Complete Guideline To Delete FakeMBAM
FakeMBAM is a hazardous piece of software that is often used by cyber actors for various deceptive purposes such as installing additional cyber threats, stealing personal and financial data and hijacking systems. It has been reported that it’s a backdoor virus that allows cyber crooks to take control over an infected device and proliferate other malware onto the machine. It is mainly distributed via fake Malwarebytes installer and soon after getting into the device, starts contributing malicious activities in the background.
Know More About FakeMBAM:
According to the research, the fake Malwarebytes installer that spreads FakeMBAM uses the same icon and filename as the legitimate Malwarebytes program and also creates the same installation directory with genuine PE files in it. That installer though installs the real Malwarebyte program however, it creates a fake Malwarebytes installation directory at the place it hides this backdoor trojan. It is important to mention that the deceptive Malwarebytes installer is spread via automatic updates of Download Studio (free torrent client), My AdBlock, Net AdBlock (adblockers) programs and NetShield Kit.
Hackers behind FakeMBAM employ this backdoor application to install deadly crypto-viruses like ransomware, cryptocurrency minsers, data0stealing Trojans or other types of malware. A Ransomware tends to encrypt users’ essential files and data stored inside their systems and demand a huge amount of ransom from the victims in exchange for the decryption tools. If such kinds of file-encoding parasites could manage to infiltrate your computer, nothing can be worse than that. FakeMBAM can be also utilized to steal login credentials (usernames, passwords, email addresses), credit card details, identities and other sensitive data that could be misused by scammers to generate illicit profits.
This pernicious trojan can be also used to mine digital currency like BitCoins or Monero by using hardware installed on the infected device. This process consumes huge amount of memory resources and slows down the overall computer performance drastically. Due to this, machine begins responding slower than ever before and takes more than usual time to complete any task. To get automatically activated with each system startup, this nasty virus makes vicious entries in Windows registry and alters its default settings. It might bring multiple other precarious issues onto the compromised machines such as boot errors, application malfunctioning, data loss, software failure, hard drive crash and so on. And hence, an instant FakeMBAM removal is what you need to perform from the device as soon as you detect its presence.
Category– Trojan, Backdoor malware, password-stealing virus, spyware
Description– Enables remote hackers to get access to the infected PCs and perform evil deeds in the background, drops more cyber infections in the machine and turn the device into a malware-hub, steals personal and sensitive data that can be misused for generating illicit revenues, mine digital currency by consuming high system’s resources
Payload: Additional malware
Symptoms– Backdoor trojans are designed to silently enter the targeted computers and remain quiet, and thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on a compromised device. However, slowness of system’s performance, fake error messages, security alerts, unwanted redirects to questioning sites and so on can be noticed.
Distribution– Fake installer for Malwarebytes spread via automatic updates for certain software.
Removal– Manual and automatic guidelines as provided under this article
Ways To Spread FakeMBAM:
As we have already mentioned, this notorious trojan is often distributed via fake Malwarebytes installer. This installer is spread through automatic updates for DownloadStudio- a torrent client, and three adblockers named My AdBlock, NetShield Kit, and Net AdBlock. This fake installer does not install the genuine Malwarebyte program.
It just creates the same installation directory, puts its name in the list of installed apps in order to make it look like that the actual software is installed. The created installation directory is at the place where that deceptive installer hides the trojan. To avoid the threats related with this backdoor virus, you must remove FakeMBAM from the work-station as soon as possible.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Important Note: This malware asks you to enable the web browser notifications. So, before you go the manual removal process, execute these steps.
Google Chrome (PC)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the Menu button
- Select “Settings”. Scroll the mouse downward to choose “Advanced” option
- Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward and then select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Find each suspicious URLs and click on three dots on the right side and choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the menu button and then click on “Settings”
- Scroll down further to click on “site settings” and then press on “notifications” option
- In the newly opened window, choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- In the permission section, select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button
- On the right corner of the screen, you will notice three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” in the toolbar present in the left side of the screen
- Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then choose “Settings” option next to “Notifications”
- In the newly opened window, select all the suspicious URLs. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block”
- In the Internet Explorer window, select the Gear button present on the right corner
- Choose “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” tab and then “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Select all the suspicious URLs one by one and click on the “Remove” option
- Open the Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right corner of the screen to open the menu
- Scroll down and select “Settings”
- Scroll down further to choose “view advanced settings”
- In the “Website Permission” option, click on “Manage” option
- Click on switch under every suspicious URL
- On the upper right side corner, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”
- Go to “website” tab and then choose “Notification” section on the left pane
- Search for the suspicious URLs and choose “Deny” option for each one of them
Manual Steps to Remove FakeMBAM:
Remove the related items of FakeMBAM using Control-Panel
Windows 7 Users
Click “Start” (the windows logo at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen), select “Control Panel”. Locate the “Programs” and then followed by clicking on “Uninstall Program”
Windows XP Users
Click “Start” and then choose “Settings” and then click “Control Panel”. Search and click on “Add or Remove Program’ option
Windows 10 and 8 Users:
Go to the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. In the “Quick Access” menu, choose “Control Panel”. In the newly opened window, choose “Program and Features”
Mac OSX Users
Click on “Finder” option. Choose “Application” in the newly opened screen. In the “Application” folder, drag the app to “Trash”. Right click on the Trash icon and then click on “Empty Trash”.
In the uninstall programs window, search for the PUAs. Choose all the unwanted and suspicious entries and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After you uninstall all the potentially unwanted program causing FakeMBAM issues, scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs or possible malware infection. To scan the PC, use the recommended the anti-malware tool.
How to Remove Adware (FakeMBAM) from Internet Browsers
Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from IE
Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and click on “Remove”.
If you still face issues related to FakeMBAM removal, you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: Press on “Start” and click “Run”. In the newly opened window, type “inetcpl.cpl” and click on the “Advanced” tab and then press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the start search box and press enter. In the newly opened window, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Open IE and click on the “gear” icon. Choose “Internet Options”
Select the “Advanced” tab in the newly opened window
Press on “Reset” option
You have to press on the “Reset” button again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
Remove Doubtful and Harmful Extension from Google Chrome
Go to menu of Google Chrome by pressing on three vertical dots and select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. You can search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If the problems related to FakeMBAM still persists or you face any issue in removing, then it is advised that your reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dotted points at the top right corner and choose “Settings”. Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
At the bottom, notice the “Reset” option and click on it.
In the next opened window, confirm that you want to reset the Google Chrome settings by click on the “Reset” button.
Remove FakeMBAM plugins (including all other doubtful plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
Open the Firefox menu and select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you face problems in FakeMBAM removal then you have the option to rese the settings of Mozilla Firefox.
Open the browser (Mozilla Firefox) and click on the “menu” and then click on “Help”.
Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
The next step is to confirm that really want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to its default by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
Open the Safari and go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Click on the “Extension” and select all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall”.
Open the “Safari” and go menu. In the drop-down menu, choose “Clear History and Website Data”.
In the newly opened window, select “All History” and then press on “Clear History” option.
Delete FakeMBAM (malicious add-ons) from Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all the recently installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”
Open the browser (Microsoft Edge) and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Click on “show more” and then select everything and then press on “Clear” button.
In most cases, the PUPs and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only choose developers website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Choose custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.