Lavasoft News - February 2007

Name Description
PcTurboPro

PcTurboPro is a program that claims to optimize the user's system. Annoying warning pop-ups occur when the user shuts down his/her computer. It wants the user to optimize the system, but only if he/she registers and buys a version of PcTurboPro. It also installs files that are running in stealth and adds an auto-start feature that cannot be disabled.

SpyMarshal SpyMarshal is a rogue anti-spyware application that can be automatically installed on the system from a third party Trojan.downloader. The user is made to believe it's a good program that removes spyware, but the actual results from the system scan are fake. Alert warnings try to entice the user to buy SpyMarshal software. If the user restarts the computer, SpyMarshal automatically scans the user's hard drive and the uninstaller is non-functional.
Win32.Backdoor.Hupigon

Win32.Backdoor.Hupigon installs a backdoor service on the infected computer. This backdoor lets the attacker gain full control of the compromised system. Win32.Backdoor.Hupigon is also known as Win32.Backdoor.Graybird.

Win32.TrojanPWS.LdPinch Win32.TrojanPWS.LdPinch is a Trojan that will run in the background and monitor the user while surfing. It will also try to steal passwords from different kinds of messenger and ftp programs. Stolen information is sent back using either e-mail or http traffic.
Win32.TrojanPWS.OnlineGames

Win32.TrojanPWS.OnlineGames is a Trojan that focuses mainly on stealing login information for online games by monitoring keystrokes and sending them to a remote host.

Win32.TrojanPWS.QQPass

Win32.TrojanPWS.QQPass is a password-stealing Trojan that hooks itself into the system.

TAI - Threat Analysis Index
The Lavasoft Threat Analysis Index (TAI) system is based on a 10-point scale, with 1 representing the lowest threat and 10 representing the highest. The behavior of the program has more influence when assigning TAI points than the actual technical aspects of the malware. In other words, if the malware secretly attaches without the computer user's full understanding and approval, then it will automatically be given higher TAI points. A minimum TAI value of 3 is required before the malware is put into detection. Read more on the Lavasoft Security Center here.

 

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