Windows 7 RC contain Trojan

Pirated copies of Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) on file-sharing sites contain malware, according to users who have downloaded the upgrade.

Windows 7 RC, which Microsoft Corp. will officialy launch today, leaked two weeks ago, with copies first appearing on BitTorrent tracking sites on April 24.

Some of the pirated builds include a Trojan horse, numerous users said in message forums and in comments on BitTorrent sites such as Mininova.org.

"Just a warning for anyone downloading the new RC builds of windows 7. Quiet [sic] a lot of the downloads have a trojan inbedded [sic] in the setup EXE," said someone identified as Frank Fontaine on a Neowin.net discussion thread. "The Setup EXE is actually a container, it appears to be a self-extracting EXE. There are 2 files inside, Setup.exe and codec.exe."

Fontaine's antivirus software identified the "codec.exe" file as a generic Trojan.

"Suspicious codec.exe!" reported someone labeled as "UltimateGTR" on Mininova, commenting on one of the 32-bit builds.

Another Mininova commenter, "WuNgUn," identified the malware as the "Falder" Trojan, which downloads fake security software, dubbed "scareware," to PCs and installs a rootkit to hide from legitimate antivirus products.

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