Red Cross Antivirus - How To Remove?

Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware

Red Cross Antivirus is one of malwares that all are known to be components of misleading Microsoft Security Essentials Alert. In fact, this fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert is a Trojan, which gets on board undetected. Since this scam is no particularly different from other ones, it trends to display nonexistent viruses and then offers to install for free one of 35 anti-spywares. In this list of anti-spywares, there are 5 programs that are completely fraudulent and similar to each other with their appearance (GUI). One of them is Red Cross Antivirus.

Once the trialware of Red Cross Antivirus is installed, it acts similarly to other scams, for example Major Defense Kit. This rogue anti-spyware displays exaggerated alerts that attempt to scare user into thinking that his computer is under the virus attack:

The application iexplore.exe was launched successfully but it was forced to shut down due to security reasons.
This happened because the application was infected by a malicious program which might pose a threat for the OS.
It is highly recommended to install the necessary heuristic module and perform a full scan of your computer to exterminate malicious programs from it.

In addition, Red Cross Antivirus starts declaring that it is not capable to remove these detections until so called “full” version is not purchased and installed into the infected machine.

If you happen to encounter such malicious Microsoft Security Essentials Alert, don’t take its viruses reported seriously. Moreover, don’t install and NEVER purchase Red Cross Antivirus. If it happens for you to see its alerts or scanners, remove red Cross Antivirus without any hesitation.

Automatic Red Cross Antivirus removal tools

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Manual removal


Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Red Cross Antivirus, 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


Red Cross Antivirus screenshots


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August 23, 2010 16:05, October 6, 2010 09:36

12 thoughts on “Red Cross Antivirus

  1. Arnie: have you tried updating before scanning? Try also MalwareBytes Anti-malware or superantispyware. There are more than single version of these rogues, not all are detected by the same program.

  2. When I start my computer the virus keeps me from accessing anything that will allow me to download the program you recommend I use to get rid of the virus. The desktop just won’t load once I click “hide”. Do you have any advice?

  3. Rob: reboot, press F8, choose safe mode with networking. Disable proxy server in browser.
    Alternatively, shutdown pc by keeping hold on power button, then choose system restore from menu. Then rescan PC.

  4. I have the same problem as Rob. I tried what you said but it’s not working, maybe because I’m on a laptop and can’t open the browser in safe mode. As for choosing “system restore”, well, I don’t even see that as an option anywhere when I restart my laptop.

  5. Actually I just figured out what to do. If you’re using a laptop and you can’t sign onto your normal desktop because of the Red Cross “scan”, try this:

    When you log onto your account, hit the safe startup option and wait for the fake scan to take place. Hit cntrl/alt/delete to open the task manager, and kill the red cross scan (it might say it’s not responding, so click end now). Now from the task manager, choose file and hit new task, in the blank type “explorer” and your normal desktop should return.

    It worked for me at least.

  6. how can I get back a working task manager, and avg virusscanner is also disabled by this red cross malware, how can I start this again?

  7. Hi, I accidentally purchased the redcross but I never have gotten the service(software). Could I know where I could get the redcross company’s phone number? The software is not installed even if I purchased it, and the money went out from my bank account.

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