Home Malware Cleaner is known as a rogue anti-spyware program which displays multiple fraudulent security messages only to scare you into purchasing the full version of it. Security experts warn users to be careful what programs they download from the Web, and not to bluntly pay for programs claiming to clean their system.
What Is Home Malware Cleaner?
A clone of Strong Malware Defender, Home Malware Cleaner is a typical rogue anti-virus program which is camouflaged like real security software via an official-looking interface. Once it infects your computer, it pretends to perform a system scan, after which it starts displaying numerous alert messages about your system being infected.
Such messages could be:
Warning! Virus detected
Threat Detected: Trojan-Spy.HTML.Sunfraud.a
→Warning! Identity theft attempt detected
Hidden connection IP: 188.8.131.52
Target: Microsoft Corporation keys
→Security Center Alert
To help protect your computer, Security Center has blocked some features of this program.
The program, however, has no capability of detecting any malicious activity or component in your system whatsoever.
How Do You Know If Home Malware Cleaner Has Infected Your PC?
Although Home Malware Cleaner is hard to detect, there are still several symptoms that disclose its presence. Once in your system, it will:
- Attempt to alter your PC’s desktop
- Hijack your default browser
- Monitor your browsing habits
- Make changes to your files
How Does Home Malware Cleaner Enter Your PC?
The most popular method of Home Malware Cleaner infiltrating your system is via bundling. That means that the rogue anti-virus program is unnoticeably attached to freeware you download from the Web. If you remember to disallow any “recommended” or settings during the installation process and choose the “advanced” or “custom” options instead, you are likely to save your system from this malware. Users, however, rarely pay attention to such details, and most of them are likely to miss changing that option.
Another method of Home Malware Cleaner entering your PC is by tricking you into clicking on pop-up ads that won’t close regardless of whether you choose “Yes”, “No” or “Close.” And, that is how the downloading process begins.
What Should I Do If My PC Is Infected Already?
Remove it. It’s clear by now that this program is not capable of detecting a virus on your computer regardless of whether you pay for the full version of it or not.
So, if you don’t know how to remove Home Malware Cleaner, you can either follow the manual instructions below or find a legitimate anti-malware program to clean your system for you.
Spy Hunter FREE scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the malware tool.