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remove antivira avIn this guide I will show you how to delete and remove the fake Antivira AV antivirus from your computer. Antivira AV belongs to the same “family” of Antivirus.NET. Basically, it is a  a “fresh” (see Yahoo Answers)  fake antivirus which once installed on your Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP operating system will try to trick you into thinking that your computer is infected by viruses and spyware. Of course, it is not true! Its only goal is to convince you to buy the full Antivira AV version with your credit card. To convince you that your computer is infected  a lot of windows will pop-up on your screen after a full, fake automatic scan. Some window will contain the following warning: “Security Warning! Application cannot be executed. The file AV.exe is infected. Do you want to activate your antivirus software now?” Your Internet browser will also be hacked and will redirect all your searches to webpages where you will see alarming messages and links to other webpages where you will be able to buy the full software. It has to be said that such full version is not better than the “demo” one as it is an useless antivirus which provides no protection to your computer and your private data. On the contrary, it contains spywares which spy your Internet behaviour and steal your most important files and infos. At the time writing no “ad-hoc” Antivira removal tool exist, so the only way to get rid of it is to manually remove it.

Update: The below tutorial might not work for you. Try a System Restore before trying the tutorial below. To know how to do it on your Windows, please read old comments at the end of this article. Spend 5 minutes to read all comments. Better 5 minutes of your time than $100 at the Geek Squad shop, right?

  1. As usual, let’s start our Windows in Safe Mode. To do it, click Start and restart your machine. As soon as it restart, keep pressing the F8 button in your keyboard. This will let you gain access to the Safe Mode. Once you are in the Safe Mode screen, select Safe Mode with Networking.
  2. Let’s  get rid of and uninstall the entries Antivira installed on Windows registry. Click Start.
  3. In the Search field (Run… if you use Windows Vista or XP) type regedit and press Enter.
  4. Delete the following entries:
  5. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\PhishingFilter “Enabled” = “0”
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyOverride” = ”
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyServer” = ‘http=′
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyEnable” = ‘1′

  6. If some of the Windows registries above can not be uninstalled right away, it is because they are still running on your PC, in the background. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to open Windows Task Manager and look for any AV.exe or .exe running process and kill it.
  7. Now, let’s fix our Internet Explorer or Firefox. Open Internet Explorer. Go to  Tools and click – Internet Options. Now, click the Internet Connections tab –  LAN settings button. Untick the  “Use a proxy server for your LAN” checkbox in the the Proxy Server section and press OK to confirm.
    For Mozilla Firefox users:  Click  Tools – Click Options – Click Advanced – Click Network – Click Settings – Check No Proxy – Click OK to confirm.
  8. Now scan your computer with a good, free, robust Antivirus such as AVG Free.
  9. Download and Install free Spybot Search and Destroy and perform a full antimalware/antispyware scan.
Security Warning
Application cannot be executed. The file AV.exe is infected. Do you want to activate your antivirus software now?

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88 Comments to “Simple Guide to Delete and Remove Fake Antivira AV Antivirus”

  1. Rob Says:

    Running Vista, I deleted everything you mentioned, installed and ran Spybot Search and Destroy, system is back to normal.

  2. Matt H Says:

    Hi there, i tried your guide to remove the virus, and now when i try to turn my laptop on i get the first starting screen (the one i need to press F8 on) and no matter what i press i just get a flashing line ‘ _ ‘ <— like that in the top left of my screen and then my laptop powers off a few seconds later, any ideas?

  3. izzie23 Says:

    Okay so I tried to put my computer on safe mode and Everytime I tried my computer would just restart. Then I tried to do the system restore it would say starting HP recovery and then I got.this message “problem has been detected and Windows has shut down to prevent damage to your computer. SESSION5_INTITIALIZATION_FAILED…” on a blue screen and I can’t seem to do non of the safe modes or system restore

  4. jay Says:

    How do I manually to an earlier date ? My computer is not allowing me to click to one manually and only gives me one option which is today,the same day I started having problems. my computer is already set at max disc space for system restore.
    Thanks! Jay

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