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 Live Enterprise Suite, Enterprise Suite, CleanUp Antivirus, Windows Antivirus Suite, Windows Efficiency Accelerator, Smart PC Cleaner, Personal Security Sentinel, Windows Antibreach Module, Windows Active Guard, Extra Antivirus, Fake Windows Antivirus 2012, Windows Defence Counsel, Volcano Security Suite, A-fast Antivirus, Best Virus Protection, Windows Custodian Utility, Windows Cleaning Tools, PC Live Guard, Windows Antivirus Release, Smart Engine, Windows Crucial Scanner, Windows Defence Unit, Windows Care Taker, Windows Antibreaking System, Security Master AV, Windows Antivirus Booster, Windows Daily Advisor, Windows Daily Adviser, PC Security Guardian, Smart Security, Windows Advanced Toolkit, Fast Antivirus 2009, Windows Debug Center, Keep Center Keeper, Windows Basic Antivirus, Windows AntiHazard Helper, Windows Antivirus Patch, My Security Wall, Windows Component Protector, Windows Abnormality Checker, Anti-Malware Lab, Windows Antivirus Patrol, Advanced Antispyware Solution, Windows Be-on-Guard Edition, System Smart Security, Smart Anti-Malware Protection, Windows Antihazard Solution, Windows Cleaning Toolkit, Windows AntiBreach Helper, Windows Defending Center, Windows Advanced Security Center, Windows Defence Master, Additional Guard, Windows Antivirus Care, Windows Antivirus Adviser, Antivirus Smart Protection, Windows AntiBreach Suite, Windows AntiBreach Patrol, Windows Antivirus Tool, Virus Melt, Windows Accelerator Pro, Security Antivirus, Windows Activity Booster, My Security Engine, Windows Custom Management, Personal Internet Security 2011, Smart Internet Protection 2011, Smart Virus Eliminator, Best Malware Protection, Activate Ultimate Protection, Windows Antivirus Rampart, Windows Control Series, Live PC Care, Internet Security Essentials, Total Anti Malware Protection, Windows Custom Safety, Home Safety Essentials, Presto TuneUp, Malware Protection, Windows Active HotSpot, Windows Advanced User Patch, Best Antivirus Software, System Protection Tools, Virus Doctor, Antimalware PC Safety, Windows Efficiency Console, Windows Activity Debugger, Windows Antibreach Tool, VirusSecurity, Windows AntiHazard Center, Smart Internet Protection 2012, Windows Antivirus Helper, Windows Command Processor, My Security Shield, Windows Anti-Malware Patch, Internet Security Suite, Windows Antivirus Machine.

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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  • 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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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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  • james weston:

    i am getting so many popups on win8.1 that my computer fails to work

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    My phone has been acting up like people can control what im doing and see everything i do

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