Live Protection Suite Fake Antivirus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Live Protection Suite?
The Live Protection Suite program supposedly scans systems for threats and infections, and then removes them. In fact, this is a fake antivirus suite advertised on an 'official' website and also a deceptive, scam website. Live Protection Suite is a clone of Antivirus 10, another fake antivirus suite.
Developers use this software to extort money from users by encouraging them to purchase/activate the product. Do not trust, purchase, or use these rogue programs.
Live Protection Suite allows users to scan their systems for viruses free of charge, however, to remove any detected threats, they are encouraged to pay. This fake antivirus software 'detects' so-called viruses that have not actually infected the system - an attempt to trick people into believing that their operating systems are infected.
Since this is fake antivirus software, it lists viruses that either do not exist or are not installed on the system. Furthermore, Live Protection Suite opens dubious web pages (screenshots below) and opens pop-up windows via the operating system.
The pop-up windows encourage users to update the Live Protection Suite and informs them of available updates, detected viruses, virus attacks, and so on. Dubious web pages are opened by Live Protection Suite with pop-up windows that inform users of viruses that this fake antivirus tool has supposedly detected.
The purpose it is to make people believe that this is a legitimate tool capable of keeping computers safe, and to encourage them to purchase and use the software. In this way, the developers generate revenue by extorting money from unsuspecting people.
One way to remove/uninstall Live Protection Suite is to create a new account in Windows, install a reputable antivirus software on it, and then scan the system. This should be able to detect this fake antivirus tool as a threat and remove it. Note that Live Protection Suite might interfere with legitimate anti-virus suites.
Therefore, we advise you to perform removal steps and a system scan using the new (unaffected) windows User account (preferably, Guest/Visitor account).
|Name||Live Protection Suite 2019|
|Threat Type||Fake anti-virus, trojan.|
|Supposed Functionality||This program supposedly detects and removes viruses.|
|Detection Names||Emsisoft Trojan.GenericKD.32043801 (B)(), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.32043801), ESET-NOD32 (MSIL/Hoax.FakeAV.K), McAfee-GW-Edition (BehavesLike.Win32.Backdoor.tc), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||The program is performing fake computer scans and displays warning messages about so-called 'detected viruses'. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly found threats. Opens dubious websites and fake system pop-ups.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive websites or pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Live Protection Suite is not the only program that is advertised as a legitimate antivirus tool. Some examples of other programs of this type include AntiVirus Pro 2017, AVLab Internet Security, and A-Secure 2015. Do not trust these or any other similar antivirus suites. People who pay for them unknowingly become victims of a scam.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Live Protection Suite can be downloaded from a website that is presented as an "official" download page, however, as mentioned, this fake antivirus suite is also promoted on deceptive (untrustworthy) websites.
Typically, websites of this type display fake virus alerts/notifications about detected viruses and encourage people to remove viruses with various tools, in this case the Live Protection Suite. The list of these scam messages includes Windows Online Protection Has Detected Spyware.
Unwanted apps are often installed through intrusive ads that, if clicked, run scripts designed to download and install them. In other cases, apps of this type are bundled into set-ups of other software. Information regarding the inclusion of this additional software is usually hidden in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on.
Leaving these settings unchanged often grants permission for unwanted apps to be downloaded and installed.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download software from official/trustworthy websites, avoid using third party software downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule or other similar sources. Check all available "Advanced", "Custom" and other sections/settings of any download/installation setup. Do perform any installation (or download) without first checking the settings.
I.e., do not give permission for unwanted apps to be downloaded/installed. Additionally, intrusive ads often redirect people to untrustworthy web pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc. If you encounter ads of this type or unwanted redirects, check for suspicious plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions installed on your browser, or programs on your computer.
Uninstall unwanted/unknown applications immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
To activate a Guest (a.k.a. Visitor) account in Windows 10, you must perform these steps:
1) Right-click on the "Start" button and select "Command Prompt (Admin)":
2) Type "net user Visitor /add /active:yes" and press "Enter":
3) Type "net user Visitor *" and press "Enter" three times. This step must be performed to set the newly-created Guest account password. Clicking "Enter" three times sets the password to 'none', however, if you wish to set a specific password, you must enter it after pressing "Enter" for the first time:
You will now be able to see the Guest (a.k.a. Visitor) account in the login screen.
Screenshot of a website that is used to promote Live Protection Suite application:
Live Protection Suite encouraging users to purchase (register) the software:
Screenshot of Live Protection Suite price list:
Appearance of Live Protection Suite interface (GIF):
Appearance of Live Protection Suite fake system scan (GIF):
Live Protection Suite opens dubious web pages and displays fake virus notifications:
Fake warnings and other windows displayed by Live Protection Suite:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Live Protection Suite?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of Live Protection Suite malware.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
How to remove malware manually?
Manual malware removal is a complicated task - usually it is best to allow antivirus or anti-malware programs to do this automatically.
To remove this malware we recommend using Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows. If you wish to remove malware manually, the first step is to identify the name of the malware that you are trying to remove. Here is an example of a suspicious program running on a user's computer:
If you checked the list of programs running on your computer, for example, using task manager, and identified a program that looks suspicious, you should continue with these steps:
Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:
Restart your computer into Safe Mode:
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup.
Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button.
In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.
In the Autoruns application, click "Options" at the top and uncheck the "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure, click the "Refresh" icon.
Check the list provided by the Autoruns application and locate the malware filename that you want to eliminate.
You should write down its full path and name. Note that some malware hides process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage, it is very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate the suspicious program you wish to remove, right click your mouse over its name and choose "Delete".
After removing the malware through the Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware will not run automatically on the next system startup), you should search for the malware name on your computer. Be sure to enable hidden files and folders before proceeding. If you find the filename of the malware, be sure to remove it.
Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills. If you do not have these skills, leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs.
These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it is best to prevent infection than try to remove malware later. To keep your computer safe, install the latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.
To be sure your computer is free of malware infections, we recommend scanning it with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.
▼ Show Discussion