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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is BlueFlare Antivirus?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that BlueFlare Antivirus 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 BlueFlare Antivirus?

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 BlueFlare Antivirus get on my computer?

Rogue programs use different methods for spreading themselves. This particular one poses as a fake online scanner.

How do I remove BlueFlare Antivirus?

Our program Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove this rogue application.
  • Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware or transfer it from another computer to the infected one.
  • Reboot the computer into safe mode.
    In safe mode:
    • Install Malwarebytes' Antimalware by doubleclicking mbam-setup.exe and follow the displayed instructions.
    • Once you've installed Malwarebytes' Antimalware, navigate to the Program Files\Malwarebytes' Antimalware folder.
    • Locate the file mbam.exe in this folder.

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    • Now RENAME the mbam.exe in there to iexplore.exe

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    • If you want to avoid some possible problems later, rightclick the file and use the "Create Shortcut" option. Drag the shortcut to your desktop so you can easily start the program once you are back in normal mode.
  • After you reboot back into normal mode:
    • Doubleclick the iexplore.exe (the renamed mbam.exe or use the shortcut you created) in order to launch Malwarebytes' Antimalware.
    • Once the program window is open, the first and most important part is to UPDATE Malwarebytes' Antimalware first.
    • This can be done via the Update tab > Check for updates.
    • 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.
    • You will be prompted to let the computer reboot, after which the rogue application should be gone.
  • Rename the iexplore.exe back to mbam.exe and delete the shortcut from your desktop, if you created it.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of BlueFlare Antivirus?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Your PC Protector 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 BlueFlare Antivirus 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}\Application Data\BlueFlare Antivirus\BlueFlare Antivirus.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\BlueFlare Antivirus\csrss.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\csrss.exe

O2 - BHO: ADC PlugIn - {19090308-636D-4e9b-A1CE-A647B6F794BF} - C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\BlueFlare Antivirus\sbr32.dll
O4 - Startup: csrss.exe

Alterations made by the installer:
  File System
  ===============
    Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\BlueFlare Antivirus
      Adds the file sbr32.dll"="20:07 24/07/11 679936 bytes
      Adds the file ms.conf"="20:07 24/07/11 894 bytes
      Adds the file csrss.exe"="20:04 24/07/11 215040 bytes
      Adds the file BlueFlare Antivirus.ico"="20:04 24/07/11 15086 bytes
      Adds the file BlueFlare Antivirus.exe"="17:15 23/07/11 2671104 bytes
    In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop
      Adds the file BlueFlare Antivirus.lnk"="20:04 24/07/11 2059 bytes
    Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\BlueFlare Antivirus
      Adds the file BlueFlare Antivirus.lnk"="20:04 24/07/11 2071 bytes
    In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
      Adds the file csrss.exe"="20:04 24/07/11 215040 bytes

  Registry
  ===============
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{19090308-636D-4e9b-A1CE-A647B6F794BF}]
      "(Default)"="'ADC PlugIn'"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{19090308-636D-4e9b-A1CE-A647B6F794BF}\InprocServer32]
      "ThreadingModel"="'Apartment'"
      "(Default)"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\BlueFlare Antivirus\sbr32.dll'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{19090308-636D-4e9b-A1CE-A647B6F794BF}]


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.51.1.1800
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 7261

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.13

7/24/2011 3:58:23 PM
mbam-log-2011-07-24 (15-58-23).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 136507
Time elapsed: 1 minute(s), 39 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 3
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 3
Registry Values Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 2
Files Infected: 9

Memory Processes Infected:
c:\documents and settings\{username}\application data\blueflare antivirus\blueflare antivirus.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> 1432 -> Unloaded process successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\application data\blueflare antivirus\csrss.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> 1812 -> Unloaded process successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\start menu\Programs\Startup\csrss.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> 1588 -> Unloaded process successfully.

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{19090308-636D-4e9b-A1CE-A647B6F794BF} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{19090308-636D-4E9B-A1CE-A647B6F794BF} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{19090308-636D-4E9B-A1CE-A647B6F794BF} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
c:\documents and settings\{username}\application data\blueflare antivirus (Rogue.BlueFlareAntivirus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\start menu\Programs\blueflare antivirus (Rogue.BlueFlareAntivirus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
c:\documents and settings\{username}\application data\blueflare antivirus\blueflare antivirus.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\application data\blueflare antivirus\csrss.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\start menu\Programs\Startup\csrss.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\application data\blueflare antivirus\sbr32.dll (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\Desktop\54ff6f105bd29834d25597f65b457c69.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\application data\blueflare antivirus\ms.conf (Rogue.BlueFlareAntivirus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\application data\blueflare antivirus\blueflare antivirus.ico (Rogue.BlueFlareAntivirus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\Desktop\blueflare antivirus.lnk (Rogue.BlueFlareAntivirus) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\start menu\Programs\blueflare antivirus\blueflare antivirus.lnk (Rogue.BlueFlareAntivirus) -> 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):
  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
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