Antivirus Pro 2009 is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as AntiSpywareXP 2009 and XP Antispyware 2009. AntiSpyware Pro 2009 is advertised through the use of Trojans that display fake security alerts and messages stating that your computer is infected. These alerts will also automatically install Antivirus Pro 2009 on to your computer.
As part of its installation process, Antivirus Pro 2009 will configure itself to start automatically when you logon to your computer. It will also create a variety of fake malware files on your computer that are completely harmless, but are installed so they are detected by AntivirusPro 2009 when it scans your computer. When Antivirus Pro 2009 starts it will automatically scan your computer and list variety of infections that cannot be removed unless you first purchase the program. Many of these infections are the fake files that the program installed, as described above, as well as legitimate Windows files that are being called infections. It gives these false results in order to scare you into purchasing the software.
While running, you will also find that your Internet Explorer has become hijacked. When browsing the web, Antivirus Pro 2009 will randomly display a screen stating that there has been insecure internet activity and that there is a threat of a virus attack. It then prompts you to either get protection or continue to the site. Regardless of the option you select, you will instead be brought to a web page where it tries to sell you the program. This is just another scare tactic and should be ignored.
The following guide will walk you through removing Antivirus Pro 2009 and any associated malware that may have been installed with it.
Self Help Guide
- Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that
is open later in the fix.
- At this point you should download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, to scan your computer for any any infections or adware that may be present. Please download Malwarebytes from the following
location and save it to your desktop:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (Download page will open in a new window)
- Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including
- Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe.
This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.
- When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue
with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings
and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave Launch
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button. If MalwareBytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.
- MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.
Please click on the Scan Now button to start the scan. If there is an update available for Malwarebytes it will automatically download and install it before performing the scan.
- MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can
take quite a while, so we suggest you do something else and periodically
check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.
- When MBAM is finished scanning it will display a screen that displays any malware that it has detected. Please note that the infections found may be different
than what is shown in the image below due to the guide being updated for newer versions of MBAM.
You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove all the listed malware. MBAM will now delete all of the files and registry keys and add them to the programs quarantine. When removing the files, MBAM may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot, please allow it to do so. Once your computer has rebooted, and you are logged in, please continue with the rest of the steps.
- You can now exit the MBAM program.
Your computer should now be free of the AntivirusPro 2009 program. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.