How to Remove Malware Defense

How to Remove Malware Defense

Dec 24, 2009

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Malware Defense is currently the hottest (in a bad way) fake antivirus program spreading among the internet right now. It spreads quickly and easily via Trojans, e-mail phishing, fake facebook profiles, and questionable websites. The symptoms of this virus are loads of fake scan results, computer slowdown, popups, and taskbar warnings. Your firewall may be compromised as well as your proxy settings. You must take this threat very seriously. You must get rid of Malware Defense before it causes you and your family serious harm, including the possibility of identity theft.

THIS VIRUS MAY BLOCK YOUR PROGRAMS FROM OPENING!: If you are unable to run any removal programs, such as Spyware Doctor, or even access your Task Manager due to this virus, then you must try to boot in safe mode or you must try the blocked task manager fix. You should then be able to run a scanner after following either or both pieces of advice.

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How Did I Get Infected With Malware Defense?

warning-spyware-detectedMalware Defense and badware just like it commonly end up on your computer due to the following causes. You will need to uninstall Malware Defense if you think you’re infected:

  • Freeware or shareware: Many times freeware or shareware is secretly bundled with spyware. It is how the developers earn money for the time they spent. It’s a sneaky, but it’s fairly common.
  • Peer-to-peer software: Do you use a peer-to-peer (P2P) program or other application with a shared network? When you use these applications, you put your system at risk for mistakenly downloading an infected file, including software like Malware Defense.
  • Questionable websites: Malicious or questionable websites can install programs such as Malware Defense through security holes and automatic downloads, such as video codecs. If you feel your browser is unsafe, consider using the newest version of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer.

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What are Common Signs of Malware Defense Infection?

  • Slow Computer Performance
  • Annoying Pop-Ups
  • Taskbar Warnings
  • Strange new icons and desktop backgrounds
  • Internet Browsing Re-directs and Hijacks
  • System Crashes
  • High Pressure Marketing Tactics to “Purchase Full Version” of software
  • You will receive phony alerts such as “Spyware Alert! Your computer is infected with spyware. It could damage your critical files or expose your private data on the Internet. Click here to register your copy of Malware Defense and remove spyware threats from your PC.”

How Do I Remove Malware Defense?

How to remove Malware Defense: There are two methods. The manual way and the automatic way. First – if you want to try and remove it manually (and I only recommend this to IT Professionals!) you must disable all related system processes, adjust all related system DLL files and registry files in the LOCAL_HKEY_USER folder, block all related websites, and delete all program files with the Malware Defense name. Below are the Malware Defense Removal Instructions.

Malware Defense Manual Removal Instructions:

Stop Malware Defense Processes:

mdefense.exe
uninstall.exe

Get Rid of Malware Defense DLLs:

c:\Program Files\Malware Defense\mdext.dll

Remove Malware Defense Registry Keys:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\SimpleShlExt
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{5E2121EE-0300-11D4-8D3B-444553540000}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\SimpleShlExt
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Malware Defense
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Malware Defense”

Remove Malware Defense Files and Folders:

c:\Program Files\Malware Defense\help.ico
c:\Program Files\Malware Defense\md.db
c:\Program Files\Malware Defense\mdefense.exe
c:\Program Files\Malware Defense\uninstall.exe
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Malware Defense Support.lnk
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Malware Defense.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Defense\Malware Defense Support.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Defense\Malware Defense.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Defense\Uninstall Malware Defense.lnk
c:\Program Files\Malware Defense
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Malware Defense

Note: In any Malware Defense files I mention above, “%UserProfile%” is a variable referring to your current user’s profile folder. If you’re using Windows NT/2000/XP, by default this is “C:\Documents and Settings\[CURRENT USER]” (e.g., “C:\Documents and Settings\JoeSmith”). If you have any questions about manual Malware Defense removal, go ahead and leave a comment.

How to delete Malware Defense files in Windows XP and Vista:

  1. Click your Windows Start menu, and then click “Search.”
  2. A speech bubble will pop up asking you, “What do you want to search for?” Click “All files and folders.”
  3. Type a Malware Defense file in the search box, and select “Local Hard Drives.”
  4. Click “Search.” Once the file is found, delete it.

How to stop Malware Defense processes:

  1. Click the Start menu, select Run.
  2. Type taskmgr.exe into the the Run command box, and click “OK.” You can also launch the Task Manager by pressing keys CTRL + Shift + ESC.
  3. Click Processes tab, and find Malware Defense processes.
  4. Once you’ve found the Malware Defense processes, right-click them and select “End Process” to kill Malware Defense.

How to remove Malware Defense registry keys:

warningWarning! Your registry is a vital key to your Windows system. If you plan on making any edits to your registry, you absolutely must backup your registry first in case anything goes wrong. Be forewarnd that a mistake when editing your registry can result in a computer that no longer boots up. These instructions are designed for IT Professionals and PC Experts.

  1. Select your Windows menu “Start,” and click “Run.” An “Open” field will appear. Type “regedit” and click “OK” to open up your Registry Editor.
  2. Registry Editor will open as a window with two panes. The left side Registry Editor’s window lets you select various registry keys, and the right side displays the registry values of the registry key you select.
  3. To find a registry key, such as any Malware Defense registry keys, select “Edit,” then select “Find,” and in the search bar type any of Malware Defense’s registry keys.
  4. As soon as Malware Defense registry key appears, you can delete the Malware Defense registry key by right-clicking it and selecting “Modify,” then clicking “Delete.”

How to delete Malware Defense DLL files:

  1. First locate Malware Defense DLL files you want to delete. Open your Windows Start menu, then click “Run.” Type “cmd” in Run, and click “OK.”
  2. To change your current directory, type “cd” in the command box, press your “Space” key, and enter the full directory where the Malware Defense DLL file is located. If you’re not sure if the Malware Defense DLL file is located in a particular directory, enter “dir” in the command box to display a directory’s contents. To go one directory back, enter “cd ..” in the command box and press “Enter.”
  3. When you’ve located the Malware Defense DLL file you want to remove, type “regsvr32 /u SampleDLLName.dll” (e.g., “regsvr32 /u jl27script.dll”) and press your “Enter” key.

If you wish to restore any Malware Defense DLL file you deleted, type “regsvr32 DLLJustDeleted.dll” (e.g., “regsvr32 jl27script.dll”) into your command box, and hit the “Enter” key.

Did Malware Defense change your homepage?

  1. Click Windows Start menu > Control Panel > Internet Options.
  2. Under Home Page, select the General > Use Default.
  3. Type in the URL you want as your home page (e.g., “http://www.google.com”).
  4. Select Apply > OK.

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