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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Advanced Security Tool 2010?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Advanced Security Tool 2010 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 Advanced Security Tool 2010?

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 Advanced Security Tool 2010 get on my computer?

Rogue programs use different methods for spreading themselves. This particular one uses fake online scanners.

How do I remove Advanced Security Tool 2010?

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 Advanced Security Tool 2010?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Advanced Security Tool 2010 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 Advanced Security Tool 2010 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}\Desktop\a32.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\asectool.exe

O2 - BHO: BrcWiz Class - {80c10400-59cb-4c79-97ce-cc693103afca} - C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\scan.dll
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AdvSecTool] "C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\asectool.exe"

Alterations made by the installer:
  File System
    In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data
      Adds the file 1tmp.bat"="21:51 15/09/10 92 bytes
      Adds the file asectool.exe"="11:20 26/08/10 941056 bytes
      Adds the file scan.dll"="21:51 15/09/10 31744 bytes
      Adds the file secmof.tmp"="21:51 15/09/10 320 bytes
    In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop
      Adds the file Advanced Security Tool 2010.LNK"="21:51 15/09/10 1805 bytes
    In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu
      Adds the file Advanced Security Tool 2010.LNK"="21:51 15/09/10 1805 bytes

      "(Default)"="'BrcWiz Class'"
      "(Default)"="'BrcWiz Class'"
      "(Default)"="'BrcWiz Class'"
      "(Default)"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\scan.dll'"
      "(Default)"="'WinInet 1.0 Type Library'"
      "(Default)"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\'"
      "(Default)"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\scan.dll'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{80c10400-59cb-4c79-97ce-cc693103afca}]
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Advanced Security]
      "AdvSecTool"="'"C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\asectool.exe"'"
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
      "Shell"="'"C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\asectool.exe" /sn'"

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.46

Database version: 4623

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.5512

9/15/2010 10:00:11 PM
mbam-log-2010-09-15 (22-00-11).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 121721
Time elapsed: 3 minute(s), 36 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 1
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 7
Registry Values Infected: 2
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 7

Memory Processes Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\a32.exe (Rogue.AdvancedSecurityTool2010) -> Unloaded process successfully.

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\brcwizapp.brcwiz (Rogue.AdvancedSecurityTool2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{58b4e0f5-f122-4c02-b038-c482d998486a} (Rogue.AdvancedSecurityTool2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{4b66e1df-4de3-4cda-83b5-11673eadab0b} (Rogue.AdvancedSecurityTool2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{9692be2f-eb8f-49d9-a11c-c24c1ef734d5} (Rogue.AdvancedSecurityTool2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{80c10400-59cb-4c79-97ce-cc693103afca} (Rogue.AdvancedSecurityTool2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{80c10400-59cb-4c79-97ce-cc693103afca} (Rogue.AdvancedSecurityTool2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\brcwizapp.brcwiz.1 (Rogue.AdvancedSecurityTool2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\advsectool (Rogue.AdvancedSecurityTool2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\shell (Rogue.AdvancedSecurityTool2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\a32.exe (Rogue.AdvancedSecurityTool2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\asectool.exe (Rogue.AdvancedSecurityTool2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\scan.dll (Rogue.AdvancedSecurityTool2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\1tmp.bat (Malware.Trace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\secmof.tmp (Malware.Trace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\Advanced Security Tool 2010.lnk (Rogue.AdvancedSecurityTool2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Advanced Security Tool 2010.lnk (Rogue.AdvancedSecurityTool2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat.
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My computer became infected with "Security Tool" a few days ago inspite of the fact that Malwarebytes was installed and working. A scan showed no infections. However a scan by Superantispyware showed nearly 70 infections. These were difficult to remove bacause the virus kept stopping the antivirus program working. I overcame this by doing partial scans with Superantispyware removing a few infections at time and restarting Superantispyware. This has worked. Malwarebytes was recommended over the net sometime ago but it didn't work this time.
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