Antivirus Monitor - How to remove?
Antivirus Monitor is another fake antivirus program. It is associated with AntiMalware GO due to the fact that it uses same botnet (aka bunch of trojans) for distribution. Also, in its own structure it is very similar to its predecessor. Typically, AntiVirus Monitor enters user PC through trojan downloaders, that install through browser vulnerabilities, fake online scanners or some “freeware” downloads and cracks. These trojans can download other parasites by command, and Antivirus Monitor is one of such parasites.
Once the PC affected, Antivirus Monitor will try to disrupt user work and convince him that PC is in grave danger. This is done by displaying various alerts, stopping legitimate programs from launching and limiting websites one can view. For example, if user would try launching notepad, the program would be blocked with such alert:
Application can’t be started!
The file notepad.exe is damaged.
Do you want to activate your antivirus software now?
if one press on “YES”, the application window of Antivirus Monitor will start and you are asked to start a scan.
Antivirus Monitor scan will display multiple infections of known and old parasite names without listing files affected. No details are provided, and one can be sure that Antivirus Monitor results are completely fake. As a proof, majority of detected parasite symptoms would be seen on the infected PC. It even “detects” some fake antiviruses in the scan results. However, Antivirus Monitor will refuse to remove the “threats” before you purchase full version of it. This is a scam to collect your credit card details, as there is not full version of this rogue. Your credit card would be charged, and then its details would be sold further. Thus if you paid for Antivirus Monitor, consider contacting your bank and asking for credit card change and chargeback.
For removing Antivirus Monitor we recommend scanning the PC with decent anti-malware tools like spyhunter or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. I recommend doing scans in safe mode with networking and updating each tool before scan. Antivirus Monitor malware might block some pages from opening. To fix that, disable proxy server in your browser. If you are blocked from executing anti-malware programs, try rebooting into safe mode with networking, launching task manager and killing all garbage processes. Then you should be able run Spyware Doctor, Malwarebytes and other legitimate software. At the moment detection ratios are not too good as it is new malware, however it should be detected at least by one tool. You can also remove Antivirus Monitor manually following instructions bellow, or doing system restore before scan.
Full versions of anti-malware programs would have likely stopped Antivirus Monitor before entering the system. I recommend keeping an up-to-date version of Internet Security Suites and having second opinion anti-malware programs running all the time. Getting rid of Antivirus Monitor is more complex task compared to prevention of PC parasites.
Update! If you can’t reach the internet, follow the guide:
Open Internet Explorer, choose Tools menu and select Internet Options. Click on the Connections tab and then on the LAN Settings button. Uncheck the checkbox labeled Use a proxy server for your LAN under the Proxy Server section and press OK. Download spyhunter and run a full system scan. Delete files identified as infected.