Windows Crucial Scanner

Windows Crucial Scanner Description

ScreenshotWindows Crucial Scanner is part of a large batch of malware in the FakeVimes family that was released in 2012. According to ESG Security analysts, Windows Crucial Scanner has no actual anti-virus effectiveness and is part of a common online scam. The FakeVimes family of malware is a notorious family of rogue anti-spyware programs that have attacked computer systems since 2009. The batch of FakeVimes clones that include Windows Crucial Scanner is particularly dangerous because of the inclusion of a rootkit component, often a variant of the Sirefef or ZeroAccess rootkit. This makes rogue anti-virus programs released in 2012 (such as Windows Crucial Scanner) to be particularly difficult to remove. Like previous versions of malware in this family, Windows Crucial Scanner uses file names containing a characteristic string comprised of three random letters.

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

Thanks to the fact that clones of Windows Crucial Scanner have been around for several years, most security programs have no problem handling a Windows Crucial Scanner infection. However, the removal of its associated rootkit will usually require the help of a specialized application for rootkit removal.

How Windows Crucial Scanner is Used to Attempt to Steal Your Money


The Windows Crucial Scanner scam consists in trying to convince computer users that their computer system is under attack by a horde of Trojans and viruses. This is done through the use of authentic-looking error messages and security alerts designed to alarm the victim. Then, Windows Crucial Scanner directs the victim's web browser or uses additional pop-up messages to lead the victim to purchase a supposed 'full version" of Windows Crucial Scanner. Windows Crucial Scanner claims that Windows Crucial Scanner cannot remove these supposed malware infections in the victim's computer unless a registration code is entered into its interface.

ESG security analysts have found that entering a registration code will stop most of the error messages, but will not remove the Windows Crucial Scanner infection itself. However, this can aid in removing this malware threat from the infected computer system. The registration code 0W000-000B0-00T00-E0020 can be used to aid in Windows Crucial Scanner's removal, although it is crucial to note that as long as Windows Crucial Scanner remains on the infected computer system Windows Crucial Scanner will continue to cause problems and expose the victim's computer to additional malware infections.

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Technical Information

Screenshots & Other Imagery

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Windows Crucial Scanner Video

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File System Details

Windows Crucial Scanner creates the following file(s):
# File Name Size MD5 Detection Count
1 Windows Crucial Scanner.lnk 13
2 %APPDATA%\Protector-sakmgr.exe 247,744 7e15110323010cd1cbab8d662f3d2455 3
3 %APPDATA%\Protector-gmkm.exe 1,965,568 ac8bdab9e290a7f910a56fa7c04e2a43 2
4 %AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM 3 CHARACTERS].exe N/A
5 %AppData%\NPSWF32.dll N/A
6 %Desktop%\Windows Crucial Scanner.lnk N/A
7 %CommonStartMenu%\Programs\Windows Crucial Scanner.lnk N/A
8 %AppData%\result.db N/A

Registry Details

Windows Crucial Scanner creates the following registry entry or registry entries:
HKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegistryTools" = 0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system "ConsentPromptBehaviorUser" = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "net" = "2012-4-7_2"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\rtvscn95.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\tds-3.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\dvp95.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\winupdate.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = 0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system "ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin" = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Inspector"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\aswUpdSv.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\atcon.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\advxdwin.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\aswRunDll.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegedit" = 0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system "EnableLUA" = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect" = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "UID" = "ahwohainwk"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\ozn695m5.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\MSASCui.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\inetlnfo.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\bidef.exe

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