Ms Removal Tool

Also Known As: Ms Removal Tool Rogue
Distribution: Low
Damage level: High

"MS Removal Tool" virus removal instructions

What is Ms Removal Tool?

MS Removal Tool is a misleading program derived from a large family of rogue antivirus programs. This fake security scanner is distributed using Trojans and other misleading methods such as spam campaigns, search engine result poisoning techniques, and misleading websites. When this bogus program infects your computer it configures itself to run automatically on system start-up. It then performs various security scans, reports that your computer is at risk, and encourages you to purchase a full version of the program to remove the 'infections'.

MS Removal Tool rogue program

This software is a scam - the scans and warning messages are designed to coerce you into buying a non existent license. Always carry out thorough research before purchasing a computer security program. Ignore all warning messages issued by MS Security Tool; there is nothing wrong with your computer apart your PC being infected with this bogus software. After performing a fake computer scan, it will report many supposedly 'infected' files and advise you to buy a full version of the program in order to remove them. Do not buy this program, it is a scam. If you purchase the program you will lose your money and your computer will remain infected. If you have already bought it, contact your credit card company and explain that you have been tricked into purchasing a fake computer program. The security threat detection list presented by MS Removal Tool is false - this bogus program generates harmless files on your computer and then reports them as being malware. When analyzing this program, we were unable to find any features required of a genuine antivirus program. The program is an empty software shell used to generate security scans and warning pop-ups to scare computer users into believing that their PCs are infected. This strategy is employed to sell a license key for MS Removal Tool in order to clean security infections that do actually exist. You should ignore the reports made by this program and remove it from your PC.

The following fake security messages will be displayed by MS Removal Tool:

"Warning! Application cannot be executed. The file cmd.exe is infected. Please activate your antivirus software."

"MS Removal Tool Warning. Your PC is infected with dangerous viruses. Activate antivirus protection to prevent data loss and avoid the theft of your credit card details. Click here to activate protection."

"MS Removal Tool Warning. Intercepting programs that may compromise your privacy and harm your system have been detected on your PC. Click here to remove them immediately with MS Removal Tool."

"Security Monitor: WARNING! Attention: System detected a potential hazard (TrojanSPM/LX) on your computer that may infect executable files. Your private information and PC safety is at risk. To remove unwanted spyware and keep your computer safe, you need to update your current security software. CLick Yes to download official intrusion detection system (IDS software)."

"Warning: Your computer is infected. Windows has detected spyware infection! Click this message to install the last update of Windows security software..."

"Warning! You're in Danger! Your Computer is infected with Spyware!"

"For your boss, your friends, your wife, your children. Every site you or somebody or even something, like spyware, opened in your browsers, with all the images, and all the downloaded and maybe later removed movies or mp3 songs - ARE STILL THERE and could break your life!"

"Secure yourself right now! Remove all spyware from your PC!"

These security warning messages are fake. You should remove MS Removal Tool as soon as possible. Follow this removal guide to completely remove this bogus program from your computer.

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Quick menu:

Automatic Removal of "MS Removal tool" virus:

Before downloading and installing the spyware removal software, activate this fake security scanner with one of the following license keys:

 WEEA-S0DF5-GS5E0-FG14S-2DF8G
WEEA-JUYH3-24GHJ-HGKSH-FKLSD
WEEA-89OF7-7324R-5SAD4-TG68U

This rogue program will now be "activated" and will enable you to open a browser window to download the spyware removal software.

"Ms Removal Tool" virus manual removal guide

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.

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

Windows XP:

Windows 7:

Windows 8:

2. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Select "Connections".

internet options

 

internet options connections

 

3.Click LAN settings, if 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' is checked, uncheck it and press OK.

lan settings

proxy settings

 

 

 

 

4. 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 - HKCU\..\RunOnce: [] C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\\.exe

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

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

Other tools known to remove MS Removal Tool:

If you are unable to remove MS Removal Tool, 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 MS Removal Tool processes:

[random].exe

Remove these MS Removal Tool registry entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\"[RANDOM LETTERS][RANDOM NUMBERS]" = "%SystemDrive%\[RANDOM NUMBERS].exe"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\MS Removal Tool
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\MS Removal Tool\MS Removal Tool.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\MS Removal Tool\MS Removal Tool.lnk
%systemdrive%\[RANDOM NUMBERS].exe
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\MS Removal Tool.lnk
%UserProfile%\Desktop\MS Removal Tool.lnk

Delete these MS Removal Tool files:

c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\[random]\[random]
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\[random]\[random].exe
c:\Users\All Users\AppData\Roaming\[random]\[random]
c:\Users\All Users\AppData\Roaming\[random]\[random].exe

Summary:

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 ms removal tool rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:

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

To protect your computer from ms removal tool 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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