Winwebsec

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Winwebsec is a category of malware that targets the users of Windows operating systems and produces fake claims as genuine anti-malware software, then demand payment to provide fixes to fictitious problems.

Winwebsec[edit]

These are programs that generate misleading alerts and false detections in order to convince users to purchase illegitimate security software. Some of these programs, including Win32/Winwebsec, may display product names or logos of some well known companies like Microsoft in an attempt to impersonate some genuine products of legitimate companies.[1][2][3]

The software shows popup that claim to scan for malware, and displays fake warnings similar to:[this quote needs a citation]

"32 Virus and Trojans Detected on your computer. Click on Fix Now button to clean these threats".

They then show a message to the user that they need to pay money to activate the software in order to remove these threats which actually doesn't exist. These malwares may display a dialog that looks similar to Windows Security Center or it may have names like Live Security Platinum [4] or Security Shield. The GUI varies from variant to variant.[5][6]

Microsoft security software detects and removes this family of threats.

Variants[edit]

  • Smart Protection 2012
  • Smart Protection 2013
  • Smart Protection 2014
  • Security Sphere 2012
  • Security Sphere 2013
  • Security Sphere 2014
  • System Security
  • Winweb Security (where the family gets its name from)
  • Smart Security
  • Total Security
  • Security Tool
  • Security Shield
  • System Tool
  • MS Removal Tool
  • Essential Cleaner
  • Win 7 Security System
  • Win 8 Security System
  • Win XP Security System
  • System Progressive Protection
  • Disk Antivirus Professional
  • System Care Antivirus
  • Live Security Platinum
  • Personal Shield Pro
  • AVASoft Antivirus Professional
  • AVASoft Professional Antivirus
  • Smart Fortress 2012
  • Smart Fortress 2013
  • Smart Fortress 2014
  • System Doctor 2012
  • System Doctor 2013
  • System Doctor 2014
  • Reimage Repair
  • Adware/AntiSpywarePro2009
  • Adware/UltimateCleaner
  • Adware/Xpantivirus2008
  • AntiSpyware Pro 2009
  • AntiVirus2008
  • FakeAlert-AntiSpywarePro
  • FakeAlert-WinwebSecurity.gen

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beware of FAKE Anti Virus - Winwebsec". DiGiMan. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Windows Live forum: TROJAN:Win32/Winwebsec-Looks like official Windows Security". Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Winwebsec". Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Rogue:Live Security Platinum". J.Phillips. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Encyclopedia entry". 2011 Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rogue:W32/Winwebsec". F-Secure Corporation. Retrieved November 23, 2012.