Remove IronDefender (Uninstall Guide)

  • September 12, 2010

IronDefender is a rogue security program from the Wini family of rogues. This rogue is promoted through the use of fake online anti-malware scanners that state that your computer is infected with a variety of malware. When browsing the web, you may encounter a site that is affiliated with IronDefender and that displays a pop-up that states your computer has a security issue. If you click on this pop-up it will bring you to a page that shows an advertisement that pretends to be an online anti-malware scanner. This advertisement will then pretend to scan your computer, and when finished, state that your computer is infected and that you need to download IronDefender to protect your computer.

When IronDefender is installed it will create numerous fake malware files on your computer and then configure itself to start automatically when you login to Windows. Once the program starts it will scan your computer and then detect the fake malware files it created in the first place as infections on your computer. If you attempt to remove any of these files, though, it will state that you first need to purchase the program before it will do so. These scan results are a scam and you should ignore any of the scan results this program displays.

  • IronDefender screen shot
  • Scanner
  • Scan results
  • Fake web pop-up
  • Fake online scanner
  • Installer
  • Fake Security Alert
  • Infiltration Alert
  • Spyware alert
  • Fake warning

While IronDefender is running it will also display numerous fake security alerts that are designed to make you think that your computer has a serious computer problem. The text of these alerts are:

Spyware Alert!
Your computer is infected with spyware. It could damage your critical files or expose your private data on the Internet. Click here to register your copy of IronDefender and remove spyware threats from your PC.

Warning
Your computer is under a great risk! Malware applications are still running. This will lead to the loss of personal date and system damage.
Do you want to remove the malware and protect your system?

Security Center Alert!
Infiltration Alert!
Your computer is being attacked by an Internet Virus. It could be a password-stealing attack, a trojan-dropper or similar.

Just like the scan results, these security alerts are all fake and should be ignored.

Without a doubt, IronDefender was created to trick you into thinking that you have a computer problem so that you will then purchase the program. It goes without saying that you should definitely not purchase this program, and if you have, you should contact your credit card company to dispute the charge stating the program is a scam and a computer infection. To remove IronDefender please use the removal guide below.

Self Help Guide

This guide contains advanced information, but has been written in such a way so that anyone can follow it. Please ensure your data is backed up before proceeding.

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.
  1. Print out these instructions as we may need to close every window that is open later in the fix.

  2. It is possible that the infection you are trying to remove will not allow you to download files on the infected computer. If this is the case, then you will need to download the files requested in this guide on another computer and then transfer them to the infected computer. You can transfer the files via a CD/DVD, external drive, or USB flash drive.

  3. Before we can do anything we must first end the processes that belong to IronDefender so that it does not interfere with the cleaning procedure. To do this, please download RKill to your desktop from the following link.

    RKill Download Link - (Download page will open in a new tab or browser window.)

    When at the download page, click on the Download Now button labeled iExplore.exe download link. When you are prompted where to save it, please save it on your desktop.

  4. Once it is downloaded, double-click on the iExplore.exe icon in order to automatically attempt to stop any processes associated with IronDefender and other Rogue programs. 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 you can continue with the next step. If you get a message that RKill is an infection, do not be concerned. This message is just a fake warning given by IronDefender when it terminates programs that may potentially remove it. If you run into these infections warnings that close RKill, a trick is to leave the warning on the screen and then run RKill again. By not closing the warning, this typically will allow you to bypass the malware trying to protect itself so that rkill can terminate IronDefender . So, please try running RKill until the malware is no longer running. You will then be able to proceed with the rest of the guide. If you continue having 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.


  5. 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)

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

  7. Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mb3-setup-1878.1878-3.0.6.1469.exe. This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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


  11. 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 seleted 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.

  12. You can now exit the MBAM program.

  13. As many rogues and other malware 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:

    How to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector

 

Your computer should now be free of the Iron Defender 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 IronDefender Files

c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\IronDefender.lnk c:\Program Files\FDFCA\ c:\Program Files\FDFCA\F0E84.exe c:\Program Files\FDFCA\Uninstall.exe c:\WINDOWS\<random>.exe c:\WINDOWS\<random>.bin c:\WINDOWS\<random>.dll c:\WINDOWS\<random>.cpl c:\WINDOWS\system32\<random>.exe c:\WINDOWS\system32\<random>.bin c:\WINDOWS\system32\<random>.dll c:\WINDOWS\system32\<random>.cpl %UserProfile%\Desktop\hash %UserProfile%\Desktop\IronDefender.lnk %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temp\<random>.exe

File Location Notes:

%UserProfile% refers to the current user's profile folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User> for Windows 2000/XP, C:\Users\<Current User> for Windows Vista/7/8, and c:\winnt\profiles\<Current User> for Windows NT.

View Associated IronDefender Registry Information

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\IronDefender HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\IronDefender HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\IronDefender HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software "Install_Dir" = "C:\Program Files\FDFCA" HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "vur4.exe" HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "F0E84.exe"

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 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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