Great Antispy 2012
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: High
Great Antispy 2012 - how to remove it from your computer?
Great Antispy 2012 is a fake antivirus program, which impersonates legitimate security software, and in this way, tricks computer users into purchasing a licence key to remove non existent security threats. This program should not be trusted - it is an empty software shell, which delivers fake security scans and warning messages in order to intimidate PC users into believing that their computers have serious malware and virus infections. This rogue employs a professionally-designed user interface, thus further deceiving PC users into believing that they are dealing with legitimate software.
This malicious software is relatively new and not associated with any previously-known rogue antivirus families - proof that Cyber criminals continue to develop and distribute new variants of their misleading programs. When Great Antispy 2012 infiltrates your computer, it modifies your operating system and configures itself to run automatically on system start-up. Each time this deceptive program completes its fake security check-up, it requests payment for a license key in order to remove the 'detected' security issues. In fact none of the security infections reported by Great Antispy 2012 actually exist on your PC - it is a scam. Do not pay for Great Antispy 2012 - you will send your money to Cyber criminals and your PC will remain infected.
Like other rogue antivirus programs, Great Antispy 2012 is distributed by Cyber criminals using drive-by downloads and Trojans to infect the computers of unsuspecting users. Other known ways of proliferating these malicious programs are spam campaigns, fake online security scan pop-ups, and fake online security-related messages. To secure your computer and prevent rogue programs from infiltrating it, use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs. Update your operating system and your installed software regularly. By following these simple steps, you will avoid most security vulnerabilities and your PC will be safe. If your computer is already infected with Great Antispy 2012, follow this removal guide and eliminate it from your PC.
Great Antispy 2012 generates the following fake warning messages:
Critical: Some malicious threats cannot be deleted. Some threats contain an unrecognized structure and can not be removaed without update.
Great Antispy 2012 removal:
Use recommended malware removal software to remove this malicious program. Download, update, and run a full system scan. Remove all of the entries that this software detects.
If you cannot download or run the spyware remover, try running the registry fix (link below). It enables execution of programs. Download the registryfix.reg file, double click it, click YES, and then OK.
Manual Great Antispy 2012 removal instructions:
Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer starting process press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Now we need to remove proxy settings. This fake antivirus program adds a proxy to your Internet connection settings to show various errors when you try to access the Internet. To do this, open Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Then select the "Connections" tab.
In the "Connections" tab, click LAN settings, if 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' is checked, uncheck it and press OK.
Download legitimate anti-spyware software to fully remove Great Antispy 2012 from your computer.
After removing Great Antispy 2012, you will need to reset your Hosts file. Do not skip this step, since this malware modifies your Hosts file and you will encounter browser redirect problems if malicious entries are not removed.
The Hosts file is used to resolve canonical names of websites to IP addresses. When it is changed, the user may be redirected to malicious sites, despite seeing legitimate URLs in address bar. It is difficult to determine sites are genuine when the Hosts file is modified. To fix this, please download the Microsoft Fix It tool, that restores your Hosts file to the Windows default. Run this tool when downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions. Download link below:
After completing these steps, your computer should be clean.
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