BlueFlare Antivirus

Also Known As: BlueFlare Antivirus Rogue
Distribution: Low
Damage level: High

How to uninstall BlueFlare Antivirus?

What is BlueFlare Antivirus?

BlueFlare Antivirus is a fake computer scanner created by Internet criminals. This program will not help you to eliminate spyware from your computer; it is designed to steal money from your credit card account. BlueFlare Antivirus is distributed through Trojans, and uses misleading methods to self-install on your computer. After this rogue program is installed on your computer, it will modify your operating system's registry in such way that BlueFlare Antivirus starts automatically on system start-up.

BlueFlare fake antivirus program

This fake PC program will also block legitimate Windows programs and limit your Internet connection, thus making BlueFlare Antivirus harder to remove. You should not trust this bogus scanner - it attempts to scare users into believing that your computer has various errors. If you click the "Remove Threats" button within this program, you will be redirected to a website where you will be encouraged to purchase a license. You should not buy BlueFlare Antivirus, it is a scam that should be removed from your computer using this removal guide. BlueFlare Antivirus 'detects' non-existent security infections on your computer - a misleading strategy used by many fake security programs. Internet criminals who created this rogue software, hope that you will believe the fake warning messages reporting that your PC is under attack by viruses and that you should purchase a full version of this fake security scanner.

Here is an example of fake alert generated by the BlueFlare Antivirus program:

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

Ignore this fake message and Remove BlueFlare Antivirus from your computer.

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Quick menu:

BlueFlare Antivirus removal:

Before downloading, enter the BlueFlare Antivirus registration key in the registration window:
DB038748-B4659586-4A1071AF-32E768CD-36005B1B-F4520642-3000BF2A-04FC910B

If you cannot download or run the spyware remover, try running the registry fix (link below). It enables execution of programs. Download registryfix.reg file, double click it, click YES and then OK.

"BlueFlare Antivirus" infection removal instructions (on infected computer):

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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Here's a video showing how to start Windows in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows XP users:

Windows Vista / 7 users:

Windows 8 users:

2. 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 - Startup: csrss.exe


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

3. Download legitimate anti-spyware software to fully remove BlueFlare Antivirus from your computer.

Other tools known to remove BlueFlare Antivirus:

If you are unable to remove BlueFlare Antivirus, 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 BlueFlare Antivirus processes:

[ramdom].exe

Remove these BlueFlare Antivirus entries:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\QTUpdate
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command "(Default)" = 'C:\Program Files\conhost.exe "%1" %*'

Delete these BlueFlare Antivirus files:

%AppData%\BlueFlare Antivirus\
%AppData%\BlueFlare Antivirus\BlueFlare Antivirus.exe
%AppData%\BlueFlare Antivirus\BlueFlare Antivirus.ico
%AppData%\BlueFlare Antivirus\csrss.exe
%AppData%\BlueFlare Antivirus\ms.conf
%StartMenu%\BlueFlare Antivirus
%StartMenu%\BlueFlare Antivirus\BlueFlare Antivirus.lnk
%StartupFolder%\csrss.exe
%UserProfile%\Desktop\BlueFlare Antivirus.lnk

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 blueflare antivirus rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:

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

To protect your computer from blueflare antivirus 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 are experiencing problems while trying to remove blueflare antivirus rogue from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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