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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is XP Antispyware 2010?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that XP Antispyware 2010 is a fake anti-malware application. These so-called "rogues" use intentional false positives to convince users that their systems have been compromised. Then they try to sell you their software, claiming it will remove these threats. In extreme cases the false threats are actually the very trojans that advertise or even directly install the rogue. You are strongly advised to follow our removal instructions below.

How do I know if I am infected with XP Antispyware 2010?

This is how the main screen of the rogue application looks:

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And see these warnings:

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How did XP Antispyware 2010 get on my computer?

Rogue programs use different methods for spreading themselves. This particular one was installed by a trojan.

How do I remove XP Antispyware 2010?

Our program Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove this rogue application.

Please follow the detailed instructions posted in this post.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application has helped you eradicate this malicious software. If your current security solution let this infection through, you might please consider purchasing the FULL version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware for additional protection.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware would have protected you against the XP Antispyware 2010 rogue. It would have warned you before the rogue could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\av.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Dck.exe

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [BMIMZMHMFM] C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Dck.exe

Note: the elements in the startup entry are randomized names

Alterations made by the installer:
File System
  ===============
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}
	  Adds the file Dck.exe
	In the existing folder C:\WINDOWS
	  Adds the file msa.exe"="01:21 24/01/10 136704 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\WINDOWS\Tasks
	  Adds the file {35DC3473-A719-4d14-B7C1-FD326CA84A0C}.job"="20:20 28/01/10 248 bytes
	  Adds the file {66BA574B-1E11-49b8-909C-8CC9E0E8E015}.job"="20:20 28/01/10 364 bytes

  Registry
  ===============
	[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile]
	[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
	@="secfile"
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\BMIMZMHMFM]
	  "Nl1"="-2069912880"
	  "Nl0"="30056529"
	  "Nl6"="3"
	  "Nl3"="-1332651008"
	  "Nl2"="30056722"
	  "Nl5"="4"
	  "Nl4"="86400"
	  "Nq1"="'tSbFNJuL/h22spR48AI743bz2Kge8sEawEe9qDmwlElsy8Vz+c4nuMDfXPK0HljtkauXVCGbnnfra35yKwccKDhh+"
	  "Nq0"="'tSLPLpWL7R22spR48AI743bz2Kge8sEYzVKwvT2iiUlsy8Vz6cQms8nYW7WrGAah1q7ZF2rk+EDa
U9'"
	  "Nq2"="'xC7aKZ+O6wyPlq1krRM4sG7m2LFGsYtHjHOagBf10Uk/n4gL8s8xs9LeD5KQVh3/j+XFa0mnvQ=='
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\WS9E3IQBKY]
	  "Nd2"="'ZuLNIa64IWuvvLI2R7iRAEwL8iFnqi/6lPGZOoQgs7J0x4Dgk1NI9w=='"
	  "Nd1"=""
	  "Nz1"="-814201008"
	  "Nz0"="30056722"
	  "Nz14"="0"
	  "Nz6"="12"
	  "Nz4"="100"
	  "Nz3"="250"
	  "Nz5"="3600"
	  "Nz2"="13"
	  "Nd0"="'Gbv+C4eSExjnyIpWf4+pYXAo/2QGxA/X94OiMMEM3fg2w7Pu0VNI9IxRBBYdPv+C8udmYYz+5+k/6cSbr3ScnTXryfHSy9au8r"
	  "Nd3"="'FOqnUdbLQBfZ+w=='"
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\XML]

	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
	  "BMIMZMHMFM"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Dck.exe'"

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44
Database version: 3653
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180

1/28/2010 8:53:26 PM
mbam-log-2010-01-28 (20-53-26).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 97991
Time elapsed: 3 minute(s), 13 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 2
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 3
Registry Values Infected: 1
Registry Data Items Infected: 1
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 4

Memory Processes Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\av.exe (ROGUE.Win7Antispyware2010) -> Unloaded process successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Dck.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Unloaded process successfully.

