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MonaRonaDona Virus Propagates And Pushes Anti-Virus Scam

Malware writers have created malicious software called 'MonaRonaDona' that has sickened a large number of computers, leading to excitement on Internet technical support forums.

According to Kaspersky Labs, a Computer Security Company, MonaRonaDona virus behaves in just the reverse way of the severest malware. Instead of concealing itself somewhere on the system, it reveals its threatening presence to the computer user, as reported by interentnews on March 3, 2008.

Talking about the new malicious virus, Researcher at Kaspersky Labs, Roel Schouwenberg, said that the MonaRonaDona virus aims to create panic among the victims so that panicked users start to search about the malware's content on the Web, they will only come across bogus commentary and phony online stories that tell victims to install anti-virus tools, which are actually false, as reported by NETWORKWORLD on March 3, 2008.

Kaspersky Labs, the security provider, says that a Web search for removal tools for 'MonaRonaDona' on Google takes the surfer to a site named, "Digg.com" where an unsigned blog entry gives instructions on using a downloadable product namely, 'Unigray Antivirus' available through an embedded link.

According to Kaspersky Labs, in a certain blog, the Unigray is described as the most effective tool for eliminating the MonaRonaDona virus as against other anti-virus/spyware programs. But, Kaspersky clarifies that the Unigray removal tool can delete only one malicious program from an infected system i.e. the malicious MonaRonaDona software. Some other results too sound high of the Unigray anti-virus such as a video from YouTube.com.

Talking about the malware, security-enabling companies said that scams campaigning false anti-virus software had emerged earlier but the current scam of MonaRonaDona might be something that never occurred before in terms of the social engineering. It uses to trick victims into downloading the removal software possibly being itself dangerous.

Meanwhile, according to NETWORKWORLD reports, it is evident how the MonaRonaDona malware manages to breed, with Kaspersky Labs finding a connection with another fake software known as RegistryCleaner 2008.

Schouwenberg further suggested that enterprises should maintain up-to-date anti-virus and advises users to avoid clicking advertisements, as reported by SCMAGAZINE on March 4, 2008.

» SPAMfighter News - 12-03-2008

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