Tuesday, September 05, 2006

New Trojan Disguised As Cutting Edge Video Codec

Users looking for the latest and greatest video software may not just be in danger from media lawyers. Security firm Panda Software last week warned that zCodec, which claims to offer "up to 40 percent better (video) quality", is in fact an adware program that can install Trojans, rootkits and other malicious software.
Zcodec.com is related to VirusRescue, SpywareQuake, and the other rogue programs I've blogged about recently. The trojan from Zcodec is a bit different. You won't get the warning ballon saying you have spyware. Instead, your search results will get redirected. If you go to Google and search for books, NY Times book review and Amazon.com are top results. Clicking on Amazon.com will be redirected to some other web site. Depending on what you are searching for, you might end up on a page that will put spyware on your computer.

Also, it seems that McAfee's SiteAdvisor hasn't figured out that zcodec.com is a bad site. Despite most people saying it is a bad site, it remains a green site.

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