Antivirus Protection 2012

Posted: February 17, 2012
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs 344

Antivirus Protection 2012 Description

Antivirus Protection 2012 Screenshot 1Antivirus Protection 2012 is a variant of Rogue:Win32/Defmid, a category of fake anti-malware programs that recycle their interface with a variety of different names to make each program appear to be an independent product. Antivirus Protection 2012 has changed its name but not its act, and SpywareRemove.com malware research team warns that Antivirus Protection 2012 will provide misleading and completely inaccurate information about malicious software or other PC threats to push computer users into wasting money on its worthless threat-removal software. Since members of Antivirus Protection 2012's family have also been known to block websites arbitrarily and download other files without permission, Antivirus Protection 2012 should be considered a potentially serious threat to your PC until Antivirus Protection 2012 is removed by appropriate anti-malware software.

Antivirus Protection 2012 – 2012's Version of a PC Security Hoax from 2011

Antivirus Protection 2012 markets itself as a supposedly trustworthy and independent anti-virus scanner, complete with firewall and other security features, but this pretense doesn't go skin-deep, since Antivirus Protection 2012 was noted to be utilizing the same skin and interface that other fake AV products from its family have used for months now. Examples of similar clones from the ranks of Antivirus Protection 2012's UnVirex family include UnVirex, Desktop Security 2010, Antivirus Studio 2010, SecurityInspector2010, Antivirus System 2011 and Antivirus Antispyware 2011. Many of these PC threats may also use an optional annual suffix (such as Security Defender 2011 or Security Monitor 2012).

Both Antivirus Protection 2012's relatives and Antivirus Protection 2012 are capable of creating technical-looking detection alerts for Trojans, viruses and other PC threats, complete with full identification labels and useful descriptions. However, these detections are all fraudulent and should be ignored. SpywareRemove.com malware experts extend the same advice to system scans from Antivirus Protection 2012, which will launch without your permission. Since pop-up warnings from Antivirus Protection 2012 can display with many variants, the following samples are included further down in this article.

The Subtler Side of Antivirus Protection 2012's Fraudulent Protection

Antivirus Protection 2012 may also insert a self-promoting link for itself in Windows Security Center to encourage you to visit its website. SpywareRemove.com malware experts discourage purchasing Antivirus Protection 2012, of course, even to remove Antivirus Protection 2012 from your PC, since Antivirus Protection 2012 can be deactivated and removed by anti-malware software. However, if you wish to register Antivirus Protection 2012 to simplify deleting Antivirus Protection 2012, the following code has been known to work for its family of scamware: 'LIC2-00A6-234C-B6A9-38F8-F6E2-0838-F084-E235-6051-18B3.'

Fake error messages from Antivirus Protection 2012 can also extend to your web browser, and Antivirus Protection 2012 may use fake warnings to block certain websites. Finally, Antivirus Protection 2012 may even download and install other malicious files, a function that makes Antivirus Protection 2012 a high-priority PC threat to be removed on sight.

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Aliases


Generic27.MSX [AVG]Rogue:Win32/FakeRean [Microsoft]Mal/FakeAV-OQ [Sophos]Gen:Variant.Kazy.56883 [BitDefender]HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic [Kaspersky]Win32:FakeAlert-CAK [Trj] [Avast]Suspicious file [Panda]FakeAlert-Rena.ci [McAfee]

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Technical Details

File System Modifications

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The following files were created in the system:



