SoftCop is a new rogue antispyware (fake antivirus) program from WiniGuard family as SoftSoldier. It is is distributed through the use of trojan. This trojan will install SoftCop and create a lot of harmless files with random names. When SoftCop is installed it will be set to start automatically when Windows loads. Once running, SoftCop will begin to scan your computer and list previously created files as infections to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected in order to trick you to buy the paid version of the software. All of these infections are fake, so you can safely ignore them!
While SoftCop is running your computer will show false security alerts and nag screens, that your computer is infected by spyware or being attacked by an Internet Virus. An example:
Your computer is infected with spyware. It could damage your
critical files or expose your private data on the Internet. Click
here to register your copy of SoftCop and remove spyware
threats from your PC.
SoftCop also will show a fake Windows Security Center that will recommend you register the software. However, all of these alerts are a fake and like scan false results should be ignored! It is important to know that SoftCop is fake and does not offer any protection to computer! If your computer is infected with SoftCop, then use these removal instructions below, which will remove SoftCop and any other infections you may have on your computer for free.
More SoftCop screen shoots
Symptoms in a HijackThis Log
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [aza4.tmp.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\aza4.tmp.exe
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [SoftCop] C:\Program Files\SoftCop Software\SoftCop\SoftCop.exe -min
Use the following instructions to remove SoftCop (Uninstall instructions)
Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM). Close all programs and Windows on your computer.
Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
Once the program has loaded you will see window similar to the one below.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Window
Select Perform Quick Scan, then click Scan, it will start scanning your computer for SoftCop infection. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. You will see a list of infected items similar as shown below. Note: list of infected items may be different than what is shown in the image below.
Malwarebytes Anti-malware, list of infected items
Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected for start SoftCop removal process. When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.
Note: if you need help with the instructions, then post your questions in our Spyware Removal forum.
SoftCop creates the following files and folders
C:\Program Files\SoftCop Software
C:\Program Files\SoftCop Software\SoftCop
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SoftCop
C:\Program Files\SoftCop Software\SoftCop\SoftCop.exe
C:\Program Files\SoftCop Software\SoftCop\uninstall.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SoftCop\1 SoftCop.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SoftCop\2 Homepage.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SoftCop\3 Uninstall.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\SoftCop.lnk
SoftCop creates the following registry keys and values