Trust Doctor is a rogue anti-spyware application that belongs to the dangerous WiniSoft family of malware and uses the same tactics as its relatives to try and convince users to purchase a software license. Trust Doctor reaches a user’s computer via Trojan viruses that get downloaded from dangerous websites along with fake video codec packs. Once installed, Trust Doctor loads itself at startup and creates a number of harmless files on the hard disk. It then performs a large number of fake system scans, returning results showing that the computer is badly infected with malware by flagging the previously created harmless files as dangerous malware applications. It also generates fake warning pop-ups from the Windows taskbar which claim that the computer is at risk. The GUI of Trust Doctor closely resembles that of Windows Security Center, which further adds to the illusion that this is a legitimate program. Trust Doctor repeatedly requests the user to purchase a license to the ‘full’ version of the software, claiming that the currently installed ‘trial’ version is incapable of cleaning out the detected ‘threats’. It is important to remember that Trust Doctor is a fake application and therefore none of its versions can properly scan or clean your system. Check here Remove Trust Doctor to learn how to remove this malware.

Trust Doctor

As soon as you find a copy of this malicious software on your computer, you should take steps to remove Trust Doctor. Trust Doctor removal is a process which involves the stopping of processes, deregistering of DLL files, deletion of files and folders and the removal of registry entries.

File Removal Procedures

The first step in Trust Doctor removal is to kill the following processes:

  • TrustDoctor.exe
  • .exe

The next step in Trust Doctor removal is to unregister the following DLL files:

  • 10566wormz5e.dll
  • 2325viruz9.dll

Next, it is necessary to delete the following files and folders from your computer:

Windows XP:

  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\TrustDoctor
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\TrustDoctor\1 TrustDoctor.lnk
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\TrustDoctor\2 Homepage.lnk
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\TrustDoctor\3 Uninstall.lnk
  • c:\Program Files\TrustDoctor Software\
  • c:\Program Files\TrustDoctor Software\TrustDoctor\
  • c:\Program Files\TrustDoctor Software\TrustDoctor\TrustDoctor.exe
  • c:\Program Files\TrustDoctor Software\TrustDoctor\uninstall.exe
  • c:\WINDOWS\101213zo9m49d5.cpl
  • c:\WINDOWS\10566wormz5e.dll
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\2325viruz9.dll
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\15274hzcktool3d59.bin
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\77481tzoj56fc.bin
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\.exe
  • %Temp%\.exe

Windows Vista/7:

  • c:\Users\Public\Start Menu\Programs\TrustDoctor
  • c:\ Users\Public \Start Menu\Programs\TrustDoctor\1 TrustDoctor.lnk
  • c:\ Users\Public \Start Menu\Programs\TrustDoctor\2 Homepage.lnk
  • c:\ Users\Public \Start Menu\Programs\TrustDoctor\3 Uninstall.lnk
  • c:\Program Files\TrustDoctor Software\
  • c:\Program Files\TrustDoctor Software\TrustDoctor\
  • c:\Program Files\TrustDoctor Software\TrustDoctor\TrustDoctor.exe
  • c:\Program Files\TrustDoctor Software\TrustDoctor\uninstall.exe
  • c:\WINDOWS\101213zo9m49d5.cpl
  • c:\WINDOWS\10566wormz5e.dll
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\2325viruz9.dll
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\15274hzcktool3d59.bin
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\77481tzoj56fc.bin
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\.exe
  • %Temp%\.exe

Once the above files have been removed, any instances of Trust Doctor no longer exist on your hard disk. In order to make sure that no additional malware reside on your PC it is recommended to scan the entire PC using genuine antivirus software such as Spyware Doctor with Antivirus.

Registry Removal Procedures

Removing files alone is not sufficient to completely delete Trust Doctor. The following registry keys and settings should be deleted as well:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\TrustDoctor
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\TrustDoctor
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TrustDoctor
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe”
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “TrustDoctor”

After you have completed the above steps, you have successfully removed Trust Doctor.

Conclusion

Manual Trust Doctor removal is not recommended for inexperienced users, as any wrong move made on your part could cause damage to your system. Inexperienced users are advised to make use of a legitimate antivirus application such as Spyware Doctor with Antivirus or a web-based repair service such as www.onlinecomputerrepair.org to safely and efficiently remove Trust Doctor.

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