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile (Trojan.Fakealert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\BMIMZMHMFM (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\XML (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\bmimzmhmfm (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\(default) (Hijacked.exeFile) -> Bad: (secfile) Good: (exefile) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\av.exe (ROGUE.Win7Antispyware2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Dck.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\msa.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\{66BA574B-1E11-49b8-909C-8CC9E0E8E015}.job (Trojan.Downloader) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):
  • IP-blocks
  • Execution protection
Save yourself the hassle and get protected.

Edited by Metallica, 06 February 2010 - 02:26 PM.

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The malware described above uses several names and adapts to the Windows version iun use. You can find other manifestations below.
The removal method is exactly the same.

Other manifestations of this malware

XP Internet Security 2010
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Antivirus XP 2010
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Vista Antivirus Pro
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Vista Antivirus Pro 2010
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Vista Antispyware 2010
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Win7 Antispyware 2010
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Win7 Internet Security 2010
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Win7 Guardian 2010
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Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from Here
If you are unable to do this from the infected computer diurectly, transfer the file from another computer.
Download the mbam-setup.exe to your desktop.

Now make sure extensions are shown. To do this, please look here
Then rename the mbam-setup.exe: Posted Image to mbam-setup.com: Posted Image
Then launch mbam-setup.com in order to install Malwarebytes' Anti-malware

Once Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is installed, navigate to your Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder and locate the mbam.exe in there:

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rename it to mbam.com:

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Now doubleclick mbam.com to launch Malwarebytes' Anti-malware.
  • Click the "Update" tab and click the "Check For updates" button.
  • Once the program has loaded and updates were downloaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan.
  • The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
  • When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart, so please allow MBAM to restart.
  • The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
This should get rid of your problem as you see in the screenshot below:

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You will be prompted to reboot the computer. Once this has been done, please rename mbam.com back to mbam.exe.
You'll see that it will be able to run again.
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Ok I followed all of the above instructions.
Got to the part of changing the mbam.exe file to a mbam.com file once it is installed but I cant find the .exe file.
What do I do from here?

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Hi vandenheever,

What exactly is the problem when you are trying to find the file?
Can't locate the folder it is in?
Or is the extension .exe not visible?
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Located the folder, just cant find the mbam.exe file, its like it doesnt exist
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Can you see two files with M logo in that folder?
Like the mbamgui.exe and the mbam.exe in the screenshot?
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My laptop got infected and I can't go on the internet on there to download the software. Is there another way to get the software? How do I get on the internet to download the software? :)
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You can do it from a clean computer, and load the tools on a flash drive. If that doesn't work for you start a topic in the maware forum, and one of us will help you get sorted. :)
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Is a CD fine?
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Yes. A CD will do as well. :)
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Located the folder, just cant find the mbam.exe file, its like it doesnt exist


You're probably seeing an "mbam" and "mbamgui" file, but not the file extensions "exe". To properly rename them, you'll need to show file extensions for know file types.

VISTA: http://windows.micro...name-extensions
WinXP: http://www.microsoft...s.mspx?mfr=true (note 3)

Edited by TangoWhiskey, 21 February 2010 - 02:20 PM.

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My laptop got infected and I can't go on the internet on there to download the software. Is there another way to get the software? How do I get on the internet to download the software? :)


By the way, if you can't get on the Internet on the infected computer, or can't get to "malwarebytes.org" in your browser on the infected computer due to a DNS hijack issue, then run a recently downloaded MBAM in safe mode and tell it NOT to check for updates on first run.
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The latest version of Malwarebytes will NOT remove these rogues completely if it hasn't connected for updates, so please ignore that last post. :)
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Hello,

I contracted this virus about 3-4 weeks ago. I scanned with everything I had - spybot, malwarebytes, and Windows LiveOneCare and I thought I'd got rid of it. The pop-ups came back a few days later so I followed this forum's guidelines. I thought that did the trick but now the pop-ups have re-appeared! Not sure what to do as my anti-virus, even when fully updated, is not finding anything....

Oh, in the above instructions it says before installation you have to re-name the file mbam-setup.exe to mbam-setup.com. But as I'd already installed malwarebytes I only bothered re-naming the rename the mbam.exe to mbam.com and then ran the scan, is that step crucial?

Cheers.
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