March 22, 2011

Trust Defender.


Trust Defender is neither a security program nor is it something you can trust. Trust Defender is yet another rogue anti-spyware application.

It is also installed via Trojans that are disguised as video codecs. Do not trust web sources that demand installing new video codecs, video players or those that claim they are able to scan your computer. Not only just Trust Defender is installed into your computer unnoticeably. A fake Windows Registry cleaning program called RegistryClever is also let inside and it is similarly to the previous threat configured to start automatically.

As a result, as soon as PC users login to Windows, Trust Defender and RegistryClever start their misleading campaign. That means that malwares will display tons of alerts, pop-up ads and notifications about various viruses and registry problems detected. Trust Defender starts posing to be scanning the system for viruses and then lists a great variety of infections. These files in reality are the same ones created by TrustDefender and its Trojans or the ones that are legitimate your system files. You should only ignore them.

The most important part of this misleading campaign is that you won’t be able to remove any of these “detections”. For that, users are usually asked paying the money for Trust Defender’s “registered version” which is foolishly reported to be the only one capable to remove these threats.  However, it is highly recommended not to pay any sum of money for this scam, because you will only support the scammers and will be left without nothing.


Removal:

Kill malicious Processes from Task Manager:  
  1. F0E84.exe
  2. Uninstall.exe
  3. RegistryClever.exe
  4. RegistryCleverTray.exe
  Location of the infection:
  • c:\Program Files\FDFCA\
  • c:\Program Files\FDFCA\F0E84.exe
  • c:\Program Files\FDFCA\Uninstall.exe 
Registry Entries to be removed. (Take a backup of registry, before editing it)
  1. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\TrustDefender
  2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\RegistryClever
  3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\TrustDefender
  4. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TrustDefender
Although it is possible to manually remove Trust Defender, 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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