May 27, 2011

VSCodec Pro Trojan.



VSCodec Pro is a video and audio codec package that is advertised through the use of Trojans.
These Trojans, when installed, will constantly display alerts stating that there is something wrong with your video and audio settings on your computer. If you click on these alerts, it will then take you to the VSCodec Pro web site where you will be told that you need to purchase the program in order to fix your computer's video and audio configuration. This trojan will also make it so that you are unable to open audio and video files on your computer. When you attempt to open one of these files, the file will be closed and you will be presented with an alert stating that there is something configured incorrectly so that you cannot run this type of media.
While this Trojan is running you will also find that the computer may begin to act slower. This is because the program is constantly monitoring what files you are opening in the event that it is a media file, which it will then close. This monitoring will use CPU power and memory that other legitimate programs would be better off using.

If you are finding these types of alerts or behavior on your computer, please do not purchase the software it recommends as it is a scam. 
Removal:

Kill malicious Processes from Task Manager: 
  • mediacodec.exe
 Location of the infection:
  1. %UserProfile%\AppData\mediacodec.exe
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "mediacodec.exe"
Although it is possible to manually remove VSCodec Pro Trojan, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend  malware and spyware removal applications.

After removing all these files, restart your computer and the issue will be fixed. And don’t forget to do update your Security Software, check the Firewall Settings and the Operating System and finally do a full system scan with the Security Software.

  

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