Home Malware Programs Malware YIMBot.K


Posted: November 1, 2011

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 14
First Seen: November 1, 2011
Last Seen: April 19, 2021
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Although YIMBot.K uses a hook that's similar to the recent 'free iPad' Facebook scam, YIMBot.K uses an exceptionally-convincing facade and a different medium to promote its fake offer. Just as its name describes, YIMBot.K is a bot that's programmed to hold simplistic conversations with random Yahoo Instant Message accounts. The topic of YIMBot.K's conversation is a fake product giveaway that commemorates Steve Jobs, but if you follow its link, your browser will be directed to a fake 'work from home' scam that's interested in harvesting your personal information and a little money in exchange for empty promises of cash. If you've been exposed to this YIMBot.K scam, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers encourage you to run a complete scan of your PC using an anti-malware application, to make sure that YIMBot.K hasn't slipped a Trojan aboard your computer while you were distracted. Otherwise, you can ignore any YIMBot.K messages and block bot-hijacked YIM accounts.

YIMBot.K – a Polite Greeting for a Rude Series of Attacks on Your PC

YIMBot.K uses hijacked and randomly-created accounts to engage random YIM-users in conversations. Like other instant-messaging bots, YIMBot.K can even respond to inquiries and key phrases with responses like 'why not?' and 'no problem!' Aside from its general chattiness, however, YIMBot.K has one purpose in mind: to expose you to a link towards fake work from home website. YIMBot.K will tell you that this link is part of a Mac give-away in honor of Steve Jobs, but, in fact, there is no such give-away and YIMBot.K will redirect you to a scam site instead of a prize-winning event.

Sites that YIMBot.K links you to will attempt to harvest your e-mail address, zip code and name, while pretending to provide a well-paid work-from-home offer. SpywareRemove.com malware experts also forewarn of the possibility of embedded drive-by-download attacks that install dropper Trojans or other forms of harmful software. These attacks can occur without your consent and without any visible symptoms.

YIMBot.K sites can be recognized by their typical too-good-to-be-true headlines, of which one example is shown here:

NEEDED: Motivated Individuals Searching for Work At Home Opportunities Paying $15-$75/Hr

Wiggling Out of YIMBot.K's Cheerful Invitation to Destroy Your Own Computer

If you haven't followed a link from YIMBot.K, protecting your computer is as simple as blocking YIMBot.K accounts and ignoring any similar messages that you might receive. Since YIMBot.K may hijack regular accounts to conduct its link-spamming attacks, you may want to notify any acquaintances who are showing symptoms of being hijacked so that they can clean their computer and take measures to protect their YIM account.

If you've visited a YIMBot.K link by accident, you should scan your PC to make certain that malicious software hasn't crept onto your hard drive. The YIMBot.K scam was first widely-reported in late October, and your version of any usable anti-malware program should be at least as recent as that (and preferably more recent, if possible). SpywareRemove.com malware researchers also advise you to be especially cautious for possible spam e-mail attacks, since YIMBot.K may add you to a general spam-sending list.

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