SpywareStrike, a SpyAxe clone, may cause a new epidemic

It is a bad news to all the Internet users. SpyAxe, one of the most infamous corrupt anti-spyware programs ever, just got a brand new clone – SpywareStrike. This new application does not only look and work in the same manner as SpyAxe, but also is very similarly distributed. SpywareStrike, the same named trojan, which seems to have a lot of in common with the SpyAxe parasite, is silently installed to user computers through numerous malicious web sites, harmful pop-ups and other advertisements. Although this trojan began to spread today, on January 6, 2006, we have the information that thousands of computers around the globe have being already infected. It seems that SpywareStrike may cause a new epidemic, which infection rate would match SpyAxe’s.

SpywareStrike infection symptoms are almost the same as SpyAxe’s. Once installed, the parasite displays the system tray icon, which mimics a similar legitimate icon related to the Windows Security Center. This icon continuously pops up the following fake warning message:

“Dangerous infection was detected on your PC. The system will now download and install the most efficient antimalware program to prevent data loss and your private information theft. Click here to protect your computer from the biggest malware threats.”

The text in a message may vary, but its purpose is always the same. It works as a link leading to www.spywarestrike.com, which is the official web site of SpywareStrike. The trojan may also change the Internet Explorer default home page and redirect the web browser to malicious web sites.

Currently there is no detailed information about the new threat. 2-Spyware.com is investigating the parasite. However, we already provide SpywareStrike manual removal instructions. Although these are not complete, they should help partially removing the trojan and the same named corrupt spyware remover. Please standby for more information.

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