Antispyware Soft - How to remove it?
What is Antispyware Soft?
When this rogue program infects your computer, it will configure itself to run automatically. Often, this fake scanner is distributed through various malware and Trojans. When Antispyware Soft starts, it will perform a fake scan of your computer and state that your system is infected. This is a scare-ware created to trick people into purchasing it. Do not buy this program, it is a scam. If you have already purchased it, you should contact your credit card company and explain that you have been tricked into purchasing fake security software for your computer.
When your computer is infected with Antispyware Soft, the following security warnings may appear on your screen:
“Windows Security Alert Application cannot be executed. The file cmd.exe is infected. Do you want to activate your antivirus software now?”
“Windows Security alert. Windows reports that your computer is infected. Antivirus software helps to protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. Click here to scan your computer. Your system might be at risk now.”
“Antivirus software alert. Infiltration Alert. Your computer is being attacked by an Internet virus. It could be a password-stealing attack, Trojan Dropper, or similar. Details. Attack: from IP Address, port 39096. Attacked Port: 30516. Threat: Win32/Nuqel.E”
These warning messages are fake. If you discover that your computer is infected with Antispyware Soft, you should remove it immediately. This is a fake computer security program, which bears no relation to legitimate security suites. The objective of Antispyware Soft is to force you into buying a license key to remove the security threats supposedly detected on your computer. In reality, these threats do not exist on your PC. This rogue program is a cleverly designed scam promoted by Internet criminals who strive to install Antispyware Soft on as many computers as possible in order to extort money from users. You should ignore Antispyware Soft security scans and warning messages, and do not follow any guidance provided by this program. Use this removal guide to remove it from your computer.
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- What is Antispyware Soft?
- STEP 1. Remove Antispyware Soft using Safe Mode with Networking.
- STEP 2. Remove Antispyware Soft manually by deleting files and registry entries.
Antispyware Soft removal
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer starting process press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
2. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Select Connections, then click LAN settings, if 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' is checked, uncheck it and press OK.
3. Download HijackThis and save it to your desktop. Some malicious programs are able to block HijackThis, so when you click the download link, in the Save dialog, rename HijackThis.exe to iexplore.exe and only then click the Save button. After saving the file to your desktop, double click it. In the main HijackThis window click the “Do a system scan only” button. Select the following entry (place a tick at the left of the entry):
R1 – HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = http=127.0.0.1:5555
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [arlsknkw] C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\lqtwnu\wqcmsysguard.exe
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [arlsknkw] C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\lqtwnu\wqcmsysguard.exe
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [vcspymsv] “C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\bbenmt\badwsftav.exe”
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [udcqinjy] “C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\rhjimj\bogjsftav.exe“
After selecting the required entry, click "Fix Checked". After this procedure you can close HijackThis and proceed to the next removal step.
5. Download and install spyware remover to completely remove the infection.
If you are unable to remove Antispyware Soft, you can use these manual removal instructions. Use them at your own risk, since if you do not have strong computer knowledge, you could harm your operating system. Use them only if you are an experienced computer user. (Instructions on how to end processes, remove registry entries...)
End these Antispyware Soft processes:
Remove these Antispyware Soft registry entries:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesAttachments "SaveZoneInformation" = "1"
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings "ProxyServer" = "http=127.0.0.1:5555"
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesAssociations "LowRiskFileTypes" = ".exe"
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerDownload "RunInvalidSignatures" = "1"
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings "ProxyOverride" = ""
Delete these Antispyware Soft files:
Do not be impressed by the professional appearance of Antispyware Soft, this program is merely an imitation of a genuine security program. This software was created by Internet criminals and you should not consider buying it. The scare tactics of this program include displaying fake security scan and false security warning messages. Use the provided removal guide to eliminate this fake program.
The fake antivirus programs (also known as "rogue antivirus programs" or "scareware") are applications that tries to lure computer users into paying for their non-existent full versions to remove the supposedly detected security infections (although the computer is actually clean). These bogus programs are created by cyber criminals who design them to look as legitimate antivirus software. Most commonly rogue antivirus programs infiltrate user's computer using poop-up windows or alerts which appear when users surf the Internet. These deceptive messages trick users into downloading a rogue antivirus program on their computers. Other known tactics used to spread scareware include exploit kits, infected email messages, online ad networks, drive-by downloads, or even direct calls to user's offering free support.
A computer that is infected with a fake antivirus program might also have other malware installed on it as rogue antivirus programs often are bundled with Trojans and exploit kits. Noteworthy that additional malware that infiltrates user's operating system remains on victim's computer regardless of whether a payment for a non-existent full version of a fake antivirus program is made. Here are some examples of fake security warning messages that are used in fake antivirus distribution:
Computer users who are dealing with a rogue security software shouldn't buy it's full version. By paying for a license key of a fake antivirus program users would send their money and banking information to cyber criminals. Users who have already entered their credit card number (or other sensitive information) when asked by such bogus software should inform their credit card company that they have been tricked into buying a rogue security software. Screenshot of a web page used to lure computer users into paying for a non-existent full version of antispyware soft rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:
To protect your computer from antispyware soft rogue and other rogue antivirus programs users should:
- Keep their operating system and all of the installed programs up-to-date.
- Use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs.
- Use caution when clicking on links in social networking websites and email messages.
- Don't trust online pop-up messages which state that your computer is infected and offers you to download security software.
Symptoms indicating that your operating system is infected with a fake antivirus program:
- Intrusive security warning pop-up messages.
- Alerts asking to upgrade to a paid version of a program to remove the supposedly detected malware.
- Slow computer performance.
- Disabled Windows updates.
- Blocked Task Manager.
- Blocked Internet browsers or inability to visit legitimate antivirus vendor websites.
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