Eco AntiVirus 2010 also known as Eco AV is a rogue antispyware program from the same family as Green AV. It is distributed through misleading advertisements that you may view when surfing the Internet. Once you click on the advertisement, you will be redirected to a page that pretend to be online malware scanner. It will report that your computer is infected and you must install Eco AntiVirus 2010 to clean your PC.
Once installed, Eco AntiVirus 2010 will perform a system scans and report numerous infections to make you think that your computer is infected with trojans, spyware and other malware. Then it will ask you to pay for a full version of the program to remove these threats. Of course, all of these threats are fake and don’t actually exist on your computer. So you can safely ignore them.
While Eco AntiVirus 2010 is running, you will be shown nag screens, fake security alerts and other notifications from Windows task bar. It will state that spyware activity detected, some system files were modified, etc. Some of the alerts:
Internal conflict alert.
Eco AntiVirus detected internal software conflict. Some
applicztion tries to get access to system kernel (such behavior
is typical to Spyware/Malware). It may cause crash of your
System files modification alert!
Some critical system files of your computer were modified by
malicious program. It may cause system instability and data
loss. Click here to block unathorised modifications by removing
The rogue will display a screen that looks like legitimate Windows Security Center except that it will recommend you register the ‘Eco AV’. Also Eco AntiVirus 2010 will hijack Internet Explorer and show a message that the current page may be a phishing site or that your computer might be at risk. However, all of these alerts, warnings and suggestions are fake and like scan false results should be ignored!
If your computer is infected with Eco AntiVirus 2010, then most importantly, do not purchase it! Uninstall the rogue from your PC as soon as possible. Use the removal guide below to remove Eco AntiVirus 2010 from the system for free.
Symptoms in a HijackThis Log
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [mxcll] C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\eca\vec.exe
Use the following instructions to remove Eco AntiVirus 2010 (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 Eco AntiVirus 2010 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 Eco AntiVirus 2010 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.
Eco AntiVirus 2010 creates the following files and folders
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\Eco AntiVirus .lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\eca
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\eca\Base.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\eca\msdl.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\eca\msll.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\eca\vec.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Machine
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Machine\WStech.dll
Eco AntiVirus 2010 creates the following registry keys and values