Antimalware Tool

Also Known As: Antimalware Tool Rogue
Damage level: High

What is Antimalware Tool?

Antimalware Tool is a bogus program promoted by Internet criminals. The program is distributed via Trojans and infects your computer while you browse the Internet. When this rogue program self-installs itself on your computer, it will perform a 'security scan' and report that your computer is in danger.

This rogue program will 'detect' many infections and ask you to purchase a license in order to remove these threats. This program is a scam, do not waste your money.

The security scan and results are fake; this program is developed in an attempt to scare you into buying a non existent 'full' version.

Antimalware Tool fake antivirus program

If you purchase this program, you will lose your money and your computer will  remain infected. You should ignore the security warning messages and remove this bogus program from your computer as soon as possible.

When your computer becomes infected with Antimalware tool you will not be able to run legitimate Windows programs, and this malware is also able to block Internet Explorer.

Antimalware Tool is a malicious program that attempts to imitate real security software. When installed on your computer, it will modify your operating system's registry and configure itself to run automatically on system start-up.

Each time you start your computer, Antimalware Tool will start 'scanning' your PC for security problems. This scan will generate a large list of supposedly detected malware, however, you should realize that these results are fake - Antimalware Tool is a bogus program created by Internet criminals whose main goal is to trick computer users into buying a license key to remove these  non-existent security issues.

You should not consider buying Antimalware Tool and use this removal guide to help eliminate it from your PC.

The following fake security messages will be displayed by Antimalware Tool: 

"Antimalware Tool Firewall Alert. Antimalware Tool has prevented a program from accessing the Internet."

“Iexplore.exe” is infected with a Trojan. This worm has tried to use 'iexplore.exe' to connect to remote host and send your credit card information."

"Name: MS Windows Operating System Location: 'C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe' Company: Microsoft Company Yes. I want to activate Antimalware Tool. No, continue unprotected."

"Antimalware Tool Firewall Alert. Warning. Keylogger activity detected! Your account in [social network] is under attack. Click here to block unauthorized modification by removing threats (Recommended)."

"Antimalware Tool. Your computer is under an infection threat. Run instant shield protection to safeguard your data and prevent Internet access to your credit card information. Select this to run instant shield."

"Antimalware Tool. External software is trying to control a variety of your system files. This may lead to breaking into some data on your system. Click here to protect remote access to your PC & delete these programs."

Ignore these fake warning messages and remove this bogus program from your computer as soon as possible.

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Quick menu:

Antimalware Tool removal instructions

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 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

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



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







4. Download legitimate anti-spyware software to fully remove Antimalware Tool from your computer.

Other tools known to remove Antimalware Tool:

If you are unable to remove Antimalware 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 Antimalware Tool processes:


Remove these Antimalware Tool registry entries:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Cached\{FF393560-C2A7-11CF-BFF4-444553540000}
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “09e67c0a-8e61-436d-b757-3b6139de3f3c”

Delete these Antimalware Tool files:

%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Antimalware Tool.lnk
%Desktop%\Antimalware Tool.lnk
%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MSIMGSIZ.DAT


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 antimalware tool rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:

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

To protect your computer from antimalware 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.

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

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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