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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Vaccine Engine?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Vaccine Engine 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 Vaccine Engine?

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

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You will find this icon in your taskbar:

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And see these warnings:

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How did Vaccine Engine get on my computer?

Rogue programs use different methods for spreading themselves. This particular one was downloaded from their site.

How do I remove Vaccine Engine?

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 Vaccine Engine?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Vaccine Engine 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 Vaccine Engine 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:
Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\vaccineengine.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\vaccineengineusb.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [vaccineengineusb] C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\vaccineengineusb.exe

Alterations made by the installer:
File system details 
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    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine
       Adds the file config.ini"="11/23/2013 1:22 AM, 421 bytes, A
       Adds the file Ȩ.url"="11/23/2013 1:20 AM, 49 bytes, A
       Adds the file traking.dll"="11/23/2013 1:20 AM, 42007 bytes, A
       Adds the file uninst_vaccineengine.exe"="11/23/2013 1:20 AM, 115920 bytes, A
       Adds the file vaccineengine.exe"="11/23/2013 1:20 AM, 570936 bytes, A
       Adds the file vaccineenginectrl.exe"="11/23/2013 1:19 AM, 93752 bytes, A
       Adds the file vaccineenginelog.txt"="11/23/2013 1:22 AM, 40 bytes, A
       Adds the file vaccineengineu.exe"="11/23/2013 1:19 AM, 149056 bytes, A
       Adds the file vaccineengineusb.exe"="11/23/2013 1:19 AM, 104504 bytes, A
       Adds the file ware.dll"="11/23/2013 1:20 AM, 868440 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\Skin
       Adds the file config.inf"="10/14/2013 11:22 AM, 2529 bytes, A
       Adds the file harddisk.inf"="7/23/2013 5:21 PM, 3340 bytes, A
       Adds the file internet.inf"="7/23/2013 5:30 PM, 972 bytes, A
       Adds the file log.inf"="7/23/2013 5:55 PM, 610 bytes, A
       Adds the file main.bmp"="10/14/2013 11:29 AM, 2501224 bytes, A
       Adds the file main.inf"="7/23/2013 5:38 PM, 2564 bytes, A
       Adds the file malware.inf"="7/23/2013 4:17 PM, 592 bytes, A
       Adds the file malwaremain.inf"="7/26/2013 1:04 PM, 1041 bytes, A
       Adds the file oneclick.inf"="10/14/2013 11:38 AM, 1179 bytes, A
       Adds the file popup.inf"="7/29/2013 6:31 PM, 2166 bytes, A
       Adds the file securityhome.inf"="7/22/2013 5:12 PM, 2158 bytes, A
       Adds the file system.inf"="7/23/2013 4:51 PM, 2129 bytes, A
    Adds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\vaccineengine
       Adds the file ſ .lnk"="11/23/2013 1:20 AM, 1187 bytes, A
       Adds the file ſ .lnk"="11/23/2013 1:20 AM, 1127 bytes, A
       Adds the file Ȩ.lnk"="11/23/2013 1:20 AM, 1102 bytes, A

Registry details 
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    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility]
       "vceng"="REG_SZ, "547480395"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
       "vaccineengineusb"="REG_SZ, "C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\vaccineengineusb.exe"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\vaccineengine]
       "DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ, ""C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\uninst_vaccineengine.exe""
       "DisplayName"="REG_SZ, "vaccineengine"
       "DisplayPid"="REG_SZ, "vaccineengine"
       "DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ, "1.0.0.1"
       "NoModify"="REG_DWORD, 1"
       "NoRepair"="REG_DWORD, 1"
       "Publisher"="REG_SZ, "()ڸ"
       "UninstallString"="REG_SZ, ""C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\uninst_vaccineengine.exe""


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (PRO) 1.75.0.1300
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: v2013.11.23.04

Windows 8 x64 NTFS
Internet Explorer 10.0.9200.16660
{username} :: MBAM-VM [administrator]

Protection: Disabled

11/23/2013 1:25:30 AM
mbam-log-2013-11-23 (01-25-30).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Scan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM
Scan options disabled: P2P
Objects scanned: 198093
Time elapsed: 1 minute(s), 22 second(s)

Memory Processes Detected: 2
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\vaccineengine.exe (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> 2928 -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\vaccineengineusb.exe (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> 2812 -> Delete on reboot.

Memory Modules Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Detected: 1
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\vaccineengine (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Detected: 2
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run|vaccineengineusb (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Data: C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\vaccineengineusb.exe -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer|vaccineengine_vaccineengine (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Data: 1 -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Detected: 3
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\Skin (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\vaccineengine (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Detected: 26
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\vaccineengine.exe (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\vaccineengineusb.exe (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\vaccineenginesetup.exe (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\traking.dll (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\config.ini (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\uninst_vaccineengine.exe (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\vaccineenginectrl.exe (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\vaccineenginelog.txt (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\vaccineengineu.exe (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\ware.dll (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\Ȩ.url (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\Skin\config.inf (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\Skin\harddisk.inf (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\Skin\internet.inf (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\Skin\log.inf (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\Skin\main.bmp (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\Skin\main.inf (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\Skin\malware.inf (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\Skin\malwaremain.inf (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\Skin\oneclick.inf (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\Skin\popup.inf (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\Skin\securityhome.inf (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineengine\Skin\system.inf (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\vaccineengine\ſ .lnk (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\vaccineengine\ſ .lnk (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\vaccineengine\Ȩ.lnk (Rogue.VaccineEngine) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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