Friday, August 6, 2010

Remove Wireshark Antivirus (Uninstall guide)

Wireshark Antivirus is a new fake security program from the same family of malware as Sysinternals Antivirus, XJR Antivirus, AKM Antivirus 2010, etc. This program looks like a real antispyware or antivirus application, but unlike it, can not remove viruses and trojans, as well as protect your computer from possible infections. This malicious program is created with one purpose, to force you to buy its full version.

HijackThis shows Wireshark Antivirus infection:

O2 – BHO: ADC PlugIn – {149256D5-E103-4523-BB43-2CFB066839D6} – C:\Program Files\adc_w32.dll
O23 – Service: Adobe Update Service (AdbUpd) – Unknown owner – C:\Program Files\svchost.exe

What Wireshark Antivirus does

Wireshark Antivirus infiltrate computers through the use of trojans.When the fake antivirus is started, it will begin a system scan and list a lot of trojans, viruses and other malicious programs. Of course, the scan and its results are a fake. The rogue uses the false scan results as method to trick you into purchase the full version of this program. So you can freely ignore all that Wireshark Antivirus will give you.

Screen shoot of Wireshark Antivirus from S!Ri.URZ blog

While Wireshark Antivirus is running, it will display various misleading notifications and fake security alerts from Windows taskbar. However, all of these alerts and notifications is a fake and like false scan result should be ignored.

As you can see, Wireshark Antivirus is absolutely useless and what is more, even dangerous software. Most importantly, do not purchase it! Instead, please use the Wireshark Antivirus removal guide or the instructions below to remove this malware from your computer for free.

How to remove Wireshark Antivirus

Download from here. Unzip it. Double Click fix.reg and click YES for confirm. Reboot your computer.

Download Malwarebytes Anti-malware. Double click mbam-setup.exe to install the application. When installation is complete, make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.

Once the program has loaded you will see a screen like below.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan. When the scan is done, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. You will see a list of malware that  Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware found on your computer. Note: list of malware may be different than what is shown in the screen below.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware - lists of malicious software

Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. Once disinfection is finished, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.

Note: if you can`t download or run these suggested program above, boot your computer in Safe mode with networking and repeat the above steps once again.

If the instructions does not help you, then ask for help in the Spyware removal forum.

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