This type of trojan secretly downloads malicious files from a remote server, then installs and executes the files.


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Technical Details

This trojan is designed to promote rogue security applications by alarming users into believing that their system is infected with spyware. The user is then encouraged to purchase these rogue security applications, which are available from a variety of mirror sites.


Upon installation, the trojan drops the following two files on the system:

  • Trojan-Downloader:W32/FakeAlert.BG is dropped in %WINDOWS%/system32/brastk.exe
  • Rootkit:W32/AVKill.gen is dropped in %WINDOWS%\\dllcache\\figaro.sys

It will also replace the original file %WINDOWS%/system32/drivers/beep.sys with a malicious rootkit, %WINDOWS%\\dllcache\\figaro.sys.

The malware is designed to alarm the user into thinking their system is infected. To do so, the malware modifies some registry keys, then reboots the system to activate both the rootkit and its own executable. After system reboot, the user will occasionally see the following message appear in a system tray message balloon:

  • "Your computer is infected! Windows has detected spyware infection! It is recommended to use special antispyware tools to prevent data loss. Windows will now download and install the most up-to-date antispyware for you. Click here to protect your computer from spyware!"

If the user clicks on the message, they will be further cajoled into paying for a rogue security application.


The rootkit protects the malware and prevents users from seeing the brastk.exe process by hooking a Windows kernel function. The rootkit will also protects itself from a large number of programs which might detect and remove it - in particular antispyware and antivirus security applications - by preventing these programs from running. These programs include:

  • avgagent.exe
  • avgemc.exe
  • avpcc.exe
  • avp.exe
  • avpm.exe
  • avsched32.exe
  • eyetidecontroller.exe
  • f-sched.exe
  • f-stopw.exe
  • farsighter.exe
  • fatbuster.exe
  • fsav32.exe
  • kavss.exe
  • kavsvc.exe
  • klpf.exe
  • klswd.exe
  • kpf4ss.exe
  • little_helper2.exe
  • livesrv.exe
  • lsasrv.exe
  • lsass32.exe
  • magiclink.exe
  • malscr.exe
  • malswep.exe
  • njexplor.exe
  • nlsupervisorpro.exe
  • no32mon.exe
  • nod32krn.exe
  • nod32ra.exe
  • nortonupdate.exe
  • pboptions.exe
  • rtvscan.exe
  • sandboxieserver.exe
  • savscan.exe
  • spybot.exe
  • spybotsd.exe
  • spywaredetector.exe
  • zclient.exe
  • zcodec.exe
  • zcomservice.exe
  • sdfix.exe
  • ccpwdsvc.exe
  • ccsetmgr.exe
  • defwatch.exe
  • combo.exe
  • procmast.exe
  • dss.exe
  • globkill.exe
  • navapsvc.exe
  • navilog
  • prevxcsi.exe
  • fwservice.exe
  • savscan.exe
  • symlcsvc.exe
  • avgas.exe
  • prevxcsi.exe
  • avgw.exe
  • avgamsvr.exe
  • avgupsvc.exe
  • killbox.exe
  • gmer.exe
  • aluschedulersvc.exe
  • appsvc32.exe
  • apvxdwin.exe
  • ashmaisv.exe
  • ashserv.exe
  • ashwebsv.exe
  • avciman.exe
  • avengine.exe
  • avgas.exe
  • avgemc.exe
  • avgupsvc.exe
  • avgw.exe
  • pavprsrv.exe
  • ndmon.exe
  • sndsrvc.exe
  • spbbcsvc.exe
  • spyblock.dll
  • superantispyware.exe
  • svcntaux.exe
  • swdsvc.exe
  • symlcsvc.exe
  • symwsc.exe
  • thguard.exe
  • tpsrv.exe
  • trjscan.exe
  • vundofix.exe
  • autoruns.exe
  • rootkit_detektive.exe
  • winavxx.exe
  • kmd.exe
  • vsdatant.sys
  • watchdog.sys
  • bcfilter.sys
  • bcftdi.sys
  • bc_hassh_f.sys

Network Connections

Attempts to download files from:


Registry Modifications

Sets these values:

  • HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run brastk = C:\WINDOWS\System32\brastk.exe

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