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Home Malware Cleaner

Posted: February 20, 2012

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 12
First Seen: February 20, 2012
Last Seen: September 18, 2019
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Home Malware Cleaner Screenshot 1Home Malware Cleaner should be considered to be anything but hygienic, since SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have traced Home Malware Cleaner's past through disreputable scamware like Malware Protection Center and all the way back to evidence of browser hijacks, attacks against PC security software and fraudulent security features. Even though Home Malware Cleaner has the appearance of a polished and reputable anti-malware scanner, there isn't a single virus or Trojan in the world that Home Malware Cleaner could detect or remove, and system analysis information from Home Malware Cleaner should always be considered inaccurate. If your PC is under attack by Home Malware Cleaner, you should consider expelling Home Malware Cleaner with a legitimate security product or anti-malware scanner, along with any Trojans or other PC threats that may have been installed with Home Malware Cleaner in the first place.

Home Malware Cleaner – a Clone of Fake Anti-Malware Functions That Shares Its Ancestors' Taint

Home Malware Cleaner uses an official-looking interface that claims to offer defense against viruses, spyware and other types of malicious software, but, unlike a real anti-malware scanner, Home Malware Cleaner isn't coded to detect or remove any kind of PC threat. Although Home Malware Cleaner will displays its fair share of alerts and scanner results, the information that's contained therein will always portray fake infection notifications and other issues that aren't actually in existence on your PC. Because its value as a security product is nonexistent, Home Malware Cleaner's alerts, warnings and other efforts at communication should always be ignored, particularly since they may lead you to perform unwittingly self-destructive acts against your computer.

Examples that SpywareRemove.com malware research team has gleaned of some of Home Malware Cleaner's fraudulent warning messages include:

Security Center Alert
To help protect your computer, Security Center has blocked some features of this program.
Name: Win64.BIT.Looker.exe
Risk: High

Warning! Virus detected
Threat Detected: Trojan-Spy.HTML.Sunfraud.a

Security Center
Unauthorized remote connection!
Your system is making an unauthorized personal data transfer to a remote computer!
Warning! Unauthorized personal data transfer is detected! It may be your personal credit card details, logins and passwords, browsing habits or information about files you have downloaded.
To protect your private data, please click 'Prevent Connection' button below.

System warning
No real-time malware, spyware and virus protection was found. Click here to activate.

WARNING! 371 threats detected
Detected malicious programs can damage your computer and compromise your privacy. It’s strongly recommended to remove them immediatly [sic]!
Potential risks: Infecting other computers on your network
Continue unprotected Remove all threats now

Warning! Identity theft attempt detected
Hidden connection IP:
Target: Microsoft Corporation keys

Insecurity Internet activity. Threat of virus attack
Due to insecure Internet browsing your PC can easily get infected with viruses, worms and Trojans without knowledge, and that can lead to system slowdown, freezes and crashes. Also insecure Internet activity can result in revealing your personal information. To get full advanced real-time protection for PC and Internet activity, register your antivirus software.

Beyond its fake anti-malware features, Home Malware Cleaner is also guilty of being a clone of other rogue anti-malware products from the FakeVimes family that use the same appearance and basic functions. Some examples of Home Malware Cleaner clones that should be considered just as dangerous to your PC as Home Malware Cleaner could be are Privacy Guard Pro, Extra Antivirus, Fast Antivirus 2009, Presto TuneUp, Windows Security Suite, Smart Virus Eliminator, Packed.Generic.245, Volcano Security Suite, Windows Enterprise Suite, Enterprise Suite, Additional Guard, Live PC Care, PC Live Guard, Live Enterprise Suite, Security Antivirus, My Security Wall, CleanUp Antivirus, Smart Security and PrivacyGuard Pro 2.0.

Leaving Your Computer Sparklingly Clean from a Distinct Lack of Home Malware Cleaner

Even with appropriate anti-malware software on your PC, deleting Home Malware Cleaner may be difficult due to secondary functions that SpywareRemove.com malware experts have observed from Home Malware Cleaner and other members of its family. Some other attacks that you may notice while trying to delete Home Malware Cleaner consist of:

  • The appearance of random trash files on your hard drive. These files aren't harmful, but will continue to appear due to Home Malware Cleaner creating them to label as fake infections.
  • Programs that are blocked without your permission, with or without the occurrence of additional fake error messages.
  • Browser hijacks that redirect your browser to unsafe sites or away from safe ones.

However, once Home Malware Cleaner is disabled via Safe Mode or other methods, removing Home Malware Cleaner with any appropriate anti-malware program should be a fairly easy task for anyone.

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Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Home Malware Cleaner 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.

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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:

%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\cac25b\HMcac_8001.exe File name: HMcac_8001.exe
Size: 2.96 MB (2965504 bytes)
MD5: 49f21906c7143bd3384609ead1aa3b87
Detection count: 5
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\cac25b\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: February 21, 2012
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\d1e546\HMd1e_8020.exe File name: HMd1e_8020.exe
Size: 2.96 MB (2965504 bytes)
MD5: 28e1aa7f81799d7e7ff481d8bd313510
Detection count: 5
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: February 21, 2012
%Programs%\Home Malware Cleaner.lnk File name: %Programs%\Home Malware Cleaner.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%Desktop%\Home Malware Cleaner.lnk File name: %Desktop%\Home Malware Cleaner.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%StartMenu%\Home Malware Cleaner.lnk File name: %StartMenu%\Home Malware Cleaner.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM]\ASE.ico File name: %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM]\ASE.ico
Mime Type: unknown/ico
Group: Malware file
%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM]\[RANDOM].exe File name: %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM]\[RANDOM].exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM]\[RANDOM].cfg File name: %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM]\[RANDOM].cfg
Mime Type: unknown/cfg
Group: Malware file
%AppData%\Home Malware Cleaner\Instructions.ini File name: %AppData%\Home Malware Cleaner\Instructions.ini
Mime Type: unknown/ini
Group: Malware file
%AppData%\Home Malware Cleaner\ScanDisk_.exe File name: %AppData%\Home Malware Cleaner\ScanDisk_.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Home Malware Cleaner.lnk File name: %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Home Malware Cleaner.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\..{RunKeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Home Malware Cleaner" "%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM]\[RANDOM].exe" /s /d

Additional Information

The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1System Alert
malicious applications, which may contain Trojans, were found on your computer and are able to be removed immediately. Click here to remove these potentially harmful items using Home Malware Cleaner.
2Warning! Access conflict detected!
An unidentified program is trying to access system process address space.
Process Name: AllowedForm
Location: C:\Windows\...\taskmgr.exe
3Warning! Identity theft attempt detected
4Warning! Virus detected
Threat Detected: Trojan-PSW.VBS.Half
Description: This is a VBScript-virus. It steals user's passwords.