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Remove Smart Virus Eliminator (Removal Guide)

By on August 18, 2009 @ 07:29 PM | Read 29,273 times.
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Smart Virus Eliminator is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Windows Protection Suite. Smart Virus Eliminator uses fake scan results and false security alerts as a tactic to make you think you are infected. It does this because the developers feel if they can convince you that your computer is infected then you will be more likely to purchase it. In reality, though, when you purchase Smart Virus Eliminator it does not provide any protection at all. Instead it just scams you out of your money. If you have paid for the this program already then I suggest you contact your credit card company and dispute the charges.

 

Smart Virus Eliminator screen shot
Smart Virus Eliminator screen shot
For more screen shots of this infection click on the image above.
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When Smart Virus Eliminator is installed it will be configured to start automatically when you login to Windows. It will also create numerous, but harmless, files on your computer that will be detected as malware when the program scans your computer. When the program performs a scan it will detect the files it had created during its installation, but not allow you to remove them until you purchase it. Essentially it is trying to get you to pay for a program so that it can remove the harmless files it created in the first place.

While the program is running you will also see a constant barrage of fake security alerts and warnings on your computer. These warnings will state that your computer is infected or that someone is trying to hack your computer and then suggest you purchase Smart Virus Eliminator to protect yourself. These alerts, like the fake infections, are just another attempt of the program to try and convince you that you are infected. It goes without saying that you should ignore anything this program reports to you.

If you are infected with this rogue, then please do not purchase it. Instead use the removal guide below to remove this program and related malware for free.

 

Threat Classification:

 

Advanced information:

View Smart Virus Eliminator files.
View Smart Virus Eliminator Registry Information.

 

Tools Needed for this fix:

 

Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:

<b>Note: The name of the files and directory for this rogue are random.</b>

O1 - Hosts: 74.125.45.100 4-open-davinci.com
O1 - Hosts: 74.125.45.100 securitysoftwarepayments.com
O1 - Hosts: 74.125.45.100 privatesecuredpayments.com
O1 - Hosts: 74.125.45.100 secure.privatesecuredpayments.com
O1 - Hosts: 74.125.45.100 getantivirusplusnow.com
O1 - Hosts: 74.125.45.100 secure-plus-payments.com
O1 - Hosts: 74.125.45.100 www.getantivirusplusnow.com
O1 - Hosts: 74.125.45.100 www.secure-plus-payments.com
O1 - Hosts: 74.125.45.100 www.getavplusnow.com
O1 - Hosts: 74.125.45.100 www.securesoftwarebill.com
O1 - Hosts: 74.125.45.100 secure.paysecuresystem.com
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.ae
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.as
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.at
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.az
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.ba
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.be
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.bg
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.bs
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.ca
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.cd
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.gh
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.hk
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.jm
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.mx
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.my
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.na
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.nf
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.ng
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.ch
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.np
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.pr
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.qa
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.sg
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.tj
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.tw
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.dj
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.de
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.dk
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.dm
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.ee
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.fi
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.fm
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.fr
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.ge
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.gg
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.gm
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.gr
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.ht
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.ie
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.im
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.in
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.it
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.ki
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.la
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.li
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.lv
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.ma
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.ms
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.mu
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.mw
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.nl
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.no
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.nr
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.nu
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.pl
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.pn
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.pt
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.ro
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.ru
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.rw
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.sc
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.se
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.sh
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.si
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.sm
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.sn
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.st
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.tl
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.tm
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.tt
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.us
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.vu
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.ws
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.co.ck
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.co.id
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.co.il
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.co.in
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.co.jp
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.co.kr
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.co.ls
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.co.ma
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.co.nz
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.co.tz
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.co.ug
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.co.uk
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.co.za
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.co.zm
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.af
O1 - Hosts: 64.86.17.32 google.com.ag
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Smart Virus Eliminator] "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\61a60\SM83b.exe" /s /d

 

Article Updates:

08/18/09 - Initial guide creation.

 


Automated Removal Instructions for Smart Virus Eliminator 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 Smart Virus Eliminator 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 Smart Virus Eliminator Files

<b>Note: The name of the files and directory for this rogue are random.</b>

c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\61a60
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\61a60\SM83b.exe
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\SMVESys
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\SMVESys\smve.cfg
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Smart Virus Eliminator.lnk
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Smart Virus Eliminator
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Smart Virus Eliminator\cookies.sqlite
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Smart Virus Eliminator.lnk
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temp\asp2009.exe
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Smart Virus Eliminator.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Smart Virus Eliminator.lnk
c:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins\search.xml

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.

View Associated Smart Virus Eliminator Windows Registry Information

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\asp2009.DocHostUIHandler
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3F2BBC05-40DF-11D2-9455-00104BC936FF}
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes "URL" = "http://search-gala.com/?&uid=8000&q={searchTerms}"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer "PRS"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\User Agent\Post Platform "969904308603"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Smart Virus Eliminator"


 

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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