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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Antivirus 10?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Antivirus 10 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 Antivirus 10?

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

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You will find this icon in your taskbar, and on your desktop:

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And see these warnings:

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On top of that the fake antivirus opens browser windows to sites with explicite content and pharma advertisements.
It also blocks some programs that might be helpful when you are trying to remove this rogue:

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How did Antivirus 10 get on my computer?

Rogue programs use different methods for spreading themselves. This particular one was promoted by a fake online scanner. The links to this scanner were spammed on forums.

How do I remove Antivirus 10?

Our program Malwarebytes can detect and remove this rogue. Due to the nature of this program you will have to reboot into Safe Mode with Networking.
Once you are in safe mode the rogue will not be active and you can follow the instructions below.
  • Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  • Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • Then click Finish.
  • Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  • When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  • Restart your computer when prompted to do so.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Antivirus 10?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Antivirus 10 completely.
How would the full version of Malwarebytes 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 for additional protection.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes would have protected you against the Antivirus 10 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

Possible signs in FRST logs:

 (USS Inc) C:\Program Files (x86)\hjgTfbv7Z\AV10PRT.exe
 HKCU\...\Run: [Securitysoft] => C:\Program Files (x86)\hjgTfbv7Z\AV10PRT.exe [1350173 2016-12-26] (USS Inc)
 C:\Users\{username}\Desktop\Antivirus 10.lnk
 C:\Program Files (x86)\hjgTfbv7Z
Alterations made by the installer:

File system details [View: All details] (Selection)
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    Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\hjgTfbv7Z
       Adds the file AV10PRT.exe"="12/26/2016 2:58 PM, 1350173 bytes, A
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\Desktop
       Adds the file Antivirus 10.lnk"="12/30/2016 11:23 AM, 1125 bytes, A
Malwarebytes log:

Malwarebytes
www.malwarebytes.com

-Log Details-
Scan Date: 12/30/16
Scan Time: 11:41 AM
Logfile: mbamAntivirus10.txt
Administrator: Yes

-Software Information-
Version: 3.0.4.1269
Components Version: 1.0.39
Update Package Version: 1.0.891
License: Free

-System Information-
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {computername}\{username}

-Scan Summary-
Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 353150
Time Elapsed: 9 min, 7 sec

-Scan Options-
Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Enabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

-Scan Details-
Process: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Module: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Key: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Value: 1
Rogue.FakeAV, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|Securitysoft, Delete-on-Reboot, [905], [356543],1.0.891

Data Stream: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folder: 1
Rogue.FakeAV, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\hjgTfbv7Z, Delete-on-Reboot, [905], [356544],1.0.891

File: 3
Rogue.FakeAV, C:\PROGRAM FILES (X86)\HJGTFBV7Z\AV10PRT.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [905], [356543],1.0.891
Rogue.FakeAV, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\ANTIVIRUS 10.LNK, Delete-on-Reboot, [905], [356542],1.0.891
Rogue.FakeAV, C:\USERS\{username}\DESKTOP\FORUMS-ANTIVIRUS10INSTALLER.EXE, Delete-on-Reboot, [905], [356543],1.0.891

Physical Sector: 0
(No malicious items detected)


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As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes 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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