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Posted: May 15, 2008

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 150
First Seen: July 24, 2009
Last Seen: August 21, 2021
OS(es) Affected: Windows

ScreenshotMalwareScanner is a fake anti-spyware program that is designed to get computer users to purchase a licensed version of the MalwareScanner program. MalwareScanner or Malware Scanner, is usually installed manually or from a malicious website that promotes the MalwareScanner program. MalwareScanner scans your computer generating exaggerated spyware results which are false positives.

MalwareScanner uses the fake scan tactic in am attempt to trick you into purchasing the commercial version of MalwareScanner. MalwareScanner will continue to produce popups and system alerts which may cause your system to run slowly or become unstable.


Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to MalwareScanner 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:

mws[1].exe File name: mws[1].exe
Size: 7.66 MB (7660251 bytes)
MD5: 038ff0bb4fa0de5af4e3b85ae7f7e03f
Detection count: 5
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: August 17, 2020
MalScr.exe File name: MalScr.exe
Size: 630.78 KB (630784 bytes)
MD5: 33d3dd543203d852703dfff0f74831d6
Detection count: 1
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:

File name without pathMalware Scanner.lnkHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}Malware Scanner_is1

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