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How To Remove Winreanimator (removal Instructions)


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#1 Grinler

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Posted 15 February 2008 - 01:13 PM


How to remove WinReanimator (Removal Instructions)

What this programs does: WinReanimator is a rogue security program that is advertised and installed by the Vundo Trojan and other malware. The Vundo infection is typically installed by visiting or downloading executables from certain pornographic or crack sites. Once installed, the infections will bombard the infected computer with popups and fake security alerts stating that your computer is infected or has security risks. When you click on these popups you will be presented with variety of rogue anti-spyware programs, including WinReanimator, stating that you are infected and that you should install their products. Remember, that these are all scams and ads delivered by the infections and should be ignored.

Another byproduct of these infections is an alert icon (Fake Taskbar Alert) that appears in your Windows taskbar that periodically displays fake security alerts and warnings. The title of these alerts are Windows antivirus and they contain the following text:

Windows has detected spyware infection!

It is recomended to use special antispyware tools to prevent data loss. Windows will now download and install the most up-to-date antispyware for you

Click here to protect your computer from spyware!


A screenshot of WinReanimator and the fake security alerts can be found below.
WinReanimator Screenshot
WinReanimator Screenshot



WinReanimator Fake Taskbar Security Alerts
WinReanimator Fake Taskbar Security Alerts



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

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

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [WinReanimator] "C:\Program Files\WinReanimator\WinReanimator.exe" /hide


Add/Remove Programs control panel entry:

This program does not include an entry in Add or Remove Programs.

Guide Updates: 02/15/08 - Initial guide creation.


Automated Removal Instructions for WinReanimator:
  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 WinReanimator 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 WinReanimator 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 WinReanimator 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 prevent these types of infections 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 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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