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Infected Application Claims to be Windows Security Center

Security researchers at security company CA Inc. have detected a malicious application pretending to be a Windows Security Center. If it installed on the system with the help of a Trojan, user start receiving non-existent infections alerts.

Benjamin Googins, Senior Engineer at CA, said that the particular infection changes registry configurations and controls critical settings of the system, such as proxy settings, as reported by SearchSecurity on October 17, 2008.

Benjamin Googins further said that the malevolent file is named seccenter.exe. The software launches a phony 'Security Center' and encourages the user to download WinDefender 2008, a fake spyware-eliminating program.

The software als...

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