Malware Defender 2009 is a program from the same family as System Guard 2009 and Spyware Guard 2009. This rogue is promoted by the Trojan Vundo infection, which displays fake security alerts and pop-ups that state your computer is infected. These pop-ups will then state that you should run an online anti-malware scanner in order to scan your computer for malware. Once you click on this pop-up, you will be brought to a page that displays an advertisement pretending to be an online anti-malware scanner. Once the advertisement is finished, it will state your computer has a variety of malware and then prompt you to download and install Malware Defender 2009 in order to protect your computer. While infected with the Vundo infection, you will constantly be barraged by these types of popups.
When Malware Defender is installed it will be configured to automatically load when you start your computer. Once started, it will scan your computer and list a variety of malware infections that will not be removed until you purchase the software. These infections, though, are all nonexistent and only being shown to make you think you are infected so that you purchase their software. Bundled with Malware Defender is another Trojan called C:\Windows\System32\wcenter.exe, which will display a fake Windows Security Center window on your desktop. This fake security center is a clone of the legitimate Windows Security Center, except that it tries to promote the Malware Defender 2009 program instead of legitimate programs. Last but not least, due to this program always running in the background, displaying fake alerts, and showing the fake Windows Security Center, your computer may start to become slower than it should be. In order to properly remove this malware, and the Vundo infection, please use the removal guide below to uninstall this program.
Self Help Guide
- 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 steps.
- You can now exit the MBAM program.
Your computer should now be free of the MalwareDefender 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.