Fast Windows Antivirus 2011
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: High
Fast Windows Antivirus 2011 elimination guide
Fast Windows Antivirus 2011 is a bogus computer antivirus program that should not be trusted. The program imitates the scanning of users' computers and then provides false promises to remove the 'detected' security infections should users purchase a license key. These rogue programs are often distributed via fake video codecs and there are many fake websites distributing this fake program. These websites may attempt to trick you into downloading Fast Windows Antivirus 2011 by displaying a video.
When you click a play button in one of these videos, a message is displayed indicating that you need to update your flash player or that you need to download additional codecs. When you agree to downloading or updating the codec software, your computer will be infected with this fake program. It will perform fake security scans and present you with multiple security warning messages. This fake program states that your computer has multiple infections, and to remove them, you will be asked to buy a full version of Fast Windows Antivirus 2011. Do not purchase this program, it is useless and designed only to steal money from your credit card account. You should ignore the warning messages and remove this fake software from your computer as soon as possible. If by mistake you have already bought this fake scanner, contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. Fast Windows Antivirus 2011 is created by Internet criminals who designed this rogue program to imitate genuine security software. The security scans and warning pop-ups displayed by this malicious program are false and are merely steps taken to scare PC users into believing that their computers are at risk and then coercing them into purchasing Fast Windows Antivirus 2011.
Fast Windows Antivirus 2011 removal
1. Download fix.reg file. After saving the file to your desktop, double click fix.reg and then click YES to confirm.
2. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Select "Connections".
3.Click LAN settings, if 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' is checked, uncheck it and press OK.
4. Download legitimate anti-spyware software to fully remove Fast Windows Antivirus 2011 from your computer.
Other tools known to remove Fast Windows Antivirus 2011:
If you are unable to remove Fast Windows Antivirus 2011, you can use these manual removal instructions. Use them at your own risk, since if you do not have strong computer knowledge, you could harm your operating system. Use them only if you are an experienced computer user. (Instructions on how to end processes, remove registry entries...)
End these Fast Windows Antivirus 2011 processes:
Remove these Fast Windows Antivirus 2011 registry entries:
Delete these Fast Windows Antivirus 2011 files:
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Fast Windows Antivirus 2011.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Fast Windows Antivirus 2011\
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Fast Windows Antivirus 2011\Fast Windows Antivirus 2011.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Fast Windows Antivirus 2011\Uninstall Fast Windows Antivirus 2011.lnk
The fake antivirus programs (also known as "rogue antivirus programs" or "scareware") are applications that tries to lure computer users into paying for their non-existent full versions to remove the supposedly detected security infections (although the computer is actually clean). These bogus programs are created by cyber criminals who design them to look as legitimate antivirus software. Most commonly rogue antivirus programs infiltrate user's computer using poop-up windows or alerts which appear when users surf the Internet. These deceptive messages trick users into downloading a rogue antivirus program on their computers. Other known tactics used to spread scareware include exploit kits, infected email messages, online ad networks, drive-by downloads, or even direct calls to user's offering free support.
A computer that is infected with a fake antivirus program might also have other malware installed on it as rogue antivirus programs often are bundled with Trojans and exploit kits. Noteworthy that additional malware that infiltrates user's operating system remains on victim's computer regardless of whether a payment for a non-existent full version of a fake antivirus program is made. Here are some examples of fake security warning messages that are used in Fast Windows Antivirus 2011 distribution:
Computer users who are dealing with a rogue security software shouldn't buy it's full version. By paying for a license key of a fake antivirus program users would send their money and banking information to cyber criminals. Users who have already entered their credit card number (or other sensitive information) when asked by such bogus software should inform their credit card company that they have been tricked into buying a rogue security software. Screenshot of a web page used to lure computer users into paying for a non-existent full version of Fast Windows Antivirus 2011 and other rogue antivirus programs:
To protect your computer from Fast Windows Antivirus 2011 and other rogue antivirus programs users should:
- Keep their operating system and all of the installed programs up-to-date.
- Use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs.
- Use caution when clicking on links in social networking websites and email messages.
- Don't trust online pop-up messages which state that your computer is infected and offers you to download security software.
Symptoms indicating that your operating system is infected with a fake antivirus program:
- Intrusive security warning pop-up messages.
- Alerts asking to upgrade to a paid version of a program to remove the supposedly detected malware.
- Slow computer performance.
- Disabled Windows updates.
- Blocked Task Manager.
- Blocked Internet browsers or inability to visit legitimate antivirus vendor websites.
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