Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Net videos promote Trojan video player

Avira researchers are seeing an increasing number of video file sharing networks on the Internet that try to get the user to download a fake video player. Instead of a media player, the user gets numerous Trojans.

Tettnang, 26 November 2008 – When downloading some videos from Internet file sharing networks some sites are storing a surprise for the end user, warns the IT security specialist Avira. When executing the video only an Internet address is displayed, where the user is told to download a video player to display the file.

hdtvplayer video

This file contains setup files that allow you to install cracked software for the creation of DVDs. The file actually activates a harmful program in the background when executed, which loads a large amount of other harmful components and infects the computer.

The virus writers are trying to appear as a serious video player with the name "HDTVXvid": HDTV – which stands for high-resolution TV and is currently very trendy, while Xvid is among the high-performance MPEG4 codec. Neither are included in the downloaded file.

hdtvplayer website

Avira recognizes the harmful program as DR/Zlob.iwm. We recommend that Internet users are cautious about files from video file sharing networks and not to download or install programs from unknown sources.

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