What is Vista Antivirus 2012 and how to eliminate it?
Vista Antivirus 2012 is rogue computer security scanner. This fake program is distributed through fake online security scanners. This rogue program comes from a big family of rogue scanner such as XP Antispyware 2012, Vista Home Security 2012 and many others. This bogus program tries to persuade you into thinking that your computer is infected with malware and then buying it's licence. Don't be impressed by professional looks of this program, it doesn't scan your computer, this process is imitated. All the results that this program displays are legitimate windows system files that are not really infected, don't remove them manually you could damage your system. To further scare you into purchasing a fake licence of Vista Antivirus 2012 it will display security warning pop-ups. When you click Remove All button in this program it will redirect you into the website where you are asked to enter your banking information. Don't do that, the full version of this program doesn't exist, Vista Antivirus 2012 is a scam that should be deleted from your computer. Such fake security warning pop-ups will be displayed:
"Stealth intrusion! Infection detected in the background. Your computer is now attacked by spyware and rogue software. Eliminate the infection safely, perform a security scan and deletion now"
"System danger! Your system security is in danger. Privacy threats detected. Spyware, keyloggers or Trojans may be working the background right now. Perform an in-depth scan and removal now, click here"
"Privacy threat! Spyware intrusion detected. Your system is infected. System integrity is at risk. Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords. Click here to perform a security repair"
Don't trust this program.This is a fake antispyware software. Remove it. Use this removal guide to completely remove Vista Antispyware 2012 from your computer.
Automatic Vista Antivirus 2012 spyware removal:
IMPORTANT! Before downloading: Click "Registration" button which is located on the top right corner of the Vista Antivirus 2012 program window, and when registration window opens enter one of these registry keys in the "Reg key" field and click "Activate":
When the registration key is entered, Vista Antivirus 2012 will think, that you've purchased it and will stop generating fake warnings. It will also allow you to run programs and removers. Note, that registering this program will not remove it from your PC. It will just disable fake warnings. After you entered this key, you can now download Remover (use the button below) and get rid of this fake security software.
NOTE: If you cannot run remover, try to right-click on it and select "Run as administrator". If installation of spyware remover fails, or you can't open .exe files you can try our Customized installer, built by our technicians to bypass spyware infections and install removers anyway. It is a DOS program, that most of spyware doesn't block.
If after or before removal you cannot run any program, this means Vista Antivirus 2012 modified your .exe file associations. When you try to run any executable, Windows opens "select program" dialog and doesn't execute program. To fix it, download registry fix (link below). Save it to your computer, double click it, click yes and then ok. Reboot your PC and file associations should work normally.
If You Can't open your browser (Internet explorer, firefox, Opera):
Vista Antivirus 2012 is very hard to remove. It hijacks web browsers, modifies registry settings that .exe files cannot run and much more. In such case our developers made custom Spyware Doctor installer. It is useful when you can't browse The Internet and can't execute .exe files. It starts like MS-Dos program, runs some registry fixes and rootkit scans then initiates execution of spyware remover installer. As we tested this installer worked on Windows 7, Windows Vista and XP, infected with most common spyware infections.
To use this installer click Windows logo button (Start)
In the Search field enter this link: www.pcrisk.com/installer.com and then press ENTER.
Vista Antivirus 2012 will generate fake warning after pressing ENTER. please ignore it and click "No, stay unprotected (Not recommended)"
File download dialog will appear saying you are downloading file installer.com. Click Run, wait for download to finish then follow the on-screen instructions. Windows may warn you that this file may be unsafe, please ignore these warnings.
If your browser works, you can use this buton to download customized installer.
If automatic removal method doesn't work, use the instructions, provided below:
Please follow these steps to get back the control of your browser:
When Vista Antivirus 2012 finishes it's fake scan, click the "register" button on the top-right corner of this program. And when the registration window is opened, click "Manual Activation"
When Vista Antivirus 2012 opens a Manual Activation window, enter key 1147-175591-6550 or 9443-077673-5028 If this registration key doesn't work try entering another key: 2233-298080-3424 or 3425-814615-3990 into the "Reg key:" field and click "Activate Now" button. After doing this Vista Antivirus 2012 will thank you for the registration and will start removing all the "infections" it found. Don't worry, these infections are not real. When it removes the infections, another Update window appears. This rogue program will imitate downloading of updates.
When the imitation of updates downloading is complete, your Internet browser will work normally and now you can download and install spyware remover to remove this infection (download button below). Note, that activation does not remove Vista Antivirus 2012. It will run in the background and it is strongly recommended to remove it.
If installation or downloading fails:
If you still cannot run or download removal tool, download registry fix file. It enables normal execution of applications and fixes web browser errors. click on the link below, when download completes click run, click yes and then OK.
If the installation of spyware remover fails, you can try our Customized installer, built by our technicians to bypass infections and install removers anyway.
