Home Malware Cleaner

Home Malware Cleaner Description

Home Malware Cleaner Image 1Home 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 Management, Windows Guardian Angel, Virus Melt, Smart Internet Protection 2012, Windows Antivirus Booster, Windows Advanced User Patch, Internet Security Suite, Windows First-Class Protector, Keep Center Keeper, Windows Activity Debugger, Fast Antivirus 2009, Activate Ultimate Protection, Windows Efficiency Master, Windows Defence Unit, Smart Anti-Malware Protection, Windows Custodian Utility, System Smart Security, Windows Efficiency Kit, Windows Guard Solutions, Windows Defence Counsel, Windows Antivirus Patch, Strong Malware Defender, Windows Expert Series, Windows Antivirus Tool, Windows Expert Console, Smart Engine, VirusSecurity, Windows Antibreach Tool, Live Enterprise Suite, Windows Firewall Constructor, My Security Wall, Windows Daily Adviser, Windows Antivirus Rampart, Windows Cleaning Toolkit, Security Master AV, Windows Efficiency Accelerator, Windows Advanced Security Center, Best Antivirus Software, Windows Control Series, Antivirus Smart Protection, Windows Debug Center, Windows Accelerator Pro, System Protection Tools, Windows Antivirus Release, Windows Antihazard Solution, Windows Defence Master, Windows Guard Tools, Windows AntiBreach Suite, Windows Functionality Checker, Anti-Malware Lab, Windows Basic Antivirus, Windows Antivirus Suite, CleanUp Antivirus, Windows Antivirus Care, Windows Antivirus Helper, Windows Custom Safety, Windows Advanced Toolkit, Windows Active HotSpot, Smart Virus Eliminator, Windows AntiBreach Helper, Windows Enterprise Defender, Personal Security Sentinel, Smart Internet Protection 2011, Total Anti Malware Protection, Volcano Security Suite, Extra Antivirus, Additional Guard, Windows Crucial Scanner, Windows Efficiency Console, Windows Enterprise Suite, My Security Engine, PC Security Guardian, Windows Active Defender, Live PC Care, Smart Security, Personal Internet Security 2011, Windows Anti-Malware Patch, Windows AntiHazard Center, Enterprise Suite, Windows Abnormality Checker, Windows Active Guard, Best Malware Protection, Windows Antivirus Machine, Windows AntiBreach Patrol, Windows Activity Booster, Windows Antivirus Patrol, Virus Doctor, Windows Be-on-Guard Edition, Windows Defending Center, Security Antivirus, Windows AntiHazard Helper, My Security Shield and Windows Care Taker.

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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  • 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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Infection Statistics


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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
2 %AllUsersProfile%\[6 RANDOM CHARACTERS]\HM[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe 26
3 %AllUsersProfile%\[5 RANDOM CHARACTERS]\HM[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe 25
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
7 %AllUsersProfile%\[6 RANDOM CHARACTERS]\HM[RANDOM CHARACTERS]_[NUMBERS].exe 21
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
11 %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].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
27 %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].cfg 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..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}
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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