Antimalware Go

Also Known As: AntimalwareGo Rogue
Damage level: High

What is Antimalware Go?

This fake program is from the same family as AntiVira Av, Antivirus .NET, Antivirus Scan, and Antivirus Action. These are fake computer scanners so be sure to remove them from your computer.

The creators of these bogus programs make the functionality similar and simply change the appearance of each. Antimalware Go is fake and when it infects your system, it will block legitimate programs from running.

It will also block your desktop and perform fake computer security scans. Antimalware Go is useless and only designed to steal money from you.

AntiMalware Go rogue program

Antimalware Go attempts to scare you into purchasing a fake license by performing fake scans and displaying fake security warning messages. These scans and warnings are designed to trick you into purchasing a useless license that promises to remove the ‘detected’ security issues from your computer hard drive.

These supposed threats do not actually exist. While the interface of this program is professional and appears as legitimate antivirus software, Antimalware Go is in fact a rogue program created by Internet criminals who are extorting money by the sale of a useless full version.

Do not buy this program. You will lose your money and your PC will remain infected with Antimalware Go.

This dangerous program is also capable of hijacking your Internet browser to further persuade to purchase the program. This rogue program is installed on your computer using Trojans and other devious methods.

Internet criminals are known to use spam campaigns and search engine result poisoning techniques to propagate their bogus programs. Your computer might be infected with Antimalware Go having inadvertently visiting misleading websites or using P2P networks for downloading files.

There are countless ways by which Internet criminals distribute fake antivirus programs such as Antimalware Go. You should only use a legitimate security program to protect your PC, and if you have noticed this bogus program on your desktop, you should not hesitate to remove this malicious software.

Use the information provided to help you in achieving this goal.

The following fake security warning messages will be shown on a computer infected with Antimalware Go:

“Antivirus software alert. Infiltration alert. Your computer is being attacked by an Internet virus. It could be password-stealing attack, Trojan Dropper, or similar.”
“Internet Explorer. Warning - visiting this web site may harm your computer! Most likely causes: The website contains exploits that can launch malicious code on your computer. Suspicious network activity detected. There might be active spyware running on your computer.”

Ignore these messages. Antimalware Go is useless. Remove it from your computer using this removal guide:

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Quick menu:

Antimalware Go 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.{jcomments on}


Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

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):

O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [nudpdogk] c:\docume~1\user\locals~1\temp\bkotrowvc\dcgcihiagnz.exe
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [nudpdogk] C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\bkotrowvc\dcgcihiagnz.exe

After selecting the required entry, click "Fix Checked". After this procedure you can close HijackThis and proceed to the next removal step.

4. Download and install anti-spyware software to completely remove the infection.

Other tools known to remove Antimalware Go:

If you are unable to remove Antimalware Go, 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 Antimalware Go processes:


Remove these Antimalware Go registry entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random].exe”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\PhishingFilter “Enabled” = “0?
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyOverride” = “”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyServer” = “http=
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyEnable” = “1?

Delete these Antimalware Go files:



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 antimalwarego rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:

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

To protect your computer from antimalwarego 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.

If you have additional information on antimalwarego rogue or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

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Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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