Posted: January 2, 2012

LNK.Exploit Description

LNK.Exploit is a Windows vulnerability that allows malicious shortcuts to run themselves whenever the shortcut's folder is viewed in Windows Explorer, but only while the feature to view file icons is enabled. SpywareRemove.com malware experts note that LNK.Exploit can be used to remotely-launch a variety of PC threats, but LNK-based exploits like LNK.Exploit have a history of being used by worms, rootkits and Trojans that should be considered high-level threats to your computer's security. Due to the risk of accidental activation of a resident LNK.Exploit file, you should use anti-malware products to prevent LNK.Exploit from accessing your PC in the first place, although, once identified, removing LNK.Exploit should be an easy task for any competent brand of PC anti-malware scanner.

Why You Don't Want to Peek into That LNK.Exploit Folder

LNK.Exploit attacks a Windows-specific security flaw that can be avoided by installing all available security updates for the operating system or by using a non-Windows OS (such as Linux or Mac). Because LNK.Exploit operates in the form of a shortcut and requires its presence on your system before LNK.Exploit can function, you should be cautious around potential vectors of LNK.Exploitinfection – such as suspicious file attachments or program installation routines that add unusual shortcuts to your desktop. Unfortunately, as SpywareRemove.com malware researchers note although preventing LNK.Exploit from accessing your PC is a simple task, once LNK.Exploit has access, chances of additional infections occurring are quite high.

LNK.Exploit shortcuts automatically launch themselves whenever they're viewed in Windows Explorer while icons are enabled. Launching LNK.Exploit can result in the download and installation of other PC threats, and LNK-based vulnerabilities like LNK.Exploit have been connected to:

  • The infamous and unique (for being an industrial saboteur) Stuxnet worm.
  • Sality viruses that infect .exe and .scr files.
  • Backdoor Trojans like Zeus that create critical security vulnerabilities on your PC so that remote criminals can access and control the computer. They may also attempt to steal private information such as passwords for bank-related accounts.

Ducking Beneath a LNK.Exploit Sucker-Punch

Disabling icons will also close the vulnerability that LNK.Exploit uses to attack your PC, although deleting LNK.Exploit itself, preferably with anti-malware products, is still recommended. Non-Windows computers, as SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have found, are also effectively-invulnerable to LNK.Exploit attacks. If you do detect a possible LNK.Exploit shortcut on your PC, you should assume the possibility of multiple PC threats being present until you've used anti-malware products to confirm otherwise.

Some variants of LNK.Exploit may also be used to propagate by USB devices and other types of removable hard drives, as well as through network-shared folders. To insure against any accidental contact with a LNK.Exploit-contaminated shortcut so that you never need to remove LNK.Exploit from your PC at all, SpywareRemove.com malware analysts recommend that you keep ongoing anti-malware programs at-the-ready to detect potential PC threats like LNK.Exploit as they attack.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to LNK.Exploit 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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