FakeAlert-SecurityToo​l.gw!EEAE280E88B7

This page shows details and results of our analysis on the malware FakeAlert-SecurityTool.gw!EEAE280E88B7

Overview

This is a Trojan detection. Unlike viruses, Trojans do not self-replicate. They are spread manually, often under the premise that they are beneficial or wanted. The most common installation methods involve system or security exploitation, and unsuspecting users manually executing unknown programs. Distribution channels include e-mail, malicious or hacked Web pages, Internet Relay Chat (IRC), peer-to-peer networks, etc.


Minimum DAT

7032 (2013-04-01)

Updated DAT

7032 (2013-04-01)

Minimum Engine

5400.1158

File Length

62976

Description Added

2013-04-02

Description Modified

2013-04-02

Malware Proliferation

Characteristics

This is a Trojan

File PropertiesProperty Values
McAfee DetectionFakeAlert-SecurityTool.gw
Length62976 bytes
MD5eeae280e88b76f8bacd656dd323c18e5
SHA14ebe1cbc51f51b40bbec498e0d6ae5d2cb158df8


Other Common Detection Aliases

Company NamesDetection Names
avastWin32:FakeAV-EHA
AVG (GriSoft)Agent
aviraTR/Winwebsec.ioinw
BitDefenderTrojan.Generic.KDZ.3014
Dr.WebWin32.HLLW.Lime.18
F-ProtW32/FakeAlert.WP.gen!Eldorado
FortiNetW32/Tepfer.PSU!tr
MicrosoftTrojan:Win32/Lethic.B
SymantecSecShieldFraud!gen10
EsetWin32/Kryptik.ARMO trojan (variant)
normanHlux.BQ
SophosTroj/Zbot-DKJ
Trend MicroWORM_KELIHOS.SMB
vba32Trojan.FakeAV.01657
V-BusterTrojan.Kryptik!HLFXRge7R6I (trojan)

Other brands and names may be claimed as the property of others.


ActivitiesRisk Levels
Attempts to load and execute remote code in explorer processHigh
Attempts to write to a memory location of a protected process.High
Attempts to write to a memory location of a Windows system processHigh
Attempts to load and execute remote code in a previously loaded processMedium
Attempts to write to a memory location of a previously loaded process.Medium
Enumerates many system files and directories.Low
Enumerates process listLow
Process attempts to call itself recursivelyLow
Attempts to write to a memory location of an unknown processLow


McAfee ScansScan Detections
McAfee BetaFakeAlert-SecurityTool.gw
McAfee SupportedFakeAlert-SecurityTool.gw



System Changes

Some path values have been replaced with environment variables as the exact location may vary with different configurations.
e.g.
%WINDIR% = \WINDOWS (Windows 9x/ME/XP/Vista/7), \WINNT (Windows NT/2000)
%PROGRAMFILES% = \Program Files


The following files were analyzed:

4EBE1CBC51F51B40BBEC498E0D6AE5D2CB158DF8

The following files have been added to the system:

