AV Protection 2011 - How to remove?
AV Protection 2011 is a dangerous rogue anti-spyware that pretends to be legitimate tool important for computer’s security. Most of the users fall into thinking that it is a truly good way to protect their computers against viruses and pay for its faked licensed version. However, purchasing ‘licensed’, ‘full’ or whatever it is called AV Protection 2011 version is not a right decision – we must warn you that this scamware will additionally infect your PC with more viruses and will start playing havoc on it. As soon as you notice it on your computer, remove AV Protection 2011 using legitimate anti-spyware program, such as Hitman Pro or spyhunter.
As soon as it manages to get inside the PC, AV Protection 2011 starts displaying tons of virus reports. All its alerts and scanners declare the same thing: your PC is infected and you must purchase removal services from it. In reality, all these ‘viruses’ are legitimate your system files or the ones that are secretly dropped by AV Protection 2011 once it manages to get on your computer. Be sure that they have nothing to do with a real your computer’s situation and keep in mind that you must simply ignore those alerts. Hailing from the same malwares’ family as System Security 2012 or Guard Online, this scamware displays such alerts:
svchost.exe was replaced with unauthorized program.
It has encountered a problem and needs to close.
If you were in the middle of something, the information you were working on might be lost.
Please tell Microsoft about this problem.
We have created an error report that you can send to us. We will treat this report as confidential and anonymous.
Windows Security Alert
To help protect your computer, Windows Firewall has blocked some features of this program.
Do you want to keep blocking this program?
Name: Zeus Trojan
Warning! Infection found
Unauthorized sending E-MAIL with subject “RE:” to <fake email here> was CANCELLED.
Warning! Infection found
Unwanted software (malware) or tracking cookies have been found during last scan. It is highly recommended to remove it from your computer.
Keylogger Zeus was detected and put in quarantine.
Keylogger Zeus is a very dangerous software used by criminals to steal personal data such as credit card information, access to banking accounts, passwords to social networks and e-mails.
Your computer continues to be infected with harmful viruses. In order to prevent permanent loss of your information and credit card data theft please activate your antivirus software. Click here to enable protection.
Malicious programs that may steal your private information and prevent your system from working properly are detected on your computer.
Click here to clean your PC immediately.
You may ask how AV Protection 2011 is distributed. The way how it gets inside is very simple: it bypasses security barriers of the system with a help of Trojans. Of course, licensed anti-virus and anti-spyware versions help to avoid such infiltration because your system is prevented from security holes that are used by Trojans to enter it. As you can see, AV Protection 2011 is a totally malicious program because it scares you into believing your PC is not safe and then tries to convince you that you need to register its licensed copy. This sort of strategy is normal for rogue anti-spyware programs, so make sure you remove AV Protection 2011 ASAP before it downloads more malwares into it. Follow the steps given below:
1. Download process explorer and safe it on desktop. Rename it to iexplore.exe (or iexplore, if you do not see file extensions). Disable proxy server in your browser.
2. Execute process explorer and look for garbage processes that run from C:\Windows\System32. The name would be like lvvm.exe, 23gwGSGD23523.exe or similar (it has to contain many letters and digits). Stop the process and write down the exact path. Once you stop correct processes, the malware windows will close and icon will disappear.
3. Delete the files you have stopped in the previous step.
4. AV Protection 2011 comes with other trojans usually. Scan your PC with spyhunter, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for remaining malware processes and files. Full versions of these programs would have protected from AV Protection 2011 infection and saved some time.