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Published Feb 12, 2012 | Updated Sep 15, 2017


Detected by Microsoft Defender Antivirus

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Windows Defender detects and removes this threat.

The Win32/Fareit malware family has many components, inlcuding a password stealing component, PWS:Win32/Fareit, that steals sensitive information from your PC and sends it to a hacker.

There is also a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) component, DDoS:Win32/Fareit.gen!A, that can be used against other servers.

Find out ways that malware can get on your PC.

Use the following free Microsoft software to detect and remove this threat:

You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find other, hidden malware.


Protect your email accounts


This threat tries to hack your email accounts.



You should change your passwords after you've removed this threat:



Get more help

You can also visit our advanced troubleshooting page or search the Microsoft virus and malware community for more help.

If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.

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