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TROJ_FAKEAV.FNZ
Malware type: Trojan
Destructive: No
Platform: Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003
Encrypted: No
In the wild: Yes

Overview


This malware uses social engineering methods to lure users into performing certain actions that may, directly or indirectly, cause malicious routines to be performed. Specifically, it makes use of <i>Newegg</i>, a popular online computer hardware/software seller.

To get a one-glance comprehensive view of the behavior of this Trojan, refer to the Threat Diagram shown below.

This Trojan arrives as an attachment to email messages spammed by other malware/grayware or malicious users. It may be unknowingly downloaded by a user while visiting malicious websites.

It poses as an antispyware application that displays deceptive warnings and misleading scan results. It may also add other applications which it detects upon its installation. It displays fake alerts that warn users of infection. It also displays fake scanning results of the affected system. It then asks for users to purchase it once scanning is completed. If users decide to purchase the rogue product, users are directed to a certain website asking for sensitive information, such as credit card numbers. When users agree to buy the software, it connects to a certain URL.

Technical Details


File size: 1,104,384 bytes
File type: PE
Memory resident: Yes
Initial samples received date: 24 Aug 2010
Payload: Displays message/message boxes, Connects to URLs/Ips

Arrival Details

This Trojan arrives as an attachment to email messages spammed by other malware/grayware or malicious users.

It may be unknowingly downloaded by a user while visiting malicious websites.

It may be unknowingly downloaded by a user while visiting the following malicious websites:

  • http://{BLOCKED}nthenet.net/1.html
  • http://{BLOCKED}arbage.ru:8080/index.php?pid=10

Installation

This Trojan drops the following copies of itself into the affected system:

  • %Application Data%\{random characers}.exe

(Note: %Application Data% is the current user's Application Data folder, which is usually C:\Windows\Profiles\{user name}\Application Data on Windows 98 and ME, C:\WINNT\Profiles\{user name}\Application Data on Windows NT, and C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Local Settings\Application Data on Windows 2000, XP, and Server 2003.)

Autostart Technique

This Trojan adds the following registry entries to enable its automatic execution at every system startup:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\
Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
{malware file name} = %Application Data%\{malware file name}.exe 0 49

Other Details

This Trojan does the following:

  • It intercepts the execution of .EXE files and displays a message box informing users that the application they are trying to run is infected by a virus.

Rogue Antivirus Routine

This Trojan poses as an antispyware application that displays deceptive warnings and misleading scan results. It may also add other applications which it detects upon its installation.

It displays fake alerts that warn users of infection. It also displays fake scanning results of the affected system. It then asks for users to purchase it once scanning is completed. If users decide to purchase the rogue product, users are directed to a certain website asking for sensitive information, such as credit card numbers.

When users agree to buy the software, it connects to the following URL to continue the purchase:

  • http://{BLOCKED}edpaymentgate.com

Solution


Minimum scan engine: 8.900
First VSAPI Pattern File: 7.408.01
First VSAPI Pattern Release Date: 25 Aug 2010
VSAPI OPR Pattern Version: 7.409.00
VSAPI OPR Pattern Release Date: 26 Aug 2010

Step 1

For Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 users, before doing any scans, please make sure you disable System Restore to allow full scanning of your computer.

Step 2

Scan your computer with your Trend Micro product and note files detected as TROJ_FAKEAV.FNZ

Step 3

Restart in Safe Mode

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Step 4

Delete this registry value

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Important: Editing the Windows Registry incorrectly can lead to irreversible system malfunction. Please do this step only if you know how or you can ask assistance from your system administrator. Else, check this Microsoft article first before modifying your computer's registry.


  • In HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
    • {malware file name}=%Application Data%\{malware file name}.exe 0 49

Step 5

Restart in normal mode and scan your computer with your Trend Micro product for files detected as TROJ_FAKEAV.FNZ. If the detected files have already been cleaned, deleted, or quarantined by your Trend Micro product, no further step is required. You may opt to simply delete the quarantined files. Please check this Knowledge Base page for more information.


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Analysis By: Karl Dominguez

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