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Advanced Spyware Detector

Posted: February 24, 2009

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 7
First Seen: July 24, 2009
Last Seen: January 10, 2019
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Advanced Spyware Detector, also known as Advanced Spyware Detect is an original member of a new group of rogue anti-spyware programs that change your wallpaper and display fake infection information, to make it look like various types of spyware are haunting your PC; however, this is yet another scam that tries to steal your money in exchange for providing nothing in return, since SpywareRemove.com malware researchers haven't seen any real anti-spyware features in Advanced Spyware Detector. Like many other types of fake security software, many Advanced Spyware Detector infections are caused by Trojans, and you should use appropriate anti-malware programs to remove Advanced Spyware Detector and related PC threats, instead of trying to delete Advanced Spyware Detector's files without assistance.

How Advanced Spyware Detector Hitches a Trojan Ride Directly to Your Hard Drive

Although Advanced Spyware Detector isn't from a relatively old family of fake spyware programs like , AntiSpyGolden or AVSystemShield, Advanced Spyware Detector still uses traditional scamware methods of infecting new PCs. SpywareRemove.com malware research team has found many many Advanced Spyware Detector infections that were assisted by Trojans that focus on installing rogue security programs. Some popular Trojans for this purpose include Zlob, Vundo and Fake Microsoft Security Essentials, the latter of which is particularly well-known for creating fake infection warnings prior to installing Advanced Spyware Detector or another rogue security program.

In spite of being a representative of a new and small sub-group of rogue anti-spyware programs, Advanced Spyware Detector also has two clones right out of the bat – Advansed Spyware Detector and Spyware Detect (note the typo in the former). These copies of Advanced Spyware Detector are equally malicious and don't exhibit any meaningful distinctions from Advanced Spyware Detector in terms of appearance or hostile behavior.

Reasons to Disregard Advanced Spyware Detector's Fake Detection Services

After looking over Advanced Spyware Detector, SpywareRemove.com malware experts have found multiple reasons to classify Advanced Spyware Detector as scamware, and not a single reason to consider Advanced Spyware Detector a real anti-spyware application:

  • Advanced Spyware Detector will change your desktop to an inaccurate message that announces serious problems with your PC. Advanced Spyware Detector will not allow you to change your desktop back while Advanced Spyware Detector is active, which Advanced Spyware Detector will be at all times, since Advanced Spyware Detector automatically starts up with Windows, if you use standard system boot methods.
  • Advanced Spyware Detector will pretend to find spyware and other serious infections on your PC by displaying fake warnings and creating simulations of system scans. Although Advanced Spyware Detector will tell you that you should spend money to remove these errors, the only error that needs to be removed is Advanced Spyware Detector, along with any related infections.
  • Browser hijacks and security application-blocking may also be present, depending on the version of Advanced Spyware Detector that you've been infected with and the presence of any Trojans. These attacks don't damage your software but may create serious security vulnerabilities that can result in additional infections or attacks.

Even though Advanced Spyware Detector, like a real software product, doesn't try to hide its memory process or files in obscure places, you shouldn't try to delete Advanced Spyware Detector without assistance. Only a dedicated anti-malware program can remove Advanced Spyware Detector and any Trojans that are linked to Advanced Spyware Detector, without any possibility of advanced system components, such as the Windows Registry, remaining infected.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Advanced Spyware Detector may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

Download SpyHunter's Malware Scanner

Note: SpyHunter's free version is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware tool to remove the malware threats. Learn more on SpyHunter. If you would like to uninstall SpyHunter for any reason, please follow these uninstall instructions. To learn more about our policies and practices, visit our EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria .

Why can't I open any program including SpyHunter? You may have a malware file running in memory that kills any programs that you try to launch on your PC. Tip: Download SpyHunter from a clean computer, copy it to a USB thumb drive, DVD or CD, then install it on the infected PC and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.

Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

The following files were created in the system:

install[1].exe File name: install[1].exe
Size: 640.94 KB (640943 bytes)
MD5: 23c6b41b782d8347c6fc59cc0728d35b
Detection count: 70
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: December 11, 2009
asd.exe File name: asd.exe
Size: 389.12 KB (389120 bytes)
MD5: 759acc01ffdb7484dc518c79f549c485
Detection count: 45
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: December 11, 2009

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

Directory%ProgramFiles%\Advansed Spyware Detector