Remove Milestone Antivirus

What is Milestone Antivirus?

Milestone Antivirus is a malware that is categorized under the Win32/FakeScanti family. It makes its way to your computer with the use of Trojans as well as in gaps in your anti-virus product. It can also infect your PC with corrupted internet sites, viewing online videos, downloading files as well as while surfing with various corrupted internet sites.

Some Milestone Antivirus screenshots:
Milestone Antivirus

Milestone Antivirus poses as an useful security option for your system that performs a scan whenever you start. It will tell you that your PC is invaded with all sorts of threats, malware as well as possible loss of files or private details like passwords and log ins however these are all bogus scans and warnings. Its only purpose is to deceive users to purchase the complete version of Milestone Antivirus and once you click a button that says repair, scan or protect; you will be led to an internet site that will request your credit card details. Eliminating Milestone Antivirus is the best option as it is a sign that Trojans have spread to your system. Use a trustworthy anti malware tool and to perform a complete system scan afterwards to check for any damage in your system files.

Some of the Milestone Antivirus fake security alerts and warnings that users may get:
Warning: Spyware Detected Windows has found spy programs running on your computer! Click here to update your Windows antivirus software
Security Warning There are critical system files on your computer that were modified by malicious program. It will cause unstable work of your system and permanent data loss. Click here to undo performed modifications and remove malicious software (Highly recommended).
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.

Milestone Antivirus is known to be packed with rootkits. TDSS and ZeroAccess rootkits will prevent you from performing security software program and will shield and disguise this malwares' files and data.

Associated Milestone Antivirus System Entries and files

Milestone Antivirus Processes

Milestone Antivirus Files

Milestone Antivirus Registry Entries


How to Stop Milestone Antivirus Fake Alerts

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

Milestone Antivirus registration code: significantother

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


Milestone 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 Milestone Antivirus Proxy Server

Milestone 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 Milestone 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 Milestone Antivirus rootkit

Milestone 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 Milestone 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. Milestone 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 Milestone Antivirus Proxy Server (See Step 1&2).


Step 4: Stop Milestone Antivirus processes

In order to stop Milestone 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 Milestone 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. Milestone 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 Milestone Antivirus registry keys

To remove Milestone 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 Milestone 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 Milestone Antivirus files

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

To remove Milestone 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 Milestone 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 Milestone 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

Milestone 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 Milestone Antivirus left over

To make sure that your computer is now completely free of Milestone 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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