Home Malware Programs Rogue Anti-Spyware Programs WinDefender2008


Posted: July 7, 2008

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 403
First Seen: July 24, 2009
Last Seen: January 22, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

ScreenshotWinDefender2008 is a rogue anti-spyware program that may seem like a regular online scanner, when all it does is hijack your browser and redirect you to malicious websites. WinDefender 2008 will also display misleading error messages alleging to detect virus threats to lure you to purchase its full version. WinDefender2008's error messages may read:

Current threats detect by WinDefender 2008 today.
This information is provided based on current threat level and internet user's database. WinDefender is trying to detected and remove all items."

"Computer scan results: 284 items detected
NOTE: Detected objects marked in red are CRITICAL and should be removed from the computer!"

If you click on the fake error messages, you'll be redirected to win-defender.com or to another rogue website where you'll be encouraged to purchase WinDefender2008. WinDefender 2008 sells itself as a software to "DEFEND YOUR COMPUTER!", but truth is, WinDefender2008 is no computer defender. WinDefender2008 may launch on every Windows startup and may be difficult to remove manually.



WinDefender [Symantec]WinDefender 2008 [Sunbelt]Suspicious [Prevx1]Adware/WinDefender2008 [Panda]Program:Win32/Fakerednefed [Microsoft]Generic.Win32.Malware.Fakerednefed [Ikarus]Win32:Trojan-gen {Other} [Avast]SPR/Fraud.W.1961984 [AntiVir]

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Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

The following files were created in the system:

panel.exe File name: panel.exe
Size: 712.7 KB (712704 bytes)
MD5: ee84c2abbe41b80b9e6ea7255021500e
Detection count: 75
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: December 11, 2009
hook.exe, WDefDemo.exe File name: hook.exe, WDefDemo.exe
Size: 49.15 KB (49152 bytes)
MD5: 4ba299018edb702e86e2d52cb3a2f4ce
Detection count: 61
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: December 11, 2009
FwHookDrv.sys File name: FwHookDrv.sys
Size: 3.84 KB (3840 bytes)
MD5: 50fa7aec76db8eb6f74cab4cf0ca8926
Detection count: 55
File type: System file
Mime Type: unknown/sys
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: December 11, 2009
SecCenter.exe File name: SecCenter.exe
Size: 227.84 KB (227840 bytes)
MD5: b29b60fbb09dbb46a610d7cbb9b5d136
Detection count: 54
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: December 11, 2009

Additional Information

The following directories were created:
%ProgramFiles%\WinDefender 2008
The following cookies were detected:

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