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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is SpyCare?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that SpyCare 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 SpyCare?

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 SpyCare get on my computer?

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

How do I remove SpyCare?

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 SpyCare?

  • The shortcut called ɾ on the desktop can be deleted if it belonged to the rogue. If you are in doubt compare it against the icon posted above.

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 SpyCare 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:\Program Files\SpyCare\SpyCare.exe

O2 - BHO: SPYCAREBHO Class - {0A133B55-83C4-4e7e-B070-B87EC9BEAF67} - C:\Program Files\SpyCare\SpyCareBlk.dll
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SpyCare] "C:\Program Files\SpyCare\launcher.exe" "C:\Program Files\SpyCare\SpyCareUp.exe" /disk

Alterations made by the installer:

  File System
    In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop
      Adds the file �������ɾ�.lnk"="16:04 12/12/10 1445 bytes
    Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\SpyCare
      Adds the file �������ɾ�.lnk"="16:04 12/12/10 1633 bytes
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\SpyCare
      Adds the file uninstall.exe"="16:04 12/12/10 76232 bytes
      Adds the file SpyCareUp.exe"="01:45 23/01/10 524288 bytes
      Adds the file SpyCareRes.dll"="10:58 22/01/10 14921728 bytes
      Adds the file SpyCareFunc.dll"="09:43 26/01/10 57344 bytes
      Adds the file SpyCareBlk.dll"="07:28 03/03/10 126976 bytes
      Adds the file SpyCare.exe"="07:38 03/03/10 479232 bytes
      Adds the file launcher.exe"="12:13 02/03/10 43008 bytes
    Adds the folder C:\Program Files\SpyCare\Data
      Adds the file Enc_SPYCSiteBase.mc"="16:04 12/12/10 256 bytes
      Adds the file Enc_SPYCCode.ss"="16:04 12/12/10 2572800 bytes

      "(Default)"="'SPYCAREBHO Class'"
      "(Default)"="'SPYCAREBHO Class'"
      "(Default)"="'SPYCAREBHO Class'"
      "(Default)"="'C:\Program Files\SpyCare\SpyCareBlk.dll'"
      "(Default)"="'SSBHO 1.0 Type Library'"
      "(Default)"="'C:\Program Files\SpyCare\'"
      "(Default)"="'C:\Program Files\SpyCare\SpyCareBlk.dll'"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{0A133B55-83C4-4e7e-B070-B87EC9BEAF67}]
      "(Default)"="'SPYCAREBHO Class'"
      "UninstallString"="'"C:\Program Files\SpyCare\uninstall.exe"'"
      "DisplayIcon"="'"C:\Program Files\SpyCare\uninstall.exe", 0'"
      "Dir"="'C:\Program Files\SpyCare'"
      "SpyCare"="'"C:\Program Files\SpyCare\launcher.exe" "C:\Program Files\SpyCare\SpyCareUp.exe" /disk'"

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.50

Database version: 5300

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.5512

12/12/2010 4:18:12 PM
mbam-log-2010-12-12 (16-18-12).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 118043
Time elapsed: 2 minute(s), 36 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 1
Memory Modules Infected: 2
Registry Keys Infected: 8
Registry Values Infected: 1
Folders Infected: 3
Files Infected: 11

Memory Processes Infected:
c:\program files\SpyCare\SpyCare.exe (Rogue.SpyCare) -> 1992 -> Unloaded process successfully.

Memory Modules Infected:
c:\program files\SpyCare\spycarefunc.dll (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Delete on reboot.
c:\program files\SpyCare\spycareres.dll (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{0A133B55-83C4-4e7e-B070-B87EC9BEAF67} (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SPYCAREBHO.1 (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{0A133B55-83C4-4E7E-B070-B87EC9BEAF67} (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{6F15F322-9856-4E07-AEBE-BA5D2DDBAF56} (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{AEB37881-6DA5-4CA3-AF14-7D1E11E8439B} (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SCBLKBHO (Rogue.CleanUp) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SpyCare (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\SpyCare (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\SpyCare (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Value: SpyCare -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
c:\program files\SpyCare (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\SpyCare\Data (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\start menu\Programs\SpyCare (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
c:\program files\SpyCare\SpyCare.exe (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\SpyCare\spycareblk.dll (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\Desktop\spycaresetups3.exe (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\SpyCare\launcher.exe (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\SpyCare\spycarefunc.dll (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\SpyCare\spycareres.dll (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\SpyCare\spycareup.exe (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\SpyCare\uninstall.exe (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\SpyCare\Data\enc_spyccode.ss (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\SpyCare\Data\enc_spycsitebase.mc (Rogue.SpyCare) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\start menu\Programs\SpyCare\���������.lnk (Rogue.SpyCare) -> 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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