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What is Milestone Antivirus?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Milestone Antivirus 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 Milestone Antivirus?

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:

warning1.png

warning2.png

warning3.png

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How did Milestone Antivirus get on my computer?

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

How do I remove Milestone Antivirus?

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

  • Download the random installer for Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from here and save the file to your desktop
    Note: If that link did not work because it was blocked or redirected then please try this one
  • Double-click on the file to install Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Once complete, open Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and click on the Update tab and check for updates
  • Once that is done, click on the Scanner tab and perform a Quick Scan and remove any threats that are detected and reboot if prompted, allowing your PC to now start normally
  • If Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is installed, but will not open then navigate to your Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware folder and locate the mbam.exe in there:
    mbamexe.png
    rename it to mbam.com:
    mbamcom.png
    Now doubleclick mbam.com to launch Malwarebytes' Anti-malware.
    • Click the "Update" tab and click the "Check For updates" button.
    • Once the program has loaded and updates were downloaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan.
    • The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
    • When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
    • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
    • When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart, so please allow MBAM to restart.
    • The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.

    [*]This should get rid of your problem.

    [*]You will be prompted to reboot the computer. Once this has been done, please rename mbam.com back to mbam.exe.

    [*]You'll see that it will be able to run again..

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Milestone Antivirus?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Milestone Antivirus 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 Milestone Antivirus 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\Milestone Antivirus\Milestone Antivirus.exe
C:\Program Files\csrss.exe

O23 - Service: Quicktime update (QTUpdate) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\csrss.exe

Alterations made by the installer:



File System
===============
In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop
Adds the file Milestone Antivirus.lnk"="13:59 10/06/11 1644 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Milestone Antivirus
Adds the file Milestone Antivirus.lnk"="13:59 10/06/11 1656 bytes
In the existing folder C:\Program Files
Adds the file conhost.exe"="13:59 10/06/11 101888 bytes
Adds the file csrss.exe"="13:59 10/06/11 211968 bytes
Adds the file Milestone Antivirus.ico"="13:59 10/06/11 15086 bytes
Adds the file nuar.old"="13:59 10/06/11 9 bytes
Adds the file sh3.dat"="14:05 10/06/11 3 bytes
Adds the file sh4.dat"="14:05 10/06/11 60 bytes
Adds the file skynet.dat"="13:59 10/06/11 36 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\Milestone Antivirus
Adds the file Milestone Antivirus.exe"="09:36 07/06/11 2441216 bytes
Adds the folder C:\Program Files\scdata
Adds the file wskinn.exe"="14:03 10/06/11 151093 bytes
Adds the file wispex.html"="12:30 04/08/10 9321 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\exefile\shell\open\command]
"(Default)"="'C:\Program Files\conhost.exe "%1" %*'"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_QTUPDATE]
"NextInstance"="1"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_QTUPDATE\0000]
"DeviceDesc"="'Quicktime update'"
"ClassGUID"="'{8ECC055D-047F-11D1-A537-0000F8753ED1}'"
"Class"="'LegacyDriver'"
"ConfigFlags"="0"
"Legacy"="1"
"Service"="'QTUpdate'"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_QTUPDATE\0000\Control]
"ActiveService"="'QTUpdate'"
"*NewlyCreated*"="0"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\QTUpdate]
"ObjectName"="'LocalSystem'"
"DisplayName"="'Quicktime update'"
"ImagePath"="C:\Program Files\csrss.exe."
"ErrorControl"="1"
"Start"="2"
"Type"="16"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\QTUpdate\Enum]
"NextInstance"="1"
"Count"="1"
"0"="'Root\LEGACY_QTUPDATE\0000'"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\QTUpdate\Security]
"Security"="................0................................."
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Milestone Antivirus\Milestone Antivirus\shark]

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.51.0.1200
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 6825

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

6/10/2011 2:17:31 PM
mbam-log-2011-06-10 (14-17-31).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 131880
Time elapsed: 6 minute(s), 1 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 2
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 3
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 1
Folders Infected: 3
Files Infected: 39

Memory Processes Infected:
c:\program files\milestone antivirus\milestone antivirus.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert.Gen) -> 1012 -> Unloaded process successfully.
c:\program files\csrss.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert.Gen) -> 1580 -> Unloaded process successfully.

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\QTUpdate (Trojan.FakeAlert.Gen) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Milestone Antivirus (Rogue.MilestoneAV) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_QTUPDATE (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command\(default) (Broken.OpenCommand) -> Bad: (C:\Program Files\conhost.exe "%1" %*) Good: ("%1" %*) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
c:\documents and settings\{username}\start menu\Programs\milestone antivirus (Rogue.MilestoneAV) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
c:\program files\milestone antivirus\milestone antivirus.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert.Gen) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\csrss.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert.Gen) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\Desktop\milestone antivirus.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert.Gen) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\conhost.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert.Gen) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\nuar.old (Malware.Trace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\sh3.dat (Malware.Trace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\sh4.dat (Malware.Trace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\skynet.dat (Malware.Trace) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\Desktop\milestone antivirus.lnk (Rogue.MilestoneAV) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\milestone antivirus.ico (Rogue.MilestoneAV) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\documents and settings\{username}\start menu\Programs\milestone antivirus\milestone antivirus.lnk (Rogue.MilestoneAV) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\wispex.html (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\wskinn.exe (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\i1.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\i2.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\i3.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\j1.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\j2.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\j3.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\jj1.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\jj2.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\jj3.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\l1.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\l2.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\l3.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\pix.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\t1.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\t2.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\Thumbs.db (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\up1.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\up2.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\w1.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\w11.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\w2.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\w3.jpg (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\word.doc (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\wt1.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\wt2.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
c:\program files\scdata\images\wt3.gif (Trojan.Dropper) -> 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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