Porn Sites Surreptitiously Use Malicious Software To Infect Computers
Users who regularly visit websites with porn content have been asked to be careful. In the course of surfing through such sites, the user is likely to be tricked into installing a malicious spyware called PornPass Manager. It is very difficult to remove.
Sunil Kripalani, a Vice President in MicroWorld Technologies, says that the spyware thrives because of the proliferating use of social engineering strategies in every branch of malware propagation. PornPass Manager is not very different from previous programs concerning pornographic passwords. Security Analysts at MicroWorld Technologies believe that the Manager holds out the promise to naïve users of free access to a large number of Adult websites and ezines.
Most people, unaware that PornPass Manager is in effect a Trojan that very broadly spreads malware, start to execute this spyware. Once execution has commenced, the setup screen is displayed and the Manager places itself in the system in coordination with another malicious program. The execution of this program entails a direct clash with explorer.exe and rundll32.exe, both of which break down. During the installation of PornPass Manager, a Codec is placed in the computer along with some additional scripts. The program displays false Virus alert messages that invite the user to download removal software. Should the user respond, the remote attacker is enabled to carry out various malicious operations.
Moreover, the Manager installs two desktop icons titled 'Online Security Guide' and 'Security Troubleshooting'. These direct the user to specific websites and put in place a Browser hijacker named Smitfraud.
Mr Kripalini goes on to say that pornography is the most favored bait for email worms and spyware programs. Since pornographic websites are among the most frequently visited sites on the Net all over the globe, the potential for damage to lots of computers can be understood. Even when one is downloading a movie clip that requires the installation of a Codec file, a Trojan Downloader may secretly be installing itself and preparing the way for malicious software of many kinds.
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