System Care Antivirus

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System Care Antivirus is a fake antivirus program that prevents a user executing any applications and attempts to force a purchase. The malware pretends to find a number of virus and malware infections on the infected computer but will only remove the threats after a purchase is made. This malware was first seen by Jonathan in May 2013.

This malware disables in place, genuine, anti-virus


Location of infected files

On Windows 7 systems the infected files can be found at C:\ProgramData\<random string of characters> and there are 3 files:

  • Executable file
  • Icon file
  • Other file

Files may claim to have a creation date of 2002 and each file is named the same as the <random string of characters>.


  • Via a different user account, with the infected user logged out, locate and rename the malware files
  • Download appropriate anti-virus updates / tools and scan your computer.
  • Fix installed anti-virus



  • The malware will infect a computer but not start functioning (alerting the user and blocking programs) until an Internet connection is present
  • The "other file" only appears after an Internet connection has been detected
  • More to follow
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