Been hit by the Antimalware Doctor – a fake anti-malware (or an anti-anti-malware) that infects your PC and starts to affect your access to websites and other such nastyness then this guide is for you!
What is AntiMalware Doctor?
It’s a spoof program that will alert you that your computer is infected by viruses or other such stuff and will offer to fix them if you buy the program.
The reality is your computer is probably not infected as the program suggests. Instead these are fake alerts to get you to hand over cash for a program that doesn’t do anything (i.e. Antimalware Doctor). A screen shot of this rogue POS is here.
How do I get rid of it?
The easiest way is install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (download link).
If you’re feeling particularly techie then you can also check the this link which has a comprehensive run-down of how to remove it.
The final straw for some people is that it will also change the way your internet connection is configured; for IE users, go to Tools > Internet Options > Connections > LAN settings. There will be a check against the “Use a Proxy Server…” entry. Uncheck that (as well as following the other removal steps) and you should be good to go.
Still having issues?
If you’re still having trouble then there could be other infections on your PC, even after running MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, check that your system isn’t affected by running an Anti-virus scan, or check out McAfee’s Stinger which will detect and clean. Also check out AVG Anti-virus if you want a decent, free anti-virus program.