Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Remove "Your codec version is too old" (Uninstall Guide)

"Your codec version is too old" is a fake error message designed to trick you into thinking that the video cannot be played because you either do not have the latest version of codecs or the video format is not supported.
Your codec version is too old
This video format is not supported

Usually, right after this fake error message gets displayed, another one appears in the bottom right hand corner telling you to update the video codec.
Video error
This video cannot be played due to old version of
your codecs

If you choose to update the codec, it will give you the payment page, asking you to purchase the bogus Home Codec pack and video converter suite.

"Your codec version is too old" payment page:

The Trojans displaying this fake "Your codec version is too old" are being distributed in pretty much the same way as rogue security products, i.e., through the use of fake online virus scanners, infected websites and social engineering. Cyber crooks have probably decided to mix up things a little. Besides, rogue codec packs are nothing new.

It's worth mentioning that you shouldn't install every codec pack available; otherwise you may end up with such scareware on your computer. By default, Windows Media Player supports all popular video and audio file formats, however video and audio content can be compressed with a wide variety of codecs and if the appropriate codecs are not installed on your computer, you won't be able to play the video file. In such case, you should install only legitimate and known codec pack: DivX, Cinepak, Indeo and some others. Or you can use VLC multimedia player for various audio and video formats. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below. Good luck and be safe online!

"Your codec version is too old" removal instructions:

1. Download free anti-malware software from the list below and run a full system scan.
NOTE: in some cases the rogue program may block anti-malware software. Before saving the selected program onto your computer, you may have to rename the installer to iexplore.exe or winlogon.exe With all of these tools, if running Windows 7 or Vista they MUST be run as administrator. Launch the program and follow the prompts. Don't forget to update the installed program before scanning.

2. New threats appear every day. In order to protect your PC from such (new) infections we strongly recommend you to use ESET Smart Security.

Associated "Your codec version is too old" files and registry values:


Windows XP
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\[SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ip\[SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ip\FRed32.dll
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ip\instr.ini
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ip\SmartGeare.exe
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ip\spoof.avi
Windows Vista/7
  • C:\ProgramData\[SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
  • C:\ProgramData\ip\[SET OF RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
  • C:\ProgramData\ip\FRed32.dll
  • C:\ProgramData\ip\instr.ini
  • C:\ProgramData\ip\SmartGeare.exe
  • C:\ProgramData\ip\spoof.avi
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