Threat Descriptons



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Trojan:W32/TDSS.BR, Trojan.Win32.TDSS.tqf, Trojan:W32/Alureon.gen!J (Microsoft)


Trojan:W32/TDSS.BR drops and executes a malicious file on the affected system.


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Technical Details

This trojan arrives as an installer file downloaded from a fake video posted on a video site.


Upon execution of the installer, the trojan drops and executes a malicious file hidden in the archive installer. The malicious file is detected as Worm:W32/TDSS.BU.

The trojan also creates the following files:

  • %ProgramFiles%\PlayMe\Uninstall.exe - normal uninstaller file
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\PlayMe\Uninstall.lnk - link to uninstaller

Registry Modifications

Creates these keys:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PlayMe (Default) = "%ProgramFiles%\PlayMe"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PlayMeSoft Start Menu Folder = "PlayMe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PlayMe UninstallString = "%ProgramFiles%\PlayMe\Uninstall.exe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PlayMe DisplayName = "PlayMe"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PlayMe DisplayIcon = "%ProgramFiles%\PlayMe\Uninstall.exe,0"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PlayMe InstallLocation = "%ProgramFiles%\PlayMe"
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