Malware.Monster.DX – Blue Screen of Death

Threat Summary

Threat: "Malware.Monster.DX - Blue Screen of Death"
Type: Rogue Antivirus
Brief Description: This type of threat will disguise as valid anti-virus application to deceive computer users.
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Malware.Monster.DX that appears together with the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is a fake error brought about by AntivirusBEST infection. In reality, Malware.Monster.DX does not really exist and the BSOD is just a scare tactics used by rogue developers to convince victims that computer is infected with the said virus. You do not have to worry about this identified threat, but care most on how you can remove the malware causing it to appear.

Malware.Monster.DX will appear as part of stop error that mimics the original Windows’ BSOD. This is why many users fall into this tactic. They believe that the warning is real and therefore they were forced to remove the threat by following the mistaken procedure. With this trick, user can fall easily into the trap. Some of them ended up buying the registered version of fake anti-virus without realizing that it will do nothing except steal money from their credit card account.

To avoid the fraud actions from attackers, you must ignore the warning if you see message similar to the one posted below.

***STOP: 0x000000E2 (0x0000000,…)
A malware application has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your data: Malware.Monster.DX_New_0xA21518F0. This is the first time you’ve seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps. Check to make sure your antivirus software is properly installed, If this is a new installation, ask your software manufacturer for any antivirus updates you might need. Windows detected unregistered version of AntivirusBEST protection on your computer. If problem continues, please activate your antivirus software to prevent computer damage and data loss.

To be able to stop this fake error, run a thorough scan using effective anti-malware program. It is advised that you should run the scan while Windows is running in Safe Mode to prevent the malware from loading itself into memory. When it does, running the scan may be prevented.

What Malware.Monster.DX Does?

A Windows STOP Error or Blue Screen of Death will appear on boot-up.


It will create Windows Registry entries:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Ext\Stats\{44b2c9f5-608d-46de-82e1-26c5bcb85193}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{44b2c9f5-608d-46de-82e1-26c5bcb85193}

The threat will drop the following malicious files:

  • c:\documents and settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\AntiVirusBEST
  • c:\documents and settings\All Users\Application Data\AB\ABEST.CAB
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\AB\abest.exe
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\AB\Installer.exe
  • c:\documents and settings\All Users\Application Data\AB\svchost.exe
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\AB\QWProtect.dll

Procedures to Remove "Malware.Monster.DX - Blue Screen of Death"

Removal steps on this page will help you get rid of the threat effectively using tools and virus scanners. Please make sure that you will carry out the guide in exact order.

Procedure 1: Scan Computer in Safe Mode Using Installed Anti-virus Program

1. When troubleshooting a PC, one common step is to boot operating system into Safe Mode with Networking. The same approach will be used in the removal of "Malware.Monster.DX - Blue Screen of Death". Please execute instructions based on your Windows OS version.

Start Windows 8 / Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

- Close all running programs on your computer because we will need to restart Windows on this procedure.
- Press and Hold Shift key on your keyboard while clicking on Restart.
- You will then be presented with Troubleshooting Options.
- Click on Troubleshoot icon.
- Then, Click on Advanced Options icon.
- Select Startup Settings icon and then, Click on Restart button.
- When Windows restarts, it will prompt to choose number from the list of options. Press the number on your keyboard that corresponds to Safe Mode with Networking, commonly number 5.
- Once in Safe Mode, please proceed to the next step which is running a virus scan on the computer.

Start in Safe Mode with Networking (Windows XP / Vista / 7 Instruction)

- Please restart the computer and just before Windows start, press F8 on your keyboard repeatedly. You will be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.


2. Once your Windows is running in Safe Mode, open your installed anti-virus programs and update it to the most recent version by automatically downloading necessary updates.

3. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all identified threats. Do not restart or turn off the computer after the scan process. You still need to run another scan. Please follow the next procedure.

Procedure 2: Scan and remove "Malware.Monster.DX - Blue Screen of Death" files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove "Malware.Monster.DX - Blue Screen of Death", download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download MalwareFox

1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.

2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.

