Vista Antivirus 2013 - how to remove it?
Vista Antivirus 2013 is a fake antivirus program which originates from a family of rogue security scanners called Braviax. This family of rogues were developed by Cyber criminals and it's infamous for it's capabilities of detecting computer's operating system and accordingly changing it's name. For example if a PC user would have got his machine infected with this rogue and he was using Windows 7 operating system this fake security scanner would appear on his screen as Win 7 Antivirus 2013 (Windows XP users would see this fake security scanner as XP Antivirus 2013). The main purpose of releasing Vista Antivirus 2013 is making money from unsuspecting PC users who would trust the security scans and warning messages generated by this software and would purchase it's licence key in order to eliminate them.
The truth is that Vista Antivirus 2013 doesn't actually scan user's PC for security infections, it imitates this process and comes up with imaginary list of supposedly detected malware which doesn't actually exist on users computer. This process is done to scare PC users into believing that their computers are at risk and that the only program which could fix this situation in Vista Antivirus 2013.
Vista Antivirus 2013 doesn't have a virus definition database nor a legitimate scan engine so PC users shouldn't trust anything that this program displays on their computer's screen. This is a scam and PC users shouldn't even consider purchasing a licence key for this rogue. Most commonly such rogue programs infiltrate computers that have poor or no security software installed on them. Internet users should always use legitimate antivirus and antispyware programs to protect their daily Internet surfing habits. If you have noticed Vista Antivirus 2013 on your computer you shouldn't trust any information displayed by this software, the right way of treating this software is it's complete removal from your system
Automatic Vista Antivirus 2013 removal:
IMPORTANT! Before downloading: Click "Registration" button which is located at the top right corner of the Vista Antivirus 2013 program window, and when registration window opens enter this registry key in the "Reg key" field and click "Activate":
When the registration key is entered, Vista Antivirus 2013 will think, that you've purchased it and will stop generating fake warning messages. It will also allow you to run programs and legitimate malware 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 download the recommended remover (use the button below) and get rid of this rogue antivirus program.
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 the removal you cannot run any program, this means Vista Antivirus 2013 have modified your .exe file associations. When you try to run any executable file, Windows opens the "select program" dialog and doesn't execute program. To fix this, download this 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, Google Chrome, Opera):
Vista Antivirus 2013 removal is complicated. This rogue hijacks web browsers, modifies registry settings so that .exe files couldn't run and makes other deceptive changes to your system. For such cases our developers have created a custom installer. It is useful when you can't browse The Internet and can't execute .exe files. It starts like an MS-Dos program, runs some registry fixes and rootkit scans then initiates execution of spyware remover's 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 2013 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 button 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 2013 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"
After Vista Antivirus 2013 opens a Manual Activation window, enter this key: 9443-077673-5028 or 3425-814615-3990 into the "Reg key:" field and click "Activate Now" button. After doing this Vista Antivirus 2013 will thank you for the registration and will start removing all the supposedly detected security infections. Don't worry, these security infections are fake. When it removes the infections, another window will appear (Update). This rogue program will imitate the downloading of updates.
When the imitation of update's downloading is complete, your Internet browser will work normally and you will be able to download and install spyware remover to remove this infection (download button below). Note that activation does not remove Vista Antivirus 2013. 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 2013 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 2013 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 addresses is redirected to malicious or phishing websites. To reset proxy settings to default, download and run this tool:
Vista Antivirus 2013 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:
Vista Antivirus 2013 manual removal instructions (advanced users):
If you were unable to remove Vista Antivirus 2013 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 2013 processes:
Remove these Vista Antivirus 2013 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 2013 files:
5. Download Spyware Doctor or other legitimate antispyware program to fully remove Vista Antivirus 2013 from your computer.
Other tools known to remove Vista Antivirus 2013:
General tips on removing Vista Antivirus 2013:
*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.