March 28, 2011

MS Removal Tool


MS Removal Tool is a fake antivirus that impersonates name of legitimate anti-malware tool.
The real program is distributed by Microsoft and included in modern Windows OS by default. This is not the first version of malware that uses this name: couple month ago there was another, non related, rogue using Microsoft Malicious software removal tool name. This rogue is far by new, its predecessor System Tool still wrecks havoc on PCs worldwide.

MS Removal Tool infects user PCs through various exploits and trojans. You might get infected when visiting websites displaying infected advertisements or when you download some kind of “free” download from the torrents or web. It is critical to scan all executables downloaded with legitimate antivirus software, or in worst case upload to websites as virustotal.com for double-checking. In other cases your PC will get MS Removal Tool rogue or similar parasite in no time.

After the PC is fully infected, MS Removal Tool will start its advertising campaign to convince you into giving away your credit card details. This malware will replace background with huge warning about infections, and will stop your PC from executing all programs. The malware will display lots of warnings about infections and demand that you launch MS Removal Tool scan and then purchase its full version. This is a trick: There is no full version of this program, and all the files it detect are harmless. However, it is impossible to use PC till MS Removal Tool is removed from PC.

Removal:

Kill malicious Processes from Task Manager:
  • [random].exe
Location of the infection:
  1. %UserProfile%\Application Data\[random]\
  2. %UserProfile%\Application Data\[random]\.[random].exe
  •  HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce "[random]"
Although it is possible to manually remove MS Removal Tool, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend  malware and spyware removal applications.

After removing all these files, restart your computer and the issue will be fixed. And don’t forget to do update your Security Software, check the Firewall Settings and the Operating System and finally do a full system scan with the Security Software.

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