Virus Cleaner - How To Remove?


Virus Cleaner is a rogue anti-spyware program – a fake spyware remover, which uses trojans (mostly Vundo or variants of the infamous Zlob) to enter the system. This parasite relies on misleading advertising to trick you into purchasing its “licensed version”, which is just as fake as the trial.

Once inside and active, Virus Cleaner will flood the user with popups, supposedly to inform him of an infection or multiple infections present on the system. An example of such as popup is as follows:

Resident Shield Alert
Accessed file is infected
Threat detected!
File name: C:\WINDOWS\504052.exe
Threat name: Virus found Win32/Heur
Detected onopen.

Virus Cleaner also performs fake system scans, which produce greatly exaggerated or false results. In addition to all of this, it will also significantly decrease overall system performance.

Virus Cleaner is a scam and should be treated as such: do NOT download or buy it and block it’s homepage using your HOSTS file.

Automatic Virus Cleaner removal tools

Note: Reimage trial provides detection of parasites and assists in their removal for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.  We might be affiliated with some of these programs. Full information is available in disclosure

Manual removal


Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Virus Cleaner, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on


About the author

I am an attentive virus researcher. My interests include discussions about deceptive online content and rogue software applications. All of our goal is to minimize the risks that many people encounter during browsing and help them figure out the main hints that might indicate that a program or a website is of a fraudulent nature.

June 26, 2009 08:02, June 26, 2009 08:02

7 thoughts on “Virus Cleaner

  1. I have just gotten rid of the XP Internet Security Rogue(av.exe)and now i have the Resident Shield popping up. This is ridiculous. I have avg free and its not catching these things. this is ridiculous.

  2. I had the same exact situation… Got rid of xp internet security and like 2 days later…. AVG Resident shield!! It’s a good thing I know this are so fallacious right off the bat. WIsh i could get my hands on the nerds making these.

  3. First of all great site.

    I went to the area specified in the Registry but i cant find THAT specific entry at all.

  4. ‘Bought Spyware Doctor to get rid of the “Resident Shield Alert” but it “could not completely clean files” and then, in addition to the original problem, I’ve, twice in 12 hours, had to get new passwords to sign into my email account.

    Spyware Doctor did eliminate several malware “bugs” and find the files where the “Resident Shield Alert” is still resident but I don’t know if I can safely delete the files. I’ve asked them to fix the problem or give me a refund. We’ll see what happens today.

  5. David: Malware evolves each day. So sometimes you need to update tools before scan. SD offers 30days money back guarantee. Also, you might get better results by chatting up their support on chat.

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