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Remove Virus Remover Professional (Uninstall Guide)

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Virus Remover Professional is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as AV AntiSpyware and P Antispyware 09. This program is advertised through the use of Trojans that display fake security alerts from your Windows taskbar. If you click on these alerts, you will be brought to a web site prompting you to download and install Virus Remover Professional in order to protect your computer. On this web site you will also see numerous fake awards and accolades attributed to this program. Research has shown that none of these awards are legitimate.

 

Virus Remover Professional screen shot
Virus Remover Professional screen shot
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When Virus Remover Professional is installed on your computer it will be configured to start automatically when Windows starts. Once started, it will scan your computer and display a list of infections on your computer that it will not remove until you purchase the program. These results, though, are all fake and the files it states are infections are either legitimate files or files that do not exist on your computer. It displays these results in order to scare you into thinking you are infected in the hopes that you will buy the software. While running the program will also display security alerts and nag screens stating that your computer is infected or has a problem and that you should purchase Virus Remover Professional in order to protect yourself. An example of one of these alerts is:

Your computer is being attacked by an Internet Virus. It could be a password-stealing attack, a trojan - dropper or similar.

If you find that you are infected with this program, please do not purchase it. Instead use the removal guide below to remove this program for free.

 

Threat Classification:

 

Advanced information:

View Virus Remover Professional files.
View Virus Remover Professional Registry Information.

 

Entries for this program found in the Uninstall Programs control panel:

Virus Remover Professional

 

Tools Needed for this fix:

 

Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Virus Remover Profesional] C:\Program Files\Virus Remover Professional\virusremover.exe

 

Guide Updates:

06/17/09 - Initial guide creation.

 


Automated Removal Instructions for Virus Remover Professional 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. 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)


  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 both the Update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button.

  6. 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.


    MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Screen

  7. 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 Virus Remover Professional related files.

  8. 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 image below.


    MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Scanning Screen

  9. When the scan is finished a message box will appear as shown in the image below.


    MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Scan Finished Screen

    You should click on the OK button to close the message box and continue with the Virus Remover Profesional removal process.

  10. You will now be back at the main Scanner screen. At this point you should click on the Show Results button.

  11. 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.


    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.

  12. 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 window.

  13. You can now exit the MBAM program.

Your computer should now be free of the Virus Remover Profesional 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 Virus Remover Professional Files:

c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Virus Remover Professional
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Virus Remover Professional\Order Full Version NOW!.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Virus Remover Professional\Virus Remover Professional.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Virus Remover Professional\Visit Virus Remover Professional Homepage.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\Bleeping\Application Data\LastSun Ltd
c:\Documents and Settings\Bleeping\Application Data\LastSun Ltd\Virus Remover Profesional
c:\Documents and Settings\Bleeping\Application Data\LastSun Ltd\Virus Remover Profesional\virusremover.exe
c:\Documents and Settings\Bleeping\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Virus Remover Professional.lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\Bleeping\Desktop\Virus Remover Pro..lnk
c:\Program Files\Virus Remover Professional
c:\Program Files\Virus Remover Professional\hp.url
c:\Program Files\Virus Remover Professional\license.rtf
c:\Program Files\Virus Remover Professional\order.url
c:\Program Files\Virus Remover Professional\unins000.dat
c:\Program Files\Virus Remover Professional\unins000.exe
c:\Program Files\Virus Remover Professional\virusremover.exe

 

Associated Virus Remover Professional Windows Registry Information:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\LastSun Ltd.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Virus Remover Professional_is1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Virus Remover Profesional"

 


 

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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