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How To Remove Antivermins, Antiverminser, Or Antivermeans (removal Instructions)


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Posted 27 October 2006 - 01:41 PM


How to remove AntiVermins, AntiVerminser, or AntiVermeans (Removal Instructions)
What this program does: AntiVermins, AntiVerminser, and AntiVermeans are rogue anti-spyware applications that use aggressive and deceptive advertising to goad you into purchasing the commercial version of their products. These programs are known to be installed on your computer without permission along with malware and Trojans. An example screen of AntiVermins is below.
 
AntiVermins Image
These infections are also know to be accompanied by a Trojan that displays fake warning messages from your taskbar. These warning messages state that you are infected with malware when in fact these messages are only being sent as a tactic to scare you into purchasing the commercial version of the program. The current title for these security warnings is System Alert! and the alert contains the following text:

System detected virus activities. These may impact the performance of your computer. Please, use antimalware software to clean and protect your system from parasite programs. Click this baloon to get all available software.

or

System has detected a number of active spyware applications that may impact the performance of your computer. Click the icon to get rid of unwanted spyware by downloading an up-to-date antispyware program.

Tools Needed for this fix:

Symptoms in a HijackThis Log:

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AntiVermins] C:\Program Files\AntiVermins\AntiVermins.exe /h
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AntiVerminser] C:\Program Files\AntiVerminser\AntiVerminser.exe /h
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AntiVermeans] C:\Program Files\AntiVermeans\AntiVermeans.exe /h
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AntiVermins 3.3] "C:\Program Files\AntiVermins 3.3\AntiVermins 3.3.exe" /h

Revision History

12/16/06 - Added manual removal instructions.
1/5/07 - Added instructions for the new renamed AntiVerminser
2/1/07 - Updated for the name change to AntiVermeans
07/2/07 - Updated for new version of AntiVermins.



Choose the removal method you would like to use:
Automated Removal Instructions for AntiVermins, AntiVerminser, or AntiVermeans:
  1. Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that is open later in the fix.

  2. Download SmitfraudFix.exe from here and save it to your desktop:

    SmitFraudFix.exe

    Confirm that the file SmitfraudFix.exe now resides on your desktop, but do not double-click on the icon as of yet. We will use it in later steps. The icon will look like the one below:



  3. Next, please reboot your computer into Safe Mode by doing the following:

    1. Restart your computer

    2. After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, press F8.

    3. Instead of Windows loading as normal, a menu should appear

    4. Select the first option, to run Windows in Safe Mode.

    5. When you are at the logon prompt, log in as the same user that you had performed the previous steps as.

  4. When your computer has started in safe mode, and you see the desktop, close all open Windows.

  5. Now, double-click on the SmitFraudfix icon that should be residing on your desktop.The icon will look like the one below:



  6. When the tool first starts you will see a credits screen. Simply press any key on your keyboard to get to the next screen.

  7. You will now see a menu as shown in the image below. Press the number 2 on your keyboard and the press the enter key to choose the option Clean (safe mode recommended).



  8. The program will start cleaning your computer and go through a series of cleanup processes. When it is done, it will automatically start the Disk Cleanup program as shown by the image below.





    This program will remove all Temp, Temporary Internet Files, and other files that may be leftover files from this infection. This process can take up to a few hours depending on your computer, so please be patient. When it is complete, it will close automatically and you will should continue with step 11.

  9. When Disk Cleanup is finished, you will be presented with an option asking Do you want to clean the registry ? (y/n). At this screen you should press the Y button on your keyboard and then press the enter key.
  10. When this last routine is finished, you will be presented with a red screen stating Computer will reboot now. Close all applications. You should now press the spacebar on your computer. A counter will appear stating that the computer will reboot in 15 seconds. Do not cancel this countdown and allow your computer to reboot.
  11. Once the computer has rebooted, you will be presented with a Notepad screen containing a log of all the files removed from your computer. Examine this log, and when you are done, close the Notepad screen.
Your computer should now be free of the AntiVermins, AntiVerminser, or AntiVermeans infection. If you are still having problems with spyware after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below:
Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log


Manual Removal Instructions for AntiVermins AntiVerminser, or AntiVermeans:

These steps may appear to be long and daunting. They are, though, quite easy to do and consist of so many steps only because I have written them in an extremely detailed manner.
  1. Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that is open later in the fix.

