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Conficker comes alive to promote Spyware Protect 2009


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#1 Grinler

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 03:08 PM

Conficker had started to wake up and is downloading malicious software on to infected computers. It has been a mystery, up until now, as to how the virus writers would benefit from their creation. Was it for fame or was it just a big Aprils Fools joke? Now we know that it's real purpose was to make money and lots of it.

The malicious software that is being downloaded consists of malware that uses your computer to send out spam emails. This in itself is a huge money generator. It is also downloading Trojans that display fake security alerts stating that your computer is infected and then suggesting you purchase the rogue software called Spyware Protect 2009. Rogue software is big business for malware writers with incredible earning potential. In fact, Brian Krebs reported that certain affiliates for Antivirus 2009 and Antivirus 360 were generating close to $330,000 in a month. Imagine the amount of money that could now be generated with over 8 million computers infected and displaying alerts suggesting you purchase it.

So, if find yourself receiving alerts for Spyware Protect 2009, please do not fall for the scam and purchase the program. Instead use the removal guides listed below to remove these infections for free.




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#2 AcuproGeek

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 11:15 AM

I am finding machines that are infected with Conficker also are infected with Alureon and Vundo. This seems to be further download behavior of Conficker.




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