Palladium Pro

Also Known As: Palladium Pro Rogue
Damage level: High

What is Palladium Pro?

Palladium Pro is a fake antivirus program which is spread via Trojans. This infection is a copy of another fake antivirus program called ThinkPoint, and after installation, Palladium Pro will perform a fake system scan and report that your computer is infected.

You will then be encouraged to purchase the ‘full’ version of this fake scanner. Do not purchase this program, it is a scam. If you have already purchased this fake security program, you should contact your credit card company and explain that you have been tricked into purchasing a fake antivirus program.

Your banking information could be at risk and you should remove Palladium antivirus from your computer immediately. When your computer is infected with this rogue program, the chances of other viruses or spyware infecting your computer are increased.

Palladium pro rogue program

The following security warnings may appear on your screen:

“Microsoft Security Essentials Alert. Potential Threat. Details: Microsoft Security Essentials detected potential threats that might compromise your privacy or damage your computer. Access to items on your system may be suspended until you take action. Click ‘show details’ to learn more.”
“Microsoft Security Essentials. Alert Solution found. Microsoft Security Center has detected a suspicious file: ‘Trojan.Horse.Win32.PAV.64.a’. Threat level: very high. Required action: Antivirus software is required to find and delete all traces of the virus. Click ‘OK’ to allow operation. The system will install the trial version of Palladium to solve the problem. System reboot is required to complete the installation.”

These security warnings are fake. Remove Palladium Pro from your computer as soon as possible, as this program bears no relation to legitimate security scanners.

The program merely imitates a security suite and then attempts to persuade you to purchase a useless license. None of the security threats supposedly detected by Palladium Pro actually exist, since the program only imitates the functions and processes of legitimate security software.

Ignore the information displayed by this rogue security scanner and remove it from your computer.

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Quick menu:

Palladium Pro 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. Press ctrl+alt+del (or ctrl+shift+esc), to enter your Task Manager. Select the "Processes" tab.

3. Search for the palladium.exe process. Select this process and press "End task", When you are asked if you are sure, click Yes.

4. When you have terminated the palladium.exe process, you will see a blank screen. In Task Manager, click "File", select "New task", and in an opened window, type explorer.exe and click OK.

5. After this procedure, you should be able to access your desktop. You should now download legitimate anti-spyware software to fully remove Palladium Pro from your computer. 

6. After downloading anti-spyware software, install it, update it, and then run a full system scan. Remove all infections found.

Some malicious software modifies browser settings and disables downloads of spyware and virus removal software. If you have problems downloading anti-spyware software with Internet Explorer, try downloading with an alternative browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc.

If you are unable to remove Palladium Pro, 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 Palladium Pro processes:


Remove these  Palladium Pro registry entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnonBadCertRecving" = '0'
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnOnPostRedirect" = '0'{jcomments on}
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "Shell = '"%UserProfile%\Application Data\palladium.exe'

Delete these  Palladium Pro files:

%UserProfile%\Application Data\completescan_pal
%UserProfile%\Application Data\install_pal
%UserProfile%\Application Data\palladium.exe
%UserProfile%\Application Data\uid_pal
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Palladium.lnk


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:

Fake pop-up used in rogue antivirus distribution example 1

Fake pop-up used in rogue antivirus distribution example 2

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 palladium pro rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:

example of a webpage used to collect payments for fake antivirus programs

To protect your computer from palladium pro 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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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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