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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is VirusCatch?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that VirusCatch 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 VirusCatch?

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

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You will find these icons on your desktop and in your taskbar:

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And see this warning:

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How did VirusCatch get on my computer?

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

How do I remove VirusCatch?

Our program Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove this rogue application.
  • Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:

    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Perform quick scan, then click Scan.
  • When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
  • Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. Reboot your computer if prompted.
  • When completed, a log will open in Notepad. The rogue application should now be gone.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of VirusCatch?

  • The shortcut called viruscatch on the desktop can be deleted if it belonged to the rogue.

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 VirusCatch 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:\Program Files\viruscatch\viruscatch.exe

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [viruscatch] C:\Program Files\viruscatch\VCatchUp.exe

Alterations made by the installer:
File System
  ===============
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop
	  Adds the file viruscatch.lnk"="20:02 28/04/10 1552 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu
	  Adds the file viruscatch.lnk"="20:02 28/04/10 1546 bytes
	Adds the folder C:\Program Files\viruscatch
	  Adds the file viruscatch.ico"="19:59 28/04/10 17542 bytes
	  Adds the file viruscatch.exe"="19:59 28/04/10 2084864 bytes
	  Adds the file vcguard.exe"="19:59 28/04/10 65536 bytes
	  Adds the file vcguard.bmp"="19:59 28/04/10 91076 bytes
	  Adds the file vcatchup.exe.zgz"="20:01 28/04/10 30046 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchUp.exe"="10:15 20/11/07 86016 bytes
	  Adds the file uninstall.exe"="19:59 28/04/10 36864 bytes
	  Adds the file libmysql.dll"="19:59 28/04/10 249856 bytes
	Adds the folder C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource
	  Adds the file VCatchDB042.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 68265 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB041.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 127519 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB040.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 29596 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB039.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 31569 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB038.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 22884 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB037.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 34729 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB036.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 28952 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB035.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 29486 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB034.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 29917 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB033.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 30874 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB032.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 32303 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB031.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 20800 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB030.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 28388 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB029.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 26391 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB028.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 19109 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB027.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 19735 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB026.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 28551 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB025.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 26699 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB024.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 28527 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB023.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 7213 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB022.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 3740 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB021.cft"="20:02 28/04/10 17679 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB020.cft"="20:01 28/04/10 8276 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB019.cft"="20:01 28/04/10 33268 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB018.cft"="20:01 28/04/10 166244 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB017.cft"="20:01 28/04/10 230121 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB016.cft"="20:01 28/04/10 209917 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB015.cft"="20:01 28/04/10 207475 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB014.cft"="20:01 28/04/10 167998 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB013.cft"="20:01 28/04/10 232224 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB012.cft"="20:01 28/04/10 232169 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB011.cft"="20:00 28/04/10 203096 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB010.cft"="20:00 28/04/10 246586 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB009.cft"="20:00 28/04/10 197251 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB008.cft"="20:00 28/04/10 241313 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB007.cft"="20:00 28/04/10 233457 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB006.cft"="20:00 28/04/10 177283 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB005.cft"="20:00 28/04/10 247673 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB004.cft"="20:00 28/04/10 249015 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB003.cft"="20:00 28/04/10 259309 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB002.cft"="19:59 28/04/10 223893 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB001.cft"="19:59 28/04/10 253789 bytes
	  Adds the file VCatchDB000.cft"="19:59 28/04/10 246228 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\WINDOWS\system32
	  Adds the file vcatchun.exe"="19:59 28/04/10 49152 bytes

  Registry
  ===============
	[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\VCatchUp.exe]
	  "(Default)"="'C:\Program Files\viruscatch\VCatchUp.exe'"
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\viruscatch\Setup]
	  "Tray"="'0'"
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\viruscatch]
	  "UninstallString"="'C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Uninstall.exe'"
	  "DisplayName"="'viruscatch'"
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
	  "viruscatch"="'C:\Program Files\viruscatch\VCatchUp.exe'"

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.45
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 4047

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180

4/28/2010 8:16:14 PM
mbam-log-2010-04-28 (20-16-14).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 99326
Time elapsed: 3 minute(s), 8 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 1
Memory Modules Infected: 1
Registry Keys Infected: 3
Registry Values Infected: 1
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 2
Files Infected: 52

Memory Processes Infected:
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\viruscatch.exe (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Unloaded process successfully.

Memory Modules Infected:
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\libmysql.dll (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\viruscatch (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\viruscatch (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\VCatchUp.exe (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\viruscatch (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
C:\Program Files\viruscatch (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\viruscatch.exe (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\VCatchUp.exe (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\vcatchun.exe (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\libmysql.dll (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\uninstall.exe (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\vcatchup.exe.zgz (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\vcguard.bmp (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\vcguard.exe (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\viruscatch.ico (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB000.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB001.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB002.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB003.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB004.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB005.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB006.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB007.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB008.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB009.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB010.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB011.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB012.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB013.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB014.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB015.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB016.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB017.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB018.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB019.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB020.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB021.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB022.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB023.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB024.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB025.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB026.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB027.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB028.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB029.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB030.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB031.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB032.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB033.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB034.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB035.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB036.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB037.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB038.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB039.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB040.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB041.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\viruscatch\Resource\VCatchDB042.cft (Rogue.VirusCatch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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