  2. Download FixAV.reg to your desktop by right clicking on the following link and then selecting Save Link As or Save File as, depending on your browser.

    FixAV.reg Download Link

    Confirm that the file FixAV.reg now resides on your desktop as we will need it later.

  3. Download SmitfraudFix.exe from here and save it to your desktop:

    SmitFraudFix.exe

    Confirm that the file SmitfraudFix.exe now resides on your desktop, but do not double-click on the icon as of yet. We will use it in later steps. The icon will look like the one below:



  4. Go to your desktop and double click on the FixAV.reg file that you downloaded earlier. When it asks if you would like to merge the information, press the Yes button and then the OK button.

  5. Click on the Start button and then select the Run option.

  6. In the Open: field type c:\windows\system32 and then press the OK button.

  7. When the folder appears, if it says These files are hidden, click on the Show the contents of this folder option.

  8. We now need to make it so you can see hidden files.
    1. Click on the Tools menu and select Folder Options.
    2. Click on the View tab.
    3. Under the Hidden files and folders category select Show hidden files and folders.
    4. Uncheck Hide protected operating system files.
    5. Press Apply and then OK.
    6. If you still can not see the file, then undo these changes and skip to step 11.

  9. Scroll through the list of files in this folder and look for hjpprpu.dll. Right-click on hjpprpu.dll and select rename. Rename the file to hjpprpu.dll.bad.

    Look for the file cvnzie.dll and rename the file to cvnzie.dll.bad.

    Look for the file kuhmk.dll and rename the file to kuhmk.dll.bad.

    Look for the file ownyhr.dll and rename the file to ownyhr.dll.bad.

    Look for the file vwfps.dll and rename the file to vwfps.dll.bad.

    Look for the file cthkpcv.dll and rename the file to cthkpcv.dll.bad.

    Look for the file gwquvw.dll and rename the file to gwquvw.dll.bad.

    Look for the file axlet.dll and rename the file to axlet.dll.bad.

    Look for the file nbbrhbd.dll and rename the file to nbbrhbd.dll.bad.

    Look for the file oksrqqu.dll and rename the file to oksrqqu.dll.bad.

    Look for the file vblhanf.dll and rename the file to vblhanf.dll.bad.

    Look for the file cwgppb.dll and rename the file to cwgppb.dll.bad.

    Note: Please rename any of the above files that you may find. If you do not find any of these files, then you should post a note about it in the Am I Infected? forum.
  10. After you rename the file, you can close the System32 folder window.

  11. Next, please reboot your computer into Safe Mode by doing the following:

    1. Restart your computer

    2. After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, press F8.

    3. Instead of Windows loading as normal, a menu should appear

    4. Select the first option, to run Windows in Safe Mode.

    5. When you are at the logon prompt, log in as the same user which you had done the previous steps.

  12. When your computer has started in safe mode and you see the desktop, click on the Start Menu button.

  13. Click on the Control Panel option.

  14. Double-click on the Add or Remove Programs icon.

  15. Find the entries for AntiVermins, AntiVerminser, and AntiVermeans and double-click on it to uninstall them if found. Follow the prompts to uninstall the program, but do not allow it to reboot the computer if it asks.

  16. When it has completed uninstalling you can close Add or Remove Programs and your Control Panel.

  17. Delete the following files and folders (Do not be concerned if this folder does not exist):

    C:\Program Files\AntiVermins\
    C:\Program Files\AntiVerminser\
    C:\Program Files\AntiVermins 3.3\
    C:\Windows\System32\hjpprpu.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\cvnzie.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\kuhmk.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\ownyhr.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\vwfps.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\cthkpcv.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\gwquvw.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\axlet.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\nbbrhbd.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\oksrqqu.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\vblhanf.dll.bad
    C:\Windows\System32\cwgppb.dll.bad
  18. Close all open Windows.

