play.exe - play process information

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play.exe is an alternative name for the PLAY_MP3 trojan. This executable file is downloaded from a website which promises the user a free .MP3 or .MPG player.

Spreading through peer-to-peer file sharing networks, users download files (going by a variety of names) which are disguised as MP3s or MPGs. Instead of sharing music or video these files simply direct the user to a web page from where, they are promised, they can download a free media player.

They will then install the PLAY_MP3.EXE executable, which, when run, installs the Downloader-UA.h downloader. Oddly the user is also shown, and asked to accept, a lengthy license agreement permitting the installation of the adware programs SurfingEnhancer and FBrowsingAdvisor onto the user`s PC.

Once installed the PLAY_MP3.EXE file can perform a number of malicious activities including displaying adware, installing unwanted programs, hijacking the user`s system and communicating with third parties. The promised media player then turns out to be a web-based player which offers only a limited range of saved tracks.

As a note on naming, trojans may have different versions of themselves, each with a different name and possibly slightly different behavior. These various versions are called strains, and trojans and their strains can also be grouped into families. Play_MP3.exe (and its over 220 alternatively named strains) are part of Downloader-UA.h downloader, Trojan.AdClicker, and Adware Generic2.AARK families. We strongly recommend that you run a FREE registry scan to identify play.exe related errors.




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DISABLE AND REMOVE play.exe IMMEDIATELY. This process is most likely an adware or spyware. It is highly recommended that you run a FREE performance scan to automatically optimize memory, CPU and Internet settings.


Damage to your computer's registry could be compromising your PC's performance and causing system slow-downs and crashes. We recommend that you run a FREE registry scan to identify and list harmful registry entries on your computer.





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Security risk 0-5:

2


Spyware:

Yes (Free spyware scan)


Virus:

No (Remove play.exe)


Trojan:

Yes (Remove play.exe)




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General information


Author:

Unknown


Part of:


Memory usage:

N/A (Free up memory)


Common play.exe errors:

N/A (Repair)

System process:

No


Uses network:

Yes


Background:

Yes


Hardware related:

No





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