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RDN/YahLover.worm Infection Scam

Also Known As: "RDN/YahLover.worm Infection" virus
Type: Adware
Damage level: Medium

What is RDN_YahLover.worm Infection?

"RDN_YahLover.worm Infection" is an updated variant of a fake pop-up error message called YahLover.worm (that previously targeted Mac users only).

This pop-up is displayed by a malicious website that users often visit inadvertently - they are redirected by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). These rogue applications infiltrate systems without consent (the "bundling" method). As well as causing redirects, PUPs deliver intrusive online advertisements and continually record various user-system information.

RDN_YahLover.worm Infection adware

Unlike its previous version (that targets Mac OS users), "RDN_YahLover.worm Infection" targets PC users. The pop-up message states that the system has been infected and, therefore, personal details (logins/passwords, banking details, etc.) are at risk.

Users are advised that malware must be uninstalled immediately by calling "technical support" via a telephone number ("+1-800-696-4076") provided. They are then supposedly guided through the removal process.

As mentioned above, however, the "RDN_YahLover.worm Infection" error is fake and attempts to scare and trick victims into calling and paying for technical services that are not required. The aforementioned malware does not exist and, therefore, we strongly advise you to ignore this pop-up. It can be removed simply by closing the web browser.

Furthermore, PUPs employ a "virtual layer" to generate pop-up, banner, coupon, and other similar advertisements. The virtual layer enables placement of third party graphical content on any site.on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal underlying content, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience.

In addition, they often redirect to malicious websites - clicking them is risky and can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Another downside is information tracking. PUPs gather various information that might contain personal details including IP addresses, geo-locations, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, mouse/keyboard activity, etc.

This information is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who generate revenue by misusing private details. Therefore, the presence of a data-tracking applications can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, all PUPs should be uninstalled immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name "RDN/YahLover.worm Infection" virus
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Fake Claim Pop-up windows claim that the system is damaged/infected and encourage users to contact fake tech support.
Tech Support Scammer Phone Number 1-800-696-4076, (888) 316-8177, 1800-005-886
Related Domains 66574116749843664788.bid, disk-3a5bc3.stream, xulahotstarcom.online
Symptoms Fake error messages, fake system warnings, pop-up errors, hoax computer scan.
Distribution methods Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.
Damage Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft, possible malware infections.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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There are many fake errors virtually identical to "RDN_YahLover.worm Infection" including, for example, Unknown Security Breach, System Has Been Locked For Your Safety, and You Have A ZEUS Virus

All claim that the system is infected, missing files or damaged in other similar ways, however, as with "RDN_YahLover.worm Infection", they are fake and should not be trusted. The only purpose of these fake pop-ups is to generate revenue for the developers.

PUPs offer various 'useful features', however, claims to provide this functionality are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. These apps are useless for regular users. They cause unwanted redirects, deliver intrusive ads, and continually record various user-system information.

How did adware install on my computer?

As mentioned above, PUPs are distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of third party applications with regular software/apps.

Users often rush the download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, developers hide bundled apps within the "Custom/Advanced" settings. Skipping this section often leads to inadvertent installation of rogue applications.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent system infiltration by PUPs, be very cautious when downloading and installing software. Choose the "Custom/Advanced" settings, carefully observe each step, and decline offers to download/install additional applications. The key to computer safety is caution.

Another variant of this scam:

yahlover worm scam sample 2

Text presented within the "RDN_YahLover.worm Infection" pop-up scam:

RDN/YahLover.worm!055BCCAC9FEC Infection
Call Technical Support Immediately at +1-800-696-4076
The following data will be compromised if you continue:
1. Passwords
2. Browser History
3. Credit Card Information
The virus is well known for complete identity and credit card theft. Further action through this computer or any computer on the network will reveal private information and involve serious risks.
Call Technical Support Immediately at: +1-800-696-4076

Screenshot of the malicious website after closing the pop-up:

RDN_YahLover.worm Infection popup displaying website

Scam presented within this website:

Your computer has been Locked
Your computer with the IP address - has been infected by the Virus RDN/YahLover.worm!055BCAC9FEC - Because System Activation KEY has expired & Your information (for example, passwords, messages, and credit cards) have been stolen. Call the Technical Support number +1-800-696-4076 to protect your files and identity from further damage.

Yet another variant of this scam using the (888) 316-8177 phone number:

rdn yahlover worm scam variant

Text presented in this variant:

RDN/YahLover/worm!055BCCAC9FEC Infection
ZEUS VIRUS DETECTED - YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN BLOCKED
Error: Virus - Trojan Backdoor Hijack #365838d7f8a4fa5
IP: - Browser: Chrome ISP: Comcast Cable Communication Inc.

Please call computer system technician immediately on: (888) 316-8177

Please do not ignore this safety alert: Your Microsoft System Has Been Compromised. If you close this page before calling us, your computer access will be disabled to prevent further damage and your data from being stolen.

Another variant of "RDN/YahLover.worm" pop-up scam:

RDN/YahLover.worm Infection pop-up scam (2020-08-19)

Text presented within:

Initial pop-up:

 

*************************************************
RDN/YahLover.worm!055BCCAC9FEC Infection
*************************************************

Suspicious movement distinguished on your IP address because of a spyware introduced in your PC. Call To  Free now @ 1800-005-886 for any help.

 


Second pop-up:

 

Important Information
Toll Free : 1800-005-886

*** ERROR # AP7MQ79. *** Windows was blocked due to suspicious activity

The following information may be lost:
1. Passwords
2. Browsing history
3. Sensitive information (CC Details)
4. Files on the hard disk

Do not ignore this critical warning. Closing this page will disable your computer access to prevent further damage to our network
Please call: 1800-005-886 .
Contact us immediately so that our technicians can guide you through the process of removing the phone. Please call us within 5 minutes to prevent your computer from being disabled.
*********** Telephone number: 1800-005-886 ***********

 

Background page:

 

Attention
1800-005-886 (Toll Free)
Please stop and do not close the PC

Windows was blocked due to suspicious activity

The following information may be lost:
1. Passwords
2. Browsing history
3. Sensitive information (CC Details)
4. Files on the hard disk

Do not ignore this critical warning. Closing this page will disable your computer access to prevent further damage to our network
Please call: 1800-005-886 .
Contact us immediately so that our technicians can guide you through the process of removing the phone. Please call us within 5 minutes to prevent your computer from being disabled.
Please call us: 1800-005-886

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Error Logged at: Wed Aug 19 2020 11:13am
Windows Diagnostics IP Address: 129.244.0.1
Call Support 1800-005-886

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Quick menu:

Adware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.

Windows 10 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

macOS (OSX) users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

RDN_YahLover.worm Infection adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing RDN_YahLover.worm Infection ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing RDN_YahLover.worm Infection ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "rdn/yahlover.worm infection" virus, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing RDN_YahLover.worm Infection  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing RDN_YahLover.worm Infection ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "rdn/yahlover.worm infection" virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing RDN_YahLover.worm Infection ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing RDN_YahLover.worm Infection ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "rdn/yahlover.worm infection" virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "rdn/yahlover.worm infection" virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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