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Removal instructions for AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro

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What is AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro 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 AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro?

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

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You will find these icons on your desktop and in your taskbar:

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And see these warnings:

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How did AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro get on my computer?

Rogue programs use different methods for spreading themselves. This particular one was installed by a trojan.

How do I remove AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro?

Our program Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove this rogue application.

  • Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware or transfer it from another computer to the infected one.
  • Reboot the computer into safe mode.
    In safe mode:
    • Install Malwarebytes' Antimalware by doubleclicking mbam-setup.exe and follow the displayed instructions.
    • Once you've installed Malwarebytes' Antimalware, navigate to the Program Files\Malwarebytes' Antimalware folder.
    • Locate the file mbam.exe in this folder.
      mbamexe.png
    • Now RENAME the mbam.exe in there to iexplore.exe
      mbamiexplore.png
    • If you want to avoid some possible problems later, rightclick the file and use the "Create Shortcut" option. Drag the shortcut to your desktop so you can easily start the program once you are back in normal mode.

    [*]After you reboot back into normal mode:

    • Doubleclick the iexplore.exe (the renamed mbam.exe or use the shortcut you created) in order to launch Malwarebytes' Antimalware.
    • Once the program window is open, the first and most important part is to UPDATE Malwarebytes' Antimalware first.
    • This can be done via the Update tab > Check for updates.
    • 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.
    • You will be prompted to let the computer reboot, after which the rogue application should be gone.

    [*]Rename the iexplore.exe back to mbam.exe and delete the shortcut from your desktop, if you created it.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro 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 AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro 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:

C:\Program Files\AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro\AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro.exe
C:\Program Files\svchost.exe

O2 - BHO: ADC PlugIn - {77DC0Baa-3235-4ba9-8BE8-aa9EB678FA02} - C:\Program Files\adc32.dll
O23 - Service: Adobe Update Service (AdbUpd) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\svchost.exe

Alterations made by the installer:

  File System

===============

In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop

Adds the file AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro.lnk"="22:07 07/05/10 1726 bytes

In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp

Adds the file win2.tmp"="22:06 07/05/10 22 bytes

Adds the file win3.tmp"="22:07 07/05/10 23 bytes

Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro

Adds the file AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro.lnk"="22:07 07/05/10 1738 bytes

In the existing folder C:\Program Files

Adds the file adc32.dll"="22:07 07/05/10 983040 bytes

Adds the file alggui.exe"="22:07 07/05/10 34304 bytes

Adds the file nuar.old"="22:07 07/05/10 9 bytes

Adds the file skynet.dat"="22:07 07/05/10 36 bytes

Adds the file svchost.exe"="22:07 07/05/10 28160 bytes

Adds the file wp3.dat"="22:16 07/05/10 3 bytes

Adds the file wp4.dat"="22:16 07/05/10 66 bytes

Adds the file wpp.exe"="22:07 07/05/10 1053184 bytes

Adds the folder C:\Program Files\AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro

Adds the file AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro.exe"="22:07 07/05/10 1053184 bytes

Adds the folder C:\Program Files\scdata

Adds the file wispex.html"="12:47 10/02/10 9340 bytes

Adds the file dbsinit.exe"="22:11 07/05/10 150576 bytes

Adds the folder C:\Program Files\scdata\images

Adds the file wt3.gif"="14:57 21/11/08 119 bytes

Adds the file wt2.gif"="14:57 21/11/08 51 bytes

Adds the file wt1.gif"="14:57 21/11/08 176 bytes

Adds the file word.doc"="13:19 09/10/09 27136 bytes

Adds the file w3.jpg"="16:34 27/11/08 1912 bytes

Adds the file w2.gif"="14:56 21/11/08 47 bytes

Adds the file w11.gif"="15:08 21/11/08 3431 bytes

Adds the file w1.gif"="14:56 21/11/08 3028 bytes

Adds the file up2.gif"="14:29 21/11/08 696 bytes

Adds the file up1.gif"="14:28 21/11/08 5568 bytes

Adds the file Thumbs.db"="14:02 19/10/09 36864 bytes

Adds the file t2.gif"="15:17 21/11/08 1015 bytes

Adds the file t1.gif"="14:47 21/11/08 621 bytes

Adds the file pix.gif"="15:44 21/11/08 70 bytes

Adds the file l3.gif"="14:40 21/11/08 468 bytes

Adds the file l2.gif"="14:39 21/11/08 92 bytes

Adds the file l1.gif"="14:39 21/11/08 3749 bytes

Adds the file jj3.gif"="15:40 21/11/08 105 bytes

Adds the file jj2.gif"="15:14 21/11/08 48 bytes

Adds the file jj1.gif"="15:14 21/11/08 114 bytes

Adds the file j3.gif"="16:33 27/11/08 3857 bytes

Adds the file j2.gif"="15:12 21/11/08 47 bytes

Adds the file j1.gif"="15:12 21/11/08 3957 bytes

Adds the file i3.gif"="15:17 21/11/08 1689 bytes

Adds the file i2.gif"="15:17 21/11/08 1663 bytes

Adds the file i1.gif"="15:17 21/11/08 1744 bytes

Registry

===============

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{77DC0Baa-3235-4ba9-8BE8-aa9EB678FA02}]

"(Default)"="'ADC PlugIn'"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{77DC0Baa-3235-4ba9-8BE8-aa9EB678FA02}\InprocServer32]

"ThreadingModel"="'Apartment'"

"(Default)"="'C:\Program Files\adc32.dll'"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]

"(Default)"="'C:\Program Files\alggui.exe "%1" %*'"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{77DC0Baa-3235-4ba9-8BE8-aa9EB678FA02}]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Enum\Root\LEGACY_ADBUPD]

"NextInstance"="1"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Enum\Root\LEGACY_ADBUPD\0000]

"DeviceDesc"="'Adobe Update Service'"

"ClassGUID"="'{8ECC055D-047F-11D1-A537-0000F8753ED1}'"

"Class"="'LegacyDriver'"

"ConfigFlags"="0"

"Legacy"="1"

"Service"="'AdbUpd'"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Enum\Root\LEGACY_ADBUPD\0000\Control]

"ActiveService"="'AdbUpd'"

"*NewlyCreated*"="0"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\AdbUpd]

"ObjectName"="'LocalSystem'"

"DisplayName"="'Adobe Update Service'"

"ImagePath"="C:\Program Files\svchost.exe."

"ErrorControl"="1"

"Start"="2"

"Type"="16"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\AdbUpd\Enum]

"NextInstance"="1"

"Count"="1"

"0"="'Root\LEGACY_ADBUPD\0000'"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\AdbUpd\Security]

"Security"="

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