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What is SafetyPC?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that SafetyPC 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 SafetyPC?

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 SafetyPC get on my computer?

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

How do I remove SafetyPC?

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 SafetyPC?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes SafetyPC 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 SafetyPC 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\SafetyPC\safetypcux.exe

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SafetyPC] C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\safetypcup.exe

Alterations made by the installer:

  File System
===============
In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop
Adds the file SafetyPC.lnk"="19:58 02/07/10 1532 bytes
In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu
Adds the file SafetyPC.lnk"="19:58 02/07/10 1532 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\SafetyPC
Adds the file uninstall.exe"="19:53 02/07/10 86016 bytes
Adds the file safetypcux.exe"="19:53 02/07/10 2703360 bytes
Adds the file safetypcup.exe"="19:58 02/07/10 86016 bytes
Adds the file safetypcicon.ico"="19:53 02/07/10 17542 bytes
Adds the file safetypceye.exe"="19:53 02/07/10 180224 bytes
Adds the file libmysql.dll"="19:53 02/07/10 249856 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB
Adds the file SafetyRes042.cft"="19:58 02/07/10 55786 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes041.cft"="19:58 02/07/10 127519 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes040.cft"="19:58 02/07/10 29596 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes039.cft"="19:58 02/07/10 31569 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes038.cft"="19:58 02/07/10 22884 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes037.cft"="19:58 02/07/10 34729 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes036.cft"="19:58 02/07/10 28895 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes035.cft"="19:58 02/07/10 29460 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes034.cft"="19:58 02/07/10 29888 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes033.cft"="19:58 02/07/10 30874 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes032.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 31476 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes031.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 20800 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes030.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 28365 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes029.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 26391 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes028.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 19069 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes027.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 19735 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes026.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 27929 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes025.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 26699 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes024.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 28527 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes023.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 7213 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes022.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 3740 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes021.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 17586 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes020.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 8276 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes019.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 33167 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes018.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 165615 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes017.cft"="19:57 02/07/10 230121 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes016.cft"="19:56 02/07/10 209418 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes015.cft"="19:56 02/07/10 207475 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes014.cft"="19:56 02/07/10 167998 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes013.cft"="19:56 02/07/10 232224 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes012.cft"="19:56 02/07/10 232169 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes011.cft"="19:56 02/07/10 203096 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes010.cft"="19:56 02/07/10 246586 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes009.cft"="19:55 02/07/10 197251 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes008.cft"="19:55 02/07/10 241313 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes007.cft"="19:55 02/07/10 233457 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes006.cft"="19:55 02/07/10 177283 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes005.cft"="19:54 02/07/10 247673 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes004.cft"="19:54 02/07/10 249015 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes003.cft"="19:54 02/07/10 259309 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes002.cft"="19:54 02/07/10 223744 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes001.cft"="19:53 02/07/10 253789 bytes
Adds the file SafetyRes000.cft"="19:53 02/07/10 246228 bytes

Registry
===============
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\safetypcup.exe]
"(Default)"="'C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\safetypcup.exe'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Local AppWizard-Generated Applications\SafetyPC\Settings]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Local AppWizard-Generated Applications\SafetyPC\Recent File List]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SafetyPC]
"Update"="'1'"
"Inst"="'C:\Program Files\SafetyPC'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SafetyPC\Update]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SafetyPC\Setup]
"AutoRun"="'0'"
"Tray"="'0'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\SafetyPC]
"UninstallString"="'C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\uninstall.exe'"
"DisplayName"="'SafetyPC'"
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"SafetyPC"="'C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\safetypcup.exe'"

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.46
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 4267

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.5512

7/2/2010 8:10:12 PM
mbam-log-2010-07-02 (20-10-12).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 112593
Time elapsed: 3 minute(s), 36 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 1
Memory Modules Infected: 1
Registry Keys Infected: 2
Registry Values Infected: 1
Folders Infected: 2
Files Infected: 51

Memory Processes Infected:
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\safetypcux.exe (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Unloaded process successfully.

Memory Modules Infected:
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\libmysql.dll (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\safetypc (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SafetyPC (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\safetypc (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\SafetyPC_Setup.exe (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\libmysql.dll (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\safetypceye.exe (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\safetypcicon.ico (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\safetypcup.exe (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\safetypcux.exe (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\uninstall.exe (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes000.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes001.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes002.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes003.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes004.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes005.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes006.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes007.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes008.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes009.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes010.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes011.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes012.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes013.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes014.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes015.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes016.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes017.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes018.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes019.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes020.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes021.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes022.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes023.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes024.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes025.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes026.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes027.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes028.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes029.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes030.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes031.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes032.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes033.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes034.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes035.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes036.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes037.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes038.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes039.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes040.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes041.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\SafetyPC\SafetyPCDB\SafetyRes042.cft (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\SafetyPC.lnk (Rogue.SafetyPC) -> 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
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