Monday, 3 May 2010

How to remove AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro (Uninstall guide)

AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro is a fake anti-virus program that reports false system security threats to make you think that your computer is infected with worms, adware, spyware and other viruses. This rogue program is a clone of Your PC Protector malware. Once installed, AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro displays a variety of infections on your computer and then prompts to pay for a full version of the program to remove those infections. The scan results are totally false. It's a typical scareware, so you shouldn't purchase it. Instead, you should uninstall it from your PC as soon as possible. If you are reading this article, then you are probably infected with this virus. Thankfully, this rogue program can be removed for free using legitimate anti-malware programs and utilities. Please follow the removal instructions below.

AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro video (thanks to rogueamp):

AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro is promoted through the use of Trojans and other malicious software that usually comes from fake online anti-malware scanners and bogus online video websites. When running, the rogue program blocks legit software and claims that your computer is infected or has many serious security privacy problems. AKMAntivirus2010Pro loads up every time you attempt to launch legitimate programs. Most of the time, this fake program wrongly states that a particular program is infected and can't be executed. The warning reads:

Running of application is impossible.
The file C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe is infected.
Please activate your antivirus program."

"AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro Alert
Infiltration Alert
Your computer is being attacked by an
Internet Virus. It could be a password-
stealing attack, a trojan-dropper or similar.
Threat: HalfLemon"

Of course, it could be any other process of legitimate programs instead of notepad.exe as shown in the example above. Furthermore, AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro displays a fake list of executable files and states that they are infected.

The rogue program also display fake Windows Security Center pop-up that looks just like the legitimate one (see image below). Typically, the fake Security Center reports that your computer is not protected because virus protection wasn't found.

The main processes of AKM Antivirus 2010.exe Pro are AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro.exe and C:\Program Files\svchost.exe. Please note that you must end both processes. Otherwise, C:\Program Files\svchost.exe will start AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro.exe again. Also note that this fake program can come bundled with TDSS rootkit. You will have to scan your computer with a free utility from Kaspersky Lab. called TDSSKiller and remove the rootkit.

If the AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro is blocking legit programs, please enter the following serial to register (thanks to S!Ri): threedollarbillyall

As you can see, AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro is nothing more but a scam. If you have already purchase it, then you should call your credit card company and cancel the order. Then, please follow the removal instructions below to remove AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro from your computer using recommended legitimate anti-malware software. If you have any questions or additional information about rogue program, please don't hesitate and leave a comment. Good luck and be safe!

AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro removal instructions:

Method #1
1. Go to Start->Run or press WinKey+R. Type in "command" and press Enter key.

2. In the command prompt window type "notepad". Notepad will come up.

3. Copy all the text in blue color below and paste into Notepad.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
@="\"%1\" %*"

4. Save file as fix.reg to your Desktop. NOTE: (Save as type: All files)

5. Double-click on fix.reg file to run it. Click "Yes" for Registry Editor prompt window. Then click OK.
6. Reboot your computer.
7. Download the file and extract it into a folder. Execute the file TDSSKiller.exe. Wait for the scan and disinfection process to be over. Close all programs and press "Y" key.
8. Download one of the following anti-malware applications:
9. Install the selected application, update it an run a system scan.

Method #2
1. Reboot your computer is "Safe Mode with Networking". As the computer is booting tap the "F8 key" continuously which should bring up the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" as shown below. Use your arrow keys to move to "Safe Mode with Networking" and press Enter key. Read more detailed instructions here:

NOTE: Login as the same user you were previously logged in with in the normal Windows mode.
2. Download one of the following anti-malware applications:
3. Reboot your PC back to Normal Mode and run a system scan again.

AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro associated files and registry values:

  • C:\Program Files\adc32.dll
  • C:\Program Files\alggui.exe
  • C:\Program Files\nuar.old
  • C:\Program Files\skynet.dat
  • C:\Program Files\svchost.exe
  • C:\Program Files\wp3.dat
  • C:\Program Files\wp4.dat
  • C:\Program Files\wpp.exe
  • C:\Program Files\AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro
  • C:\Program Files\AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro\AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro.exe
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AKM Antivirus 2010 Pro
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{77DC0Baa-3235-4ba9-8BE8-aa9EB678FA02}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{77DC0Baa-3235-4ba9-8BE8-aa9EB678FA02}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\AdbUpd
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