Thursday, September 2, 2010

AWM Antivirus removal instructions

AWM Antivirus is not a legitimate security tool, it is dangerous computer parasite, which classified as rogue antispyware program.

HijackThis shows AWM Antivirus infection:

O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [awm] C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\AWM\AWM.exe

What AWM Antivirus does

AWM Antivirus looks like a normal security application, but in reality, this program is not able to perform any type of security related functions when installed on a computer. This program created with one purpose to trick you into purchasing the full version of the software.

Screen shoot of AWM Antivirus

When running, AWM Antivirus will configure itself to run automatically every time when your computer starts. After that, it will imitate a system scan and list a variety of infections or potentially dangerous files. It states that your computer is infected with adware, trojans, worms or malware and that you should purchase AWM Antivirus to remove these infections. Obviously, such results are a fraud, the program want to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected with malicious software.

While AWM Antivirus is running, it will flood your computer with fake security alerts and notifications from Windows task bar. These alerts states:
System warning. Intercepting programs that may compromise your privacy and harm your system have been detected on your PC. It`s highly recommended you scan your PC right now.
Your computer is infected! Windows detected spyware infection! It is recommended to use special antispyware tools to prevent dataloss. Windows will now download and install the most up-to-date antispyware for you.

From the above, obviously, AWM Antivirus is a dangerous program, whose presence on your computer is absolutely undesirable. Use the removal instructions below to remove this malware for free.

How to remove AWM Antivirus

Download Malwarebytes Anti-malware. Double click mbam-setup.exe to install the application. When installation is complete, make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.

Once the program has loaded you will see a screen like below.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan. When the scan is done, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. You will see a list of malware that  Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware found on your computer. Note: list of malware may be different than what is shown in the screen below.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware - lists of malicious software

Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. Once disinfection is finished, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.

Note: if you can`t download or run these suggested program above, boot your computer in Safe mode with networking and repeat the above steps once again.

If the instructions does not help you, then ask for help in the Spyware removal forum.

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