July 26, 2011

ScreenshotAlthough rogue security programs are very common, Home Codec Pack distinguishes itself by using the unusual scamware format of a rogue codec package. Most Home Codec Pack infections are caused by Trojans that may imitate media updates to install themselves onto your PC. While Home Codec Pack infects your computer, many files that rely on codecs, such as movie and sound files, will refuse to play, and instead you'll see errors that request you to update your codecs. However, these errors just want to direct you to fake codec purchase scams and don't indicate that your codecs really are outdated. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers can find no reason not to treat Home Codec Pack like any other malicious infection and uninstall Home Codec Pack with suitable anti-virus tools, which will allow your media files to revert to normal behavior.

Home Codec Pack: The Fake Codec Bundle You Don't Need in Your Home

Despite its relatively original packaging concept, Home Codec Pack uses the same distribution methods and basic behavior that you can expect from any other rogue program such as Windows Security 2011 or Bogema Security. Like other rogue applications, Home Codec Pack is installed by Trojans such as Zlob or Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert. These Trojans have been seen disguising themselves as fake codec updates and other program update links; our malware analysts recommend that you avoid trusting an update link from unofficial sources to reduce your chances of being attacked by such Trojans.

Other Home Codec Pack infections may exploit drive-by-download scripts that use Flash or Java to install Home Codec Pack or another rogue program onto your PC without requiring your permission. However, once Home Codec Pack actually is on your computer, you'll immediately notice Home Codec Pack's presence as Home Codec Pack gives itself away by disabling the majority of your media files.

From henceforth, the only things that Home Codec Pack will let you see instead of your movies are errors like the following, including the ignominious 'Your codec version is too old!' Message:

File cannot be played. Codec not found
Your player cannot display this video file.
Update codec

Your codec version is too old
This video format is not supported

This video cannot be played due to old version of your codecs
Update codec

Windows Media Player cannot find the specified file. Be sure the path is typed correctly. If it is, the file does not exist at the specified location, or the computer where the file is stored is offline.

The Failing Grade for Home Codec Pack's Package of Lies

Home Codec Pack doesn't possess any ability to monitor your codecs and will not direct you towards real codec packages, which can be obtained for free from trustworthy sources. Like all rogue programs, Home Codec Pack creates these fake errors to make you spend money on a dummy product – in this case, a codec package. Naturally, our malware team strongly discourages this, since criminals that run rogue software enterprises have a marked habit of making fraudulent credit card charges not just once, but as many times as they can get away with making.

Home Codec Pack may also make other attacks that are commonly-used by rogue applications, such as browser hijacks or disabling your anti-virus software. To stop these from occurring, prevent Home Codec Pack from launching itself by using Safe Mode or booting from an external storage device. This will let you delete Home Codec Pack with an appropriate anti-virus program without any worry of being blocked from the deed.

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If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Home Codec Pack may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

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Technical Details

File System Modifications

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The following files were created in the system:



c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ip\FRed32.dll File name: c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ip\FRed32.dll
File type: Dynamic link library
Mime Type: unknown/dll
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ip\e.exe File name: c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ip\e.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ip\spoof.avi File name: c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ip\spoof.avi
Mime Type: unknown/avi
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ip\SmartGeare.exe File name: c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ip\SmartGeare.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ip\instr.ini File name: c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ip\instr.ini
Mime Type: unknown/ini
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\7f0924\VD7f0_2326.exe File name: c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\7f0924\VD7f0_2326.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
c:\WINDOWS\system32\c_726535.nls File name: c:\WINDOWS\system32\c_726535.nls
Mime Type: unknown/nls

Additional Information

The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1File cannot be played. Codec not found Your player cannot display this video file. Update codec
2This video cannot be played due to old version of your codecs Update codec
3Windows Media Player cannot find the specified file. Be sure the path is typed correctly. If it is, the file does not exist at the specified location, or the computer where the file is stored is offline.
4Your codec version is too old This video format is not supported