  • %USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\fwwriidu.exe

The following registry elements have been changed:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.386\OPENWITHPROGIDS\VXDFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.AIF\OPENWITHPROGIDS\AIFFFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.AIFC\OPENWITHPROGIDS\AIFFFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.AIFF\OPENWITHPROGIDS\AIFFFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.ASF\OPENWITHPROGIDS\ASFFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.ASX\OPENWITHPROGIDS\ASXFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.AU\OPENWITHPROGIDS\AUFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.AVI\OPENWITHPROGIDS\AVIFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.BMP\OPENWITHPROGIDS\PAINT.PICTURE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.CDA\OPENWITHPROGIDS\CDAFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.CHK\OPENWITHPROGIDS\CHKFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.CSS\OPENWITHPROGIDS\CSSFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.DIB\OPENWITHPROGIDS\PAINT.PICTURE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.DOC\OPENWITHPROGIDS\WORD.DOCUMENT.8
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.DOT\OPENWITHPROGIDS\WORD.TEMPLATE.8
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.EMF\OPENWITHPROGIDS\EMFFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.EML\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MICROSOFT INTERNET MAIL MESSAGE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.GIF\OPENWITHPROGIDS\GIFFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.HTM\OPENWITHPROGIDS\HTMLFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.HTML\OPENWITHPROGIDS\HTMLFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.ICO\OPENWITHPROGIDS\ICOFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.IVF\OPENWITHPROGIDS\IVFFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.JFIF\OPENWITHPROGIDS\PJPEGFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.JPE\OPENWITHPROGIDS\JPEGFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.JPEG\OPENWITHPROGIDS\JPEGFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.JPG\OPENWITHPROGIDS\JPEGFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.M1V\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MPEGFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.M3U\OPENWITHPROGIDS\M3UFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.MHT\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MHTMLFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.MHTML\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MHTMLFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.MID\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MIDFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.MIDI\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MIDFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.MP2\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MPEGFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.MP2V\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MPEGFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.MP3\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MP3FILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.MPA\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MPEGFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.MPE\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MPEGFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.MPEG\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MPEGFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.MPG\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MPEGFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.MPV2\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MPEGFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.NWS\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MICROSOFT INTERNET NEWS MESSAGE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.OBD\OPENWITHPROGIDS\OFFICE.BINDER.9
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.OBT\OPENWITHPROGIDS\OFFICE.BINDER.TEMPLATE.9
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.OCX\OPENWITHPROGIDS\OCXFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.PNG\OPENWITHPROGIDS\PNGFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.POT\OPENWITHPROGIDS\POWERPOINT.TEMPLATE.8
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.PPT\OPENWITHPROGIDS\POWERPOINT.SHOW.8
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.RMI\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MIDFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.RTF\OPENWITHPROGIDS\WORD.RTF.8
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.SND\OPENWITHPROGIDS\AUFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.TIF\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MSPAPER.DOCUMENT
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.TIFF\OPENWITHPROGIDS\MSPAPER.DOCUMENT
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.TXT\OPENWITHPROGIDS\TXTFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.URL\OPENWITHPROGIDS\INTERNETSHORTCUT
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.VXD\OPENWITHPROGIDS\VXDFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.WAV\OPENWITHPROGIDS\SOUNDREC
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.WAX\OPENWITHPROGIDS\WAXFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.WM\OPENWITHPROGIDS\ASFFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.WMA\OPENWITHPROGIDS\WMAFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.WMF\OPENWITHPROGIDS\WMFFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.WMV\OPENWITHPROGIDS\WMVFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.WMX\OPENWITHPROGIDS\ASXFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.WRI\OPENWITHPROGIDS\WRIFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.WVX\OPENWITHPROGIDS\WVXFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.XLS\OPENWITHPROGIDS\EXCEL.SHEET.8
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.XLT\OPENWITHPROGIDS\EXCEL.TEMPLATE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.XML\OPENWITHPROGIDS\XMLFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.XSL\OPENWITHPROGIDS\XSLFILE
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\EXPLORER\FILEEXTS\.ZIP\OPENWITHPROGIDS\WINRAR.ZIP

Symptoms

This symptoms of this detection are the files, registry, and network communication referenced in the characteristics section.

Method of Infection

Trojans do not self-replicate. They are spread manually, often under the premise that the executable is something beneficial. Distribution channels include IRC, peer-to-peer networks, newsgroup postings, e-mail, etc.

Removal

All Users:

Please use the following instructions for all supported versions of Windows to remove threats and other potential risks:

1.Disable System Restore .

2.Update to current engine and DAT files for detection and removal.

3.Run a complete system scan.

Modifications made to the system Registry and/or INI files for the purposes of hooking system startup, will be successfully removed if cleaning with the recommended engine and DAT combination (or higher).

1. Please go to the Microsoft Recovery Console and restore a clean MBR.

On windows XP:

Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD-ROM drive and restart the computer.
When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
Select the Windows installation that is compromised and provide the administrator password
Issue 'fixmbr' command to restore the Master Boot Record
Follow onscreen instructions
Reset and remove the CD from CD-ROM drive.


On Windows Vista and 7:

Insert the Windows CD into the CD-ROM drive and restart the computer.
Click on "Repair Your Computer"
When the System Recovery Options dialog comes up, choose the Command Prompt.
Issue 'bootrec /fixmbr' command to restore the Master Boot Record
Follow onscreen instructions
Reset and remove the CD from CD-ROM drive.

Variants