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What is VaccineClear?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that VaccineClear 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 VaccineClear?

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

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You will find this icon in your taskbar:

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And see these warnings:

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How did VaccineClear get on my computer?

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

How do I remove VaccineClear?

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 VaccineClear?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes VaccineClear 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 VaccineClear 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:

Running processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\vaccineclear.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\vaccineclearusb.exeO4 - HKLM\..\Run: [vaccineclearusb] C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\vaccineclearusb.exe

Alterations made by the installer:
File system details---------------------------------------------Adds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclearAdds the file config.ini"="11/16/2013 12:16 AM, 406 bytes, AAdds the file ȨÆäÀÌÁö.url"="11/16/2013 12:15 AM, 48 bytes, AAdds the file traking.dll"="11/16/2013 12:14 AM, 42007 bytes, AAdds the file uninst_vaccineclear.exe"="11/16/2013 12:15 AM, 117744 bytes, AAdds the file vaccineclear.exe"="11/16/2013 12:14 AM, 532536 bytes, AAdds the file vaccineclearctrl.exe"="11/16/2013 12:14 AM, 93752 bytes, AAdds the file vaccineclearlog.txt"="11/16/2013 12:18 AM, 84 bytes, AAdds the file vaccineclearu.exe"="11/16/2013 12:14 AM, 149048 bytes, AAdds the file vaccineclearusb.exe"="11/16/2013 12:14 AM, 104496 bytes, AAdds the file ware.dll"="11/16/2013 12:15 AM, 868440 bytes, AAdds the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\SkinAdds the file config.inf"="10/15/2013 3:49 PM, 2489 bytes, AAdds the file harddisk.inf"="12/26/2012 4:13 AM, 3299 bytes, AAdds the file internet.inf"="12/26/2012 4:13 AM, 976 bytes, AAdds the file log.inf"="12/26/2012 4:13 AM, 606 bytes, AAdds the file main.bmp"="10/15/2013 4:18 PM, 1726252 bytes, AAdds the file main.inf"="12/26/2012 4:12 AM, 2563 bytes, AAdds the file malware.inf"="12/26/2012 4:13 AM, 586 bytes, AAdds the file malwaremain.inf"="10/15/2013 5:02 PM, 1035 bytes, AAdds the file oneclick.inf"="12/26/2012 4:14 AM, 1169 bytes, AAdds the file popup.inf"="2/3/2013 4:11 PM, 2156 bytes, AAdds the file securityhome.inf"="12/26/2012 4:14 AM, 2167 bytes, AAdds the file system.inf"="12/26/2012 4:14 AM, 2142 bytes, AAdds the folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\vaccineclearAdds the file ¹é½ÅŬ¸®¾î »èÁ¦.lnk"="11/16/2013 12:15 AM, 1175 bytes, AAdds the file ¹é½ÅŬ¸®¾î ½ÇÇà.lnk"="11/16/2013 12:15 AM, 1115 bytes, AAdds the file ȨÆäÀÌÁö.lnk"="11/16/2013 12:15 AM, 1100 bytes, ARegistry details [View: All details] (All)------------------------------------------[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility]"vcncr"="REG_SZ, "907553654"[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]"vaccineclearusb"="REG_SZ, "C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\vaccineclearusb.exe"[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\vaccineclear]"DisplayIcon"="REG_SZ, ""C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\uninst_vaccineclear.exe"""DisplayName"="REG_SZ, "vaccineclear""DisplayPid"="REG_SZ, "vaccineclear""DisplayVersion"="REG_SZ, "1.0.0.1""NoModify"="REG_DWORD, 1""NoRepair"="REG_DWORD, 1""Publisher"="REG_SZ, "(ÁÖ)À¯¾¾¿¡ÇÁ""UninstallString"="REG_SZ, ""C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\uninst_vaccineclear.exe""

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (PRO) 1.75.0.1300www.malwarebytes.orgDatabase version: v2013.11.16.02Windows 8 x64 NTFSInternet Explorer 10.0.9200.16660{username} :: MBAM-VM [administrator]Protection: Disabled11/16/2013 12:21:31 AMmbam-log-2013-11-16 (00-21-31).txtScan type: Quick scanScan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUMScan options disabled: P2PObjects scanned: 196956Time elapsed: 1 minute(s), 21 second(s)Memory Processes Detected: 2C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\vaccineclearusb.exe (Rogue.K.Agent) -> 2576 -> Delete on reboot.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\vaccineclear.exe (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> 2236 -> Delete on reboot.Memory Modules Detected: 0(No malicious items detected)Registry Keys Detected: 1HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\vaccineclear (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.Registry Values Detected: 1HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run|vaccineclearusb (Rogue.K.Agent) -> Data: C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\vaccineclearusb.exe -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.10:09 17-11-2013Folders Detected: 2C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Delete on reboot.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\Skin (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.Files Detected: 22C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\vaccineclearusb.exe (Rogue.K.Agent) -> Delete on reboot.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\config.ini (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\traking.dll (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\uninst_vaccineclear.exe (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\vaccineclear.exe (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Delete on reboot.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\vaccineclearctrl.exe (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\vaccineclearlog.txt (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\vaccineclearu.exe (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\ware.dll (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\ȨÆäÀÌÁö.url (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\Skin\config.inf (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\Skin\harddisk.inf (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\Skin\internet.inf (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\Skin\log.inf (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\Skin\main.bmp (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\Skin\main.inf (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\Skin\malware.inf (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\Skin\malwaremain.inf (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\Skin\oneclick.inf (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\Skin\popup.inf (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\Skin\securityhome.inf (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.C:\Program Files (x86)\vaccineclear\Skin\system.inf (Rogue.VaccineClear) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.(end)

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):
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