AntiMalware

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AntiMalware Information
Type: Spyware
Analysis: Installs & gathers info from a PC without user permission.
Infection: By downloading freeware & shareware.
Symptoms: Changes PC settings, excessive popups & slow PC performance.
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AntiMalware is the name of a rogue anti-virus application that originated in Russia in October 2010. The name of this particular parasite is problematic, because the word "anti-malware" is a legitimate term used to describe a programthat can detect and remove malware – viruses, spyware, adware, etc. There are legitimate programs with the word "anti-malware" in their names, and so it is highly likely that the choice of this one word for the name of a parasite was deliberate, based on an opportunity to confuse people. The parasite does tend to have a specific pattern of capitalization in its name, which can be a giveaway that the AntiMalware parasite is present. For the remainder of this article, "AntiMalware" with its capitalized "A" and "M", refers to this specific parasite and not to any  kind of legitimate program.

Where Does AntiMalware Come From?

AntiMalware is from the Coreguard Antivirus 2009 family, and it is extremely similar to PC Scout and Active Security. Like all rogue anti-virus programs, AntiMalware exists with the purpose of frightening you into paying money for a scam. AntiMalware has been reported to have the common characteristics of a rogue anti-virus application, along with the possible potential to cause more serious damage than a typical rogue anti-virus program.

One thing you'll notice for sure, if AntiMalware is infecting your computer, is that you are getting constant warnings that say that there are viruses on the computer and that you are under attack from some kind of external threat. AntiMalware configures itself to run automatically when Windows starts, so that will probably be where you will first see its warnings. AntiMalware will run a fake scan of the system, and it will report back that it has found about two dozen really dangerous viruses, including Trojans, worms, rootkits, etc. AntiMalware's creators have chosen to use the names of real viruses, to add to the frightening effects of these fake results. So when you look up the names of these threats that AntiMalware claims to have found, you will find enough information to scare yourself badly –- but you will not actually find these viruses on your computer, because they're not there.

Furthermore, AntiMalware creates very frequent pop-up warnings about nonexistent threats, which will include some claims and some wording that are really over-the-top. These warnings are written to sound as scary as possible, and they tell you things that no real anti-virus application would be capable to tell you -- for example, that a hacker is trying to steal your personal information that very moment. All of the warnings, regardless of whether they are in the bogus system scans or the crazy warning messages, will say that you have to unlock the full or registered version of the AntiMalware software in order to address the threats in question. The phony "home" screen for the AntiMalware parasite mentions this, too, with a large button that says "Easy one-click registration". This same screen will tell you that several of the components of AntiMalware are demo versions. After all, the purpose of AntiMalware is to scare you into thinking you need to pay for it, when it is not even a real security software. (By the way, do not pay for it!) To get you to pay up, AntiMalware may redirect your browser to its payment sites if you try to go online.

The Destructive Potencial of AntiMalware

There have also been reports that AntiMalware is capable of doing some much more severe damage than just causing annoying pop-ups or screwing with your browser. AntiMalware is reportedly capable of disabling or even deleting your real anti-virus software, which obviously would leave your computer open to infections with other parasites. In addition to this issue with real anti-virus software, there have been claims that AntiMalware can disable Task Manager and prevent you from booting Windows into Safe Mode, which would make it seriously difficult to remove AntiMalware.

As always, the best thing to do is protect yourself from AntiMalware before it has a chance to infect your computer. This is especially important if the claims of AntiMalware's extremely destructive potential are true. However, if your computer does get infected with AntiMalware, remember that you do not need to (and shouldn't) pay the money that AntiMalware demands in order to resolve the issue.

To check your computer for AntiMalware, download SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool.

SpyHunter spyware detection tool is only a scanner meant to assist you in detecting AntiMalware and other threats. If you detect the presence of AntiMalware on your PC, you have the opportunity to purchase the SpyHunter removal tool to remove any traces of AntiMalware.

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Detection of AntiMalware (Recommended)

AntiMalware is difficult to detect and remove. AntiMalware is not likely to be removed through a convenient "uninstall" feature. AntiMalware, as well as other spyware, can re-install itself even after it appears to have been removed.

You also run the risk of damaging your computer since you're required to find and delete sensitive files in your system such as DLL files and registry keys. It is recommended you use a good spyware remover to remove AntiMalware and other spyware, adware, trojans and viruses on your computer.

Run a AntiMalware scan/check to successfully detect all AntiMalware files with the SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool. If you wish to remove AntiMalware, you can either purchase the SpyHunter spyware removal tool to remove AntiMalware or follow the AntiMalware manual removal method provided in the "Remedies and Prevention" section.

Method of Infection

There are many ways your computer could get infected with AntiMalware. AntiMalware can come bundled with shareware or other downloadable software.

Another method of distributing AntiMalware involves tricking you by displaying deceptive pop-up ads that may appear as regular Windows notifications with links which look like buttons reading Yes and No. No matter which "button" that you click on, a download starts, installing AntiMalware on your system. AntiMalware installs on your computer through a trojan and may infect your system without your knowledge or consent.

If you think you may already be infected with AntiMalware, use this SpyHunter Spyware dectection tool to detect AntiMalware and other common Spyware infections. After detection of AntiMalware, the next advised step is to remove AntiMalware with the purchase of the SpyHunter Spyware removal tool.

Symptoms

AntiMalware may attempt to change your computer's desktop, hijack your browser, monitor your Internet browsing activities, change system files, and can do this without your knowledge or permission. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to remove all traces of AntiMalware from your computer.

Remedies and Prevention

AntiMalware, as well as other Spyware, are constantly evolving and becoming more advanced to avoid detection. AntiMalware along with its variants can install in different locations and even when you try to uninstall it you find they reappear when you reboot your computer.

Install a good anti-spyware software

When there's a large number of traces of Spyware, for example AntiMalware, that have infected a computer, the only remedy may be to automatically run a Spyware scan from a good anti-spyware software designed to detect AntiMalware and other types of spyware.

Remove AntiMalware manually

Another method to remove AntiMalware is to manually delete AntiMalware files in your system. Detect and remove the following AntiMalware files:

Processes

  • antimalware.exe

External links

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