How to remove Virus Sweeper

  • April 9, 2009
  • 03:20 PM
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What is Virus Sweeper?

Virus Sweeper is a rogue program that is a clone of Virus Alarm and Virus Doctor. These particular rogues are notorious for their use of Google Code to distribute its software. Google Code is a programming project repository that allows programmers to host files related to their projects. Virus Sweeper's installer then uses Google Code to download and install the program onto your computer. Only when the program can't be downloaded from Google Code will it then utilize other servers that are under the malware writer's control. When the program is installed it will also create a variety of files randomly throughout your computer. These files are harmless but will be used by Virus Sweeper to be detected as infections.

  • Virus Sweeper screen
  • Virus Sweeper scanning a computer
  • Scan results screen
  • Installer
  • Misleading security alert
  • Fake firewall alert

Once the program is installed it will be configured to start automatically when you log into Windows. When running, it will perform a scan and list a variety of malware found on your computer, but will not remove them until you purchase the program. The malware files it finds, though, are actually the harmless fake malware files that it created on your computer in the first place. While running you will also see nag screens and fake security alerts appear on your computer. These alerts are being shown to further scare you into thinking your computer is infected. Just like the scan results, any security warnings and pop-ups you see from this program should be ignored. Instead, please use the removal guide below to remove Virus Sweeper from your computer for free.

Other stories about this malware can be found here:

Self Help Guide

This guide is intended for advanced computer users only. Please ensure your data is backed up before proceeding. If you’re uncomfortable making changes to your computer, consider having a professional help clean your computer or ask in the forums.
  1. Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that is open later in the fix.

  2. 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)

  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 Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button. If MalwareBytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.

  6. MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    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.

  7. 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.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  8. 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.

    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.

  9. You can now exit the MBAM program.

Your computer should now be free of the VirusSweeper 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.

View Associated Virus Sweeper Files

c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\7c69f0c c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\7c69f0c\LoopSystem c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\LoopSystem c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\7c69f0c\VSweep.exe c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\7c69f0c\LoopSystem\ c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\LoopSystem\swcfg.ini %UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Virus Sweeper.lnk %UserProfile%\Application Data\Virus Sweeper %UserProfile%\Application Data\Virus Sweeper\Instructions.ini %UserProfile%\Desktop\Virus Sweeper.lnk %UserProfile%\Recent\ANTIGEN.drv %UserProfile%\Recent\cb.dll %UserProfile%\Recent\CLSV.dll %UserProfile%\Recent\energy.exe %UserProfile%\Recent\exec.dll %UserProfile%\Recent\fix.sys %UserProfile%\Recent\PE.exe %UserProfile%\Recent\PE.sys %UserProfile%\Recent\ppal.tmp %UserProfile%\Recent\snl2w.drv %UserProfile%\Recent\tjd.exe %UserProfile%\Recent\tjd.tmp %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Virus Sweeper.lnk %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Virus Sweeper.lnk

View Associated Virus Sweeper Registry Information

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3F2BBC05-40DF-11D2-9455-00104BC936FF} HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VSweep.DocHostUIHandler HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\User Agent\Post Platform "97680312703" HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Virus Sweeper"

This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk. 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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