AntiMalware DescriptionA typical deceptive campaign is disguising harmful threats as legitimate security programs in order to steal money from inexperienced victims. AntiMalware is a particularly short-named version of this campaign, with clones with names such as Active Security and Total Security. AntiMalware uses an interface that is very similar to the Windows Defender and legitimate Microsoft security programs, to make the victim believe that AntiMalware is a legitimate anti-malware application. Observing AntiMalware's design, you will quickly spot authentic-looking Windows and Microsoft Security Essentials logos as well as a layout that may seem familiar to most users of legitimate Microsoft Security products. It is important to understand that AntiMalware is a fraud with absolutely no anti-malware capabilities. If you find that your computer is displaying notifications from AntiMalware, you will need to use a reliable, real anti-malware program to remove AntiMalware from your computer.
Regardless of Its Name, AntiMalware is Actually a Threat
AntiMalware is a typical iteration of the rogue security software deceptive strategy. This is a well-known online tactic that is designed to prey on inexperienced computer users that frequent unsafe websites. The AntiMalware strategy has several steps, all of which are typical of this kind of infection:
- First, AntiMalware is installed on the victim's computer, usually with the help of another Trojan. Typical sources of an AntiMalware infection may include unsafe advertisements that exploit security vulnerabilities in Java or Flash, fake video codecs on pornographic video websites and fake versions of popular files on file sharing networks.
- Once installed, AntiMalware makes changes to the Windows registry that allow AntiMalware to run automatically upon start-up. AntiMalware also alters your computer's settings so that AntiMalware will have the capacity to display error messages, system notifications and security alerts, as well as being able to connect to the Internet, block specific applications and crash your computer unexpectedly.
- Once the victim's computer is restarted, AntiMalware will use its new-found power over that computer in order to make the victim believe that a threat has been detected. AntiMalware will do this by displaying a fake scan of the victim's computer, pestering the victim with constant fake security alerts and causing the victim's computer to behave erratically, crash frequently, run slowly and become unstable.
- AntiMalware will then pretend to offer a solution to the problems AntiMalware itself caused. However, first the victim will have to pay for a fake 'full version' of AntiMalware.
Aliases: Trojan.FakeAV [Symantec], Suspicious file [Panda], Artemis!7BB7211CD996 [McAfee+Artemis], Suspicious:W32/Riskware!Online [F-Secure], Sus/UnkPacker [Sophos], RogueAntiSpyware.WindowsAntivirusPro [PCTools], FraudTool.Win32.RogueSecurity (v) [Sunbelt], Mal/FakeAV-BP [Sophos], W32/FakeAV.C!genr [Norman], a variant of Win32/Kryptik.BFC [NOD32], Trojan:Win32/FakeCog [Microsoft], Trojan.PCK.Tdss.AA.636 [McAfee-GW-Edition], Artemis!6B53DC5751F6 [McAfee+Artemis], Packed.Win32.TDSS.aa [Kaspersky] and Packed.Win32.Tdss [Ikarus].
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Solutions: Your computer may have malware hiding in memory that prevents any program, including SpyHunter, from executing on your computer. Follow to download SpyHunter and gain access to the Internet:
- Use an alternative browser. Malware may disable your browser. If you're using IE, for example, and having problems downloading SpyHunter, you should open Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser instead.
- Use a removable media. Download SpyHunter on another clean computer, burn it to a USB flash drive, DVD/CD, or any preferred removable media, then install it on your infected computer and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.
- Start Windows in Safe Mode. If you can not access your Window's desktop, reboot your computer in 'Safe Mode with Networking' and install SpyHunter in Safe Mode.
- IE Users: Disable proxy server for Internet Explorer to browse the web with Internet Explorer or update your anti-spyware program. Malware modifies your Windows settings to use a proxy server to prevent you from browsing the web with IE.
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File System Details
AntiMalware creates the following file(s):
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