Danger level 8
Type: Malware

WhiteSmoke Translator

Threats to the system come in all shapes and sizes, as is exemplified by WhiteSmoke Translator. This seemingly innocuous that gives itself forth as “an all-new application that enables you to take any text from any text-based application, and automatically translate it into a destination language\" has attracted the disdain of my PC owners and computer users. Upon further research, it was found a Trojan (MD5: c5a4a504e73fda80390b630643d580b9) surreptitiously enters the system and deposits WhiteSmoke Translator along with a host of other malware into the system without the prior consent or even knowledge of the PC owner. This type of infiltration alone strongly points to the fact that WhiteSmoke Translator is a potentially unwanted application with suspect intention.

After the initial system infiltration, WhiteSmoke Translator appears on its victims’ Desktops along with other icons called “Improve Your PC” which redirects users to a dubious web page dedicated to the promotion of Uniblue RegistryBooster 2011. After allowing this software on the system the PC owner will be prompted to change his default search provider to whitesmokestart.com in IE.

A popular destination where users find WhiteSmoke Translator is as a freeware download on download.cnet.com. The site lists the download counter for WhiteSmoke Translator at more than 30,000. What PC owners will find out in due course is that the WhiteSmoke Translator application has a nasty Trojan horse infection attached to it.

This all points to WhiteSmoke Translator as being the symptom and origin of a much larger problem. If you try to remove WhiteSmoke Translator using the Add/Remove function in the Control Panel, you will be presented with the following error message which states that some files are locked by rundll32.exe:

One or more of the WhiteSmoke files are locked by the rundll32.exe process.
Please switch to this process to close it and try again.

The above error message might simply be a stall tactic to prevent the user from being able to permanently erase WhiteSmoke Translator from the system. This should not happen as the PC owner will have to get rid of WhiteSmoke Translator in order to restore his system’s security and protection. Destroy WhiteSmoke Translator by making use of a genuine security tool which will not only permanently obliterate WhiteSmoke Translator but also provide future protection against similar attacks and threats.

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