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Free Zero POPUP toolbar packs a Trojan...
PopUP Killer and ZeroPopUps pack trojan payload
02-17-2003 08:41:21 AM CST
This trojan uses "viral" marketing techniques to send an email message to all contacts found in the Windows Address Book and Eudora Address Book. This action is considered to be that of a trojan as the user does not have sufficient opportunity to agree to the End User License Agreement (EULA) displayed on the web page associated with this trojan installer. A link to the web page containing an installer for this trojan may arrive in an email message as follows:
Subject: Hi, i think you need this
Do you hate POPUPS ?? well i just installed this free Zero POPUP toolbar on my
browser, it kills ALL popup ads and best of all it's FREE !
Download it from here http://www.zeropopup.com (its a 10 seconds download with
a 56k modem) I hope you'll like it alot, it also has good rating on CNET
When a user clicks the hyperlink specified in the email message, they are taken to a web page that contains an ActiveX control. This control is loaded at startup, resulting in an immediate prompt which should warn you something is not quite right NOTE: This control is signed with an invalid signature:. If the YES button is pressed, the installer is run. The following files are extracted to disk.
- tellafriend.exe (trojan file)
- zeropopup.inf (installer setup file)
- zeropopupbar.dll (potentially unwanted application designed to prevent popup windows during browsing)
The tellafriend.exe file sends email messages to all addresses found in the Windows Address Book (WAB) and Eudora Address Book (nndbase.txt), using the default SMTP server as specified in the Internet Account Manager or OMI Account Manager. And worst of all it sends those messages to YOUR email contacts and pretends that YOU are recommending it. But that is not all, the end user agreement ( which most people don't read ) describes its other actions, which include changing the default start page, and search page of YOUR Internet Explorer.
I don't know what I hate worst... web site owners that force multiple pop up ads at me or scum bag companies that infect my computer and send out false endorsements supposedly from me to promote their trojan packed software. Bottom line is that this company cannot be trusted and their crappy product should NOT be installed on your computer. And if you did install it - REMOVE it using the instructions provided at the McAfee web site. This is yet another scumbag company that I would not shed a tear if hackers attacked them..