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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is A-Secure 2015?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that A-Secure 2015 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 A-Secure 2015?

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

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You may see these, or similar, warnings:

warning1.png

warning2.png

warning3.png

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How did A-Secure 2015 get on my computer?

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

How do I remove A-Secure 2015?
Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this rogue application. But since the rogue blocks all other programs you will have to boot into "Safe mode with networking".
Once you are in safe mode, you can continue with the instructions below.
  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete , make sure that everything is set to "Quarantine", and click Apply Actions.
  • Reboot your computer if prompted.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of A-Secure 2015?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes A-Secure 2015 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 A-Secure 2015 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:

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [qcgce2mrvjq91kk1e7pnbb19m52fx1956jc03il0h] C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\o0zrbxxdsf.exe
Note: The name of the file is random
 
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details  
---------------------------------------------
    In the existing folder C:\ProgramData
       Adds the file 893686b8"="12/1/2014 7:33 PM, 28567 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local
       Adds the file o0zrbxxdsf.exe
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming
       Adds the file 893686b8"="12/1/2014 7:33 PM, 31437 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates
       Adds the file 893686b8"="12/1/2014 7:33 PM, 29467 bytes, A


Registry details  
------------------------------------------
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
       "qcgce2mrvjq91kk1e7pnbb19m52fx1956jc03il0h"="REG_SZ", "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\o0zrbxxdsf.exe"

 
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
www.malwarebytes.org

Scan Date: 12/1/2014
Scan Time: 7:39:13 PM
Logfile: mbamASecure.txt
Administrator: Yes

Version: 2.00.3.1025
Malware Database: v2014.12.01.06
Rootkit Database: v2014.12.01.02
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x86
File System: NTFS
User: Malwarebytes

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 277802
Time Elapsed: 3 min, 38 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values: 1
Trojan.FakeAV, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|qcgce2mrvjq91kk1e7pnbb19m52fx1956jc03il0h, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\o0zrbxxdsf.exe, Quarantined, [6842d7866814dd59a9dc2f1ea261ac54]

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Files: 1
Rogue.Braviax, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\o0zrbxxdsf.exe, Quarantined, [9d0d62fb493362d4c7567f6e837eac54], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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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
  • Malware Execution Prevention
Save yourself the hassle and get protected.
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