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TheDefend Adware Removal Instructions

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

TheDefend, come from hxxp://www.thedefend.com, is a rogue scanner program, it shows a fake security center window, shows misleading scan results and fake security alerts. The author of TheDefend also made GuardPcs, IGuardPc, SiteAdware, AntiTroy, AntiKeep, AntiAdd, RESpyWare, REAnti, KeepCop, SecureKeeper, LinkSafeness, AntiAid, SystemFighter, SystemVeteran, BlockProtector, BlockKeeper, BlockScanner, BlockWatcher, SoftStronghold, ShieldSafeness, SoftVeteran, SoftSoldierSoftCop, TrustFighter, TrustSoldier, SafeFighter, SecureVeteran, etc. To further convince victims, TheDefend 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.

Create new files:

  • %ProgramFiles%TheDefend SoftwareTheDefendmain_config.xml
  • %ProgramFiles%TheDefend SoftwareTheDefendTheDefend.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%TheDefend SoftwareTheDefenduninstall.exe
  • %AllUsersProfile%DesktopTheDefend.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%Start MenuProgramsTheDefend3 Uninstall.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%Start MenuProgramsTheDefend1 TheDefend.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%Start MenuProgramsTheDefend2 Homepage.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTempnsbB.tmpnsProcess.dll

Create new registry entries:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallTheDefend
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwareTheDefend
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareTheDefend
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun, “TheDefend”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun, “TheDefend.exe”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun, “TheDefend”

Screenshots:

Adware.Win32.TheDefend_8

Adware.Win32.TheDefend_7

Adware.Win32.TheDefend_6

Adware.Win32.TheDefend_5

Adware.Win32.TheDefend_4

Adware.Win32.TheDefend_3

Adware.Win32.TheDefend_2

Adware.Win32.TheDefend_1

How to remove the infection of TheDefend (Adware.Win32.TheDefend)?

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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