HomeAntivirus 2009, or Home Antivirus 2009, is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as XP Antispyware 2009. Like its predecessors, this malware is classified as a rogue because it utilizes malware and displays fake scan results. Any program that uses deception in order to create sales is automatically placed into the rogue classification. The following guide will explain how HomeAntivirus is promoted, what it does when installed, and how to remove the infection. Images of the program can also be found below.
This rogue is advertised and installed through the use of Trojans that display warnings that state your computer is at risk. When you click on these alerts it will then download and install Home Antivirus 2009 onto your computer without your permission. While installing, HomeAntivirus 2009 will also create numerous files on your computer that are made to appear as infections, but are in reality harmless as they cannot run and are thus unable to affect your computer in any way. Some of the files that were created on our analysis computer when testing Home Antivirus are:
c:\Program Files\Common Files\itihosa.inf
c:\Program Files\Common Files\kupave.sys
c:\Program Files\Common Files\senuryja.inf
c:\Program Files\Common Files\ukanemuh.inf
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ador.db
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\rocipaz.com
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\yhanat.dl
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\ditebyl.lib
Some of the infections that is states are on your computer are:
Home Antivirus will also be configured to start automatically when your computer starts. Once started it will scan your computer and display numerous infections that cannot be removed until you first purchase the program. As was already said, none of the files that are detected are actually legitimate infections, but rather the fake ones that were created when it was first installed. These results are only being shown to scare you into thinking you are infected in the hope that you purchase the program.
While running you will also see numerous security warnings appear from your Windows taskbar. These alerts are used to further trick you into thinking there is a serious security issue on your computer. Some of the warnings you will see are:
Your system was found to be infected with intercepting programs. These can log your activity and damage your privacy. Click here for %s spyware removal.
A piece of malicious code was found in your system which can replicate itself if no action is taken. Click here to have your system cleaned by %s.
Our scan has reported that pieces of malicious spyware code are present on your hard drive. To get rid of security threats, click here for a %s scan.
Privacy is at risk!
Attention, keylogging and intercepting scripts were detected. Your private data may be disclosed to third parties. Click here and %s will remove the infection.
Last but not least, this program will also create a file that launches a window that impersonates the Windows Security Center control panel. It does this by installing a file named c:\WINDOWS\system32\_scui.cpl, which when run will start a control panel that looks exactly like Windows Security Center, but instead promotes the HomeAntivirus 2009 program. It also disables the launching of the legitimate Windows Security Center by adding the following Windows Registry keys to your computer:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load "scui.cpl"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load "wscui.cpl"
If you are infected, or have symptoms of HomeAntivirus 2009, then please use the removal guide below in order to remove this rogue and any associated malware.
Self Help Guide
If you are uncomfortable making changes to your computer or following these steps, do not worry! Instead you can get free one-on-one help by asking in the forums.
To remove HomeAntivirus 2009, follow these steps:
- STEP 1: Print out instructions before we begin.
- STEP 2: Use Rkill to terminate suspicious programs.
- STEP 3: Use Malwarebytes AntiMalware to Scan for Malware and Unwanted Programs
- STEP 4: Use HitmanPro to scan your computer for badware
- STEP 5: Run Secunia PSI to find outdated and vulnerable programs.
This removal guide may appear overwhelming due to the amount of the steps and numerous programs that will be used. It was only written this way to provide clear, detailed, and easy to understand instructions that anyone can use to remove this infection for free. Before using this guide, we suggest that you read it once and download all necessary tools to your desktop. After doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your browser window or reboot your computer.
To terminate any programs that may interfere with the removal process we must first download the Rkill program. Rkill will search your computer for active malware infections and attempt to terminate them so that they wont interfere with the removal process. To do this, please download RKill to your desktop from the following link.
When at the download page, click on the Download Now button labeled iExplore.exe. When you are prompted where to save it, please save it on your desktop.
Once it is downloaded, double-click on the iExplore.exe icon in order to automatically attempt to stop any processes associated with HomeAntivirus 2009 and other malware. Please be patient while the program looks for various malware programs and ends them. When it has finished, the black window will automatically close and a log file will open. Please review the log file and then close so you can continue with the next step. If you have problems running RKill, you can download the other renamed versions of RKill from the rkill download page. All of the files are renamed copies of RKill, which you can try instead. Please note that the download page will open in a new browser window or tab.
Do not reboot your computer after running RKill as the malware programs will start again.
At this point you should download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, to scan your computer for any infections, adware, or potentially unwanted programs that may be present. Please download Malwarebytes from the following location and save it to your desktop:
Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including this one.
Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mb3-setup-1878.1878-188.8.131.527.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 Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button. If MalwareBytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.
MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.
We now need to enable rootkit scanning to detect the largest amount of malware and unwanted programs that is possible with MalwareBytes. To do this, click on the Settings button on the left side of the screen and you will be brought to the general settings section.
Now click on the Protection tab at the top of the screen. You will now be shown the settings MalwareBytes will use when scanning your computer.
At this screen, please enable the Scan for rootkits setting by clicking on the toggle switch so it turns green.
Now that you have enabled rootkit scanning, click on the Scan button to go to the scan screen.
Make sure Threat Scan is selected and then click on the Start Scan button. If there is an update available for Malwarebytes it will automatically download and install it before performing the scan.
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.
When MBAM is finished scanning it will display a screen that displays any malware, adware, or potentially unwanted programs that it has detected. Please note that the items found may be different than what is shown in the image below due to the guide being updated for newer versions of MBAM.
You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove all the selected items. 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.
You can now exit the MBAM program.
Now you should download HitmanPro from the following location and save it to your desktop:
When you visit the above page, please download the version that corresponds to the bit-type of the Windows version you are using.
Once downloaded, double-click on the file named HitmanPro.exe (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or HitmanPro_x64.exe (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
Now click on the Next button to continue with the scan process.
You will now be at the HitmanPro setup screen. If you would like to install the 30 day trial for HitmanPro, select the Yes, create a copy of HitmanPro so I can regularly scan this computer (recommended) option. Otherwise, if you just want to scan the computer this one time, please select the No, I only want to perform a one-time scan to check this computer option.
Once you have selected one of the options, please click on the Next button.
HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for infections, adware, and potentially unwanted programs. When it has finished it will display a list of all the items that Hitman has found as shown in the image below. Please note that the items found may be different than what is shown in the image.
You should now click on the Next button to have HitmanPro remove the detected items. When it is done you will be shown a Removal Results screen that shows the status of the various programs that were removed. At this screen you should click on the Next button and then if prompted you should click on the Reboot button. If HitmanPro does not prompt you to reboot, please just click on the Close button.
Once your computer has has restarted or you pressed the Close button, you should now be at your Windows desktop.
As many malware and unwanted programs are installed through vulnerabilities found in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer. A tutorial on how to use Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs can be found here:
Your computer should now be free of the HomeAntivirus 2009 program. If your current security solution allowed this program on your computer, you may want to consider purchasing the full-featured 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:
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