What is hello.exe?

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I have received an email stating that Hello, “You have received an animated greetings card from Kelly. Click the link below to download and enjoy it !” and followed by a link to hello.exe which I am not going to paste it in this article to avoid anyone from mistakenly clicking it. (Print Screen of Email)

The format of this email is rather standard that many people receiving such emails would have mistakenly clicking it to see who has sent you a card. Many people must bear in mind that anything that comes with a .exe extension can be potentially risky to click as it is an executional program which you have absolutely no idea of what it is capable of.

After making a search on search engine, I made the following findings:

The process Hello! belongs to the software Hello or Hello.exe” -b or Hello! by Picasa, Inc.

Hello.exe is located in a subfolder of “C:\Program Files”. The file size on Windows XP is 2,572,288 bytes.

Program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. Hello.exe is able to record inputs. “PicasaNet” is not required to run at start up. Hello is an application that allows Blogger users to post digital photos and captions directly to their personal weblogs, or blogs

I found that hello.exe is also a very popular malware camouflage for winker trojan that generally poses threat to your computer security. It is like a spyware that can potentially presents a serious vuluerability that must be addressed to or fixed immediately. It must be removed immediately or else this trojan can be controlled and your computer may results in a number of problems like loss of data, loss of control or theft of your private information. Luckily, curent email providers like Yahoo and Gmail are able to filter emails that can be potentially malicious and place them in spam mail section. It is better to be careful then sorry in computer security.


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