SystemArmor is a new rogue antispyware program from the WiniGuard family of malware. It is distributed usually through the use of trojans that may come from fake online malware scanners or misleading websites that supposedly provide free videos.
When the trojan is started, it will install SystemArmor and create numerous files with random names. All of these files are harmless, but SystemArmor during the system scan will detect them as infections to trick you think that your computer in danger. The malicious program uses the real names of infection to make the scam look more realistic. However, the scan results are a fake, this fake antispyware application is unable to detect or remove any threats! So, you can safely ignore all, that the software shows you.
Last, but not least, the same trojan that installs SystemArmor will download and install a variant of trojan FakeAlert. Once running, the trojan will display fake Windows Security Center and a lot of fake security alerts and notifications from Windows task bar. Of course, all of these alerts are fake and like false scan results should be ignored!
If you find that your computer is infected with this malware, please use the removal guide below to remove SystemArmor from your PC for free.
Symptoms in a HijackThis Log
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [SystemArmor] C:\Program Files\SystemArmor Software\SystemArmor\SystemArmor.exe -min
Use the following instructions to remove SystemArmor (Uninstall instructions)
Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM). Once downloaded, close all programs and windows on your computer.
Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe. This will start the installation of MalwareBytes Anti-malware onto your computer. 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.
MalwareBytes Anti-malware will now automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
As MalwareBytes Anti-malware will automatically update itself after the install, you can press the OK button to close that box and you will now be at the main menu. You will see window similar to the one below.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Window
Make sure the “Perform quick scan” option is selected and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer for SystemArmor infection. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
When the scan is finished a message box will appear that it has completed scanning successfully. Click OK. Now click “Show 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 all entries have a checkmark at their far left and click “Remove Selected” button to remove SystemArmor. MalwareBytes Anti-malware will now remove all of associated SystemArmor files and registry keys and add them to the programs’ quarantine. When MalwareBytes Anti-malware has finished removing the infection, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.
Note 1: if you can not download, install, run or update Malwarebytes Anti-malware, then follow the steps: Malwarebytes won`t install, run or update – How to fix it.
Note 2: if you need help with the instructions, then post your questions in our Spyware Removal forum.
Note 3: your current antispyware and antivirus software let the infection through ? Then you may want to consider purchasing the FULL version of MalwareBytes Anti-malware to protect your computer in the future.
SystemArmor creates the following files and folders
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\SystemArmor.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SystemArmor
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SystemArmor\1 SystemArmor.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SystemArmor\2 Homepage.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SystemArmor\3 Uninstall.lnk
C:\Program Files\SystemArmor Software\
C:\Program Files\SystemArmor Software\SystemArmor\
C:\Program Files\SystemArmor Software\SystemArmor\SystemArmor.exe
C:\Program Files\SystemArmor Software\SystemArmor\uninstall.exe
SystemArmor creates the following registry keys and values