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Removal instructions for iON internet security from cloud

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What is iON internet security from cloud?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that iON internet security from cloud 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 iON internet security from cloud?

This is how the main screen of the rogue application looks:


And you can expect to see these warnings:



How did iON internet security from cloud get on my computer?

Rogue programs use different methods for spreading themselves. This particular one was spread through infected sites (RedKit Exploit to be more precise).

How do I remove iON internet security from cloud?

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 iON internet security from cloud?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes iON internet security from cloud 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 iON internet security from cloud rogue. It would have warned you before the rogue could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.


Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:

C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Protect\SysInit.exe

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SysInit] C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Protect\SysInit.exe

Alterations made by the installer:

File System
In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Protect
Adds the file SysInit.exe"="09:32 21/04/13 518144 bytes

"SysInit"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Protect\SysInit.exe'"

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Database version: v2013.04.17.01

Windows XP Service Pack 3 x86 NTFS
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702
{username} :: MBAM-D3E8C91ACC [administrator]

4/21/2013 9:37:16 AM
mbam-log-2013-04-21 (09-37-16).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Scan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM
Scan options disabled: P2P
Objects scanned: 185035
Time elapsed: 48 second(s)

Memory Processes Detected: 1
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Protect\SysInit.exe (Trojan.Ransom) -> 788 -> Delete on reboot.

Memory Modules Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Detected: 1
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run|SysInit (Trojan.Ransom) -> Data: C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Protect\SysInit.exe
-> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Files Detected: 3
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Protect\SysInit.exe (Trojan.Ransom) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\Ion_Internet_Security_from_cloud.exe (Trojan.Ransom) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\Ion_Internet_Security_from_cloud.rar (Trojan.Ransom) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.


As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat.

We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):

  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
  • Malware Execution Prevention

Save yourself the hassle and get protected.

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