David Kirkpatrick

March 27, 2009

Watch out for FileFix Pro 2009

Filed under: Business, et.al., Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:16 pm

This is a new, and disturbing, twist on malware/virus attacks. It’s an encryption trojan horse that extorts money from you to decrypt the files (.doc, .pdf, etc.) in your My Documents folder.

If you have a problem with FileFix Pro 2009 do keep in mind there are no-cost fixes (read: file decrypters) out there so don’t send these cybercriminals any money.

If you need a fix, here are options from the link:

Users who have fallen for the FileFix Pro 2009 con do not have to fork over cash to restore their files, according to other researchers, who have figured out how to decrypt the data. The Bleeping Computer site, for instance, has a free program called “Anti FileFix” available for download that unscrambles files corrupted by the Trojan. And security company FireEye Inc. has created a free online decrypter that also returns files to their original condition.

Also from the link:

The new scam takes a different tack: It uses a Trojan horse that’s seeded by tricking users into running a file that poses as something legitimate like a software update. Once on the victim’s PC, the Trojan swings into action, encrypting a wide variety of document types — ranging from Microsoft Word .doc files to Adobe Reader .pdf documents — anytime one’s opened. It also scrambles the files in Windows’ “My Documents” folder.

When a user tries to open one of the encrypted files, an alert pops up saying that a utility called FileFix Pro 2009 will unscramble the data. The message poses as an semi-official notice from the operating system: “Windows detected that some of your MS Office and media files are corrupted. Click here to download and install recommended file repair application,” the message reads.

Clicking on the alert downloads and installs FileFix Pro, but the utility is anything but legit. It will decrypt only one of the corrupted files for free, then demands the user purchase the software. Price? $50.

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