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.
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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.
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
06/17/09 - Initial guide creation.
Automated Removal Instructions for Virus Remover Professional 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
Virus Remover Professional
- 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 Virus Remover Profesional 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 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_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.
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