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MalwareCleaner Image
Read 7,471 times | Last updated on April 22, 2009

Malware Cleaner is a rogue anti-spyware program that was discovered by security researcher S!RI. This program is classified as a rogue because it create numerous random named files on your computer that are used to impersonate infections. These files will then be detected by Malware Cleaner during as infections, but states it will not remove them until you purchase the software. These infections, though, are not actual programs but just files with random content that have no ability to harm your computer. These files are just being used to trick you into thinking you are infected so that you purchase MalwareCleaner.

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Extra Antivirus Image
Read 8,066 times | Last updated on April 20, 2009

Extra Antivirus is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Virus Sweeper. Coincidentally, S!RI reports that another rogue with the same name was released at the same time that belongs to the family of rogues that include MS AntiSpyware 2009 and P Antispyware 09. Though this guide will remove both versions of Extra Antivirus, we will focus on the Virus Sweeper clone for the rest of this guide. I have, though, included images of both variants of Extra Antivirus in the screen shots below. The virus sweeper family of rogues has the unique characteristic of using a legitimate service as a way of distributing its files. This service is Google Code, which is a repository for programmers to store their programming source code and projects. When the Trojan is executed it will first connect to Google Code in order to try and download the entire Extra Antivirus program. If these files are not available it will then try to install the program via other servers under the malware developer's control.

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AV AntiSpyware Image
Read 24,728 times | Last updated on April 18, 2009

AV AntiSpyware is a clone of a widely spread rogue anti-spyware program called MS AntiSpyware 2009. This program is advertised and installed through the use of Trojans. When these Trojans are installed on your computer they will display fake security alerts stating that your computer is infected. When you click on these alerts it will automatically download and install AV AntiSpyware onto your computer. AV AntiSpyware is also advertised through the use of advertisements that pretend to be online anti-malware scanners. When these fake scanners finish they will state that your computer is infected and then prompt you to install AV AntiSpyware.

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WiniBlueSoft Image
Read 23,741 times | Last updated on April 20, 2009

WiniBlueSoft is a rogue anti-spyware program that deliberately creates fake malware files on your computer in order to trick you into thinking they are infections. These files, though, are not real executables or programs and therefore cannot harm your computer. These fake infection files are randomly made and created in your C:\Windows and C:\Windows\System32 folders and you can have as many of 600+ of these types of files created. The reason WiniBlueSoft creates these files is so that you think your computer is badly infected and then you purchase the program.

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HomeAntivirus 2009 Image
Read 5,751 times | Last updated on April 17, 2009

HomeAntivirus 2009, or Home Antivirus 2009, is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as XP Antispyware 2009. Like its predecessors, this malware is classified as a rogue because it utilizes malware and displays fake scan results. Any program that uses deception in order to create sales is automatically placed into the rogue classification. The following guide will explain how HomeAntivirus is promoted, what it does when installed, and how to remove the infection. Images of the program can also be found below.

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Antivirus'09 Image
Read 7,946 times | Last updated on April 15, 2009

Antivirus'09, otherwise known as Antivirus 09 or Antivirus 2009, is a rogue anti-spyware program that was discovered by security researcher Bharath, This program uses aggressive advertising and false scan results in order to scare you into thinking you are infected. At this time Antivirus'09 is advertised through the use of pop-ups that appear when browsing the web. These pop-ups will state that your computer has a security issue and that you should run an online anti-malware scanner. You will then be brought to a page that displays an advertisement that impersonates an online anti-malware scanner, and when it has finished scanning will state you have a myriad of infections and that you should download and install Antivirus'09 in order to protect yourself. Though this program is not currently advertised or installed through Trojans, we expect that in the near future Antivirus'09 will start to be promoted via malware.

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P Antispyware 09 Image
Read 5,838 times | Last updated on April 14, 2009

P Antispyware 09, otherwise known as PAntispyware09, is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as WinSpywareProtect. This rogue uses false advertising and fake scan results as a tactic to have you purchase the software. When visiting certain sites you will be greeted with pop-ups stating that your computer is infected and that you should run an online anti-malware scanner. Regardless of the button you press on this pop-up, you will be brought to a page showing an advertisement that pretends to be an online scanner. Once this advertisement is finished, it will state that your computer is infected and that you should install P Antispyware 09 in order to protect your computer.

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Virus Sweeper Image
Read 10,390 times | Last updated on April 9, 2009

Virus Sweeper is a rogue program that is a clone of Virus Alarm and Virus Doctor. These particular rogues are notorious for their use of Google Code to distribute its software. Google Code is a programming project repository that allows programmers to host files related to their projects. Virus Sweeper's installer then uses Google Code to download and install the program onto your computer. Only when the program can't be downloaded from Google Code will it then utilize other servers that are under the malware writer's control. When the program is installed it will also create a variety of files randomly throughout your computer. These files are harmless but will be used by Virus Sweeper to be detected as infections.

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WinPC Antivirus Image
Read 55,359 times | Last updated on April 2, 2009

WinPC Antivirus is a rogue program from the same family as WinPC Defender. This program is advertised through the use of malware that displays fake security alerts and pop-ups on your computer. These alerts state that your computer is infected and that you should download and install WinPC Antivirus in order to clean your computer. Once the program is downloaded and installed it will be configured to start automatically. When it is started it will scan your computer and display a variety of infections on your computer. The files it states are infections, though, do not actually exist on your computer. They are only being shown to you to try and convince you that you are infected so that you purchase the program.

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Registry Defender Platinum Image
Read 19,517 times | Last updated on April 2, 2009

Registry Defender Platinum is a rogue registry cleaning program that is advertised via malware such as the Vundo Trojan. When infected with Vundo, pop-ups will be displayed that state your Windows Registry is corrupted and that you should download and install Registry Defender Platinum. If you decide to download and install the program it will be configured to start automatically when your computer turns on. When running, the program will perform a scan and state that you have numerous Windows Registry problems. It will not, though, allow you to fix these problems until you purchase the program. Even if the program was actually describing legitimate problems, we would never know. This is because it does not explicitly state what the problems are. Instead it just states you have a problem and asks you to spend money to fix it. Legitimate programs in this category, on the other hand, would provide specific details as to each problem that has been detected.

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