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  4. HTTP SaferScan Activity

HTTP SaferScan Activity

Severity: Medium

This attack could pose a moderate security threat. It does not require immediate action.


This signature detects activities of misleading application SaferScan.

Additional Information

When SaferScan is executed, it performs the following actions:

1. Creates the following files:

* %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SaferScan\SaferScan.lnk
* %ProgramFiles%\SaferScan\SaferScan.exe
* %ProgramFiles%\SaferScan\uninstall.exe

* %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the program files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.
* %SystemDrive% is a variable that refers to the drive on which Windows is installed. By default, this is drive C.

2. Creates the following registry subkeys:


3. Adds the value:

"SaferScan" = "%ProgramFiles%\SaferScan\SaferScan.exe"

to the registry subkey:


so that the risk runs every time Windows starts.


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


The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support security risk detection.

1. Update the definitions.
2. Run a full system scan.
3. Delete any values added to the registry.
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