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WolfRam AntiVirus

Also Known As: WolfRam Antivirus Rogue
Damage level: High

What is WolfRam?

WolfRam AntiVirus is a fake antivirus program, and a variant of a previous version, Flare Antivirus. This fake computer security scanner is distributed through Trojans.

To prevent fake programs such as WolfRam Antivirus infecting your PC, you should not download Flash Player updates from unknown sources, since this is one of the ways in which infections are propagated. Internet criminals also use misleading email messages to proliferate malware, and therefore, you should not open email attachments from unknown parties.

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Before opening attachments, scan them first with a legitimate antivirus program. When WolfRam antivirus self-installs on your computer, it will modify the system settings in order to start automatically on system start-up.

When you boot your computer, the main WolfRam Antivirus window appears and performs a security scan. This fake scanner mimics the detection of various threats on your computer.

If you click on the "Remove Threats" button, you will be redirected to a website where you will be encouraged to purchase a full version of WolfRam Antivirus in order to remove the 'detected' threats. You should not enter your banking information when asked by this program, as it is a scam.

WolfRam is a bogus program that imitates the process of a security scan and then displays fake results. This is done to scare you into believing that your PC is infected with various threats so that you pay for a non existent full version of this rogue program.

WolfRam Antivirus is not a legitimate computer security program and you should remove it from your computer immediately. Use this removal guide to remove WolfRam Antivirus from your computer.

The following is an example of fake alert generated by WolfRam AntiVirus:

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

Ignore this fake message and remove WolfRam AntiVirus from your computer now.

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WolfRam AntiVirus removal:

Before downloading, enter the WolfRam 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) that enables execution of programs. Download the registryfix.reg file, double click it, click YES, and then OK.

WolfRam AntiVirus 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 is a video demonstrating 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 WolfRam AntiVirus from your computer.

Other tools known to remove WolfRam AntiVirus:

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 wolfram antivirus rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:

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

To protect your computer from wolfram 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.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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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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