%APPDATA%\Antivirus Protection\AntivirusProtection2012.exe File name: AntivirusProtection2012.exe
Size: 2.34 MB (2341888 bytes)
MD5: e623346586ea7ab65d32e66e9c3eea62
Detection count: 98
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %APPDATA%\Antivirus Protection\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: February 22, 2012
%APPDATA%\Antivirus Protection\securitymanager.exe File name: securitymanager.exe
Size: 122.88 KB (122880 bytes)
MD5: 917c4059dc649b28b13a3534984d789d
Detection count: 23
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %APPDATA%\Antivirus Protection\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: February 22, 2012
%APPDATA%\Antivirus Protection\securityhelper.exe File name: securityhelper.exe
Size: 3.91 MB (3918339 bytes)
MD5: 68fd15c187ccf9e612c498f9ca56a041
Detection count: 9
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %APPDATA%\Antivirus Protection\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: February 22, 2012
%AppData%\Antivirus Protection\securitymanager.exe File name: %AppData%\Antivirus Protection\securitymanager.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%AppData%\Antivirus Protection\antivirusprotection2012.exe File name: %AppData%\Antivirus Protection\antivirusprotection2012.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Desktop%\Antivirus Protection.lnk File name: %Desktop%\Antivirus Protection.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%StartMenu%\Programs\Antivirus Protection\antivirus protection.lnk File name: %StartMenu%\Programs\Antivirus Protection\antivirus protection.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%AppData%\Antivirus Protection\IcoActivate.ico File name: %AppData%\Antivirus Protection\IcoActivate.ico
Mime Type: unknown/ico
Group: Malware file
%AppData%\Antivirus Protection\IcoHelp.ico File name: %AppData%\Antivirus Protection\IcoHelp.ico
Mime Type: unknown/ico
Group: Malware file
%AppData%\Antivirus Protection\IcoUninstall.ico File name: %AppData%\Antivirus Protection\IcoUninstall.ico
Mime Type: unknown/ico
Group: Malware file
%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Antivirus Protection.lnk File name: %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Antivirus Protection.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%StartMenu%\Programs\Antivirus Protection.lnk File name: %StartMenu%\Programs\Antivirus Protection.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%StartMenu%\Programs\Antivirus Protection\ File name: %StartMenu%\Programs\Antivirus Protection\
Group: Malware file
%StartMenu%\Programs\Antivirus Protection\Help Antivirus Protection.lnk File name: %StartMenu%\Programs\Antivirus Protection\Help Antivirus Protection.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%StartMenu%\Programs\Antivirus Protection\Activate Antivirus Protection.lnk File name: %StartMenu%\Programs\Antivirus Protection\Activate Antivirus Protection.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%StartMenu%\Programs\Antivirus Protection\How to Activate Antivirus Protection.lnk File name: %StartMenu%\Programs\Antivirus Protection\How to Activate Antivirus Protection.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\472a10e2ebxd9.exe File name: %Temp%\472a10e2ebxd9.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\2010yo.exe File name: %Temp%\2010yo.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\hhbboll_2.exe File name: %Temp%\hhbboll_2.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\d20mes.exe File name: %Temp%\d20mes.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\ddoll3342.exe File name: %Temp%\ddoll3342.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\destroyer.exe File name: %Temp%\destroyer.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\56493.exe File name: %Temp%\56493.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\cosock.exe File name: %Temp%\cosock.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\cowceb.exe File name: %Temp%\cowceb.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\wwwsssgen.exe File name: %Temp%\wwwsssgen.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\dc_3.exe File name: %Temp%\dc_3.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\puzpup.exe File name: %Temp%\puzpup.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\exppdf_w.exe File name: %Temp%\exppdf_w.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\winifi.exe File name: %Temp%\winifi.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\jofcdks.exe File name: %Temp%\jofcdks.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\lols.exe File name: %Temp%\lols.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Temp%\sycre.exe File name: %Temp%\sycre.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file

More files

Registry Modifications


The following newly produced Registry Values are:

Registry keySoftware\Antivirus Protection 2012File name without pathAntivirus Protection 2012.lnkAntivirus Protection.lnkDirectory%APPDATA%\Antivirus Protection%APPDATA%\Antivirus Protection 2012HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run!InspectorHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\..{RunKeys}Antivirus Protection

Additional Information

The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1Antispyware software warningYour computer is infected with spyware and malware. Last scan results: 364 infected files found! Click this notification to fix the problem.
2Antivirus Protection 2012
The application excel.exe was launched successfully but it was forced to shut down due to security reasons. This application infected by a malicious software program which might present damage for the PC. It is highly recommended to make a full scan of your computer to exterminate the malicious programs from it.
3Antivirus Protection 2012
Your computer is being used as spamming machine. You can get sued for spam. Your computer WIL BE DISCONNECTED FORM INTERNET BECAUSE SPAMMING OTHER PCs.
4Reported Insecure Browsing: Navigation Blocked Insecure Internet Activity. Threat of virus attack Due to insecure Internet browsing your PC can easily get infected with viruses, worms, and Trojans without your knowledge, and that can lead to system slowdown, freezes and crashes. Also insecure Internet activity can result in revealing your personal information.
5Security Center
Unauthorized remote connection!
Your system is making an unauthorized personal data transfer to a remote computer!
Warning! Unauthorized personal data transfer is detected! It may be your personal credit card details, logins and passwords, browsing habits or information about files you have downloaded.
To protect your private data, please click "Prevent Connection" button below.
6Security Center Alert
To help protect your computer, Security Center has blocked some features of this program.
Do you want to block this suspicious software?
Name: Sft.Dez.Wien
Risk: High
7Security Center Alert To help protect your computer, Security Center has blocked some features of this program. Name: Screen.Grab.J.exe Risk: High
8Security Center Unauthorized remote connection! Your system is making an unauthorized personal data transfer to a remote computer! Warning! Unauthorized personal data transfer is detected! It may be your personal credit card details, logins and passwords, browsing habits or information about files you have downloaded. To protect your private data, please click "Prevent Connection" button below.
9System critical warning! You have been infected by a proxy-relay Trojan server Your query looks similar to automated requests from a spyware application. Your system has come under attack of hostile software. Click here to deactivate it.
10You have been infected by a proxy-relay trojan server with new and danger "SpamBots".
You have a computer with a virus that sends spam.
This is a mass-mailing worm with backdoor thus allowing un-authorized access to the infected system.
It spreads by mass-mailing itself to e-mail addresses harvested from the local computer or by querying on-line search engines such as google.com.
The IP [IP ADDRESS] address that YOU are getting from Internet Service Provider (ISP) for YOU personal computer is on some major blacklist.
Your computer has been used to send a huge amount of junk e-mail messages during the last days.
You IP will be marked in the Police log file as mass-mailing spam assist.
Upgrading to the full version Antivirus Protection 2012 it will eliminate the majority of Spam attempts.
11Your computer might be at risk Antivirus detects viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. They can (and do) destroy data, format your hard disk or can destroy the BIOS. By destroying the BIOS many times you end up buying a new motherboard or if the bios chip is removable then that chip would need replacing

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