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EssentialSecProFraud

Updated:
November 7, 2012 11:29:57 AM
Type:
Misleading Application
Name:
Micorsoft Essential Security Pro 2013
Risk Impact:
Medium
Systems Affected:
Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP
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 file:
%CurrentFolder%\settings.data

Next, the program creates the following registry entries so that it executes whenever Windows starts:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"WindowsSecurity" = "[PATH TO PROGRAM EXECUTABLE]"
  • HKEY_USERS\[UID]\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"WindowsSecurity" = "[PATH TO PROGRAM EXECUTABLE]"
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