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What is VirusCure?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that VirusCure 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 VirusCure?

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 VirusCure get on my computer?

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

How do I remove VirusCure?

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 VirusCure?

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

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VirusCureMain] "C:\Program Files\VirusCure\VirusCure.exe" /Scan

Alterations made by the installer:

  File System
===============
In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
Adds the file ??????????.lnk"="10:43 12/08/10 734 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp\nsv2.tmp
Adds the file stack.dll"="10:42 12/08/10 10240 bytes
Adds the file FILEDownPlug.dll"="10:43 12/08/10 20480 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp\VirusCure
Adds the file view.bmp"="17:07 12/12/05 5152 bytes
Adds the file updateinfo_title.bmp"="16:39 05/07/10 34040 bytes
Adds the file tray_copy.gif"="10:52 21/09/09 552 bytes
Adds the file tray_btn_x.bmp"="16:01 12/07/10 870 bytes
Adds the file tray_btn_cure.bmp"="11:30 04/03/10 18740 bytes
Adds the file tray_btn_close.bmp"="13:16 26/10/09 18740 bytes
Adds the file top_title.bmp"="10:56 04/03/10 47180 bytes
Adds the file Thumbs.db"="16:01 12/07/10 181760 bytes
Adds the file skin.xml"="15:38 12/07/10 28170 bytes
Adds the file setup.bmp"="01:40 17/12/05 3904 bytes
Adds the file service_win_temp_title.bmp"="15:48 05/07/10 16696 bytes
Adds the file service_win_searchlist_title.bmp"="15:48 05/07/10 16312 bytes
Adds the file service_title.bmp"="17:28 01/07/10 34040 bytes
Adds the file service_internet_temp_title.bmp"="15:48 05/07/10 16952 bytes
Adds the file scan_update_info.bmp"="16:23 19/12/05 704 bytes
Adds the file scan_title.bmp"="17:23 01/07/10 34040 bytes
Adds the file scan_start2.bmp"="10:00 30/12/09 41048 bytes
Adds the file scan_start.bmp"="14:58 05/07/10 82040 bytes
Adds the file scan_list_bg.bmp"="17:42 09/07/10 710656 bytes
Adds the file scan_info.bmp"="22:15 19/01/06 24256 bytes
Adds the file scan_engine_update_info.bmp"="16:39 19/12/05 15560 bytes
Adds the file scan_db_update_info.bmp"="22:05 19/01/06 10392 bytes
Adds the file scanlog_title.bmp"="17:28 01/07/10 34040 bytes
Adds the file scaning_target.bmp"="00:33 20/01/06 2996 bytes
Adds the file scaning_scan.bmp"="03:13 24/01/06 10248 bytes
Adds the file scaning_progresbar.bmp"="02:23 20/12/05 632 bytes
Adds the file scaning_pattern_count.bmp"="14:34 15/05/06 1896 bytes
Adds the file scaning_objects_count.bmp"="14:34 15/05/06 3056 bytes
Adds the file scaning_counting.bmp"="10:09 21/12/05 4424 bytes
Adds the file scaning_cancel.bmp"="03:14 24/01/06 5152 bytes
Adds the file scaing_repair_can.bmp"="13:56 09/02/10 4592 bytes
Adds the file scaing_repair.bmp"="13:22 09/02/10 10248 bytes
Adds the file restore.bmp"="17:07 12/12/05 3904 bytes
Adds the file report.bmp"="15:08 05/07/10 2800 bytes
Adds the file release_all2.bmp"="03:48 06/12/05 5152 bytes
Adds the file release_all.bmp"="16:07 18/09/09 10248 bytes
Adds the file realtime_title.bmp"="17:27 01/07/10 34040 bytes
Adds the file realtime_stop.bmp"="16:09 05/07/10 197276 bytes
Adds the file realtime_start.bmp"="16:09 05/07/10 168224 bytes
Adds the file qurantine_title.bmp"="17:28 01/07/10 34040 bytes
Adds the file Pop_Tray_bg2.bmp"="19:34 01/07/10 263056 bytes
Adds the file Pop_Tray_bg.bmp"="19:34 01/07/10 263056 bytes
Adds the file pop_resutl1_ok.bmp"="11:17 04/03/10 5576 bytes
Adds the file pop_result2_title.gif"="17:35 09/02/10 3173 bytes
Adds the file pop_result2_bg.bmp"="14:44 09/02/10 176856 bytes
Adds the file pop_result1_title.gif"="15:54 29/09/09 4877 bytes
Adds the file pop_result1_cancel.bmp"="15:22 21/09/09 2916 bytes
Adds the file pop_result1_bg.bmp"="14:43 09/02/10 176856 bytes
Adds the file pop_end_yes.bmp"="11:22 21/09/09 3336 bytes
Adds the file pop_end_cancel.bmp"="11:17 04/03/10 7976 bytes
Adds the file pop_end_bg.bmp"="14:44 09/02/10 176856 bytes
Adds the file popup_scan_btn.bmp"="17:44 09/07/10 19080 bytes
Adds the file normal.bmp"="20:35 29/12/09 452 bytes
Adds the file msg_yes.bmp"="10:38 07/09/09 2856 bytes
Adds the file msg_no.bmp"="10:39 07/09/09 2856 bytes
Adds the file minmize.bmp"="15:13 05/07/10 584 bytes
Adds the file maxmize.bmp"="16:12 03/03/10 584 bytes
Adds the file mark.bmp"="17:17 09/07/10 3128 bytes
Adds the file main_chk_vs_scan2.bmp"="15:22 23/05/06 7076 bytes
Adds the file main_chk_power_scan2.bmp"="14:31 23/05/06 10040 bytes
Adds the file main_chk_general_scan2.bmp"="14:15 23/05/06 10040 bytes
Adds the file main_btn_startpage.bmp"="14:45 09/12/05 5516 bytes
Adds the file main_btn_scan.bmp"="19:04 29/12/09 82040 bytes
Adds the file logo.bmp"="16:38 05/07/10 18308 bytes
Adds the file loading.bmp"="11:24 05/07/10 180056 bytes
Adds the file license_date.bmp"="06:36 16/01/06 13576 bytes
Adds the file last_scan_date.bmp"="22:00 30/12/09 3358 bytes
Adds the file in_scan_title.bmp"="16:35 05/07/10 9080 bytes
Adds the file home.bmp"="15:09 05/07/10 2800 bytes
