AntivirusGT is a rogue anti-spyware program that is distributed through the use of fake online anti-malware scanners. When browsing the web you may be redirected to a page that states that your computer is infected. This page will then prompt you to perform an online anti-malware scan on your computer in order to search for viruses. Regardless of whether you accept this offer, you will be brought to a page that displays a fake scanner, that when finished scanning, will state that your computer is infected. It will then prompt you to download and install AntivirusGT in order to remove these supposed infections. It should be noted that this fake scanner page does not actually scan your computer. Instead it is simply an advertisement that will state that your computer is infected no matter how clean it may be.
Once AntivirusGT is installed on to your computer, it will be configured to start automatically and then scan your computer. When it has finished scanning your computer the program will state that there are numerous infections present on your computer, but will not allow you to remove any of them until you first purchase the program. These infections, though, are actually legitimate programs that if removed may cause your computer not to start or operate properly. Therefore, do not manually delete any of the files it states are infections as you will be deleting legitimate and required Windows programs.
While running, AntivirusGT will also attempt to protect itself by not allowing you to run various programs. It does this so that you cannot run security programs that may assist you in removing this infection. When you attempt to run a program you will instead see a message stating that the file is infected. An example of this fake security warning is:
AntivirusGT Resident Shield: Virus Detected
Warning! Active virus detected!
Threat Detected: Trojan.Injector.BZ
Infected File: C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
When AntivirusGT is no longer running you will then be able to run your applications like normal.
While started, AntivirusGT will also display fake alerts that state your computer is under attack or that there are new Windows updates available. When you try to fix the errors or install the updates, though, it will instead prompt you to purchase AntivirusGT. An example of the security update alert is:
Security advisor: Important updates available
New important updates available:
Virus and spyware database is out of date.
New Important updates:
- antivirus database definitions update
- anti-spyware database definitions update
- critical system vulnerabilities fix
- resident shield update
- Internet Explorer potential vulnerabilities fix
The infection will also hijack your Internet Explorer browser so that when you are browsing the web you will be randomly shown an alert stating that the page blocked you from accessing because you are infected. The text of this alert is:
Attention! Your web page request has been cancelled.
This web site refused your connection as it was reported as a malicious request. This can be caused by Viruses, Trojans or Malware installed on your computer.
In order to resend your request to the website, press Resend request (please note, this action may cause a permanent block of your computer by the requested website)
In order to activate your security software, please press Fix Now (recommended)
All of the above alerts are fake and are only being shown to scare you into thinking that you have a security problem and should be ignored.
As you can see, AntivirusGT was created to trick you into purchasing the program by making you think that your computer is infected. As all of these alerts and scan results are fake, you should not purchase this program for any reason. If you have already purchased it, then we suggest you contact your credit card company and dispute the charges stating that it is a scam. To remove AntivirusGT 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.
- 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. If you continue
having problems running RKill, you can download the other renamed versions
of RKill from the rkill
download page. All of the files are renamed copies of RKill, which you
can try instead. Please note that the download page will open in a new browser
window or tab.
Do not reboot your computer after running RKill as the malware programs will start again.
- 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-1878.1878-126.96.36.1999.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.
- As many rogues and other malware are installed through vulnerabilities found
in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use
Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer. A tutorial on
how to use Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs can be found here:
How to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector
Your computer should now be free of the AntivirusGT 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.