Hallmark.gif.exe is another trojan disguised as electronic card in order to attract people and make them install the malware voluntarily. Hallmark.gif.exe trojan comes with spam email that invites potential victim to visit a website and check an e-card sent by someone. Clicking the link provided on the spam email triggers the download of the trojan.
Opening spam emails is always a risky and unwise practice; but visiting websites recommended on such emails or opening attachments is even more dangerous. Hallmark.gif.exe infection can be easily avoided if people wouldn’t open suspicious emails from unknown senders. Unfortunately, Hallmark is a real ecards website and people may expect receiving a card from that source.
Hallmark.gif.exe is distributed by spam messages with the following text:
You have received a Hallmark E-Card.
To see it, click here,
There’s something special about that E-Card feeling. We invite you to make a friend’s day and send one.
Hope to see you soon,
Your friends at Hallmark
Your privacy is our priority. Click the “Privacy and Security” link at the bottom of this E-mail to view our policy.”
Hallmark.gif.exe redirects web browser to viper1.com. Block this website using your HOSTS file.
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