Home Malware Programs Rogue Anti-Spyware Programs VIHunter


Posted: September 19, 2011

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 8/10
Infected PCs: 37
First Seen: September 19, 2011
OS(es) Affected: Windows

VIHunter is a Korean scamware program that pretends to offer your computer anti-malware and other security-related services. To their regret, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have found that VIHunter is a typical rogue security program that uses fake alerts instead of real ones and badgers you for money that VIHunter doesn't justify, by VIHunter's nonexistent features. Although the sham of VIHunter's anti-malware marketing is focused on Korea as is the majority of VIHunter's actual interface, VIHunter may still be able to infect non-Korean operating systems and should be considered a potential threat to your PC. If you suspect that you've acquired a VIHunter infection on your computer, a real anti-malware program, along with Safe Mode or another method of disabling VIHunter's startup routine, will allow you to remove VIHunter without any trouble.

Symptoms of VIHunter Marking Your PC as Its Prey

The most likely route of a VIHunter infection is a malicious Korean website or a compromised file that was downloaded from a Korean source. Although VIHunter will try to avoid alerting you during the installation process, afterwards VIHunter will make no bones about being on your PC with very obvious visual flags. Signs of VIHunter's attacks include the list of symptoms below:

  • Scanner simulations that identify a variety of fake infections on your PC. VIHunter may run these fake scans without being prompted and will always use them to make it look like your computer is heavily-infected.
  • Unusual errors messages that mimic the appearance of typical Windows warnings but contain inaccurate information.
  • Blocked software, with a particular focus on security software (such as anti-virus scanners or the Windows Task Manager) that could help you find or delete VIHunter.
  • Browser hijacks that redirect your browser to VIHunter's own website. These hijacks may use system settings that utilize the Registry or other non-browser parts of your PC, so you shouldn't try to change or uninstall your browser to stop these VIHunter redirect attacks.

Putting a Stop to VIHunter's Hunt for Your Cash

Although VIHunter will use the attacks noted above to request money in exchange for removing these fake problems, SpywareRemove.com malware experts hasten to note that there's no justification for spending money on VIHunter. Instead of throwing your money at VIHunter and hoping that VIHunter stops harming your PC, you should remove VIHunter by using a real PC security program that can detect and remove VIHunter with accurate system scans.

A Safe Mode-based boot may be necessary to stop VIHunter from launching itself and interfering with the system scan. However, Safe Mode is accessible on all Windows computers and will allow you to run any software that's necessary to get rid of VIHunter. If you require updates to your software before you scan your computer for VIHunter, it's strongly recommended that you use the 'Safe Mode with Networking' option, to allow for Internet connectivity.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

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

%Temp%\vihunter File name: %Temp%\vihunter
Group: Malware file
%ProgramFiles%\vihunter File name: %ProgramFiles%\vihunter
Group: Malware file
%StartMenu%\Programs\vihunter File name: %StartMenu%\Programs\vihunter
Group: Malware file
%Desktop%\vihunter.lnk File name: %Desktop%\vihunter.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%StartMenu%\vihunter.lnk File name: %StartMenu%\vihunter.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY..\..\{CLSID Path}HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\vihunterMainHKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\vihunterHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\vihunterMain

Additional Information

The following URL's were detected: