FakeMBAM virus removal guide
What is FakeMBAM?
Backdoor is a piece of malware that can be used to steal personal and/or financial data, install additional malware, and hijack devices. Research shows that FakeMBAM is a backdoor which is used by cyber criminals with a purpose to infect computers with other malware (install additional malware). It is known that FakeMBAM is distributed via fake Malwarebytes installer.
Research shows that the aforementioned fake Malwarebytes installer uses the same filename, icon and creates the same installation directory with legitimate PE files in it as the legitimate Malwarebytes program. Although, that installer does install the actual Malwarebytes software, it creates a fake Malwarebytes installation directory where it hides the FakeMBAM backdoor. It is worhtwhile to mention that fake Malwarebytes installer is distributed via automatic updates of Download Studio (free torrent client), NetShield Kit, My AdBlock and Net AdBlock (adblockers) programs. It is very likely that cyber criminals behind FakeMBAM use this backdoor to install malware like ransomware, data-stealing Trojans, cryptocurrency miners, or other type of malware. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts files so that victims could not access/use them without having to decrypt them with a decryption software and/or key that can be purchased only from cyber criminals. Information-stealing Trojans are malicious programs that are used to steal credit card details, login credentials (usernames, email addresses, passwords), identities and/or other sensitive information that could be misused to generate revenue in one way or another. Cryptocurrency miners are used with a purpose to mine cryptocurrency by using hardware installed on the victim's computer.
|Name||FakeMBAM backdoor trojan|
|Threat Type||Trojan, Backdoor malware.|
|Detection Names||AVG (Other:Malware-gen [Trj]), BitDefender (Trojan.Miner.CQ), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/Agent.ACHY), Kaspersky (Trojan.Win32.Miner.asxhr), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||Backdoor trojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate the victim's computer and remain silent, and thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.|
|Distribution methods||Fake installer for Malwarebytes distributed via automatic updates for certain software.|
|Damage||Stolen passwords and banking information, identity theft, the victim's computer added to a botnet.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
To sum up, users who would have the FakeMBAM backdoor installed on their computers may become victims of identity theft, suffer monetary loss, lose access to personal accounts, data stored on computers, experience problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, and/or other serious issues. Some examples of other backdoor malware are BazarLoader, BLADABINDI and Upatre.
How did FakeMBAM infiltrate my computer?
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, FakeMBAM is distributed via fake installer for Malwarebytes which is distributed via automatic updates for one torrent client named Download Studio and three adblockers named NetShield Kit, My AdBlock and Net AdBlock. The fake Malwarebytes installer does not install the actual Malwarebytes program, it only makes it look like that software is installed by creating the same installation directory, putting its name in the list of installed programs, etc. The created installation directory is where that fake installer hides the FakeMBAM backdoor.
How to avoid installation of malware?
Attachments or web links in irrelevant emails that are received form unknown, suspicious addresses should not be trusted (opened). Software and files should be downloaded from official websites and through direct links. Unofficial sites, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders (and installers), free file hosting pages, etc., can be and often are used to proliferate malicious programs. Installed software must be updated and activated (if necessary) with official tools and/or functions from official software developers. None of the third party, unofficial tools should ever be used neither to update or activate software. Also, it is illegal to activate licensed software with tools of the aforementioned type. One more way to keep operating systems/computers safe is to regularly scan them with a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware suite and always eliminate detected threats as soon as possible. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Fake Malwarebytes installer used to distribute FakeMBAM:
Official Malwarebytes installer:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Malwarebytes is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is FakeMBAM?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of FakeMBAM malware.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
How to remove malware manually?
Manual malware removal is a complicated task - usually it is best to allow antivirus or anti-malware programs to do this automatically. To remove this malware we recommend using Malwarebytes for Windows. If you wish to remove malware manually, the first step is to identify the name of the malware that you are trying to remove. Here is an example of a suspicious program running on a user's computer:
If you checked the list of programs running on your computer, for example, using task manager, and identified a program that looks suspicious, you should continue with these steps:
Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:
Restart your computer into Safe Mode:
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.
In the Autoruns application, click "Options" at the top and uncheck "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure, click the "Refresh" icon.
Check the list provided by the Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.
You should write down its full path and name. Note that some malware hides process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage, it is very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate the suspicious program you wish to remove, right click your mouse over its name and choose "Delete".
After removing the malware through the Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware will not run automatically on the next system startup), you should search for the malware name on your computer. Be sure to enable hidden files and folders before proceeding. If you find the filename of the malware, be sure to remove it.
Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills. If you do not have these skills, leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it is best to prevent infection than try to remove malware later. To keep your computer safe, install the latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.
To be sure your computer is free of malware infections, we recommend scanning it with Malwarebytes for Windows.