Probably you have heard that malicious creations of cyber criminals are transferred to targeted computers all over the world. ZeroAccess is also one of those deceitful tools that sneak into PCs and infect them. This fraudulent application is aimed at turning a user’s computer into a complete mess. To do this, this intruder uses all tricks common for rogueware programs and rootkits.
ZeroAccess rootkit hides itself deep into the infected system. The nature of this malicious attacker is similar to this of TDSS rootkit. If you have a closer look at the functionalities of ZeroAccess, you will probably notice that they are very close to those of TDSS rootkit. Moreover, the code of ZeroAccess is also similar to the code used by TDSS rootkit.
To enter into targeted machines, ZeroAccess uses vulnerabilities in these computers. ZeroAccess can detect security holes in programs that are running on PCs, and use these holes to sneak into a machine without the knowledge of its user. Moreover, ZeroAccess does not need to ask the PC user about his approval. The fraudulent tool can penetrate into the system without permission. Another way of spreading ZeroAccess is via fake program updates. Legitimate updates for Java and Adobe Reader, for example, are infected with this malicious virus, and when a person is prompted to install the updates, he, in fact, voluntarily installs the infection ZeroAccess on his computer.
After ZeroAccess has managed to enter into the system, it starts its deceitful plan. To hide itself from legitimate security applications, ZeroAccess blocks any legitimate programs that you are trying to start. This is done by killing processes related to this program. Another trick used by ZeroAccess is that it hijacks the user’s Google browser. When you are trying to visit some security-related web site, or some other reliable page, you are not taken to the site you want to visit. Instead, you are redirected to some unknown and insecure page that most often promotes bogus software. The programs promoted on these malicious web sites are not legitimate but on the contrary. They are aimed at penetrating into people’s PCs and misleading users into paying for their useless services.
As you can see, ZeroAccess is a deceitful creation of cyber criminals that puts users` computers in danger. If you wonder what is the purpose of ZeroAccess, you have to know that this is a malicious attacker. It wants to stay in your system as long as it can without being detected by reliable security applications. ZeroAccess will not allow you to easily remove it. While it is installed on your computer, ZeroAccess will try to make it possible for other malicious creations of cyber criminals to sneak into your machine and infect it.
To protect your computer from the malicious attacker ZeroAccess, you have to use a reliable and effective security application. This program will warn you if ZeroAccess is trying to penetrate into your system. Also, avoid visiting unknown and insecure web sites. They may be malicious tools of spreading scam tools and computer viruses. Another thing you can make to be sure that you will not become a victim of ZeroAccess is not to install illegal programs that may be, in fact, malicious creations of cyber criminals, or may come bundled with a computer virus. Download and install software and free applications only from their official web sites.
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