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25th February 2011

Palladium Pro - Rogueware

Whether you depend on your computer for work or school, financial transactions, shopping, communication, or even entertainment, it is vital that you keep it, and your private data, safe.  Computer security is a big business, and so is the rogue computer security business.  As more people seek to protect their computers, more rogue antivirus programs pop up and offer to help them.  Palladium Pro is just one of the rogue programs that seeks to exploit the need for security for its own monetary gain.  Learn how to spot them and automatically or manually remove them so your data - and your money - are secure.

Introduction to Palladium Pro

Rogue antivirus programs, or scareware, are programs that appear to offer legitimate security features but that, in fact, do not have the ability to detect or remove threats.  The goal is to "scare" you into believing you have security risks so you will not hesitate to purchase the full licensed version of the rogue.  The software is ultimately useless.  Panda Security found that almost 47 percent of the world's computers were infected with some sort of malware in 2010, and that 5.4 percent had scareware in their systems.  Palladium Pro is just another of these rogue programs, and it relies on the same methods as others in this class, such as pop-ups and false scans.

It is related to the Fake Microsoft Security Essentials rogue antivirus programs.  What makes this particular family of rogues a bit more insidious is that they use the trusted Microsoft name to give the illusion of legitimacy.  This makes it doubly important that you do not take action rashly. Stopping to scrutinize the "warnings" can alert you that something is amiss.

Rogue Behavior in Your System

Rogue antivirus programs like this are introduced to your system through trojans.  Scareware is often bundled with other malware and picked up on sites that offer adult, free, P2P, video, pirated, gaming, or other "questionable" material.  It is also common for malicious websites to earn top spots in search results for trending topics.  These sites are designed solely to promote rogue antivirus programs and allow trojans to access your system.

Rogue antivirus programs are not viruses.  So what does this mean to your computer and data?  When they access your system, they are able to modify your security settings so they may remain intact.  This is why they are so difficult to remove and cannot be eradicated by simply using the Uninstall or delete functions or by running your antivirus software. 

Palladium Pro configures itself to launch every time you boot up your computer.  It launches into its scan and remains running constantly in the background. You can't see it, but you can feel it.  Your computer will operate much more sluggishly because the scareware is diverting your resources away from legitimate programs to power itself.  The more telling signal, however, is near-constant pop-ups.

Pop-ups.  These appear as either security alerts or as false scan results.  Remember, this rogue cannot scan your computer, so these messages are completely fictional.  After a "scan," you will see a results window that mimics those issued by legitimate security programs.  It has a list of files that it claims to have restored, but will tell you that you need to update your protection to resolve remaining threats.  At the top of the screen are the two pieces of information you want to look for: first, the Palladium Pro name is printed clearly at the top, as is "License: Trial."  You know you didn't install this program; it should not be here.

Pop-ups also issue messages like the following:

Microsoft Security Essentials Alert

Potential Threat Details

Microsoft Security Essentials detected potential threats that might compromise your private [sic]or damage your computer.  Your access to these items may be suspended until you take an [sic] action.  Click 'show details' to learn more.

Or:

Microsoft Security Essentials Alert

Solution Found

Microsoft Security Center has detected the submitted suspicious file as "Trojan.Horse.Win32.PAV.64.a." 

Threat level - very high

Required Action - Antivirus software is required to find and delete all traces of the virus. Click "Ok" to allow operation system to install the trial version of Palladium to solve the problem.  System reboot is required to complete the installation.

It is very important to avoid clicking on this ad by closing it with the task manager or using CTRL F4.  If you click on the ad, it will reboot your machine.  After this, it has effectively "ransomed" your computer.  You will not be able to access your Windows desktop until you pay for the program.  You will be notified, "Current settings don't allow unprotected startup.  Please check your settings."

Palladium Pro Removal

If you are having trouble accessing your desktop, you can open your task manager and stop the palladium.exe process.  You will then see a blank screen with your task manager: click File, run New Task, and enter explorer.exe in the Open field.  This should allow you to connect to the internet.  From here, it is vital that you take immediate steps to remove Palladium Pro from your comptuer.  How do you do this?  As mentioned, rogue antivirus programs are not classified as viruses, so here is what will not work:

  • Running your current antivirus program (which has likely been modified).
  • Using the Uninstall or delete feature.
  • Ending the task with your task manager.

To completely remove the scareware, it is necessary to take more specific action.  These rogues are designed to evade detection and removal, so you need a program that has been designed to counteract their elusive maneuvers.  Here's what will work:

The first two options are fast, easy, and safe.  Both of these programs, which have continually updated databases, can thoroughly remove scareware so your computer can function normally.  They are ideal for those with little technical experience and/or time.

Manual removal is a more difficult route to choose, especially if you do not have a lot of technical expertise.  Removing files and registry keys can be tedious work, and you have to be cautious that you don't remove necessary files.  If you want to try manual removal, you can edit your registry by clicking Start > Run and typing "regedit."  Before you start, make sure to make a backup, and email us for more detailed instructions.   When you have the support you need, try the following to remove Palladium Pro manually:

Stop Process:

PalladiumPro.exe

Remove Registry Entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnonBadCertRecving" = '0'

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnOnPostRedirect" = '0'

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "Shell = '"%UserProfile%\Application Data\palladium.exe'

Delete Files:

%UserProfile%\Application Data\completescan_pal

%UserProfile%\Application Data\install_pal

%UserProfile%\Application Data\palladium.exe

%UserProfile%\Application Data\uid_pal

%UserProfile%\Desktop\Palladium.lnk

%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Palladium.lnk



Removing Palladium Pro Automatically/Safely

For free automatic removal we recommend using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This program is widely recommended by reputable third-party sites, so you can be reasonably confident of its ability to safely get rid of Palladium Pro and any hidden Trojans. As a precaution we recommend double checking your system with SpyHunter. This program requires paid registration to enable deletions, however it has a money back guaranteed and is the top of the line in malware removal. It should catch malware that evades Malwarebytes and block anything that tries to reinstal itself.

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Remove Palladium Pro Now:

  1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SpyHunter Download  
  2. Run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
  3. Remove all the detected infections (free).
  4. Run a scan with SpyHunter
  5. Remove any remaining infections
  6. Reboot and rescan with SpyHunter. Your computer should now be clean.

Important note: If Malwarebytes is blocked by malware then run Chameleon (Start Menu → All Programs → MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware → Tools → Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Chameleon). If you need further help removing Palladium Pro please email us at info@removeadware.com.au or call for personal assistance on toll-free number 888-655-3453, within the USA and Canada.


Disclaimer: This webpage was created to provide information on Palladium Pro and how to uninstall it. Manual removal instructions are intended for use by technical experts and should be used at your own risk. We do not own or endorse Palladium Pro.




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