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Manual Discovery and Removal of Malware – Internet Security 2011-2012

Posted by William Diaz on May 19, 2011


Sometimes you have no choice but to approach malware infestations manually, even when running an AV program. Generally speaking, AV relies on malware definitions to detect threats and, if your definitions are not up-to-date, you can get hit by a Trojan, virus, or worm. Even with up-to-date definitions, you are still open to attack by the latest threats for which signatures do not yet exist. When this happens, you need to manually discover the threat and remove it. Such was the case in an earlier blog.

In the example here, one of our users was infected during a “drive by” while browsing the Internet. Our enterprise anti-virus failed to detect the threat and manual AV scans of the system failed to remove it since there was no definition for it yet. This is one of several variants of fake anti-virus (Scareware) from the Braviax suite, XP Internet Security 2011, which presents various security window pop-ups and a fake scan:
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