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How To Remove Filterprogram (removal Instructions)


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#1 Grinler

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 02:42 PM


How to remove FilterProgram (Removal Instructions)

What this programs does: FilterProgram is a rogue security program that uses false advertising and exaggerated scan results as a scare tactic to have you purchase the full version of their software. Typically, FilerProgram is installed along with other malware onto your computer without your consent. FilterProgram can also be installed when you visit certain sites that display popups and alerts that attempt to mislead you into thinking you are infected with some sort of security risk. In reality, though, this program is using false information to scare you into purchasing the full version of their software, which you should obviously not do. A screenshot of FilterProgram can be found below.
FilterProgram Screenshot
FilterProgram Screenshot

This guide will walk you through removing the FilterProgram program and the malware that may typically be installed with it.

Tools Needed for this fix: Symptoms in a HijackThis Log:

O3 - Toolbar: CleanersCleaner Toolbar - {7D4FFDE7-20C0-45a8-99EA-E9DDEE9F617D} - C:\Program Files\FilterProgram\CleanerToolbar.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ugdccw] "C:\PROGRA~1\FILTER~1\UGDCcw.exe" -start
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [FilterProgram] C:\Program Files\FilterProgram\GDC.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Salestart] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\FilterProgram\mc.exe" dm=hxxp://filterprogram.com ad=hxxp://filterprogram.com sd=hxxp://ilp.filterprogram.com


Add/Remove Programs control panel entry:

FilterProgram 1.1.34.0

Guide Updates: 02/12/08 - Initial guide creation.


Automated Removal Instructions for FilterProgram:
  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

  3. Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including this one.

  4. Double-click on the icon on your desktop named Download_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 quick scan option is selected and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer for FilterProgram 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 FilterProgram 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 results shown in the image below will be different depending on the infection you are removing.


    MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Scan Results Screen


    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.

  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 FilterProgram program. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware for additional protection. 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 Posting A Hijackthis Log


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 post a HijackThis log in our HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum.

If you have any questions about this self-help guide then please post those questions in our AntiVirus, Firewall and Privacy Products and Protection Methods forum and someone will help you.


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