Trojan.PWS.Fareit.[variant], Trojan.Fareit.[variant]


Fareit malware steals login credentials and forwards the information to a remote server. It may also download additional malware onto the affected system.

Automatic action

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A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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Technical Details

Fareit malware is usually delivered as the payload of other malware. These may be distributed via spam email messages, or malicious DNS servers.

Once present on a system, Fareit will steal login and account information from various installed programs, such as FTP or mail clients and cloud storage programs, and passwords stored in the web browser. Stolen information is forwarded to a remote server.

Some Fareit variants will download other malware, such as Trojan-Spy:W32/Zbot. Others allow a remote attacker to use the affected system to take part in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.