Home Malware Cleaner

Home Malware Cleaner Description

Home Malware Cleaner, a fake security application, is a clone of Strong Malware Defender. Home Malware Cleaner and hundreds of similar fake security applications belonging to the FakeVimes family operate under the same principle: to fool inexperienced computer users into buying useless fake security applications. To do this, Home Malware Cleaner displays a fake system scan claiming that the victim's computer has become compromised, severely infected with a long list of malware clearly pulled from a virus encyclopedia. Home Malware Cleaner also makes changes to the Windows Registry which allow Home Malware Cleaner to spam its victims with a barrage of fake security alerts, pop-up notifications and error messages that appear to come from Windows or Microsoft Security Center itself. It is important to understand that Home Malware Cleaner has absolutely no real anti-malware capabilities. This program is designed to display false positives and to entice its victims into giving up their credit card information. Because of this, ESG security researchers energetically recommend that computer users do not give Home Malware Cleaner their credit card detail; instead, use a reliable anti-malware tool to remove any trace of Home Malware Cleaner from their computer system. If you have already disclosed your credit card information, you may still be able to dispute the charges by claiming that they were made by a highly-known online scam.

According to ESG security researchers, Home Malware Cleaner is a fairly common example of how a rogue security program operates, not at all different from well-known fake security programs like PC Live Guard, Internet Security Essentials, Home Safety Essentials, Windows Custom Safety, VirusSecurity, Smart Security, Windows Antivirus Care, Windows Anti-Malware Patch, Internet Security Suite, Windows Functionality Checker, Keep Center Keeper, Windows Advanced Security Center, Fast Antivirus 2009, Windows Enterprise Defender, Activate Ultimate Protection, Windows Defending Center, Smart Anti-Malware Protection, Windows Custom Management, Total Anti Malware Protection, Windows Efficiency Master, Windows Guard Tools, Windows Defence Master, Windows Antivirus Patrol, Windows Basic Antivirus, Windows Firewall Constructor, System Protection Tools, Windows Expert Series, Smart Internet Protection 2011, Volcano Security Suite, Windows AntiHazard Center, Live Enterprise Suite, Windows First-Class Protector, My Security Wall, Windows Debug Center, Windows Control Series, Windows Antivirus Release, Security Master AV, Windows Advanced Toolkit, Windows Efficiency Console, Windows Crucial Scanner, Best Antivirus Software, Antivirus Smart Protection, Windows Defence Counsel, Windows Active Defender, System Smart Security, Windows Antivirus Suite, Windows Antivirus Booster, Windows Defence Unit, Windows Guardian Angel, Windows Antibreach Tool, Windows Guard Solutions, Anti-Malware Lab, Windows Be-on-Guard Edition, Windows Antivirus Tool, CleanUp Antivirus, Windows Antivirus Machine, Windows Antivirus Helper, Windows Daily Adviser, Windows Advanced User Patch, Windows Activity Booster, Strong Malware Defender, Windows AntiBreach Patrol, Windows Enterprise Suite, Personal Security Sentinel, Smart Internet Protection 2012, Virus Doctor, Windows Abnormality Checker, Extra Antivirus, Additional Guard, Windows Custodian Utility, Windows Efficiency Kit, My Security Engine, PC Security Guardian, Windows Active Guard, Windows Expert Console, Live PC Care, Smart Virus Eliminator, Personal Internet Security 2011, Windows AntiBreach Helper, Windows AntiHazard Helper, Enterprise Suite, Windows Accelerator Pro, Windows Active HotSpot, Best Malware Protection, Windows Antivirus Patch, Windows AntiBreach Suite, Windows Activity Debugger, Windows Antivirus Rampart, Virus Melt, Windows Care Taker, Windows Efficiency Accelerator, Security Antivirus, Windows Antihazard Solution, My Security Shield and Windows Cleaning Toolkit.

Recognizing Home Malware Cleaner for What It Really Is

While experienced computer users will immediately spot the Home Malware Cleaner scam, inexperienced computer users may find it difficult to differentiate Home Malware Cleaner from reliable anti-malware software. Some aspects about Home Malware Cleaner that should set off an alarm include the following:
  • Home Malware Cleaner is installed against the computer user's authorization or as a result of intrusive pop-up windows.
  • Home Malware Cleaner cannot be removed through normal means, reinstalling itself when Windows is rebooted or crashing during the uninstallation process.
  • Home Malware Cleaner will display a long list of malware infections but will fail to provide details or solve the problems in any way even if the victim pays for a 'full version'.
  • Home Malware Cleaner will affect the victim's computer in other ways, such as making it run slowly or interfering with other applications.

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Technical Information

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File System Details

Home Malware Cleaner creates the following file(s):
# File Name Size MD5 Detection Count
1 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\[5 RANDOM CHARACTERS]\HM[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe 27
4 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\[6 RANDOM CHARACTERS]\HomeMC.exe 24
5 %AllUsersProfile%\[6 RANDOM CHARACTERS]\HomeMC.exe 23
6 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\[6 RANDOM CHARACTERS]\HM[RANDOM CHARACTERS]_[NUMBERS].exe 22
8 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\cac25b\HMcac_8001.exe 2,965,504 49f21906c7143bd3384609ead1aa3b87 2
9 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\d1e546\HMd1e_8020.exe 2,965,504 28e1aa7f81799d7e7ff481d8bd313510 2
10 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\5c678c\HM5c6_8010.exe N/A
12 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\5c678c\sqlite3.dll N/A
13 %AppData%\Home Malware Cleaner\ScanDisk_.exe N/A
14 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\5c678c\mozcrt19.dll N/A
15 %Desktop%\Home Malware Cleaner.lnk N/A
16 %AppData%\Home Malware Cleaner\cookies.sqlite N/A
17 %StartMenu%\Home Malware Cleaner.lnk N/A
18 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\5c678c\51.mof N/A
19 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\5c678c\BackUp\ N/A
20 %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Home Malware Cleaner.lnk N/A
21 %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\ASE.ico N/A
22 %Programs%\Home Malware Cleaner.lnk N/A
23 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\HMEMLLCC\HMFLAAC.cfg N/A
24 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\5c678c\ N/A
25 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\5c678c\Quarantine Items\ N/A
26 %AppData%\Home Malware Cleaner\Instructions.ini N/A
28 %AppData%\Home Malware Cleaner\ N/A
29 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\HMEMLLCC\ N/A
30 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\5c678c\HMC.ico N/A
31 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\5c678c\HMCSys\ N/A

Registry Details

Home Malware Cleaner creates the following registry entry or registry entries:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\{RANDOM CHARACTERS}.exe\Debugger = svchost.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\Debugger = svchost.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\clsid\{3F2BBC05-40DF-11D2-9455-00104BC936FF} Default = Implements DocHostUIHandler LocalServer32 = %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\5c678c\HM5c6_8010.exe ProgID = HM5c6_8010.DocHostUIHandler
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Home Malware Cleaner" "%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe" /s /d
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\HM5c6_8010.DocHostUIHandler Default = Implements DocHostUIHandler Clsid = {3F2BBC05-40DF-11D2-9455-00104BC936FF}

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