Zinaps AntiSpyware 2008
Zinaps AntiSpyware 2008 is a rogue anti-spyware program developed by Zinaps Corporation that poses as a legitimate antispyware program. It attempts to persuade users to buy the software by displaying false scans and popups.
Method of Infection/Variants
Symptoms of infection
In a typical infection, Zinaps Anti-Spyware displays an excessive amount of pop-up ads that pushes users to download and purchase the program. The current dialog displayed says the following:
Windows has detected spyware infection.
It is recommended to use special antispyware tools to prevent data loss.
Windows will now download and install the most up-to-date antispyware for you.
Click here to protect your computer from spyware.
When a user clicks on this alert, the Trojan will automatically install Zinaps on the users computer. Once Zinaps has finished installing, it will automatically scan the infected computer and list a variety of infections that can only be removed if the user purchases the software. These infections, though, are either false-positives or fake. Zinaps will also edit the Windows Registry so that it will run when Windows starts.
Zinaps Antispyware is detected in some common Anti-Virus programs, including CA Anti-Spyware, the Norton Family of Security products, Windows Defender, and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. As always, a user should only use verified Anti-Virus Programs.
The following files are related to Zinaps: wbcpy.exe, zinaps7.exe, These can also be deleted manually.
- "Remove Zinaps Anti-Spyware, removal instructions". 2-spyware.com. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
- "How to remove Zinaps Anti-Spyware 2008". bleepingcomputer.com. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
- http://www.ca.com/securityadvisor/pest/pest.aspx?id=453135813[permanent dead link]
- "Zinaps Removal - Removing Help | Symantec". symantec.com. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
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