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A guide on how to uninstall and remove HomeAntivirus 2009

By on April 16, 2009 @ 10:22 PM | Last Updated: April 17, 2009 | Read 5,772 times.
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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.

 

The HomeAntivirus 2009 Rogue
The HomeAntivirus 2009 Rogue
For more screen shots of this infection click on the image above.
There are a total of 7 images you can view.

 

This rogue is advertised and installed through the use of Trojans that display warnings that state your computer is at risk. When you click on these alerts it will then download and install Home Antivirus 2009 onto your computer without your permission. While installing, HomeAntivirus 2009 will also create numerous files on your computer that are made to appear as infections, but are in reality harmless as they cannot run and are thus unable to affect your computer in any way. Some of the files that were created on our analysis computer when testing Home Antivirus are:

c:\Program Files\Common Files\itihosa.inf
c:\Program Files\Common Files\kupave.sys
c:\Program Files\Common Files\senuryja.inf
c:\Program Files\Common Files\ukanemuh.inf
c:\WINDOWS\cegi.com
c:\WINDOWS\erunamud.scr
c:\WINDOWS\fyber.ban
c:\WINDOWS\joti.dll
c:\WINDOWS\kecukuqyx.reg
c:\WINDOWS\osuwez.vbs
c:\WINDOWS\repabowy.dat
c:\WINDOWS\salubat.pif
c:\WINDOWS\ukajaresil._sy
c:\WINDOWS\xexufovyjy.exe
c:\WINDOWS\system32\efeqil.sys
c:\WINDOWS\system32\elodid.dl
c:\WINDOWS\system32\eqyzax.pif
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ador.db
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\rocipaz.com
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\yhanat.dl
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\ditebyl.lib
%UserProfile%\Application Data\sezyfi.db
%UserProfile%\Application Data\ygor.reg

Some of the infections that is states are on your computer are:

Mal/Iframe
First4DRM
Virtool.DoS.Synte.A
Envolo
Aenima
Fake-Mailer
AdStartup
Adware.BHO.je
Backdoor.Hupigon.mqe
Adrotator.IconAds
BookedSpace
Adware.ZToolbar
E2Give
MeridianPopUpper
SearchFast
Iggsey Toolbar

Home Antivirus will also be configured to start automatically when your computer starts. Once started it will scan your computer and display numerous infections that cannot be removed until you first purchase the program. As was already said, none of the files that are detected are actually legitimate infections, but rather the fake ones that were created when it was first installed. These results are only being shown to scare you into thinking you are infected in the hope that you purchase the program.

While running you will also see numerous security warnings appear from your Windows taskbar. These alerts are used to further trick you into thinking there is a serious security issue on your computer. Some of the warnings you will see are:

Privacy alert!
Your system was found to be infected with intercepting programs. These can log your activity and damage your privacy. Click here for %s spyware removal.

Trojan detected!
A piece of malicious code was found in your system which can replicate itself if no action is taken. Click here to have your system cleaned by %s.

Spyware alarm!
Our scan has reported that pieces of malicious spyware code are present on your hard drive. To get rid of security threats, click here for a %s scan.

Privacy is at risk!
Attention, keylogging and intercepting scripts were detected. Your private data may be disclosed to third parties. Click here and %s will remove the infection
.

Last but not least, this program will also create a file that launches a window that impersonates the Windows Security Center control panel. It does this by installing a file named c:\WINDOWS\system32\_scui.cpl, which when run will start a control panel that looks exactly like Windows Security Center, but instead promotes the HomeAntivirus 2009 program. It also disables the launching of the legitimate Windows Security Center by adding the following Windows Registry keys to your computer:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load "scui.cpl"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load "wscui.cpl"

If you are infected, or have symptoms of HomeAntivirus 2009, then please use the removal guide below in order to remove this rogue and any associated malware.

 

Threat Classification:

 

Advanced information:

View HomeAntivirus 2009 files.
View HomeAntivirus 2009 Registry Information.

 

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

Home Antivirus 2009

 

Tools Needed for this fix:

 

Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HomeAntivirus 2009] "C:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009\HomeAntivirus2009.exe" /hide

 

Guide Updates:

04/16/09 - Initial guide creation.
04/17/09 - Minor edits and addition of SmitFraudFix as a removal tool.

