Rogue:W32/SpySheriff

Classification

Riskware

Rogue

W32

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Summary

An antivirus or antispyware application that does not provide the functionality claimed, and may not work at all. It may also be promoted or sold using deceptive or fraudulent practices.

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Technical Details

This is a family of rogue antispyware programs that pose as legitimate security applications.

The purpose of these programs is to deceive the user into buying a license for the application. To do so, the rogue displays faked or forged scanning results that make it appear as if the system is infected. The user is then urged to buy a license in order to deal with the supposed infections.

The name of the rogue antispyware program varies depending on the variant. Most variants will use one of the following names:&&

  • SpySheriff
  • Spy-Shredder
  • Pest Trap
  • AntiVir Protect&

Installation

Installation starts by showing a "generic" End User License Agreement (EULA). If the user agrees to the EULA, the installer downloads and installs the rogue on the system.

Files and components of this rogue are normally installed on:

  • %Program Files%\[application name]

Date Created: 2009-02-04 07:44:28.0

Date Last Modified: 2009-02-04 10:21:30.0