Malware Defender

Malware Defender (not the one from Torchsoft) is another rogue anti-malware application that can be installed on computers via Trojan Downloader or manually downloading a program with embedded malware. Malware Defender also comes with other malware such as Virus Remover 2008.

Malware Defender is just a mimic of the other versions and only obvious change is its name. Graphical user interface and method of propagation remains the same. Usually, users can acquire Malware Defender from web sites that disguise either online virus scanner or one that offers free videos. As for fake online scanner sites, it will automatically run a scan on visitor’s machine. Several threats will be identified on the said scan and prompt user to download Malware Defender as a cleaner. While on bogus video sites, visitors will receive prompt stating that multimedia player is required to view online movies.

Innocent users may think that the endorsed program will help remove a threat that is why so many have fallen into the trick of Malware Defender. Right after it is installed; it will carry another local scan on the computer and detects dozens of threats. An advice to remove these infections follows but can only be performed if the licensed version of Malware Defender is purchased. Users will be brought to an online payment web site where credit card account is needed to complete the transaction.

Risk Level: Medium

File Size: Varies

Affected System: Windows

Malware Defender

Signs and Symptoms of Malware Defender Infection:

Browser is redirected to Malware Defender web sites
Rogue program is coupled with web site that promotes the full version of it. Also, the same web sites are used for online payment if user has fallen into the trap of this malware.

Exhibits fake pop-ups and security alert
In order to deceive computer users, Malware Defender will exhibit a bunch of fake security alerts and warning messages. It also intends to promote the malware as the sole remover for identified threats.

Malware Defender will detect errors and threats that do not exists
Every rogue programs are made to mislead computer users. Thus, expect that Malware Defender will show scan result that is full of errors and threats. This result is fictitious and you should not follow its recommendation.

Other Functions of Malware Defender:

  • Malware Defender may come with another Trojan or virus
  • It can contact a remote server in order to download more malware
  • This threat will drop malicious files and make changes to the system registry
  • Malware Defender can steal credit card information when you pay for it online
  • The threat can redirect search result link to a malicious web page

How to Remove Malware Defender

1. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from this link and save it on your Desktop.
2. After downloading, double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
3. Follow the prompts and install as default only.

4. Before the installation completes, check on the following prompts:
- Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
- Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

5. Click Finish. Program will run automatically and you will be prompt to update the program before doing a scan. Please update.
6. Scan your computer thoroughly.
7. When scanning is finished click on the Show Results button.
8. Make sure that all detected threats are marked, click on Remove Selected.
9. Restart your computer.

Note: Some malware may prevent mbam-setup.exe from downloading and running. You can download and rename this program from a different computer before running it on infected system.

3 Comments

  1. dominic clarke

    Is there any way that i can get rid of malware defender from my laptop. I have tried system restore and it was unsuccesfull, i also tried to delete the program from my computer. Please help

  2. kye

    try spyware doctor with antivirus starter edition from download.com

  3. Jim Bob

    MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

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