Adds the file help.bmp"="15:11 05/07/10 1904 bytes
Adds the file engine_ver.bmp"="22:00 30/12/09 2742 bytes
Adds the file del.bmp"="03:49 06/12/05 5152 bytes
Adds the file common_exit.bmp"="16:24 05/07/10 224 bytes
Adds the file common_dlg_backpattern.bmp"="20:58 12/12/05 30056 bytes
Adds the file common_close.bmp"="10:19 26/01/06 4916 bytes
Adds the file close.bmp"="15:15 05/07/10 488 bytes
Adds the file btn_x.bmp"="16:21 05/07/10 344 bytes
Adds the file btn_updateinfo.bmp"="23:42 19/01/06 3728 bytes
Adds the file btn_skin.bmp"="04:46 20/01/06 3356 bytes
Adds the file btn_service.bmp"="12:27 05/07/10 47672 bytes
Adds the file btn_scanlog.bmp"="14:15 05/07/10 47672 bytes
Adds the file btn_scan.bmp"="12:19 05/07/10 47672 bytes
Adds the file btn_realtime_stop.bmp"="15:03 05/07/10 11096 bytes
Adds the file btn_realtime_start.bmp"="15:02 05/07/10 11096 bytes
Adds the file btn_realtime.bmp"="13:58 05/07/10 47672 bytes
Adds the file btn_qurantine.bmp"="14:08 05/07/10 47672 bytes
Adds the file btn_menu1.bmp"="16:54 03/03/10 41160 bytes
Adds the file btn_logout.bmp"="14:53 11/04/06 17736 bytes
Adds the file btn_exit.bmp"="14:24 30/11/05 16472 bytes
Adds the file btn_cure.bmp"="10:44 04/03/10 23664 bytes
Adds the file btn_autoupdate.bmp"="22:18 19/01/06 4600 bytes
Adds the file btn_account.bmp"="14:52 11/04/06 17736 bytes
Adds the file bg.bmp"="15:33 05/07/10 860496 bytes
Adds the file all_select2.bmp"="03:48 06/12/05 3488 bytes
Adds the file all_select.bmp"="16:07 18/09/09 13576 bytes
Adds the file about_blank.bmp"="02:02 20/01/06 5152 bytes
Adds the file 5.bmp"="12:05 28/04/06 1496 bytes
Adds the file 4.bmp"="12:05 28/04/06 1496 bytes
Adds the file 3.bmp"="12:05 28/04/06 1496 bytes
Adds the file 2.bmp"="12:05 28/04/06 1496 bytes
Adds the file 1.bmp"="12:04 28/04/06 1496 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp\VirusCure\list_control
Adds the file VerticleScrollBarUpArrow.bmp"="15:04 12/12/05 716 bytes
Adds the file VerticleScrollbarTop.bmp"="00:56 16/01/06 672 bytes
Adds the file VerticleScrollBarThumb.bmp"="15:03 12/12/05 848 bytes
Adds the file VerticleScrollBarSpan.bmp"="15:04 12/12/05 276 bytes
Adds the file VerticleScrollBarDownArrow.bmp"="15:05 12/12/05 672 bytes
Adds the file VerticleScrollbarBottom.bmp"="00:57 16/01/06 672 bytes
Adds the file Thumbs.db"="15:25 12/07/10 6144 bytes
Adds the file right_pattern.bmp"="22:02 08/12/05 1232 bytes
Adds the file pattern.bmp"="05:58 10/12/05 2344 bytes
Adds the file left_pattern.bmp"="22:00 08/12/05 192 bytes
Adds the file HorizontalScrollBarThumb.bmp"="01:05 16/01/06 840 bytes
Adds the file HorizontalScrollBarSpan.bmp"="01:16 16/01/06 840 bytes
Adds the file HorizontalScrollBarRightArrow.bmp"="01:11 16/01/06 728 bytes
Adds the file HorizontalScrollBarLeftArrow.bmp"="01:11 16/01/06 728 bytes
Adds the file height_blank.bmp"="23:13 09/12/05 120 bytes
Adds the file ColumnHeaderStart.bmp"="14:18 08/12/05 296 bytes
Adds the file ColumnHeaderSpan.bmp"="14:19 08/12/05 284 bytes
Adds the file ColumnHeaderEnd.bmp"="14:20 08/12/05 284 bytes
In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu
Adds the file ??????????.lnk"="10:43 12/08/10 1586 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\??????????
Adds the file ??????????.lnk"="10:43 12/08/10 1598 bytes
Adds the file ?????????? ????.lnk"="10:43 12/08/10 1586 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\VirusCure
Adds the file VirusCure.exe"="07:53 15/07/10 798720 bytes
Adds the file VCUpdateServer.dat"="10:43 12/08/10 736 bytes
Adds the file VCEngine.dll"="02:50 08/07/10 667648 bytes
Adds the file VCAutoUpdate.exe"="04:52 08/07/10 462848 bytes
Adds the file Uninstall.exe"="10:43 12/08/10 192027 bytes
Adds the file partner.ini"="10:43 12/08/10 23 bytes
Adds the file conf.ini"="10:43 12/08/10 203 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\VirusCure\skin
Adds the file default.avs"="09:09 12/07/10 494897 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\VirusCure\db
Adds the file vsdb.dat"="10:43 12/08/10 172472 bytes
Adds the file pwdb.dat"="10:43 12/08/10 231608 bytes
Adds the file inter.dll"="10:43 12/08/10 231880 bytes
Adds the file filter.dll"="10:43 12/08/10 232 bytes
Adds the file avmon.dat"="10:43 12/08/10 226424 bytes
Adds the file adtc.dat"="10:43 12/08/10 9976 bytes
Adds the file adsub.dat"="10:43 12/08/10 217256 bytes
Adds the file addb.dat"="10:43 12/08/10 907920 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\VirusCure\etc
Adds the file VCreport.exe"="04:51 08/07/10 294912 bytes
Adds the file vcReg.exe"="03:25 08/07/10 278528 bytes
Adds the file VCmonRemote.dll"="04:49 08/07/10 225280 bytes
Adds the file vcMon.exe"="04:34 08/07/10 290816 bytes
Adds the file VCFilterDriver.SYS"="08:50 22/04/10 43008 bytes
Adds the file avSubEngine.exe"="10:28 04/09/09 4608 bytes
Adds the file avsrvc.exe"="07:35 30/11/09 36864 bytes
Adds the file avsrv.exe"="07:35 30/11/09 45056 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\VirusCure\Lang
Adds the file kr.xml"="02:17 09/07/10 8894 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\VirusCure\Log
Adds the file Report.txt"="10:43 12/08/10 515 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\VirusCure\temp

