TrustFighter is a scareware program from the Wini family
of rogues. This rogue is typically promoted through the use of Trojans that
masquerade as an update to Adobe Flash. When the Trojan is downloaded and run
it will install TrustFighter on your computer and configure it to start automatically
every time Windows starts. The Trojan will also install a large amount of harmless
files with random names in the C:\Windows and C:\Windows\System32 folder. Then,
when TrustFighter scans your computer it will then detect these harmless files
as infections and state that you need to purchase the program before it will
allow you to remove it. This tactic of creating harmless files that will then
be detected as infections is one that attempts to make you think you are infected
in the hopes that you will then purchase the program. As you now see, the only
infection is TrustFighter itself and you should not purchase the program as
it will not do anything for you.
TrustFighter screen shot
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While the Trojan is running you will also see fake security notices and messages
appear on your desktop. These alerts will give warnings that your computer is
being hacked or that active malware has been detected. The Trojan will also
display a window that impersonates the legitimate Windows Security Center. The
only difference is that the imposter will suggest you purchase TrustFighter
to protect your computer, while the original does not make any suggestions as
to what programs should run on your computer. These alerts and the fake Security
Center are just another tactic to make you think that your computer has a security
problem and should be ignored.
If you find that you are infected with TrustFighter, then please use the guide
below to remove it and any related malware from your computer. If you have already
purchased the program, then we suggest you contact your credit card company
and dispute the charges as this software is a scam.
View TrustFighter files.
View TrustFighter Registry Information.
Entries for this program found in the Uninstall Programs control panel:
Tools Needed for this fix:
Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [lil6.tmp.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\lil6.tmp.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [TrustFighter] C:\Program Files\TrustFighter Software\TrustFighter\TrustFighter.exe -min
10/12/09 - Initial guide creation.
Automated Removal Instructions for TrustFighter using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:
- Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that
is open later in the fix.
- 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)
- 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 both the
Update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Launch
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- When the scan is finished a message box will appear as shown in the image
You should click on the OK button to close the message box and continue with
the TrustFighter removal process.
- You will now be back at the main Scanner screen. At this point you should
click on the Show Results button.
- 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.
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
- 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
- You can now exit the MBAM program.
Your computer should now be free of the TrustFighter 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
Associated TrustFighter Files:
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\TrustFighter
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\TrustFighter\1 TrustFighter.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\TrustFighter\2 Homepage.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\TrustFighter\3 Uninstall.lnk
c:\Program Files\TrustFighter Software
c:\Program Files\TrustFighter Software\TrustFighter
c:\Program Files\TrustFighter Software\TrustFighter\TrustFighter.exe
c:\Program Files\TrustFighter Software\TrustFighter\uninstall.exe
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\TrustFighter.lnk
File Location Notes:
%Temp% refers to the Windows Temp folder. By default, this is C:\Windows\Temp for Windows 95/98/ME, C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\<Current User>\LOCAL SETTINGS\Temp for Windows 2000/XP, and C:\Users\<Current User>\AppData\Local\Temp in Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
Associated TrustFighter Windows Registry Information:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\svchost.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\svchost.exe "GlobalFlag" "0x02000100"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\svchost.exe "VerifierDlls" = "d3d550c.dll"
This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.
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