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How To Remove Virusblast

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#1 Grinler


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Posted 22 July 2006 - 02:46 PM

How to remove VirusBlast
What this program does: VirusBlast is a rogue anti-spyware application that gets installed along with malware without asking for permission or that is suggested by sites that are of dubious nature. This program can also be accompanied by other malware that changes your desktop background to a fake warning or by Trojans that issue fake taskbar security alerts. These are all used as a scare tactic to have you purchase their commercial software. A screenshot of this program can be seen below.  


Symptoms in a HijackThis Log:

O2 - BHO: IEExtension Class - {1F6FE2C2-6040-4645-9053-7F689AFFE176} - C:\Program Files\VirusBlast\BlastIEmonitor.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VirusBlast] C:\Program Files\VirusBlast\VirusBlast.exe /s
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Removal Instructions: In order to remove this infection we will need to use HijackThis to manually remove the infection:
  1. Print out these instructions as we will need to shutdown every window that is open later in the fix..

  2. Enter the Windows Control Panel and double-click on Add/Remove Programs.

  3. When the installed programs list appears, double-click on the entry for VirusBlast v5.0 if it exists and allow it to uninstall. Then exit the Add/Remove Programs screen and the Control Panel.

  4. Download HijackThis from the above link and extract it to c:\hijackthis.

  5. Close all windows, even this Internet Explorer window.

  6. Navigate to the c:\hijackthis directory and double-click on HijackThis.exe

  7. When the program starts, click on the Scan button.

    1. Put a checkmark next to the following entry (There may be more than one of each):
      O2 - BHO: IEExtension Class - {1F6FE2C2-6040-4645-9053-7F689AFFE176} - C:\Program Files\VirusBlast\BlastIEmonitor.dll
      O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VirusBlast] C:\Program Files\VirusBlast\VirusBlast.exe /s

    2. Then click the Fix button

  8. Exit HijackThis.

  9. Reboot your computer into Safe Mode

  10. Delete the following files if they exist:

    C:\Program Files\VirusBlast\

  11. Reboot your computer back to normal mode.
Your computer should now be free of Virus Blast. It is likely, though, that this infection was installed with other malware. If you need help removing it, post a hijackthis log in the forums.

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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