May 14, 2011

Essential Cleaner.

Essential Cleaner is a fake antivirus program that is spread and advertised by trojans and worms previously connected to MS Removal Tool.

 Typically, Essential Cleaner infects user PC by infecting advertisements on websites or websites itself. Then, using browser and plugin exploits, it finds its way into user PC and starts advertising its services. Its promotion is very aggressive and not based on real facts.
After infection user starts getting Essential Cleaner alerts about various infections on the computer. After clicking on any of these alerts main window will show and you will be asked to run full system scan. The scan runs for 30 secs or so – this is far too short for legitimate antivirus program to check all the files that can be infected. It detects multiple threats and claims that these programs are dangerous and should be removed. However, Essential Cleaner refuses to remove these infections for free and ask to pay. It will also refuse to be uninstalled from PC, which is clear sign that this software is fake and should be removed.
You should never pay for rogue antiviruses like Essential Cleaner. Paying for them will result your credit card details being sold to various scammers and used to fund their illegal activities. If you made a mistake and purchased “full version” of Essential Cleaner, you should contact your bank, ask to refund the money and change your credit card numbers. Typically, you can dispute charges if you paid with credit card.

Kill malicious Processes from Task Manager: 
  • <random>.exe
 Location of the infection:
  1. C:\ProgramData\[random]\[random].exe
  2. C:\Documents And Settings\All Users\Application Data\[random]\[random].exe
  •  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\afwserv.exe "Debugger" = 'svchost.exe'
  •  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\avastsvc.exe "Debugger" = 'svchost.exe'
  •  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\avastui.exe "Debugger" = 'svchost.exe'
Although it is possible to manually remove Essential Cleaner, 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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