Malware Alarm Registry Removal

by Jim Campbell

Malware Alarm is not an anti-virus alarm, but is itself malware, malicious code that installs from a Trojan virus and creates a pop-up on your computer. The pop-up falsely alerts you to installed software on your computer, prompting you to purchase and download "malware removal" programs. The Malware Alarm program is a ruse to obtain money while it drops cookies on your computer. Do not purchase or enter any information into the website linked on the alert pop-up.

Service

After the Malware Alarm Registry software installs on your computer, a service is entered in your Windows registry. Before you can remove the software, you must stop the service from running on the computer. Press "Ctrl+Alt+Del" and open the Windows Task Manager. Right-click the "MalwareAlarm" service and select "Stop" to stop the service from running on the computer.

Registry

The Malware Alarm program installs in your Windows registry. It is installed in the software section in an subkey called "MalwareAlarm." Do a search in the Windows registry for this value. It will help you find each instance of the virus in your registry, so you can delete the keys and values. If you want to back up the registry first, click "File", then "Export" to export keys to a file on your computer.

Files

Malware Alarm creates files on your computer in the program files directory. To navigate to this folder, click the Windows "Start" button and type "%programs%\malwarealarm" into the search text box. Delete all of the files in the opened window. After files are deleted, you can delete the main "malwarealarm" directory from your system.

Considerations

Many reputable antivirus application remove this virus for you. Windows 7 and Vista have internal antivirus applications. Use the Windows Update wizard to update your computer, which also includes the latest definition files. The Windows antivirus software removes malicious files, registry keys and services.

About the Author

Jim Campbell has been a computer engineer for over five years. He excels in hardware repair, computer programming and troubleshooting, and software design. He is currently attending Florida Atlantic University, pursuing a master's degree in computer and electrical engineering and fine-tuning his technical writing abilities.

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