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Trojan:Win32/Helpud


Trojan:Win32/Helpud is a family of trojans that steals login information for popular online games. The gathered information is then sent to remote websites.


What to do now

Manual removal is not recommended for this threat. To detect and remove this threat and other malicious software that may have been installed, run a full-system scan with an up-to-date antivirus product such as the Microsoft Safety Scanner (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=212742). For more information, see http://www.microsoft.com/protect/computer/viruses/vista.mspx.

Threat behavior

Trojan:Win32/Helpud is a family of trojans that steals login information for popular online games. The gathered information is then sent to remote websites.
 
It usually arrives in a system as a DLL file with a random name in the Windows Help folder. It usually registers itself by adding a CLSID in the following registry key, allowing it to automatically load when Windows starts:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellExecuteHooks
 
Analysis by Andrei Florin Saygo

Symptoms

There are no common symptoms associated with this threat. Alert notifications from installed antivirus software may be the only symptom(s).

Prevention


Alert level: Severe
First detected by definition: 1.45.577.0
Latest detected by definition: 1.45.888.0 and higher
First detected on: Oct 14, 2008
This entry was first published on: Dec 11, 2008
This entry was updated on: Apr 17, 2011

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No known aliases