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WinSpyKiller

Updated:
February 12, 2008 12:55:41 PM
Type:
Misleading Application
Name:
WinSpyKiller
Publisher:
WinSpyKiller.com
Risk Impact:
Medium
Systems Affected:
Windows
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 errors.





Installation
When the program is executed, it creates the following files:
  • %UserProfile%\Desktop\WinSpyKiller.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\WinSpyKiller\Uninstall.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\WinSpyKiller\WinSpyKiller.lnk
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinSpyKiller\Uninstall.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinSpyKiller\WinSpyKiller.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinSpyKiller\WinSpyKiller.lic
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinSpyKiller\WinSpyKiller0.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinSpyKiller\WinSpyKiller0.wk
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinSpyKiller\WinSpyKiller1.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinSpyKiller\WinSpyKiller1.wk
  • %ProgramFiles%\WinSpyKiller\WinSpyKiller3.dll


Next, the program creates the following registry entry so that it executes whenever Windows starts:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\"WinSpyKiller" = "C:\Program Files\WinSpyKiller\WinSpyKiller.exe"

It also creates the following registry subkeys:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\WinSpyKiller
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.key
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinSpyKiller
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