Monday, October 4, 2010

Remove Antivirus IS virus/malware (Removal guide)

Antivirus IS is a new rogue antispyware from the same family of rogues as Security Suite.

HijackThis shows Antivirus IS infection:
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [{random}] %Temp%\{random}\{random}lanw.exe

What Antivirus IS does

The design of Antivirus IS looks like a real antivirus application, but in reality, this program can not remove viruses, trojans, etc., nor will be protect your computer from legitimate future infections. Antivirus IS created only for one - to trick you into purchasing its full version.

Antivirus IS spreads as a fake video codec. Once started, it will install the rogue onto your PC without your permission and knowledge.

During installation, Antivirus IS will register itself int the Windows registry to run automatically every time when your computer starts. After that, it starts a scanning procedure, which results in finding a lot of trojans, viruses and other malicious programs. Obviously, such results are a fraud, the program want to force you to believe that your computer is infected.

What is more, Antivirus IS can block the Task Manager, and most legitimate Windows programs, as well as show a variety of false warnings and alerts. Like the scan results, all these messages - a fake, so you can safely ignore all that Antivirus IS will give you.

As you can see, Antivirus IS is absolutely useless and what is more, even dangerous software. Most importantly, do not purchase it. Instead, please use the removal guide or the steps below to remove Antivirus IS from your computer manually for free.

How to remove Antivirus IS

Reboot your computer in Safe mode with networking.

Reset proxy settings of your browser (this malware hijacked them) by doing: run Internet Explorer, Click Tools and select Internet Options. Select Connections Tab and click to Lan Settings button. Uncheck “Use a proxy server” box. Click OK and click OK again.

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.

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

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