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Rango XP/Vista/Win7/Win8 Antivirus 2014

Posted: November 7, 2014

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 5
First Seen: November 7, 2014
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Rango Antivirus 2014 is a rogue anti-malware product that may change its name to coincide with the operating system of the computer user; for example, Rango XP Antivirus 2014, Rango Vista Antivirus 2014, Rango Win7 Antivirus 2014 or Rango Win8 Antivirus 2014. Like other scamware, Rango XP/Vista/Win7/Win8 Antivirus 2014 imitates the appearance of security products through fraudulent pop-ups and system scans, while providing no actual security to your PC. Because of the anti-security features found in most versions of Rango Antivirus 2014, malware experts classify Rango Antivirus 2014 a mid to high-level threat whose prompt uninstallation is paramount to your PC's safety.

When an Antivirus does a Virus's Work

Rango XP/Vista/Win7/Win8 Antivirus 2014 is one major branch of a family of fake anti-malware scanners without any real security features. However, Rango Antivirus 2014 is designed to display fraudulent 'security' functions, such as generating pop-up warnings about fake threats or system scan results that include inaccurate detections. Rango Antivirus 2014 couples its fraudulent protection with other functions that malware experts verified as having a detrimental effect on the host PC's safety. These functions may include:

  • Rango XP/Vista/Win7/Win8 Antivirus 2014 may block file downloads, particularly ones associated with known PC security brands.
  • Rango XP/Vista/Win7/Win8 Antivirus 2014 may block the installation of new software.
  • Rango XP/Vista/Win7/Win8 Antivirus 2014 may disable any already-installed security products of well-known brands.

These functions prevent victims from removing Rango XP Antivirus 2014 without, beforehand, disabling Rango Vista Antivirus 2014 and associated threats. Typical strategies for reverting the OS to a state prior to the installation of Rango Win7 Antivirus 2014, such as using a system restore, also have traditionally failed at removing this scamware.

How to Handle a Software Con that Blocks Other Software

Although Rango Win8 Antivirus 2014 may block other applications and display fake security features to cajole its victims into buying its registered and 'full' version, doing so will provide no benefits to your PC's safety. As with other rogue anti-malware products, buying Rango XP/Vista/Win7/Win8 Antivirus 2014 may give third parties money and financial information for no advantage to the PC user. Treating Rango XP/Vista/Win7/Win8 Antivirus 2014 as a threat, identical to a virus or Trojan, is the response strongly advised by malware researchers.

Loading a recovery USB device is one of the various techniques that may be used to disable Rango Antivirus 2014, along with any other threat. Its removal then can be handled by any genuine anti-malware product. Common methods of distributing such scamware sometimes may include additional threats, such as Trojan droppers, which you also should remove in any system scans you use.

You may identify Rango XP/Vista/Win7/Win8 Antivirus 2014 by both its symptoms and its naming scheme, which corresponds to the victim's version of Windows (such as Rango Win7 Antivirus 2014 for a Windows 7 machine). However, a PC protected against common infection vectors, including e-mail attachments and website scripts, should be an improbable recipient of attacks by Rango XP/Vista/Win7/Win8 Antivirus 2014 or other scamware.

Rango XP/Vista/Win7/Win8 Antivirus 2014 belongs to the FakeRean family, which includes members such as Antivirus 2008 Pro, Windows Antivirus 2008, Vista Antivirus 2008, Antivirus XP 2008, PC Clean Pro, Antivirus Pro 2009, AntiSpy Safeguard, ThinkPoint, Spyware Protection 2010, Internet Antivirus 2011, Palladium Pro, XP Anti-Virus 2011, CleanThis, Rogue.Vista Antivirus 2008, XP Home Security 2012, XP Security 2012 and AntiVirus PRO 2015.


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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:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\phobvjsj.exe File name: phobvjsj.exe
Size: 82.43 KB (82432 bytes)
MD5: cbc15ca34a62d409b99726b6a2c47a93
Detection count: 5
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: November 7, 2014