As you know, malicious creations of cyber criminals are hiding on the Internet and people have to be extremely cautious when browsing the net. If you visit insecure or unknown web pages, you may become a victim of a deceitful and tricky computer infection. One of the most dangerous creations of hackers that is targeting vulnerable computers is reported to be Rootkit.TDSS. This Trojan-based infection uses all the fraudulent tricks common for malicious software to penetrate into targeted PCs and trick their users into paying for a bogus program. Rootkit.TDSS hides processes on infected machines and causes Google search redirects on all browsers installed on the computer.
Rootkit.TDSS is also known as Alureon and TDL3. This attacker is reported to be able to stop legitimate applications and not to allow them to start. Moreover, Rootkit.TDSS is even able to replace executable files of genuine software. Rootkit.TDSS wants to prevent genuine AV tools and security-related applications from running, in order to hide itself and not to disclose its presence to the user of the PC.
To penetrate into targeted computers, Rootkit.TDSS uses Trojans. The infection does not need to let the user of the PC know about its intentions. Moreover, Rootkit.TDSS does not need the approval of the PC owner to gain access to the system and root itself deep in it. The Trojans Rootkit.TDSS can also download and install additional computer infections such as adware, malware and rogueware tools. Moreover, Rootkit.TDSS can enter into your system and hide deep into it without revealing its presence. The intruder will only show some fake anti-malware tool that pretends to be a legitimate and reliable security application, but is, in fact, a scam tool aimed at taking your money.
To accomplish its fraudulent plan, Rootkit.TDSS can even modify essential OS parts and is causing Google search redirects, leading to fraudulent webpages. For example, it can infect the MBR sector. This sector is responsible for executing programs before Windows boot.
If you want to know what are the symptoms you will see if your PC is infected with Rootkit.TDSS, you have to be aware that this virus is able to redirect your Google search results. This means that when you want to use your browser, you will be taken not to the page you want to see, but to a different site that is compromised and transfers malicious files and computer infections. No matter what is your browser – Google, Yahoo or Bing, Rootkit.TDSS will hijack your search results and make it possible for other deceitful applications to penetrate into your system. Furthermore, if you want to visit some security-related web page, it is much likely that Rootkit.TDSS will not allow you to see the page and its content. This is done because the page may contain information that reveals the true nature of Rootkit.TDSS and its fraudulent intentions.
If you have become a victim of Rootkit.TDSS, you may also experience slow system performance. Moreover, your Internet connection may also be slower than before. Even if you try to start your legitimate security program, Rootkit.TDSS may not allow you to do this. Rootkit.TDSS will stop the AV tool and the security program will not be able to scan your computer.
To avoid finding your computer infected with Rootkit.TDSS, use a reliable and legitimate AV tool that is able to scan your computer on a regular basis and detect malicious files and system threats. Moreover, do not visit suspicious and unknown web pages, as they may be tools of spreading computer infections and bogus software.