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Remove AntiMalware (Uninstall Guide)

By on November 9, 2009 @ 11:15 PM | Read 70,968 times.
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AntiMalware is a rogue application from the same family as Active Security. When this program is installed it will be configured to start automatically when you log into Windows. The installer will also attempt to uninstall anti-virus programs that it feels can potentially detect it and thus remove it. The list of security programs that the installer tries to remove includes:

  • NOD32
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Agnitum
  • AVG
  • F-Secure
  • Avira AntiVir
  • avast!
  • Kaspersky
  • BitDefender
  • Sophos

When AntiMalware is started it will scan your computer and detect numerous infections on your computer, but will not remove them until you purchase the program. These infections, though, are all fake and do not exist on your computer. In fact, AntiMalware is programmed to show the same scan results regardless of the computer that it is running on. Some of the infections that this program will state it detects on your computer include:

Virus.Win32.Gpcode.ak Email-Worm.Win32.NetSky.q Net-Worm.Win32.Mytob.t Net-Worm.Win32.DipNet.d
Trojan-Downloader.JS.Multi.ca Backdoor.Win32.Agent.ich Rootkit.Win32.Agent.pp Trojan.Win32.Agent.dcc
Backdoor.Win32.Kbot.al Virus.Win32.Hala.a Trojan-PSW.Win32.Hangame.cp Trojan-Clicker.Win32.Agent.bm
Trojan-Clicker.HTML.IFrame.g Trojan-Clicker.Win32.NetBuie.b Trojan-Clicker.Win32.Tiny.a Trojan-Downloader.HTML.Agent.aq
Trojan-Downloader.NSIS.Agent.a Trojan-Downloader.VBS.Agent.cd Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Agent.alr Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Agent.sd
Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Checkin Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Small.go Trojan-Dropper.Win32.VB.or Trojan-Spy.Win32.Iespy.od

Though these are the names of real infections, what AntiMalware is detecting does not actually exist on your computer. Therefore, do not be concerned by what the scan results of this program says.


AntiMalware screen shot
AntiMalware screen shot
For more screen shots of this infection click on the image above.
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While the program is running you will also see numerous fake security warnings pop-up on your desktop. These security warnings will state that Internet Explorer is infected, that an active malware has been found, or that a keylogger is present on your computer. The text of some of these messages are:

User's activity loggers detected!
It's strongly recommended to remove detected threats right now!

AntiMalware detected the virus of the harmful program on your computer!
Internet Explorer is infected with worm Rootkit.Win32.Agent.pp. This worm can harm your computer.

AntiMalware network security alert
Network attack rejected!
Your computer is being attacked from remote host. Attack has been classified as Remote code execution attempt.

Just like the fake scan results, these fake security warnings should all be ignored as they are just trying to trick you into thinking there is a security problem on your computer.

Without a doubt, AntiMalware was designed for one purpose; to trick you into thinking you are infected so that you will then purchase AntiMalware to remove the infections. You now know that if you see behavior as described above, you should not purchase the program regardless of what it tells you. If you have already purchased it, then please contact your credit card company and dispute the charges stating that this software is a scam. Finally, to remove AntiMalware and any related malware, please use the removal guide below.


Threat Classification:


Advanced information:

View AntiMalware files.
View AntiMalware Registry Information.


Entries for this program found in the Uninstall Programs control panel:



Tools Needed for this fix:


Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AntiMalware] C:\Program Files\AntiMalware\AntiMalware.exe -boot
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AntiMalware] "C:\Program Files\AntiMalware\antimalware.exe" -noscan


Article Updates:

11/09/09 - Initial guide creation.


Automated Removal Instructions for AntiMalware using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:

  1. Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that is open later in the fix.

  2. At this point you should download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, to scan your computer for any any infections or adware that may be present. Please download Malwarebytes from the following location and save it to your desktop:

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (Download page will open in a new window)

  3. Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including this one.

  4. Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe. This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.

  5. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button. If MalwareBytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.

  6. MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    Please click on the Scan Now button to start the scan. If there is an update available for Malwarebytes it will automatically download and install it before performing the scan.

  7. MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can take quite a while, so we suggest you do something else and periodically check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  8. When MBAM is finished scanning it will display a screen that displays any malware that it has detected. Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image below due to the guide being updated for newer versions of MBAM.

    MalwareBytes Scan Results

    You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove all the listed malware. MBAM will now delete all of the files and registry keys and add them to the programs quarantine. When removing the files, MBAM may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot, please allow it to do so. Once your computer has rebooted, and you are logged in, please continue with the rest of the steps.

  9. You can now exit the MBAM program.

Your computer should now be free of the AntiMalware program. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.

If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below:

Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help


View Associated AntiMalware Files

c:\Program Files\AntiMalware
c:\Program Files\AntiMalware\amext.dll
c:\Program Files\AntiMalware\antimalware.exe
c:\Program Files\AntiMalware\help.ico
c:\Program Files\AntiMalware\malw.db
c:\Program Files\AntiMalware\uninstall.exe
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\AntiMalware Support.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\AntiMalware.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\AntiMalware
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\AntiMalware\AntiMalware Support.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\AntiMalware\AntiMalware.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\AntiMalware\Uninstall AntiMalware.lnk

File Location Notes:

%Temp% refers to the Windows Temp folder. By default, this is C:\Windows\Temp for Windows 95/98/ME, C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\<Current User>\LOCAL SETTINGS\Temp for Windows 2000/XP, and C:\Users\<Current User>\AppData\Local\Temp in Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

View Associated AntiMalware Windows Registry Information

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "AntiMalware"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Approved "{5E2121EE-0300-11D4-8D3B-444553540000}"


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 ask for malware removal assistance in our Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum.

If you have any questions about this self-help guide then please post those questions in our Am I infected? What do I do? and someone will help you.

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