Posted: April 19, 2006
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs 9

Wareout Description

Wareout is an anti-spyware product that delivers intentionally fake system information to force its victims into paying for its premium disinfection features. Because of Wareout's history of deleting files and applications that may be essential to your PC, malware researchers advise deleting Wareout. Anti-malware products, besides guaranteeing Wareout's efficient removal, also may be able to identify some of the known, non-consensual installation methods this product can use to access your machine.

Being Wary of Certain Spyware Solutions

Wareout, sold at wareout.com, is an anti-spyware scanner that promotes itself as 'The Latest and Most Advanced Spyware Detection and Removal application on the Internet.' However, besides not being associated with any reputable PC security company, Wareout also has a prolonged history of generating deliberate fake alerts and false positives, as well as being incapable of identifying real spyware. As a supplement to its website downloads, malware experts sometimes see Wareout being installed through corrupted scripts included in compromised advertisement networks. Accordingly, PC users browsing sites with frequent pop-up advertisements or adult content are at high risk, particularly if their browsers are unprotected.

With its installation achieved, Wareout launches automatic scans of your computer. Unlike actual anti-spyware products, Wareout doesn't request your permission prior to deleting any 'detected' files. This fact is particularly meaningful due to Wareout frequently deleting default Microsoft applications, including the Media Player and Command.com (the DOS command prompt utility). Wareout also may delete data, such as your e-mail messages or browser history.

While deleting your files, Wareout also will inject additional, garbage data into your system Registry. Wareout then detects these Registry entries, along with other files, as 'spyware.' Malware experts found Wareout capable of reinserting this data even after a manual deletion taking place without Wareout's assistance. System Restore data also is erased, which prevents victims of Wareout's attacks from reverting the machine to an earlier 'snapshot' before Wareout's installation.

Taking out Your Wareout Problem

Since Wareout intentionally damages your PC before offering a purchasable option to 'restore' it from spyware infections, Wareout should be rated as no different from other threatening software. Malware experts find no advantages to purchasing or registering this fraudulent spyware scanner, and advise taking any results from its scans under heavy suspicion. In addition to standard advertisement and pop-up blockers, you also may wish to use script-disabling security options, or general anti-malware products, to disable Wareout installing scripts (and similar attacks that could distribute other threats).

Only a few PC security companies have identified Wareout's website as properly compromised, but competent anti-malware products should be able to detect Wareout heuristically. PC owners should leave deleting Wareout's Registry changes and other components to such software as a preventative measure against any unintentional damage to your PC. Wareout files do sometimes use names reminiscent of Windows components and identifying them manually should be avoided, in most cases.

Malware researchers also have connected Wareout's domain with IP addresses known for being used in a variety of Trojan activities. While these connections aren't always indicative of Wareout infections including other threats, such possibilities should be kept in mind while you disinfect your PC.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Wareout 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

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\teqq32 SUCCESS "Trayz.exe"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\br0ken SUCCESS "syspanel.exe" HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Kargo SUCCESS "abrek.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run SUCCESS Access: 0xF003FHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\jopplerg SUCCESS "install2.exe" 60 19.30528517 WareOut.exe:556 SetValue HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\XTermInit

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