Antivirus is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Defense Center and Protection Center. This infection is promoted through fake pornography sites, fake online anti-malware scanners, and sites that have been hacked to issue exploits. When you visit these sites, you will be prompted to download a program that either pretends to be a video codec that is required to view an online video or the program may be installed automatically without your permission. Once installed it will be configured to start automatically when Windows starts. Once started, this program will scan your computer and then display numerous infections on your computer, but will not allow you to remove any until you first purchase the program. Many of the programs that it states are infections, though, are actually legitimate Windows files. Therefore, do not delete any of the files it states are infections as it may affect the proper operation of your computer.
When installed, Antivirus may also install the Pragma TDSS infection on your computer. This rootkit hides on your operating system and acts as a security guard. The Pragma rootkit will terminate antivirus programs when you attempt to clean with them as well make it difficult to visit legitimate security sites. As you can imagine it does this in order to stop you from removing the Antivirus program from your computer.
While Antivirus is running it will also display a fake Windows Security Center. This fake security center differs from the legitimate one by recommending that you purchase Antivirus in order to protect your computer. Antivirus will also display numerous fake security alerts and warnings on your computer as you use it. These warnings are devised to scare you into thinking that your computer is under attack or has a serious computer security problem. The text of these alerts are:
Warning! Network Attack Detected!
Your computer is being attacked from a remote PC.
Attack from <ip address>
Process is trying to steal your passwords listed below. It is highly recommended to block this threat now.
Antivirus alert - Critical Threat Detected
Warning: Network attack detected
Network attach has been detected. Process is attempting to access your private data.
Unauthorized person tries to steal your passwords and private information. Click on the message to prevent identity theft.
User's activity loggers detected!
It's strongly recommended to remove detected threats right now!
You are using a trial version.
It is recommended to purchase a commercial version.
Harmful viruses detected on your computer. This malicious software may harm your computer. Click on the message to ensure the protection of your computer.
Warning! Keylogger detected!
Keylogger activity detected on your PC!
PDM.Keylogger activity has been detected. Process is trying to redirect keyboard input. Your passwords and other private information are at risk. Please click the button below to block and remove this threat now.
Warning! Adware detected!
Adware Module detected on your PC!
Zlob.Porn.Ad adware has been detected. This adware module advertises websites with explicit content. Be advised of such content being possibly illegal. Please click the button below to locate and remove this threat now.
It is highly recommended to remove this threat from your PC.
You are using a trial version. It is recommended to purchase a commercial version.
Most of the viruses and worms on your PC because of visiting pornosites or warez/torrent sites.
DANGEROUS! ANTIVIRUS DETECTED SOME HARMFUL PROGRAMS ON YOUR PC! THEY MAY CORRUPT YOUR INFORMATION OR SEND IT TO HACKERS.
PLEASE, OPTIMIZE YOUR PC. IT RUN ONLY 10%.
All of these security alerts are fake and should be ignored.
Without a doubt, Antivirus was designed to make you think that you are infected so that you will then be scared into purchasing the program. It goes without saying that you should definitely not purchase it, and if you have, you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charges stating that the program is a scam. To remove Antivirus and any related malware, please follow the steps in the removal guide below.
Self Help Guide
If you are uncomfortable making changes to your computer or following these steps, do not worry! Instead you can get free one-on-one help by asking in the forums.
- Print out these instructions as we may need to close every window that is
open later in the fix.
- It is possible that the infection you are trying to remove will not allow
you to download files on the infected computer. If this is the case, then
you will need to download the files requested in this guide on another computer
and then transfer them to the infected computer. You can transfer the files
via a CD/DVD, external drive, or USB flash drive.
- As this infection is commonly bundled with the TDSS infection, you must
first remove it in order to remove the
infection. Please follow the steps in the following guide:
- Before we can do anything we must first end the processes that belong to
so that it does not interfere with the cleaning procedure. To do this, please
download RKill to your desktop from the following link.
RKill Download Link - (Download page will open in a new tab or browser window.)
When at the download page, click on the Download Now button labeled iExplore.exe download link. When you are prompted where to save it, please save it on your desktop.
- Once it is downloaded, double-click on the iExplore.exe icon
in order to automatically attempt to stop any processes associated with
and other Rogue programs. Please be patient while the program looks for various
malware programs and ends them. When it has finished, the black window will
automatically close and you can continue with the next step. If you get a
message that RKill is an infection, do not be concerned. This message is just
a fake warning given by
when it terminates programs that may potentially remove it. If you run into
these infections warnings that close RKill, a trick is to leave the warning
on the screen and then run RKill again. By not closing the warning, this typically
will allow you to bypass the malware trying to protect itself so that RKill
. So, please try running RKill until the malware is no longer running. You
will then be able to proceed with the rest of the guide. Do not reboot
your computer after running RKill as the malware programs will start again.
If you continue having problems running RKill, you can download the other renamed versions of RKill from the RKill download page. Both of these files are renamed copies of rkill.com, which you can try instead. Please note that the download page will open in a new browser window or tab.
- 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 mb3-setup-1878.1878-18.104.22.1689.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 seleted 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 Antivirus 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.