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SoftCop Adware Removal Instructions

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The Emsi Software malware research team has discoverd a new outbreak of the SoftCop adware. a-squared Anti-Malware detects this malware as Adware.Win32.SoftCop.

SoftCop is a rogue scanner program, it show fake security center, show misleading scan results and fake security alerts, to convince the user that their computer infected with malware. The author of SoftCop is still the same as that made TrustFighter, TrustSoldier, SafeFighter, SecureVeteran, SafeFighter, etc. To more convince users, SoftCop will also create numerous junk files with random names on your computer that will be detected as malware when the program scans your computer, but will not allow you to remove them until you purchase it.

The fake security center:

SoftCop_File_Fake_Security_Center.png

The file name is not constant, so can be different, and it also use fake version information. The file located at:

  • %SystemRoot%System32

It also add the following registry entry, so it can run automatically whenever Windows starts:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun, “setup.exe”.

The fake security center will shows like these:

SoftCop_fake_security_alerts.png

SoftCop_fake_security_center_1.png

SoftCop_fake_security_center_2.png

SoftCop_fake_security_center_3.png

SoftCop_fake_security_center_4.png

 

This downloader try to contacts soft-cop.com, to download the latest update of this rogue:

SoftCop_downloader_2.png

SoftCop_downloader_1.png

 

SoftCop will look like these:

SoftCop_1.png

SoftCop_2.png

SoftCop_3.png

 

Create new files:

  • %AllUsersProfile%DesktopSoftCop.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%Start MenuProgramsSoftCop1 SoftCop.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%Start MenuProgramsSoftCop2 Homepage.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%Start MenuProgramsSoftCop3 Uninstall.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTempnsz24.tmpnsProcess.dll
  • %ProgramFiles%SoftCop SoftwareSoftCopSoftCop.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%SoftCop SoftwareSoftCopuninstall.exe

Create new registry entries:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwareSoftCop
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallSoftCop
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareSoftCop
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun, “SoftCop”

 

How to remove the infection of Adware.Win32.SoftCop?

To delete this malware infection, please download and install a-squared Anti-Malware. Run a full scan on all drives and move all detected items to the quarantine.



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