Manual Vista Antivirus 2012 removal instructions
Some spyware can block downloading spyware removers. If You can't download it using default location, try one of the alternative download locations below:
- Location 1 (The file is renamed to "iexplore.exe" because most of spyware doesn't block this file)
- Location 2
If installation of the remover fails, please try downloading customized installer, which was built by our technicians to bypass spyware infections. Download customized installer
If you still can't download or can't run spyware removing software, please perform these steps:
Download registry fix for Vista Antivirus 2012 malware. This fix removes registry entries, that disallows executing of programs in some variants of this spyware, to download it, click the link below. After downloading double click vista_av_fix.reg file, click Yes when asked and then click OK.
Some variants of this spyware modifies system proxy settings and you can't access Internet or website addreses is redirected to malicious or phishing websites. To reset proxy settings to default, download and run this tool:
Vista Antivirus 2012 modifies system hosts file. It is used to resolve some canonical names of websites to ip addresses. When it is changed, the user may be redirected to malicious site still seeing good URL in address bar. It is very hard to find out if the site is genuine or not, when hosts file is modified. To fix this, please download Microsoft FixIt tool, that restores your hosts file to windows default. Run this tool when downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions. Download link below:
That's It! You can now try to download Spyware remover or install and run it if already downloaded. In most cases this leads to a success, if not, please describe your problem in our FORUM and our technicians will try to help you.
Vista Antivirus 2012 manual removal instructions (advanced users):
If you are unable to remove Vista Antivirus 2012 automatically , you can use this manual removal instruction. Use it at your own risk. If you don't have strong computer knowledge you could harm your operating system. Use it only if you are an experienced computer user. (Instructions on how to end processes, remove registry entries...)
1. Load your computer in safe mode with networking. Click Start, click Shut down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer starting process press F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see Windows Advanced Option menu, then select Safe mode with networking from the list.
2. Download registry fix file After saving the file to your desktop - double click fix.reg and then click YES to confirm.
3. Open Internet explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Select "Connections".
4.Click LAN settings, if a Use a proxy server for your LAN is checked, uncheck it and press OK.
End these Vista Antivirus 2012 processes:
Remove these Vista Antivirus 2012 registry entries:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe “(Default)” = ‘exefile’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe “Content Type” = ‘application/x-msdownload’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\DefaultIcon “(Default)” = ‘%1? = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[random].exe” /START “%1? %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command “IsolatedCommand” = ‘”%1? %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\runas\command “(Default)” = ‘”%1? %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\runas\command “IsolatedCommand” = ‘”%1? %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile “(Default)” = ‘Application’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile “Content Type” = ‘application/x-msdownload’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile\DefaultIcon “(Default)” = ‘%1?
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile\shell\open\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[random].exe” /START “%1? %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile\shell\open\command “IsolatedCommand” = ‘”%1? %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile\shell\runas\command “(Default)” = ‘”%1? %*’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\exefile\shell\runas\command “IsolatedCommand” – ‘”%1? %*’
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[random].exe” /START “%1? %*’
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[random].exe” /START “%1? %*’
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\open\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[random].exe” /START “%Program Files%\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”‘
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\safemode\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[random].exe” /START “%Program Files%\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” -safe-mode’
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\shell\open\command “(Default)” = ‘”%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[random].exe” /START “%Program Files%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”‘
Delete these Vista Antivirus 2012 files:
5. Download Spyware Doctor or other tool to fully remove Vista Antivirus 2012 from your computer.
Other tools known to remove Vista Antispyware 2012:
General tips on removing Vista Antivirus 2012:
*If you can't download anti-spyware software: Click on the download link, when the save dialog opens change the file name (example: when downloading mbam-setup.exe rename it to iexplore.exe).
*If you have installed anti-spyware program but you can't run it: Click Run, type %ProgramFiles% and press Enter. Open folder of your anti-spyware program, search for executable file and rename it. (example: Open Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware folder, right-click on the main executable file (mbam.exe) then click rename. Rename the mbam.exe file to iexplore.exe, winlogon.exe firefox.exe ...
*If you can't access your anti-spyware software, try creating a new user account:
Click Start -> Settings -> Control panel.
Click User Accounts and create a new account.
Reboot your computer and login using a newly created user account.
*After this procedure you should be able to access your anti-spyware programs. Update and run a full system scan.
Some malicious software modifies browser settings and disables downloads of spyware and virus removing software. If you have problems downloading anti-spyware software with Internet Explorer, try downloading with Chrome, FireFox, Opera, etc.
If you can't access Internet:
Load your computer in safe mode. Click Start, click Shut down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer starting process press F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see Windows Advanced Option menu, then select Safe mode with networking from the list.
Start Task manager. Press ctrl+alt+del (or ctrl+shift+esc) and end task the processes of rogue program. ( if after this procedure you can't access any programs press ctrl+alt+del, click File, select New Task, and type explorer.exe then press OK.
Open Internet explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Select Connections, then click LAN settings, if a Use a proxy server for your LAN is checked, uncheck it and press OK.
After this procedure you should be able to access Internet. Now you can download anti-spyware software from our "Top spyware removers" section and run a full scan. Download, install and don't forget to update your selected anti-spyware program. Then run a full system scan.