Registry
===============
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VirusCure]
"Install_Dir"="'C:\Program Files\VirusCure'"
"ver"="'20100716'"
"pid"="'home'"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"VirusCureMain"="'"C:\Program Files\VirusCure\VirusCure.exe" /Scan'"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\VirusCureMain]
"DisplayIcon"="'"C:\Program Files\VirusCure\Uninstall.exe"'"
"UninstallString"="'"C:\Program Files\VirusCure\Uninstall.exe"'"
"DisplayName"="'??????????'"

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.46
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 4420

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.5512

8/12/2010 11:01:43 AM
mbam-log-2010-08-12 (11-01-43).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 118811
Time elapsed: 3 minute(s), 46 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 1
Memory Modules Infected: 1
Registry Keys Infected: 2
Registry Values Infected: 1
Folders Infected: 7
Files Infected: 29

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

Memory Modules Infected:
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\VCEngine.dll (Rogue.EbizNetwork) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\VirusCure (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\VirusCureMain (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\viruscuremain (Rogue.EbizNetwork) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
C:\Program Files\VirusCure (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\db (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\etc (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\Lang (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\Log (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\skin (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\temp (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\VirusCure.exe (Rogue.EbizNetwork) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\VCEngine.dll (Rogue.EbizNetwork) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\viruscure_setup.exe (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\conf.ini (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\partner.ini (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\Uninstall.exe (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\VCAutoUpdate.exe (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\VCUpdateServer.dat (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\db\addb.dat (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\db\adsub.dat (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\db\adtc.dat (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\db\avmon.dat (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\db\filter.dll (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\db\inter.dll (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\db\pwdb.dat (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\db\vsdb.dat (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\etc\avsrv.exe (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\etc\avsrvc.exe (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\etc\avSubEngine.exe (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\etc\VCFilterDriver.SYS (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\etc\vcMon.exe (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\etc\VCmonRemote.dll (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\etc\vcReg.exe (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\etc\VCreport.exe (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\Lang\kr.xml (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\Log\Report.txt (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\VirusCure\skin\default.avs (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\??????????.lnk (Rogue.VirusCure) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\??????????.lnk (Rogue.VirusCure) -> 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):

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