Remove Anti-Malware Lab

What is Anti-Malware Lab?

Anti-Malware Lab is a fake anti-virus software application that was created to deceive users on believing that their computer is being attacked by a virus or any sort of menacing threat. It is from the Rogue:Win32/FakeVimes malware family. Anti-Malware Lab will mimic the features of legitimate anti-viruses software application. Anti-Malware Lab uses Trojans to sneak into your PC without you realizing it, even without your authorization.

Some Anti-Malware Lab screenshots:
Anti-Malware Lab

You will notice that the malware will run a scan whenever you reboot your computer; it will run a bogus scan and give you bogus messages that your PC has to be protected from an impending threat. Anti-Malware Lab will recommend you to register and buy the total version of the application and if you ever give your personal info and credit card details, you have already funded cyber criminal activity.

Some of the Anti-Malware Lab fake security alerts and warnings that users may get:
System Alert Anti-Malware Lab has detected pontentially harmful software in your system. It is strongly recommended that you register Anti-Malware Lab to remove all found threats immediately.
Warning! Access conflict detected! An unidentified program is trying to access system process address space. Process Name: AllowedForm Location: C:\Windows\\taskmgr.exe

The first time you notice Anti-Malware Lab scans and notifications on your computer, you need to get rid of it immediately. A trustworthied anti malware application will eliminate it totally plus you need to perform a complete system scan to identify any damaged files or leftover files that the malware has left in your computer. It is also essential to use updated anti-viruses and anti malware program as well.

Associated Anti-Malware Lab System Entries and files

Anti-Malware Lab Processes

Anti-Malware Lab Files

Anti-Malware Lab Registry Entries


How to Stop Anti-Malware Lab Fake Alerts

To register Anti-Malware Lab and stop its fake warnings, use the following fake license key.

Anti-Malware Lab registration code: U2FD-S2LA-H4KA-UEPB

NOTE: this code will NOT remove Anti-Malware Lab from your computer, it will JUST stop the annoying alerts and messages.


Anti-Malware Lab Removal Instructions

Step 1: Reboot in Safe Mode with Networking

To restart your computer in Safe Mode with networking:

  1. Restart your computer.

  2. When you see the computer manufacturer's logo, press and hold the F8 key.

  3. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Networking, and then press Enter.
    Safe Mode with Networking Screen

  4. Log on to your computer with a user account that has administrator rights.


Step 2: Disable Anti-Malware Lab Proxy Server

Anti-Malware Lab may add a proxy to its package. Its goal is to get the information through the Web connection (password etc).
It also helps to block the connection to certain sites (eg malware removal help sites) or to block the download of trustworthy antispyware and antivirus programs.

The following steps reset the Internet Explorer proxy settings in the Windows registry so that you can access the Internet again:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (Keyboard Shortcut: Windows logo + R)

  2. Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box:

    Run dialog box

  3. Click OK.

  4. click Start, and then click Run.

  5. Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box:

  6. Click OK.

Now that you have disabled Anti-Malware Lab proxy server, you will be able to browse the web again with Internet Explorer.

  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (Keyboard Shortcut: Windows logo + R)

  2. Type in iexplore.exe.
    Run iexplore.exe


Step 3: Stop Anti-Malware Lab processes

In order to stop Anti-Malware Lab from interfering with our removal procedure, we need to end and kill its processes. For this, we will use a FREE powerful utility called RogueKiller.

RogueKiller (by Tigzy) is a tool written in C++, which scans the running processes, and kills those which are malicious. This tool was developed based on speed execution, which will clean the running processes before being killed.

To terminate Anti-Malware Lab process:

  1. Always in Safe Mode Download RogueKiller to your desktop from the following link:

    RogueKiller Download link
    RogueKiller Setup Icon
    RogueKiller is a portable application, so you don't need to install anything.

  2. Anti-Malware Lab may block all executable files, so when you launch the RogueKiller file, it will execute itself. So Rename RogueKiller.exe to RogueKiller.com or winlogon.exe or iexplore.exe

  3. At this point a "pre-scan" will complete and stop any malicious process. Also a list of options will appear along the right-hand side.
    RogueKiller Pre-Scan


Step 4: Remove Anti-Malware Lab registry keys

To remove Anti-Malware Lab malicious registry entries, we will need RogueKiller again.
RogueKiller also checks for rogue Registry entries, rogue drivers, and Master Boot Record (MBR) issues, so rootkits will be cut.
RogueKiller can also fix and restore a Host file, delete any Proxy entries, repair shortcut problems and unhide files.

CAUTION: This tool is not for beginners. In this step we will ONLY use the Registry tab.

To Delete Anti-Malware Lab Registry entries:

  1. Always in Safe Mode run a scan, open RogueKiller and click on Scan.
    RogueKiller Scan Progress

  2. After a while, you should see a screen with scan results like the following one:
    RogueKiller Scan Results

  3. Click on the Registy tab, then click on the Delete button.
    RogueKiller Delete Registry Entries


Don't Reboot you computer yet, please stay in Safe Mode.


Step 5: Remove Anti-Malware Lab files

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is simply the best known FREE malware removal tools online.

To remove Anti-Malware Lab files:

  1. Download Malwarebytes to your desktop from the following link:
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download link
    MBAM Setup Icon

  2. Just Follow the easy setup process. Do not make any changes to the default settings
    When the setup is finished, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked.
    You can check or uncheck the Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO as the malware removal is FREE.
    Then click on the Finish button. If Malwarebytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard

  3. When Malwarebytes is launched, it will ask you to update the databse. Just click OK.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Updating

  4. On the Scanner tab,select Quick scan and then click on the Scan.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan Screen

  5. When the scan is finished a message box will appear, click OK to continue.
    Then the screen results will show the various malware infections including Anti-Malware Lab that Malwarebytes has found on your computer.
    the image below is just an example, your results will be different.
    Click on the Remove Selected button.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan Results Screen

  6. After Malwarebytes has finished the removal of Anti-Malware Lab, you will get a message stating that you need to reboot your computer.
    Just Do so, and restart your computer in Normal Mode.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Reboot Message


Step 6: Restore Windows HOSTS file

Anti-Malware Lab also changes your Windows HOSTS file.

To restore it:

  1. In Normal Mode run a RogueKiller scan.

  2. When the scan is complete, go to the Hosts tab, and click on the Fix Host button on the right.
    RogueKiller Fix Host


Step 7: Check for any Anti-Malware Lab left over

To make sure that your computer is now completely free of Anti-Malware Lab, redo a Malwarebytes scan in Normal Mode.
After your are finished, Reboot your PC as asked by Malwarebytes anti-malware.


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