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Posted: December 21, 2009

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 16
First Seen: January 8, 2010
Last Seen: January 10, 2019
OS(es) Affected: Windows

ScreenshotProtectPcs is a malicious anti-spyware application from the Winisoft family. ProtectPcs is installed when a video codec is downloaded or an update for a flash player is installed. ProtectPcs uses Trojans to configure the Windows registry to produce a system scan every time Windows is turned on. These Trojans create files which are later recognized as threats by the fake software. ProtectPcs should be terminated immediately once detected.


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Technical Details

File System Modifications

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The following files were created in the system:

setup[1].exe File name: setup[1].exe
Size: 1.73 MB (1733784 bytes)
MD5: 0733e5f0feec95d29866371bbecba2ae
Detection count: 50
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: January 8, 2010
ProtectPcs.exe File name: ProtectPcs.exe
Size: 1.63 MB (1638912 bytes)
MD5: a0280dd01cf3f91b1dd8597ef12339fc
Detection count: 49
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: January 8, 2010

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

Directory%ProgramFiles%\ProtectPcs Software\ProtectPcs