Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Remove Anti-Malware Lab virus

Anti-Malware Lab is a rogue anti-spyware from the same family of rogues as PC Security Guardian, Best Malware Protection, Internet Antivirus 2011, etc. The program pretends to be a legitimate antivirus software but, in reality, it can not remove viruses, trojans, etc., nor will be protect your computer from legitimate future infections. Anti-Malware Lab is created with one purpose to trick you into purchasing the full version of the software. So, don`t trust anything relate to this software and remove the fake antivirus as soon as possible.

HijackThis shows Anti-Malware Lab infection

O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [ Anti-Malware Lab] “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\0ab12\AB123.exe” /s /d

What Anti-Malware Lab does

Anti-Malware Lab is promoted and installed with the help of trojans that are mostly distributed via fake online scanners, misleading websites and using social engineering. When the trojan is started, it will download and install the rogue onto your computer.

During installation, Anti-Malware Lab will be configured to run automatically every time when your computer starts. After that, it will create several files on your computer, which later, during the scan, will detect as infections. These fake infections can only be removed with a full version of the program.

Obviously, such results are a fraud, the program want to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected with malicious software.

While Anti-Malware Lab is running, it will flood your computer with fake security alerts and notifications from Windows task bar. Some of the fake alerts are:

Warning! Identity theft attempt detected
Hidden connection IP:
Target: Microsoft Corporation keys

Warning! Virus detected

However, all the alerts are totally fabricated and must by no means be trusted! You can safety ignore them.

Last, but not least, the rogue will disable Task Manager, block antivirus and antispyware tools from running.

As you can see, Anti-Malware Lab is absolutely useless and what is more, even dangerous software. Most importantly, do not purchase it. Instead, please use the steps below to remove this malware from your computer for free.

How to remove Anti-Malware Lab

1. Reboot your computer in Safe mode with networking.

2. Run Internet Explorer, Click Tools and select Internet Options. Select Connections Tab and click to Lan Settings button.

3. Uncheck “Use a proxy server” box. Click OK and click OK again.

4. 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.

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

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

6. 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

7. 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.

8. Download OTM by OldTimer from here and save it to your desktop.

9. Run OTM, then paste the following text in “Paste Instructions for Items to be Moved” window (under the yellow bar):
10. Click the red Moveit! button. Close OTM.

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

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