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Starline.beta

Aliases of Starline.beta (AKA):

[Kaspersky]Backdoor.Starline
[McAfee]BackDoor-VY
[F-Prot]security risk or a "backdoor" program
[Panda]Backdoor Program, Backdoor Program.LC
[CA]Backdoor/Starline!Server

How to Remove Starline.beta from Your Computer^

You can effectively remove Starline.beta from your computer with Exterminate It!.

After installing the program, run a scan to display a list of the files associated with Starline.beta in the Scan Result screen and remove these files. For information about running scans and removing malware files, see the Exterminate It! Help.

Backdoor

Of all trojans, backdoor trojans pose the greatest danger to users’ PCs because they give their authors remote control over infected computers. They are downloaded, installed, and run silently, without the user’s consent or knowledge. Upon installation, backdoor trojans can be instructed to send, receive, execute and delete files, gather and transfer confidential data from the computer, log all activity on the computer, and perform other harmful activities.

Be Aware of the Following Backdoor Threats:

Win32.Dumaru, Vision.de.Control, Win32.Psyf, Midnight, Nutcracker.AB2.

RAT

Remote Access Tool. A program that enables a hacker to remotely access and control other people’s computers. A RAT can serve a variety of malicious purposes, including hijacking and transferring private information, downloading files, running programs, and tampering with system settings.

Be Aware of the Following RAT Threats:

MSNCookie2, Cyn.02a, Snake, SubSeven.v21G, Zu.

How Did My PC Get Infected with Starline.beta?^

The following are the most likely reasons why your computer got infected with Starline.beta:

  • Your operating system and Web browser's security settings are too lax.
  • You are not following safe Internet surfing and PC practices.

Downloading and Installing Freeware or Shareware

Small-charge or free software applications may come bundled with spyware, adware, or programs like Starline.beta. Sometimes adware is attached to free software to enable the developers to cover the overhead involved in created the software. Spyware frequently piggybacks on free software into your computer to damage it and steal valuable private information.

Using Peer-to-Peer Software

The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) programs or other applications using a shared network exposes your system to the risk of unwittingly downloading infected files, including malicious programs like Starline.beta.

Visiting Questionable Web Sites

When you visit sites with dubious or objectionable content, trojans-including Starline.beta, spyware and adware, may well be automatically downloaded and installed onto your computer.

Detecting Starline.beta^

The following symptoms signal that your computer is very likely to be infected with Starline.beta:

PC is working very slowly

Starline.beta can seriously slow down your computer. If your PC takes a lot longer than normal to restart or your Internet connection is extremely slow, your computer may well be infected with Starline.beta.

New desktop shortcuts have appeared or the home page has changed

Starline.beta can tamper with your Internet settings or redirect your default home page to unwanted web sites. Starline.beta may even add new shortcuts to your PC desktop.

Annoying popups keep appearing on your PC

Starline.beta may swamp your computer with pestering popup ads, even when you're not connected to the Internet, while secretly tracking your browsing habits and gathering your personal information.

E-mails that you didn't write are being sent from your mailbox

Starline.beta may gain complete control of your mailbox to generate and send e-mail with virus attachments, e-mail hoaxes, spam and other types of unsolicited e-mail to other people.