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Zinaps - Phony Anti-spyware?


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#1 Elendil

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 09:21 PM

Hello!

A friend of mine just messaged me saying she is constantly getting popups that appear to be from Windows. The popups have a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark and say: "Windows has detected spyware infection. It is recommended to use special antispyware tools to prevent data loss." The popups are advertising Zinaps Anti-Spyware.

To me, this seems like a spyware infection because Windows doesn't give you those messages, especially not advertising an "anti-spyware" product; however, I'm trying to find information on it, and I'm drawing blanks. The best I can get is questions and answers on Yahoo's question forum; Some people are giving advice on how to remove the spyware on the Yahoo thread, but I don't think the methods are sound and effective. I can't find specific information on this website, Castlecops, and others and all of the posts on the Yahoo thread asking about zinaps are all dated today, so I'm wondering if this is a relatively new malware.

I've told my friend to download A-Squared Free and to update then run scans in safe mode, but if the malware is new, A-Squared might not have it in its signatures and thus might not be able to remove Zinaps; if A-Squared can't remove it, what should I tell my friend to do?

Edited by Elendil, 25 May 2008 - 09:31 PM.

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 09:56 PM

This appears to be very new.
The only info I've found is this,probably the one you are referring to.

First, I wen to Run: msconfig, and unchecked zinaps from the programs that were automatically starting up.

Second, I used the search function to find every program with “zin” in the file. I then deleted them all. After that, I was left with an empty “Zinaps’ folder in my start menu, and I removed that.

Third, I restarted my computer.


I would post a HiJackThis log as they will get or make the first fix.

You can run this as it is updated very often. Be interesting to see if it picks it off already.

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.
alternate download link 1
alternate download link 2
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on Download_mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue. If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
  • On the Scanner tab:
    • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
    • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
  • Back at the main Scanner screen, click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to restart your computer. (see Note below)
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts. Click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.

Edited by boopme, 25 May 2008 - 09:58 PM.

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 06:01 PM

Hey boopme, thank you for your response!

My friend had already ran Spybot and A-Squared, both of which removed malware. While I'm not sure what exactly each of them removed (neither of them have scan logs, or the more probable case, I can't find a way to view them), all symptoms of an infection are reportedly gone and everything is running normally.

Should I still ask my friend to use Malwarebytes and/or post an HJT log?

Thanks for your time and advice!
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Posted 26 May 2008 - 07:28 PM

Can't hurt to run ,I think it may prove interesting.
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