 


Choose the removal method you would like to use:


Automated Removal Instructions for HomeAntivirus 2009 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. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, 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 both the Update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button.

  6. MBAM will now automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program before performing a scan. As MBAM will automatically update itself after the install, you can press the OK button to close that box and you will now be at the main program as shown below.


    MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Screen

  7. On the Scanner tab, make sure the the Perform full scan option is selected and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer for HomeAntivirus 2009 related files.

  8. MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can take quite a while, so we suggest you go and do something else and periodically check on the status of the scan. When MBAM is scanning it will look like the image below.


    MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Scanning Screen

  9. When the scan is finished a message box will appear as shown in the image below.


    MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Scan Finished Screen

    You should click on the OK button to close the message box and continue with the Home Antivirus 2009 removal process.

  10. You will now be back at the main Scanner screen. At this point you should click on the Show Results button.

  11. A screen displaying all the malware that the program found will be shown as seen in the image below. Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.


    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.

  12. When MBAM has finished removing the malware, it will open the scan log and display it in Notepad. Review the log as desired, and then close the Notepad window.

  13. You can now exit the MBAM program.

Your computer should now be free of the Home 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

 


Automated Removal Instructions for HomeAntivirus 2009 using SmitFraudFix:

 

  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 HomeAntivirus 2009 infection.

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

 


 

Associated HomeAntivirus 2009 Files:

c:\Program Files\Common Files\itihosa.inf
c:\Program Files\Common Files\kupave.sys
c:\Program Files\Common Files\senuryja.inf
c:\Program Files\Common Files\ukanemuh.inf
c:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009
c:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009\.cfg
c:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009\AVEngn.dll
c:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009\HomeAntivirus2009.exe
c:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009\htmlayout.dll
c:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009\pthreadVC2.dll
c:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009\Uninstall.exe
c:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009\wscui.cpl
c:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009\data
c:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009\data\daily.cvd
c:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009\Microsoft.VC80.CRT
c:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009\Microsoft.VC80.CRT\Microsoft.VC80.CRT.manifest
c:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009\Microsoft.VC80.CRT\msvcm80.dll
c:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009\Microsoft.VC80.CRT\msvcp80.dll
c:\Program Files\HomeAntivirus2009\Microsoft.VC80.CRT\msvcr80.dll
c:\WINDOWS\cegi.com
c:\WINDOWS\erunamud.scr
c:\WINDOWS\fyber.ban
c:\WINDOWS\joti.dll
c:\WINDOWS\kecukuqyx.reg
c:\WINDOWS\osuwez.vbs
c:\WINDOWS\repabowy.dat
c:\WINDOWS\salubat.pif
c:\WINDOWS\ukajaresil._sy
c:\WINDOWS\xexufovyjy.exe
c:\WINDOWS\system32\_scui.cpl
c:\WINDOWS\system32\efeqil.sys
c:\WINDOWS\system32\elodid.dl
c:\WINDOWS\system32\eqyzax.pif
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ador.db
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\rocipaz.com
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\yhanat.dl
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\ditebyl.lib
%UserProfile%\Application Data\sezyfi.db
%UserProfile%\Application Data\ygor.reg
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\HomeAntivirus2009.lnk
%UserProfile%\Cookies\jebipej.reg
%UserProfile%\Cookies\muhanuhewi.sys
%UserProfile%\Cookies\oxesybas.inf
%UserProfile%\Cookies\tipyde._dl
%UserProfile%\Cookies\ucodi.bin
%UserProfile%\Desktop\HomeAntivirus2009.lnk
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\awubo._sy
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\ecipi._sy
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\amecemosu._sy
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\arazifely.scr
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\ylumyrez.vbs
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\HomeAntivirus2009
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\HomeAntivirus2009\HomeAntivirus2009.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\HomeAntivirus2009\Uninstall.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.

 

Associated HomeAntivirus 2009 Windows Registry Information:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\HomeAntivirus2009
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load "scui.cpl"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load "wscui.cpl"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE "info"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "HomeAntivirus 2009"

 


 

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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