Windows AV Component - How To Remove?

Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware

Windows AV Component is a scareware which creates an image that it is a perfectly legitimate program but hails from extremely malicious family of rogue anti-spywares. If it gets on your computer, this rogue will display continuous system scanners and alerts that will always detect tons of viruses. In addition, on its alerts there will be used the name of legitimate product Microsoft Security Essentials which is also expected to mislead users. Typically, malware expects your money, so it always offers to fix machine by purchasing the licensed version of Windows AV Component. In fact, the program is useless and fake. The idea behind these deceptive ads is to scare PC users about their computers’ security. Additionally, they are simply pushed into purchasing malware what makes them simply share their money with scammers. Please, never pay for Windows AV Component which must be removed from the system immediately. If you have this malware inside, run updated spyhunter to fix your machine from Trojans that spread it.

In order to make you purchase Windows AV Component, scammers have designed this virus to spread unnoticeably with a help of Trojans. This malware invasion is done through security vulnerabilities found together with insecure downloads. Additionally, there are also some unnoticeable modifications done that lead malware to start up as soon as PC is rebooted. Windows AV Component will start ‘scanning’ your machine for malware and will report about viruses on its fake alerts. Some of its alerts will report:

Microsoft Security Essentials Alert
Potential Threat Details
Microsoft Security Essentials detected potential threats that might compromise your private or damage your computer. Your access to these items may be suspended until you take an action. Click ‘show details’ to learn more.

System reboot error has occurred due to lsass.exe system process failure.
This may be caused by severe malware infections.
Automatic restore of lsass.exe backup copy completed.
The correct system performance can not be resumed without eliminating the cause of lsass.exe corruption.

Threat prevention solution found
Security system analysis has revealed critical file system vulnerability caused by severe malware attacks.
Risk of system files infection:
The detected vulnerability may result in unauthorized access to private information and hard drive data with a serious possibility of irreversible data loss and unstable PC performance. To remove the malware please run a full system scan. Press ‘OK’ to install the software necessary to initiate system files check. To complete the installation process please reboot your computer

It’s critical to keep in mind Windows AV Component is a threat that has no powers to find and remove viruses. This malware will do its best in trying to make you pay for the license. Save your money instead and remove Windows AV Component to stop its harmful functionality on your system. While trying to remove Windows AV Component, you should reboot your PC into safe mode with networking, stop malicious randomly named processes on Task Manager and then launch spyhunter, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or other anti-spyware.

Special tips for Windows AV Component removal :

1. Allow it to scan your PC, as you will only be able to close Windows AV Component window after that.
2. Download and launch Process Explorer ( for alternate download link). Rename it to .com and launch it. This will prevent Windows AV Component from blocking it.
2. Make sure you see all file paths in Process Explorer. Stop processes listed bellow, and everything that is launched from %AppData%, %Application Data% or %Temp%.
3. Launch registry filing utility:
4. Launch Browser of your choice and disable proxy server in it. Windows AV Component might filter your browsing results and prevent browser from functioning.
5. Download an Anti-Malware tools (spyhunter, [mbam, Hitman Pro). Do a full system scan and get rid of Windows AV Component files they detect.

Automatic Windows AV Component 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 Windows AV Component, 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


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June 29, 2011 09:20, June 29, 2011 09:20

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