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#1 Arief Prabowo

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 06:17 AM

The Emsisoft malware research team has discovered a new outbreak of the Windows Performance Adviser. Emsisoft Anti-Malware detects this malware as Rogue.Win32.WindowsPerformanceAdviser.

Windows Performance Adviser is a rogue scanner application. A rogue application tries to trick you by displaying false positive or misleading scan results report, which says that your computer has a problem, or infected with viruses or trojan, but you will not be able to fix it before you purchase.

Create new files:

%AppData%\Protector-[random].exe
%AppData%\result.db
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Windows Performance Adviser.lnk
%AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Performance Adviser.lnk

Create new registry entry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\
Inspector = %AppData%\Protector-[random].exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\a.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\aAvgApi.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AAWTray.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\About.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\ackwin32.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\Ad-Aware.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\adaware.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\advxdwin.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AdwarePrj.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\agent.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\agentsvr.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\agentw.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\alertsvc.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\alevir.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\alogserv.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AlphaAV\
Debugger = svchost.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AlphaAV.exe\
Debugger = svchost.exe

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To register this rogue application you can try the following serial number:

0W000-000B0-00T00-E0020

How to remove the infection of Windows Performance Adviser (Rogue.Win32.WindowsPerformanceAdviser)?

To delete this malware infection, please download and install Emsisoft Anti-Malware. Run a full scan on all drives and move all detected items to the quarantine.

Best regards,

Arief Prabowo [Research]

Emsisoft Team - http://www.emsisoft.com





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