Computer users should be aware that certain programs are exactly the opposite of what they claim to be. One such program is Antimalware Doctor. This program claims to be a protective tool, but the reality is completely different.
What is Antimalware Doctor
Do not be fooled by its name, Antimalware Doctor is a rogue program (a fake antispyware program) that is installed through malware. Typically, this fake antispyware program gets installed through malware that get downloaded from dubious websites with fake scanners. The program may also enter your unprotected system through spam e-mail attachments.
How Antimalware Doctor Functions
Once Antimalware Doctor is installed on your computer, it automatically starts when you log in.
The trial version of Antimalware Doctor will scan your computer and report various infections. Please remember that all the infections and threats that Antimalware Doctor claims to find are FAKE. The only threat is Antimalware Doctor itself, and it is recommended that you immediately remove this program. Do not be fooled by the fake security alerts and buy the full version of the program. You will not only lose money, as the full version is as fake as the trial version, but you will also be providing other spyware programs a free entry into your computer.
How to Remove Antimalware Doctor
To uninstall Antimalware Doctor completely, you need to complete the following four tasks:
- Terminate all the processes associated with this program
- Unregister its DLLs
- Delete its files
- Delete its registry entries
Task 1 – Terminate Infected Processes
The first step of Antimalware Doctor Removal Instructions is to terminate the infected processes. To do this, perform the following steps:
- Click Ctrl+Alt+Del, and then click Start Task Manager
- Click the Processes tab
- Locate and select Antimalware Doctor.exe
- Click End Process
Task 2 – Unregister the Antimalware Doctor DLL Libraries
To do this, perform the following steps:
- Click Start, type command prompt in the Start Search box, right-click Command Prompt on the Programs list, and then select Run as administrator.
- Type regsvr32 /u hookdll.dll at command prompt and press Enter.
- Click OK when a confirmation box appears.
- Close command prompt.
Task 3 – Remove the infected files
To remove the infected files, perform the following steps:
- Click the Computer icon on your desktop.
- Type enemies-names.txt in the Search Computer box on the top-right and then press Enter.
- Right-click this file and select Delete.
- Type Antimalware Doctor.exe in the Search Computer box and then press Enter.
- Right-click this file and then select Delete.
Task 4 – Unregister the Registry Entries
Important: It is important to follow the following steps as they are listed. Editing the registry incorrectly can have serious implications. Also, create a backup of the registry before making any changes to it. You may use a reliable piece of registry maintenance software, such as RegGenie, to make registry backups.
Click Start and type regedit in the Start Search box.
Locate the following registry entries in the left-pane of the Registry Editor window, right-click and select Delete.
Exit Registry Editor and restart your computer.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Antimalware Doctor Inc\Antimalware Doctor
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run Antimalware Doctor.exe