Remove BlueFlare Antivirus

What is BlueFlare Antivirus?

BlueFlare Antivirus is a bogus security application coming from the family of Win32/FakeScanti. It imitates a legitimate tool that will identify and fix threats in your system. It has managed to spread to your pc with the help of Trojans or as you visit corrupted web sites, viewed corrupted online videos, downloaded malware software application and just by surfing the internet. BlueFlare Antivirus will appear like a professional looking security pop up that presents alerts that it has identified an infection, has stopped a potential attack and is asking you to subscribe to be able to fix corrupted PC problems without delay.

Some BlueFlare Antivirus screenshots:
BlueFlare Antivirus

These BlueFlare Antivirus warnings are all bogus and all it wants is for users to subscribe and pay for the complete version of the fake software application so hackers and criminals can get your private and financial details like credit card numbers and bank account numbers.

Some of the BlueFlare Antivirus fake security alerts and warnings that users may get:
svchost.exe svchost.exe was replaced with unauthorized program. It has encountered a problem and needs to close. If you were in the middle of something, the information you were working on might be lost. Please tell Microsoft about this problem. We have created an error report that you can send to us. We will treat this report as confidential and anonymous.
Security Warning Your computer continues to be infected with harmful viruses. In order to prevent permanent loss of your information and credit card data theft please activate your antivirus software. Click here to enable protection.
Warning: Spyware Detected Windows has found spy programs running on your computer! Click here to update your Windows antivirus software

BlueFlare Antivirus may shield and disguise its very own files as it uses its own rootkit to do so. If you do not get rid of it immediately, it can disable important applications and services like Task Manager and Registry Editor so you can not run ways to eliminate it easily. To stop bogus alarms, you want to fake sign up for BlueFlare Antivirus with a bogus registration code then run trustworthy anti malware software to completely get rid of this bogus application.

Associated BlueFlare Antivirus System Entries and files

BlueFlare Antivirus Processes

BlueFlare Antivirus Files

BlueFlare Antivirus Registry Entries


How to Stop BlueFlare Antivirus Fake Alerts

To register BlueFlare Antivirus and stop its fake warnings, use the following fake license key.

BlueFlare Antivirus registration code: DB038748-B4659586-4A1071AF-32E768CD-36005B1B-F4520642-3000BF2A-04FC910B

NOTE: this code will NOT remove BlueFlare Antivirus from your computer, it will JUST stop the annoying alerts and messages.


BlueFlare Antivirus 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 BlueFlare Antivirus Proxy Server

BlueFlare Antivirus 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 BlueFlare Antivirus 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: Remove the BlueFlare Antivirus rootkit

BlueFlare Antivirus may be bundled with the TDSS rootkit. A rootkit is a program that hides the presence of malware in the system.
Kaspersky offers a free utility, TDSSKiller, that removes malware belonging to the family Rootkit.Win32.TDSS (aka Tidserv, TDSServ, Alureon).

So to find out if your system is infected with any rootkits that make BlueFlare Antivirus hidden and very difficult to remove, follow the steps below:

  1. Download Kaspersky TDSSKiller to your desktop from the following link:
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Download link

  2. BlueFlare Antivirus may block all executable files, so when you launch the TDSSKiller file, it will execute itself.
    So Rename tdsskiller.exe to tdsskiller.com or winlogon.exe or iexplore.exe
    Rename tdsskiller.exe

  3. After you run TDSSKiller (or the renamed version), in the welcome screen click on Start Scan.
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Start Scan

  4. TDSSKiller will now scan your computer.
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Scan Progress

  5. If any infection was found, TDSSKiller will display a screen results like the following one:
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Scan Results
    Then click on the Continue button and TDSSKiller will clean the infections.

  6. A reboot might require after disinfection. In this case, click on Reboot Computer
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Reboot Computer

  7. After the reboot, start your computer again in Safe Mode with Networking and then disable any BlueFlare Antivirus Proxy Server (See Step 1&2).


Step 4: Stop BlueFlare Antivirus processes

In order to stop BlueFlare Antivirus 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 BlueFlare Antivirus 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. BlueFlare Antivirus 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 5: Remove BlueFlare Antivirus registry keys

To remove BlueFlare Antivirus 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 BlueFlare Antivirus 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 6: Remove BlueFlare Antivirus files

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

To remove BlueFlare Antivirus 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 BlueFlare Antivirus 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 BlueFlare Antivirus, 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 7: Restore Windows HOSTS file

BlueFlare Antivirus 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 8: Check for any BlueFlare Antivirus left over

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


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