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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Live Security Suite?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Live Security Suite 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 Live Security Suite?

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 these warnings:

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How did Live Security Suite get on my computer?

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

How do I remove Live Security Suite?

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 Live Security Suite?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Live Security Suite completely.

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 Live Security Suite 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\Live Security Suite\LiveSS.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Metallica\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Media\9.0\theinat.exe

O4 - HKCU\..\Policies\Explorer\Run: [Live Security Suite] "C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\LiveSS.exe" /s 
O4 - HKCU\..\Policies\Explorer\Run: [theinat] C:\Documents and Settings\Metallica\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Media\9.0\theinat.exe

Note: theinat is a semi-random name

Alterations made by the installer:
File System
  ===============
	Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Live Security Suite
	  Adds the file Purchase License.lnk"="13:26 10/07/10 1661 bytes
	  Adds the file Live Security Suite.lnk"="13:26 10/07/10 1639 bytes
	  Adds the file Live Security Suite Home Page.lnk"="13:26 10/07/10 1661 bytes
	Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Live Security Suite
	  Adds the file Uninstall  Live Security Suite.lnk"="13:26 10/07/10 1673 bytes
	  Adds the file uill.ini"="13:26 10/07/10 47 bytes
	  Adds the file settings.ini"="13:29 10/07/10 210 bytes
	  Adds the file HTUninstaller.exe"="13:26 10/07/10 242176 bytes
	Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Live Security Suite\db
	  Adds the file Urls.inf"="13:26 10/07/10 2005 bytes
	  Adds the file Timeout.inf"="13:26 10/07/10 1277 bytes
	  Adds the file pb.dll"="13:26 10/07/10 39936 bytes
	  Adds the file config.cfg"="13:29 10/07/10 1887 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
	  Adds the file Live Security Suite.lnk"="13:26 10/07/10 1645 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop
	  Adds the file Live Security Suite.lnk"="13:26 10/07/10 1627 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\LiveSecuritySuite
	  Adds the file file.exe"="21:09 08/07/10 41984 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer
	  Adds the file iGSh.png"="13:26 10/07/10 3508 bytes
	  Adds the file iMSh.png"="13:26 10/07/10 7005 bytes
	  Adds the file iPSh.png"="13:26 10/07/10 3501 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows
	  Adds the file pguard.ini"="13:26 10/07/10 91 bytes
	  Adds the file services.exe"="13:26 10/07/10 257024 bytes
	  Adds the file theandout.exe"="13:26 10/07/10 146432 bytes
	  Alters the file UsrClass.dat.LOG
		20:14 02/07/10 1024 bytes ==> 13:26 10/07/10 1024 bytes
	Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Media\9.0_
	  (MOVED TO)(FILE) WMSDKNS.XML"="20:38 01/06/10 12784 bytes
	  (MOVED TO)(FILE) WMSDKNS.DTD"="20:38 01/06/10 498 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Media\9.0
	  Adds the file theinat.exe"="13:26 10/07/10 146432 bytes
	  (MOVED FROM)(FILE) WMSDKNS.DTD"="20:38 01/06/10 498 bytes
	  (MOVED FROM)(FILE) WMSDKNS.XML"="20:38 01/06/10 12784 bytes
	Adds the folder C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite
	  Adds the file ~LiveSS.tmp"="13:26 10/07/10 0 bytes
	  Adds the file working.log"="13:29 10/07/10 22441 bytes
	  Adds the file uninstall.ico"="13:26 10/07/10 33438 bytes
	  Adds the file reg.ico"="13:26 10/07/10 16486 bytes
	  Adds the file LiveSS.exe"="21:09 08/07/10 4190208 bytes
	  Adds the file explorer.ico"="13:26 10/07/10 33438 bytes
	  Adds the file activate.ico"="13:26 10/07/10 33438 bytes
	Adds the folder C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\Languages
	  Adds the file LSSIt.lng"="13:26 10/07/10 61324 bytes
	  Adds the file LSSGer.lng"="13:26 10/07/10 58886 bytes
	  Adds the file LSSFr.lng"="13:26 10/07/10 61366 bytes
	  Adds the file LSSEs.lng"="13:26 10/07/10 59828 bytes
	Adds the folder C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\db
	  Adds the file lists.ini"="13:26 10/07/10 14848 bytes
	  Adds the file Infected.wav"="13:26 10/07/10 9996 bytes
	  Adds the file ga090122.db"="13:26 10/07/10 10796 bytes
	  Adds the file DBInfo.ver"="13:26 10/07/10 84 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\WINDOWS\system32
	  Adds the file fptvunrrwt.dll"="13:26 10/07/10 66048 bytes
	  Adds the file pb.sys"="13:26 10/07/10 19 bytes
	  Adds the file tkkitpflat.dll"="13:26 10/07/10 41472 bytes

