Spyware Protect 2009 is a rogue anti-malware program that
uses false results, fake malware, and fake security alerts to scare you into
purchasing the software. Historically, Spyware Protect 2009 has been installed
via a variety of Trojans and malware. Starting in April 2009, this rogue is
now being advertised through the use of the Conficker
worm. The Conficker worm has spread to supposedly over 10 million computers,
so it goes without saying that the amount of people who may potentially fall
for the Spyware Protect 2009 scam is now incredibly large.
When installing, Spyware Protect 2009 will be configured to start automatically
when you boot your computer and will also create a variety of files on your
computer that have a size of 0 bytes. When started, Spyware Protect will automatically
scan your computer and list a variety of infections that cannot be removed unless
you first purchase the software. The infections that are found, though, are
the files that it created in the first place. These files are actually completely
harmless and are unable to be run, so pose no risk to your computer. The only
reason the files was to scare you into thinking you have malware on your computer.
When this program is running you will also see a variety of security alerts
on your computer. These alerts consist of ones stating that a remote host is
attacking your computer, that you have a variety of infections, or that Windows
has detected your computer is infected and that you should purchase Spyware
Protect 2009. The current text of the alert that you will see from the taskbar
is shown below.
Windows Security alert
Windows reports that computer is infected. Antivirus software helps to protect
your computer against viruses and other security threats. Click here for the
scan your computer. Your system might be at risk now.
Just like the fake malware files it detects when it scans, these fake alerts
are just being used to scare you into thinking you are infected. These alerts
should be ignored and you should use the free removal guide below in order to
remove this infection.
Spyware Protect 2009 screen shot
For more screen shots of this infection click on the image above.
There are a total of 5 images you can view.
This guide will walk you through removing the Spyware Protect 2009 program and its
associated malware for free.
View Spyware Protect 2009 files.
View Spyware Protect 2009 Registry Information.
Tools Needed for this fix:
Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [sysguardn] C:\Windows\sysguardn.exe
01/15/09 - Initial guide creation.
04/13/09 - Updated to contain information about Conficker.
Automated Removal Instructions for Spyware Protect 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 SpywareProtect 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 Spyware Protect 2009 Files
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.
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