- Internet & the Web
Earlier this spring a virus called Monaronadona started propagating over the World Wide Web. Being of moderate danger, it proved to be a very annoying nasty pest. A system getting infected with monaronadona virus could display the following message:
"Hi, My name is MonaRonaDona. I am a Virus & I am here to Wreck Your PC. If you observe strange behavior with your PC, like program windows disappearing etc, it's me who is doing all this. I was created as a protest against the Human Rights Violation being observed throughout the world & the very purpose of my existence is to remind & stress the world to respect humanity."
But that's not all!
Monaronadona interferes with system settings and Explorer modules, making user's computing experience very unpleasant.
Monaronadona Presence Symptoms
Monaronadona's main activity consists of irritating the user to the point where a help from the Internet is needed. When a monaronadona name is entered into the search engine, the displayed results kindly show a "monaronadona removal tool" - fake Unigray Antivirus, prices at about 40 bucks. Evidently monaronadona itself is a marketing tool that helps to sell otherwise unneeded antivirus software.
Fortunately, the information about this scam is being pulled off Search Engine results, and the first 10 websites mostly tell the truth about this nasty malware.
But to annoy the user enough, monaronadona virus uses teh following Windows modules and 3d party software applications, like those below:
- Windows Registry Editor
- Date And Time
- Windows Task Manager
- IrfanView Graphics Viewer
- Adobe reader
- Adobe Photoshop
- Microsoft Visual Basic
- Windows Media Player
- Microsoft Office, incl:
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Word
- Windows Live Messenger
Monaronadona can disable the Task Manager, and other Windows software. Besides, it hijacks Internet Explorer, modifies the header and causes redirects, while displaying relentless pop-up ads.
Monaronadona Removal: Fake Unigray Antivirus
Compared to another similar malware notoriously known as "XP antivirus", mona rona dona advertises its own removal tool (how cute, uh?), called Unigray Antivirus. Never download it and never use it!
Unigray antivirus has been promoted (and here on Hubpages, too) as the only effective monaronadona removal tool. It claims to fix not just Monaronadona virus, but over 600,000 other malicious programs as well. Not bad for an unknown antivirus software!
What Unigray Antivirus does in reality is that it lists names of miscellaneous threats taken at random from Symantec database. Unigray pretends to find hundreds of viruses on your PC (apart from monaronadona), which simply do not exist, and congratulates you on successful removal of nasty beasts from your system!
Unigray anti virus seems to be an earlier generation of rogue antivirus software that evolved within months to highly dangerous, self-replicating scams like IEdefender and antispy master.
There's yet another participant in this scam extortion chain. It's called Registry Cleaner 2008 and serves the same purpose as monaronadona. Never download it!
Unigray: Fake Antivirus
Monaronadona Virus Fix
Removing monaronadona is a feairy simple manual process if you're comfortable with Windows registry.
First, you need to remove the following registry entries:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\\Window Title
KEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\\Window Title
KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\\Window Title
Second, search for the file SRVSPOOL.EXE and delete it from the system.
Third, delete the following folder and its contents:
C:\Program Files\UniGray AntivirusNow it's time to re-enable Windows Task Manager.
Type in regedit and hit enter.
Browse to the following key:
The path should look like this: see screenshot below.
Look for the value: DisableTaskMgr.Click on REG_DWORD. There are two Values available:1=Enable this key (disables TaskManager);
0=Disable (enables Task Manager).You need to set it to: 0
There's no need to save anything - all changes to the registry are permanent (that's why it is so dangerous to "play" with it!)
Changes will take effect after next reboot.
Also, correct the Internet Explorer header.
Go to the following place in the registry:
and delete the value: WindowTitle
Monaronadona Removal with Tools
However, if you're a less sophisticated computer geek, you let antispyware tools remove the monaronadona virus.
It is reported that the following antispyware and antivirus software successfuly deleted this trojan:
- Free NoAdware 5.0 download from: Rapidshare
Remove adware, spyware, keyloggers and parasites. Immunize your PC to prevent future infections.
Who Created MonaRonaDona Virus
I stumbled upon this post with guessings about who created the notorious MonaRonaDona virus.
Assumingly MonaRonaDona was created in Europe, and not in Russia (unlike other rogue softwares assaulting the web).
...the author of this masterpiece is a male (possibly Pakistani), who lives in Netherlands and speaks Dutch, in his mid 30-ies, who is a freelance programmer in C++ (MFC/ATL), who is also a soccer fan, wants to study in the U.S. or Pakistan as a Fulbright scholar and likes looking at Maria Ford and Jordon Ladd. Our Mr. X has no permanent job, so he takes the projects from his bosses to build these rogue antivirus solutions and pay his rent. He wants better projects and wants to run his own business. It is his bosses who are the real masterminds behind Unigray Antivirus and MonaRonaDona - not this man himself.
It's wonderful how a piece of code allows to draw such conclusions. Sherlock Holmes would certainly be proud of his disciples! ;-)