Antivirus Vista 2010 - How To Remove?

Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware

Antivirus Vista 2010 is not an application to trust. It’s another rogue anti-spyware that spreads through Trojan viruses and was designed to swindle money of computer users. Antivirus Vista 2010 is the same program as Win 7 Antispyware 2010 or XP Internet Security 2010. The only difference among them is that they infect different Windows Operating Systems. The application uses malicious strategies in order to make a computer user believe his computer is infected by viruses and prove him he needs a program like Antivirus Vista 2010 to remove the infections and have the best protection against future threats.

The Trojan that installs Antivirus Vista 2010 makes some important changes in your Registry. The modifications cause aberrant production of pop up ads and security notifications which constantly report about insufficient protection against viruses etc. Antivirus Vista 2010 also runs its scanner after each computer reboot and claims it found malicious files that must be removed from your system. In order to do that you will be recommended to purchase a licensed version of Antivirus Vista 2010.

Additionally, Antivirus Vista 2010 makes your system more vulnerable against other spyware. To make it more difficult to be removed, the program blocks your legitimate anti-virus program. Antivirus Vista 2010 also hijacks your internet browser and blocks all websites you are trying to visit. It generates notification messages stating that the website you are trying to visit is malicious and you are risking on your security.

Ignore the messages by Antivirus Vista 2010 and remove it from your system by using the removal guide below. Please do not pay for this program, however, if you have already done that, immediately contact your credit card company and dispute the charges.

Antivirus Vista 2010 removal update:

You may also have to remove file  C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch\AV.EXE-[RandomNumber].pf

For example:  C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch\

Then click Start->Run (or WinKey+R). Type in “msconfig” and click OK. Select “Startup” tab and remove the check box for the file “av” so that it doesn’t start when the computer does.

Automatic Antivirus Vista 2010 removal tools

Note: Reimage trial provides detection of parasites and assists in their removal for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.  We might be affiliated with some of these programs. Full information is available in disclosure

Manual removal


Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Antivirus Vista 2010, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on


Antivirus Vista 2010 screenshots


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January 29, 2010 11:34, March 20, 2010 08:56

7 thoughts on “Antivirus Vista 2010

  1. Just a note, if you’re going to try to remove this manually and use the above references, don’t just delete the keys out of the reg as they suggest as it will destroy your associations. I’m going to try to follow their steps and remove only the av.exe references.

  2. this 2010 was a tough one. I was determined to get rid of it using free programs. Malwarebytes was my first choice but 2010 would not let me install the program. Smart. I looked for a solution to that problem online. Older post said rename the the bam File (that’s the start up file for malwarebytes) that did not work. So needed another FREE program 2010 did not know abou. tUsed ” a-squared free” malware removal program.
    It loaded and updated so I ran it . It found lots of problems on the PC. It found the 2010 malware and labeled as a high threat. It got rid of the 2010 malware. Great.

    but after reboot the laptop no longer open any EXE files. That means no program would open since every program starts with a EXE file to open. Made the laptop useless. Now I have no idea if a-square free messed with my registry or if 2010 took a finale parting shot and disabled open EXE files.
    There are lots of payed programs saying they can fix this. But I’m cheap so I decided to restore the laptop to the latest know working condition in the restore menu.
    That worked and the 2010 did not come back with the restore.
    problem solved and NO money changed hands.

    Malwarebytes loaded after that and would recommend to any one to load the free version and run it often.

    ken mol
    march 4 2010

    posting the fix that worked for me on many 2010 malware sites. May not work for you but its how I got rid of it.

  3. This is the second time in 2 days that this rotter has infected my laptop. Most people would have learnt the first time! From reading feedback on similar websites it seems way too risky to edit the registry. What I’ve found that works is simply to restore your system the most recent point before Mr Antivirus Vista 2010 showed up. It is recommended that you restore from Safe Mode but restoring from Normal Mode has worked fine for me – just remember to end the process av.exe first in Task Manager.

    The system restore is found in: Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.

    For my mind its the safest, easiest and cheapest way to combat this problem, but do note that you will lose any programs that have been installed after your chosem system restore date. You will want to back these up before proceeding! Your documents and music etc should not be affected.

    Good luck all!

  4. Ken Mol, Kieran : The problem is that you use free programs that do not have real time protection or system restore. I would recommend getting at least one with real time protection instead. Saves time.

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