Scam Watch: What Is The 3wPlayer Scam / Virus ?

3wPlayer – is a rogue media player software application bundled with trojans that can infect computers running Microsoft Windows. It is designed to exploit users who download video files, instructing them to download and install the program in order to view the video. The 3wPlayer employs a form of social engineering to infect computers. Seemingly desirable video files, such as recent movies, are released via BitTorrent or other distribution channels. These files resemble conventional AVI files, but are engineered to display a message when played on most media player programs, instructing the user to visit the 3wPlayer website and download the software to view the video.

The 3wPlayer is infected with Trojan.Win32.Obfuscated.en According to Symantec, 3wPlayer “may download” a piece of adware they refer to as Adware.Lop, which “adds its own toolbar and search button to Internet Explorer”.

A Perl script posted online can reportedly decrypt 3wplayer files back into AVI. This claim has been tested with mixed results, as the intended AVI file is rarely the desired video file.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3wPlayer 

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