AntiMalware GO

AntiMalware GO Description

Type: Rogue AntiSpyware Programs

ScreenshotAntiMalware GO is not the anti-virus software AntiMalware GO pretends to be. Although its name may sound like something from a comic book or cartoon, AntiMalware GO is very dangerous and can do severe damage to your computer.

Symptoms of AntiMalware GO

The symptoms of infection with AntiMalware GO are impossible to miss. The first time AntiMalware GO shows up will be after you start your computer, and AntiMalware GO will display its fake user interface without you even having access to the desktop. The interface exists in order to run phony system scans, and at the end of each of these scans, AntiMalware GO will tell you that there are threats on your computer that need to be removed. Then AntiMalware GO will tell you that it can't remove them all because you're using the trial version of the AntiMalware GO software, and AntiMalware GO will prompt you to pay a fee to "activate" or “upgrade” AntiMalware GO in order to get your computer completely clean. If you follow the prompts or agree to the things they suggest, you will find yourself directed to the fake website for AntiMalware GO, which is rodyshop.com. Rodyshop.com is a malicious site, which has just enough detail and content to make rodyshop.com look realistic. In reality, the site exists solely to take your money and give you nothing in return, because AntiMalware GO is a scam.

If you exit the bogus scanner interface and make it to the desktop, you'll find that AntiMalware GO interferes with your computer in other ways. AntiMalware GO will generate frequent alerts that affirm that your PC is being attacked from a variety of threats, and AntiMalware GO will continually try to get you to pay money in order to make these "threats" disappear. AntiMalware GO may even use the names of real viruses in its alerts in order to terrorize you and make you believe the only way to get rid of malware infections is to pay the money AntiMalware GO demands. However, because AntiMalware GO can't actually detect or remove threats, its alerts – as well as its scan results – will always be the same, and will always claim that your computer's security is in danger. You should disregard these alerts.

In order to ensure its own survival, AntiMalware GO can interfere with your use of other programs. AntiMalware GO may prevent Task Manager from running, as well as any real anti-virus software that you might try to use. Furthermore, AntiMalware GO can hijack your web browser so that you are only able to go to its malicious website, or AntiMalware GO may prevent you from being able to access the Internet at all. Unfortunately, it seems to be common in AntiMalware GO infections for the malware to cause Windows to become extremely unstable and to crash constantly. There have been reports of attempts at removing Antialware Go resulting in the dreaded "Blue Screen of Death," and that Windows is subsequently unable to load in its normal mode, and even in Safe Mode. In the most extreme cases, the only recourse may be to start Safe Mode with Command Prompt, because AntiMalware GO can change the way that programs start at bootup in a way that causes the boot process to fail.

How AntiMalware GO Gets into a Computer

Although there are a few ways that AntiMalware GO can wind up on your computer, the most common mode of infection is by Trojan. What happens is, somewhere on the Internet, in some file that you come across and download, the Trojan that supports AntiMalware GO is hidden. You download AntiMalware GO without knowing it, and the Trojan then takes care of downloading or installing AntiMalware GO. AntiMalware GO changes the registry so that AntiMalware GO will run every time Windows starts, and the next time you restart, AntiMalware GO will be active. Alternatively, you may download the Trojan while visiting a fake "free scan" site that says that AntiMalware GO is scanning your computer for viruses, but which actually is causing the malware to download to your system. Finally, the least common mode of infection is by direct download of AntiMalware GO. AntiMalware GO may be promoted on malicious websites (other than its known associated site, rodyshop.com) as if AntiMalware GO is actually anti-virus software, with free downloads of a “trial version” available.

AntiMalware GO's Background

Sadly, AntiMalware GO is nothing new, since AntiMalware GO is a direct clone of Antivirus Scan, AntiVira Av and Antivirus .NET. AntiVira Av is already an extremely widespread fake anti-virus program, and along with all of its malicious sites AntiVira Av is a hugely successful scam. AntiMalware GO is just another piece of this same scam, which ultimately traces back to Russia. The name "AntiMalware GO" showed up in the end of February 2011, but the scam behind AntiMalware GO and its family of related malware predate AntiMalware GO by a few months. Because AntiMalware GO is somewhat new, there are still a lot of references to AntiMalware GO online as a helpful tool or useful piece of software, as well as checks or scans of the AntiMalware GO sites by professional software companies which draw the wrong conclusion and state that these sites are safe. There is a lot of planted information out there about AntiMalware GO, so remember that regardless of what the malware or its malicious sites may tell you, AntiMalware GO is not trustworthy.ScreenshotScreenshot

Technical Information

Screenshots & Other Imagery

AntiMalware GO Video

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File System Details

AntiMalware GO creates the following file(s):
# File Name MD5 Detection Count
1 hoqlhywhmof.exe 8b1d33bb89ad929b8214d84d324b3f0b 7

More Details on AntiMalware GO

The following URL's were found:
Tip: We recommend blocking the domain names as well as the IP addresses associated with them.
  • Acantispy.com
The following messages associated with AntiMalware GO were found:
Antivirus software alert
Infiltration alert
Your computer is being attacked by an Internet virus. It could be password-stealing attack, a trojan-dropper or similar.
Internet Explorer Warning - visiting this web site may harm your computer!
Most likely causes:
- The website contains exploits that can launch a malicious code on your computer
- Suspicious network activity detected
- There might be an active spyware running on your computer

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