Fast Antivirus 2009 is a rogue anti-spyware program from the
same family as Malware
Catcher 2009 and Virus
Sweeper. Like its predecessors, Fast Antivirus is distributed by hosting
its files on the Google service called Google
Code. They host their files on Google Code because it will make it harder
for companies to block installations without blocking a legitimate Google site.
Once installed, Fast Antivirus will create numerous fake infections on your
computer that will be detected when it scans your computer. These fake infection
files are actually harmless and have no way of infecting your computer because
they are not valid programs that can be run. The files that are created are:
Once started, Fast Antivirus 2009 will scan your computer and then list the
above files as infections. These files, though, will not be removed by the program
until you purchase it. The act of creating files so that they are detected as
infections is obviously a scam being used to scare you into thinking you are
infected and should be ignored.
Fast Antivirus 2009
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While the program is running you will also see a variety of nag screens and
security warnings appear on your desktop. These warnings include threats of
remote connections, malware running on your machine, and your computer being
hacked. All of these alerts are just another method used by Fast Antivirus 2009
to convince you that you are infected so that you purchase the program. Just
like the infection threats, you should ignore these warnings as well. Last but
not least, while browsing the web you will also randomly be redirected to web
sites rather than the ones you wished to go to.
If you are infected with Fast Antivirus 2009, then please use the free removal
guide below to remove this program and any associated malware.
View Fast Antivirus 2009 files.
View Fast Antivirus 2009 Registry Information.
Tools Needed for this fix:
Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Fast Antivirus 2009] "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\9adee5b\FastAV.exe" /s /d
05/23/09 - Initial guide creation.
Automated Removal Instructions for Fast Antivirus 2009 using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:
- Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that
is open later in the fix.
- 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)
- Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including
- Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe.
This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.
- 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.
- MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- You can now exit the MBAM program.
Your computer should now be free of the Fast Antivirus 2009 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 Fast Antivirus 2009 Files
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\9adee5b
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\9adee5b\17.mof
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\9adee5b\FastAV.exe
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\9adee5b\mozcrt19.dll
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\9adee5b\sqlite3.dll
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\9adee5b\SysFld
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\9adee5b\SysFld\vd952342.bd
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\SysFld
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\SysFld\fastav.cfg
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Fast Antivirus 2009
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Fast Antivirus 2009\cookies.sqlite
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Fast Antivirus 2009\Instructions.ini
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Fast Antivirus 2009.lnk
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Fast Antivirus 2009.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Fast Antivirus 2009.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Fast Antivirus 2009.lnk
File Location Notes:
%UserProfile% refers to the current user's profile folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User> for Windows 2000/XP, C:\Users\<Current User> for Windows Vista/7/8, and c:\winnt\profiles\<Current User> for Windows NT.
This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.
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