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HTTP MagicAntiSpy Activity

Severity: High

This attack could pose a serious security threat. You should take immediate action to stop any damage or prevent further damage from happening.


This signature detects activities of the misleading application MagicAntiSpy.

Additional Information

MagicAntiSpy is a misleading application described as a spyware removal utility that may give exaggerated reports about potential risks on the computer.

When the program is executed, it creates the following files:

* %UserProfile%\Desktop\Magicantispy.lnk Clean
* %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Magicantispy\Magicantispy.lnk
* %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Magicantispy\Uninstall.lnk
* %ProgramFiles%\Magicantispy\Magicantispy.exe
* %ProgramFiles%\Magicantispy\Magicantispy.lic
* %ProgramFiles%\Magicantispy\Magicantispy0.my
* %ProgramFiles%\Magicantispy\Magicantispy1.my
* %ProgramFiles%\Magicantispy\Magicantispy0.dll
* %ProgramFiles%\Magicantispy\Magicantispy1.dll
* %ProgramFiles%\Magicantispy\Magicantispy3.dll
* %ProgramFiles%\Magicantispy\Uninstall.exe

It then creates the following registry subkeys:

The program also creates the following registry entry, so that it starts when Windows starts:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"Magicantispy" = "%ProgramFiles%\Magicantispy\Magicantispy.exe"

The program may give exaggerated reports about potential risks on the computer when a scan is run.


  • Windows 2000
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 98
  • Windows Me
  • Windows NT
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows XP


The following instructions pertain to all current and recent Symantec antivirus products, including the Symantec AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus product lines.

1. Disable System Restore (Windows Me/XP).
2. Update the virus definitions.
3. Run a full system scan.
4. Delete any values added to the registry.

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