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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Total Anti Malware Protection - How To Remove

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Today we came across another bugger from the Rogue.VirusDoctor family that comes up on the infected computer as Total Anti Malware Protection. It may look like a real thing but basically it's a fake security product that pretends to scan your computer for malicious software. It also displays a bunch of fake security alerts and pop-ups to make it look as realistic as it can be. It's probably directed by a few well-placed interest groups (cyber criminals). Once the rogue program is installed, it attempts to disable genuine anti-virus software. So, either it becomes unresponsive or returns some some strange error codes. Then, Total Anti Malware Protection disables Windows system utilities, including Task Manager and Windows Registry. You can't just simply fire up Task Manager and stop malicious processes. It's a part of self-defense mechanism and might be a tough one to crack especially if you are basically computer illiterate. But don't worry, just bear with me and I will show you how to fix things up.

To make things worse, Total AntiMalware Protection overwrites Windows Hosts file. It adds some additional code lines that will eventually cause web browser redirection to and some other sites that seem to be among the less clean ones in terms of keeping out the malware links. Again, you can't just simply edit Hosts file and remove code lines that are not supposed to be there because the rogue program sets new file permissions that basically say "You are not allowed to change it". Thankfully, Microsoft has this great utility called "Fix it" that gets things done very easily, so you don't need to mess up with Windows permissions.

If your computer has been infected with Total Anti Malware Protection, please follow the steps the removal guide below. Whatever you do, DO NOT pay for it. Total Anti Malware Protection is a scam. Once you give you money to scammers you won't be able to get them back. No 30 day money back guarantee, sorry. Also, you should re-evaluate your protective measures: run non-admin, keep patches up-to-date, and don't run e-mailed executables. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Safe surfing folks!

Update (May 7, 2012): Scammers have slightly modified the GUI and changed the name of this rogue anti-spyware program. Now it's called Best Antivirus Software. Of course, there still might be some actively distributed variants of Total AntiMalware Protection and as a matter of fact we believe that they pushes different rogues simultaneously. Anyway, the removal guide outlined below works just fine for both variants of this rogue anti-spyware program.

Total Anti Malware Protection removal guide:

1. Click on Help and select Activate Now.

2. Enter one the following debugged registration keys and click Activate to register the rogue antivirus program. Don't worry, this is completely legal since it's not genuine software.


2. Download recommended anti-malware software (Spyware Doctor) and run a full system scan to remove this malware from your computer.

3. To reset the Hosts file back to the default automatically, download and run Fix it and follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.


Associated Total Anti Malware Protection files and registry values:

  • %AppData%\Total Anti Malware Protection\
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Total Anti Malware Protection.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Desktop\Total Anti Malware Protection\
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Total Anti Malware Protection\
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Total Anti Malware Protection.lnk
Registry values:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Total Anti Malware Protection = "%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\a2r3fq\FPa1a_7294.exe" /s /d
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\[RANDOM].exe\Debugger = svchost.exe
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun = 01000000
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\[1...15]
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