3. Once update has completed, MalwareFox will launch.

MalwareFox Scanner

4. Select SCAN button of MalwareFox application.

5. Scanning process will start and infections list will be displayed. Click NEXT to remove them.

MalwareFox Detection Result

Procedure 3: Run extra scan with Junkware Removal Tool

To make sure that no more malicious files linked to "Malware.Monster.DX - Blue Screen of Death" are inside the computer, we must run another effective scanner. This time, use Junkware Removal Tool. No installation is necessary with this tool.

Download JRT

1. Click the button above to start the download process. Save the file to your preferred location.

2. Junkware Removal Tool will close all running applications later. So, before executing the file, please Bookmark or Print this page. And then, close all programs.

3. Double-click the JRT.exe file to initiate the tool.

4. It will prompt you to "Press any key to continue."

JRT Scanner

5. Junkware Removal Tool will create a Restore Point and proceed with the scan. Please wait for the scan process to finish.

6. After scanning the computer, JRT will open a Notepad containing scan logs. It may have not find "Malware.Monster.DX - Blue Screen of Death" relevant entities, but it will surely delete any malicious items not found in the previous scans.

Procedure 4: Reset Affected Internet Browser

Reset browser settings of Google Chrome:

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. In the address bar, type this: chrome://settings/ and then, press Enter.

3. Navigate at the end of the page and click on Show advanced settings.

4. At the bottom of the page, click on Reset settings to remove all changes made by "Malware.Monster.DX - Blue Screen of Death".

Reset Google Chrome

Reset Internet Explorer Settings:

1. Open Internet Explorer software.

2. Navigate to top menu and click Tools > Internet Options.

3. On Internet Options window, select Advanced tab.

4. In order to reverse modifications caused by "Malware.Monster.DX - Blue Screen of Death", click on Reset button to bring back Internet Explorer's settings to their default condition.

Internet Explorer

Reset Firefox to its default state:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox program.

2. Navigate to top menu and Open Help Menu. Then, select on Troubleshooting Information.

3. Click on Refresh Firefox button to erase the effect of "Malware.Monster.DX - Blue Screen of Death".

Reset Firefox

Protect your PC from "Malware.Monster.DX - Blue Screen of Death" or Similar Attack

Turn On Safe Browsing Features

Google Chrome's Protection from Dangerous Sites

With Google Chrome's Dangerous Site Protection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious, thus, you can prevent "Malware.Monster.DX - Blue Screen of Death" infection. To enable protection from dangerous sites, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. In the address bar, type this: chrome://settings/ and then, Press Enter.

3. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.

4. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Protect you and your device from dangerous sites'.

Chrome Security Settings

5. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.

SEE MORE : Enable Google Chrome's protection from dangerous sites

Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter

Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious programs including "Malware.Monster.DX - Blue Screen of Death". To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:

1. Please open Internet Explorer.

2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.

3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.

IE SmartScreen Filter

4. Please restart Internet Explorer.

SEE MORE : Comprehensive steps to activate SmartScreen Filter

Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries

Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats such as "Malware.Monster.DX - Blue Screen of Death". To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. On top menu, click on Open Menu. Then select Options from the list.

3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:

  • Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
  • Block reported attack sites
  • Block reported web forgeries

Firefox Security Settings

Edge Browser - SmartScreen Filter

SmartScreen filter is a built-in feature in Microsoft Edge browser that can help you deter malicious programs such as "Malware.Monster.DX - Blue Screen of Death". It can block malicious web sites and downloads.

1. Open Microsoft Edge browser.

2. Click on More Actions button located at top right corner of the screen.

3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.

4. Under Settings menu, go to Advanced Settings section and click on View Advanced Settings.

5. Scroll down to "help protect my PC from malicious sites and downloads with SmartScreen Filter". Turn it to ON.

6.You may now restart Microsoft Edge browser.

Edge SmartScreen Filter

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 1 comments
kristine293 - July 10, 2009

This one is annoying, it appears before the desktop loads. It all started after I visited a website about certain security products.

Thanks, malwarebytes solved .it. Almost 1 day and computer still working well with no blue screen


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