Thursday, 17 November 2011

How to Remove AV Protection 2011 (Uninstall Guide)

AV Protection 2011 is a form of malware that tries to trick users into paying for the program to remove fictitious virus threats. Internet users face the challenge of distinguishing between legitimate and malicious software. Besides, fake anti-virus programs display truly convincing but unfortunately fraudulent security alerts in order to make you think that your computer is infected with spyware, keyloggers, trojans and other dangerous stuff. Such combination can easily trick unsuspecting users into purchasing completely bogus security product. Cyber criminals use numerous distribution methods to distribute AV Protection 2011 and other malicious software. Spamming and blackhat search engine optimization techniques are very popular but cyber crooks may also use exploit packs, fake virus scanners and social engineering to earn significant returns on the investment. Very often they use pay-per-install business model to monetize botnets' operations. So, as you can see, cyber criminals have everything required to set up and to maintain malware, including AV Protection 2011 and similar scareware. To remove AV Protection 2011 from your computer, please follow the removal instructions below.

When run, AV Protection 2011 blocks legitimate antivirus software and certain malware removal tools. What is more, it may lock down Windows functionality to protect itself from being removed. In conjunction with rootkits, very often TDSS or other sophisticated malware, this rogue antivirus can cause a lot of problems especially if you are not computer savvy. If you're having a hard time removing it, it's because your removal procedure is hopelessly flawed. By far the most easiest way to remove AV Protection 2011 is to use this debugged registration key 9992665263 and then scan your computer with anti-malware software. However, you can follow alternate removal methods described below as well. Just follow the removal instructions below very carefully. Most importantly, do not purchase it. And if it's too late, then call your credit card company and cancel the charges. That's probably the only way to get your money back. If you need assistance removing AV Protection 2011, please leave a comment below. Good luck and be safe online!

AV Protection 2011 removal instructions:

1. First of all, download and run ZeroAccess/Sirefef/MAX++ removal tool. (works on 32-bit systems only! If you have 64-bit system, proceed to the next step)

2. Then use TDSSKiller.

3. And finally, download free anti-malware software from the list below and run a full system scan.
If you can't download it, please reboot your computer is "Safe Mode with Networking". As the computer is booting tap the "F8 key" continuously which should bring up the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" as shown below. Use your arrow keys to move to "Safe Mode with Networking" and press Enter key. Open Internet Explorer and download STOPzilla. Once finished, go back into Normal Mode and run it. That's It!

NOTE: Login as the same user you were previously logged in with in the normal Windows mode.

Manual AV Protection 2011 removal guide:

1. Right-click on AV Protection 2011 icon and select Properties. Then select Shortcut tab.

The location of the malware is in the Target box.

2. In our case the malicious file was located in C:\Windows\System32 folder. Select the malicious file, rename it and change a file name extension.

Original file: TcS22bF3nGaQWKf.exe

Renamed file: TcS22bF3nGaQWKf.vir

3. Restart your computer. After a reboot, download free anti-malware software from the list below and run a full system scan.

4. First, use TDSSKiller. Then download free anti-malware software from the list below and run a full system scan.

Manual activation and AV Protection 2011 removal:

1. Choose to remove threats and manually activate the rogue program. Enter one of the following codes to activate AV Protection 2011.


2. Download free anti-malware software from the list below and run a full system scan.

Associated AV Protection 2011 files and registry values:

  • C:\WINDOWS\system32\AV Protection 2011v121.exe
  • %AppData%\dwme.exe
  • %AppData%\ldr.ini
  • %DesktopDir%\AV Protection 2011.lnk
  • %Programs%\AV Protection 2011\AV Protection 20112.lnk
  • %Programs%\AV Protection 2011
Registry values:
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