  19. Now, double-click on the SmitFraudfix icon that should be residing on your desktop.The icon will look like the one below:



  20. When the tool first starts you will see a credits screen. Simply press any key on your keyboard to get to the next screen.

  21. You will now see a menu as shown in the image below. Press the number 2 on your keyboard and the press the enter key to choose the option Clean (safe mode recommended).



  22. The program will start cleaning your computer and go through a series of cleanup processes. When it is done, it will automatically start the Disk Cleanup program as shown by the image below.





    This program will remove all Temp, Temporary Internet Files, and other files that may be leftover files from this infection. This process can take up to a few hours depending on your computer, so please be patient. When it is complete, it will close automatically and you will should continue with step 25.

  23. When Disk Cleanup is finished, you will be presented with an option asking Do you want to clean the registry ? (y/n). At this screen you should press the Y button on your keyboard and then press the enter key.
  24. When this last routine is finished, you will be presented with a red screen stating Computer will reboot now. Close all applications. You should now press the spacebar on your computer. A counter will appear stating that the computer will reboot in 15 seconds. Do not cancel this countdown and allow your computer to reboot.
  25. Once the computer has rebooted, you will be presented with a Notepad screen containing a log of all the files removed from your computer. Examine this log to see what files were found, and when you are done, close the Notepad screen.
  26. We next perform an online scan with Panda to find any possible inactive remnants from this infection: Panda Online

    1. Once you are on the Panda site click the Scan your PC button

    2. A new window will open...click the Check Now button

    3. Enter your Country

    4. Enter your State/Province

    5. Enter your e-mail address and click send

    6. Select either Home User or Company

    7. Click the big Scan Now button

    8. If it wants to install an ActiveX component allow it

    9. It will start downloading the files it requires for the scan (Note: It may take a few minutes)

    10. When download is complete, click on Local Disks to start the scan

  27. When the online scan has been completed, let it remove what it finds, and then you can close Internet Explorer.
Your computer should now be free of the AntiVermins, AntiVerminser, or AntiVermeans infection. If you are still having problems with spyware after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below:
Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log


This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.

BleepingComputer.com can not be held responsible for problems that may occur by using this information. If you would like help with any of these fixes, you can post a HijackThis log in our HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum.

If you have any questions about this self-help guide then please post those questions in our AntiVirus, Firewall and Privacy Products and Protection Methods forum and someone will help you.


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Posted 17 December 2006 - 12:06 AM

Added manual removal instructions as well as information on removing:

C:\Windows\System32\hjpprpu.dll

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 12:18 AM

Updated for new infectors:

C:\Windows\System32\cvnzie.dll
C:\Windows\System32\kuhmk.dll

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 09:46 PM

Updated for new infector:

C:\Windows\System32\ownyhr.dll

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 08:50 AM

Added information about new infector:

C:\Windows\System32\vwfps.dll

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 01:53 PM

Updated for:

C:\Windows\System32\cthkpcv.dll

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 04:30 PM

Some people have expressed problems with performing the automated removal because they cant enter safe mode. If you are having problems entering safemode, then just perform the steps in the automated removal portion in normal mode.

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 05:24 AM

Updated instructions to include removal for the rename to AntiVerminser

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Posted 06 January 2007 - 02:03 PM

Updated for new infector:

C:\Windows\System32\axlet.dll

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 10:42 AM

Updated for the new infector:

C:\Windows\System32\nbbrhbd.dll

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 04:40 PM

Updated to include support for:

C:\Windows\System32\oksrqqu.dll

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 10:13 PM

Latest incarnation is now known as Antivermeans.

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Posted 03 February 2007 - 11:13 AM

Updated for new infector:

C:\Windows\System32\cwgppb.dll




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