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SpywareCease

Updated:
May 29, 2009 9:08:00 AM
Type:
Misleading Application
Name:
SpywareCease
Version:
3.4
Publisher:
SpywareCease.com
Risk Impact:
Medium
Systems Affected:
Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000
Behavior
The program must be manually installed.

The program reports false or exaggerated system security threats on the computer.





The user is then prompted to pay for a full license of the application in order to remove the threats.





Installation
When the program is executed, it creates the following folders:
  • %UserProfile%\Desktop\SpywareCease
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\update


It also creates the following files:
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Spyware Cease.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Desktop\Spyware Cease.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Spyware Cease\Spyware Cease on the Web.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Spyware Cease\Spyware Cease.lnk
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Spyware Cease\Uninstall Spyware Cease.lnk
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\AutoUpdate.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\DefendLog.txt
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\LSR.lsr
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\md5.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\networkdll.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\opfile.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\RegDefend.ini
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\RkHitApi.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\spkdll.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\SpywareCease.chm
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\SpywareCease.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\SpywareCease.url
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\swdb.ssk
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\unins000.dat
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\unins000.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\Spyware Cease\zlib1.dll
  • %System%\drivers\RKHit.sys


Next, the program creates the following registry entry so that it executes whenever Windows starts:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"SpywareCease.exe" = "C:\Program Files\Spyware Cease\SpywareCease.exe"

It also creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Spyware Cease
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Spyware Cease_is1
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RkHit
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