  Registry
  ===============
	[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Live Security Suite_is1]
	[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\taskmgr.exe]
	  "RealDebugger"="'"C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\METALLICA\DESKTOP\PROCEXP.EXE"'"
	[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Session Manager\AppCertDlls]
	  "pb"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Live Security Suite\db\pb.dll'"
	[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\AppCertDlls]
	  "pb"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Live Security Suite\db\pb.dll'"
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Live Security Suite]
	  "DateInstall"=".'@[email protected]"
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\FTP]
	  "SearchDir"="'C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\'"
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences]
	  "AddonTemplatesDir"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Media\9.0\theinat.exe'"
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Notepad]
	  "LinesCount"="'C:\WINDOWS\system32\tkkitpflat.dll'"
	  "PluginPath"="'C:\WINDOWS\system32\fptvunrrwt.dll'"
	  "popup1"="0"
	  "popup2"="0"
	  "prob"="[email protected]"
	  "prob1"="60"
	  "prob2"="50"
	  "probRedir"="60"
	  "Psl"="'https://lsspayment.com/?pid=LSS&uid=0&mid=ff65e9dedd194dd245dce9875836f75b'"
	  "subscriber"="196928"
	  "uid"="'0'"
	  "uniname"="'Live Security Suite_is1'"

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.46
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 4299

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.5512

7/10/2010 1:41:18 PM
mbam-log-2010-07-10 (13-41-18).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 113655
Time elapsed: 6 minute(s), 45 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 2
Memory Modules Infected: 2
Registry Keys Infected: 2
Registry Values Infected: 6
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 6
Files Infected: 37

Memory Processes Infected:
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\LiveSS.exe (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Unloaded process successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Media\9.0\theinat.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Unloaded process successfully.

Memory Modules Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\tkkitpflat.dll (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\fptvunrrwt.dll (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Live Security Suite (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Live Security Suite_is1 (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run\live security suite (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run\theinat (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences\addontemplatesdir (Rogue.InternetAntivirus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\taskmgr.exe\debugger (Security.Hijack) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\taskmgr.exe\realdebugger (Security.Hijack) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\AppCertDlls\pb (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Live Security Suite (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Live Security Suite\db (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\db (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\Languages (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Live Security Suite (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\tkkitpflat.dll (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\fptvunrrwt.dll (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\LiveSS.exe (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Media\9.0\theinat.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Live Security Suite\HTUninstaller.exe (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Live Security Suite\settings.ini (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Live Security Suite\uill.ini (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Live Security Suite\Uninstall  Live Security Suite.lnk (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Live Security Suite\db\config.cfg (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Live Security Suite\db\pb.dll (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Live Security Suite\db\Timeout.inf (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Live Security Suite\db\Urls.inf (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\activate.ico (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\explorer.ico (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\reg.ico (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\uninstall.ico (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\working.log (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\~LiveSS.tmp (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\db\DBInfo.ver (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\db\ga090122.db (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\db\Infected.wav (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\db\lists.ini (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\Languages\LSSEs.lng (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\Languages\LSSFr.lng (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\Languages\LSSGer.lng (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\Live Security Suite\Languages\LSSIt.lng (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Live Security Suite\Live Security Suite Home Page.lnk (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Live Security Suite\Live Security Suite.lnk (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Live Security Suite\Purchase License.lnk (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\Live Security Suite.LNK (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Live Security Suite.LNK (Rogue.LiveSecuritySuite) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\pb.sys (Malware.Trace) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\iGSh.png (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\iMSh.png (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\iPSh.png (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\pguard.ini (Rogue.InternetAntiVirus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\services.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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