TrustWarrior is a new rogue from the Wini-family of rogue
anti-spyware programs. This rogue is installed through the use of Trojans that
automatically install it on to your computer without your permission. When the
program is installed it will also create hundreds of harmless files on your
computer with random names that are used to impersonate malware on your computer.
TrustWarrior will then be configured to start automatically on your computer
when you log into Windows. Once running, TrustWarrior will scan your computer
and state that there are numerous infections present, but will not remove any
of them until you purchase the program. These infections, though, are the files
that were created when TrustWarrior was installed and are completely harmless.
These files are only being shown to scare you into thinking that there are actual
infection files present on your computer.
TrustWarrior screen shot
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When the program is installed it will install a Trojan that is automatically
started on your computer. This Trojan will display fake security alerts and
windows on your computer that display warnings about infections or attacks on
your computer. These warnings, though, are all false and are only being shown
to further scare you into thinking that there is a security issue with your
computer. An example of a window it opens is a fake Windows Security Center.
This window looks exactly like the legitimate Security Center, but instead promotes
the TrustWarrior program and suggests that you purchase it.
As you can see, the sole purpose of this program is to scam you out of your
money. If you encounter TrustWarrior on your computer please do not purchase
it. Instead use the guide below to remove it and its related Trojans for free.
View TrustWarrior files.
View TrustWarrior 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: [xinoprpc.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\xinoprpc.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [TrustWarrior] C:\Program Files\TrustWarrior Software\TrustWarrior\TrustWarrior.exe -min
O23 - Service: TrustWarrior Security Service (TrustWarriorSvc) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\TrustWarrior Software\TrustWarrior\TrustWarriorSvc.exe (file missing)
09/17/09 - Initial guide creation.
Automated Removal Instructions for TrustWarrior 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 TrustWarrior 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 TrustWarrior 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 TrustWarrior Files:
c:\Program Files\TrustWarrior Software
c:\Program Files\TrustWarrior Software\TrustWarrior
c:\Program Files\TrustWarrior Software\TrustWarrior\TrustWarrior.exe
c:\Program Files\TrustWarrior Software\TrustWarrior\uninstall.exe
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\TrustWarrior.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\TrustWarrior
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\TrustWarrior\1 TrustWarrior.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\TrustWarrior\2 Homepage.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\TrustWarrior\3 Uninstall.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 TrustWarrior Windows Registry Information:
This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.
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