Security Essentials 2010 is in fact a 'Trojan:Win32/Fakeinit' warns Microsoft

Microsoft warns about a ‘Security Essentials 2010,’ a fake antivirus program that attempts to pass itself for Microsoft Security Essentials. Security Essentials 2010 is in fact Trojan:Win32/Fakeinit, a Trojan horse that infects Windows PCs, and, despite claims to contrary, doesn't remove malware. “Fakeinit’s downloader not only installs fake scanner component – it also monitors other […]

Microsoft warns about a ‘Security Essentials 2010,’ a fake antivirus program that attempts to pass itself for Microsoft Security Essentials. Security Essentials 2010 is in fact Trojan:Win32/Fakeinit, a Trojan horse that infects Windows PCs, and, despite claims to contrary, doesn't remove malware. “Fakeinit’s downloader not only installs fake scanner component – it also monitors other running processes and attempts to terminate ones it doesn’t like,” David Wood said. “Aside from this, it lowers a number of security settings in the registry, and changes desktop background to display a (…) rather alarming message. It also modifies registry in an attempt to prevent this background from being changed again. Furthermore, it also downloads and installs a Win32/Alureon component, and another Layered Service Provider (LSP) component, also detected as Trojan:Win32/Fakeinit. This LSP monitors TCP traffic sent by various browsers that user might have installed, and blocks any traffic to certain domains.”