TrueSword

TrueSword

Updated:
13 February 2007
Infection Length:
2968413;3463561
Version:
Versions lower than 4.0
Risk Impact:
Medium
File Names:
TrueSword.exe unins000.exe Active ShieldActiveShield.exe Active ShieldKillProcess.exe Active S
Systems Affected:
Windows

Behavior


TrueSword is a Security Risk that may give exaggerated reports of threats on the computer. The program then prompts the user to purchase a registered version of the software in order to remove the reported threats.

Symptoms


Your Symantec program detects TrueSword.

Behavior


TrueSword must be manually installed.

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version 02 October 2014 revision 022
  • Latest Rapid Release version 01 February 2015 revision 020
  • Initial Daily Certified version 28 June 2006
  • Latest Daily Certified version 15 July 2011 revision 019
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date 28 June 2006
Click here for a more detailed description of Rapid Release and Daily Certified virus definitions.


When TrueSword is executed it performs the following actions:
  1. Creates the following files:

    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\True Software\TrueSword.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\True Software\unins000.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active ShieldActiveShield.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active ShieldKillProcess.exe
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active Shieldunins000.exe
    • %UserProfile%\Desktop\True Sword.lnk
    • %UserProfile%\Desktop\Active Shield.lnk
    • %Windir%\eSellerateControl350.dll (legitimate and non malicious component)
    • %Windir%\eSellerateEngine.dll (legitimate and non malicious component)
    • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\True Sword\Help.lnk
    • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\True Sword\Order Now!.lnk
    • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\True Sword\Security Stronghold Online.lnk
    • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\True Sword\True Sword.lnk
    • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\True Sword\Uninstall True Sword.lnk
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\True Software\Backups.dat
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\True Software\db.dat
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\True Software\file_id.diz
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\True Software\license.txt
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\True Software\options.ini
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\True Software\readme.txt
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\True Software\solved.dat
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\True Software\ts_pad.xml%
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\True Software\unins000.dat
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\True Software\Help\Help.chm
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\True Software\Res\[IMAGE FILES USED BY THE INTERFACE]
    • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Active Shield\Active Shield.lnk
    • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Active Shield\Help.lnk
    • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Active Shield\Order Now!.lnk
    • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Active Shield\Security Stronghold Online.lnk
    • %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Active Shield\Uninstall Active Shield.lnk
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active Shieldas_pad.xml
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active ShieldBackups.dat
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active ShieldBlackList.dat
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active Shielddb.dat
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active Shieldfile_id.diz
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active Shieldlicense.txt
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active Shieldreadme.txt
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active ShieldSolved.dat
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active Shieldunins000.dat
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active ShieldWhiteList.dat
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active Shield\Help\Help.Chm
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active Shield\Res\[IMAGE FILES USED BY THE INTERFACE]

      Notes:
    • %ProgramFiles% is a variable that refers to the program files folder. By default, this is C:\Program Files.
    • %UserProfile% is a variable that refers to the current user's profile folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings\[CURRENT USER] (Windows NT/2000/XP).
    • %Windir% is a variable that refers to the Windows installation folder. By default, this is C:\Windows or C:\Winnt.
    • %SystemDrive% is a variable that refers to the drive on which Windows is installed. By default, this is drive C.

  2. Creates the following folders:

    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\True Software\Infected
    • %ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active Shield\Infected

  3. Creates the following registry subkeys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\True Sword_is1
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Security Stronghold
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Security Stronghold\True Sword
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Active Shield_is1
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Security Stronghold\Active Shield

  4. Adds the following registry subkeys, which are related to the legitimate eSellerate component:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{25982EAA-87CC-4747-BE09-9913CF7DD2F1}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{A3E27DCE-DD77-49F4-B566-03FA894C8308}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\TypeLib\{1E958A86-A23B-4659-A6AE-BD85FCD1D544}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\eSellerateControl.350
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\eSellerateControl.350.1

  5. Adds the following value:

    "Active Shield" = "%ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active ShieldActiveShield.exe"

    to the following subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    so that the risk is executed every time Windows starts.

  6. Exaggerates reports of threats on the compromised computer. The program then prompts the user to purchase a registered version of the software in order to remove the reported threats.




The following instructions pertain to all Symantec antivirus products that support security risk detection.
  1. Update the definitions.
  2. Run a full system scan.
  3. Delete any values added to the registry.
For specific details on each of these steps, read the following instructions.

1. To update the definitions
To obtain the most recent definitions, start your Symantec program and run LiveUpdate.


2. To run the scan
  1. Start your Symantec antivirus program, and then run a full system scan.
  2. If any files are detected, and depending on which software version you are using, you may see one or more of the following options:

    Note: This applies only to versions of Norton AntiVirus that support security risk detection. If you are running a version of Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition that supports security risk detection, and security risk detection has been enabled, you will only see a message box that gives the results of the scan. If you have questions in this situation, contact your network administrator.
    • Exclude (Not recommended): If you click this button, it will set the risk so that it is no longer detectable. That is, the antivirus program will keep the security risk on your computer and will no longer detect it to remove from your computer.

    • Ignore or Skip: This option tells the scanner to ignore the risk for this scan only. It will be detected again the next time that you run a scan.

    • Cancel: This option is new to Norton Antivirus 2005. It is used when Norton Antivirus 2005 has determined that it cannot delete a security risk. This Cancel option tells the scanner to ignore the risk for this scan only, and thus, the risk will be detected again the next time that you run a scan.

      To actually delete the security risk:
      • Click its file name (under the Filename column).
      • In the Item Information box that displays, write down the full path and file name.
      • Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

    • Delete: This option will attempt to delete the detected files. In some cases, the scanner will not be able to do this.
      • If you see a message, "Delete Failed" (or similar message), manually delete the file.
      • Click the file name of the risk that is under the Filename column.
      • In the Item Information box that displays, write down the full path and file name.
      • Then use Windows Explorer to locate and delete the file.

Important: If you are unable to start your Symantec antivirus product or the product reports that it cannot delete a detected file, you may need to stop the risk from running in order to remove it. To do this, run the scan in Safe mode. For instructions, read the document, How to start the computer in Safe Mode . Once you have restarted in Safe mode, run the scan again.

After the files are deleted, restart the computer in Normal mode and proceed with the next section.

Warning messages may be displayed when the computer is restarted, since the risk may not be fully removed at this point. You can ignore these messages and click OK. These messages will not appear when the computer is restarted after the removal instructions have been fully completed. The messages displayed may be similar to the following:

Title: [FILE PATH]
Message body: Windows cannot find [FILE NAME]. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.

3. To delete the value from the registry
Important: Symantec strongly recommends that you back up the registry before making any changes to it. Incorrect changes to the registry can result in permanent data loss or corrupted files. Modify the specified subkeys only. Read the document: How to make a backup of the Windows registry .
  1. Click Start > Run.
  2. Type regedit

    Then click OK.

    Note: If the registry editor fails to open the risk may have modified the registry to prevent access to the registry editor. Security Response has developed a tool to resolve this problem. Download and run this tool, and then continue with the removal.

  3. Navigate to and delete the following subkeys:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\True Sword_is1
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Security Stronghold
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Security Stronghold\True Sword
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Active Shield_is1
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Security Stronghold\Active Shield

  4. Navigate to the subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

  5. In the right pane, delete the value:

    "Active Shield" = "%ProgramFiles%\Security Stronghold\Active ShieldActiveShield.exe"

  6. Exit the Registry Editor.


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