Fake AVG Antivirus 2011

Also Known As: AVG Antivirus 2011 Rogue
Distribution: Low
Damage level: High

Fake AVG Antivirus 2011 - How to remove?

Do not confuse this bogus version with legitimate AVG Antivirus 2011 software. The creators of this rogue program use the AVG name and design an interface similar to the real program in order to fool people into buying a fake license. Furthermore, this software will report that your computer is infected with various viruses. It displays fake warning messages and configures itself to start automatically on system start-up. This software also hijacks popular browsers such as Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla, and Firefox. The sole purpose of this program is to empty your bank account.

Fake AVG Anti-Virus 2011 program

Do not purchase this program, it is a scam. If you have already done so, contact your credit card company and explain that you have been tricked into purchasing a fake antivirus program. The following security warnings will be displayed on your computer when it is infected with Fake AVG antivirus 2011:

“Warning! Once installed on your machine, NetPumper may start monitoring your web browsing habits, such as the pages you load and search terms you type in the search page. NetPumper may also deliver excessive pop-up advertisements even when you are not browsing the Internet. NetPumper is also able to reduce your computer performance by using your hard drive resources in order to deliver advertisements onto your computer screen.”
“Warning! Identity theft attempt detected! Attacker IP: Attack Target: Microsoft Corp. Keys Description: Remote host tried to get access to your personal information.”
“Warning! Active Virus Detected! Threat Detected: Email-Worm.Zhelatin Infected file: Action taken: Application Blocked Description: Worm Email-Worm.Zhelatin.vy is virus-like malware with destructive code, and is able to mutate, replacing its own code. This makes Email-Worm.Zhelatin.vy very dangerous, hard to find, and difficult to delete. Like most viruses, worm Email-Worm-Zhelatin.vy may spread to other computers by secretly emailing themselves to Internet users in your address book.”

If you see these security warnings on your computer screen, it indicates that your PC is infected with a clone of AVG antivirus 2011. Internet criminals who are responsible for creating these rogue programs are always looking for new ways of tricking computer users. This fake antivirus program is particularly malicious since it uses the name, AVG, a legitimate antivirus software vendor. AVG is known by millions of people, and consequently, Internet criminals are exploiting their name with this misleading application. The legitimate AVG antivirus program does not show fake the security warning messages listed here, nor does it coerce computer users into buying a license. The clone software, however, is very persistent in its goal of selling a useless license key. Closely study the screenshot of this program and the fake warning messages that it generates, and if you feel that your computer is infected with a fake version of AVG Antivirus 2011, use the information provided to help remove this bogus program.

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Quick menu:

Fake AVG antivirus 2011 removal

1. 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.

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2. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Select Connections, then click LAN settings, if 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' is checked, uncheck it and press OK.

internet-explorer-options internet explorer internet connections

internet options lan settings internet explorer proxy settings

3. Download HijackThis and save it to your desktop. Some malicious programs are able to block HijackThis, so when you click the download link, in the Save dialog, rename HijackThis.exe to iexplore.exe and only then click the Save button. After saving the file to your desktop, double click it. In the main HijackThis window click the “Do a system scan only” button. Select the following entry (place a tick at the left of the entry):

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AVG Antivirus 2011] C:\Program Files\AVG Antivirus 2011\avg.exe

After selecting the required entry, click "Fix Checked". After this procedure you can close HijackThis and proceed to the next removal step.

4. After this procedure, you should be able to access your desktop. You should now download legitimate anti-spyware software to fully remove Fake AVG antivirus 2011 from your computer.

Other tools known to remove Fake AVG antivirus 2011:

5. After downloading anti-spyware software, install it, update it, and then run a full system scan. Remove all infections found.

If you are unable to remove Fake AVG 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 Fake AVG antivirus 2011 processes:

AVG Antivirus 2011.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG Antivirus 2011\avg.exe

Remove these Fake AVG antivirus 2011 registry entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AVG Antivirus 2011
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “AVG Antivirus 2011?
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\AVG Antivirus 2011

Delete these Fake AVG antivirus 2011 files:

%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Start Menu\AVG Antivirus 2011.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Start Menu\AVG\AVG Antivirus 2011.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Start Menu\AVG\Uninstall.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Desktop\AVG Antivirus 2011.lnk
%Program Files%\AVG Antivirus 2011\
%Program Files%\AVG Antivirus 2011\AVG Antivirus 2011.exe

Summary:

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 fake antivirus distribution:

Fake pop-up used in rogue antivirus distribution example 1

Fake pop-up used in rogue antivirus distribution example 2

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 avg antivirus 2011 rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:

example of a webpage used to collect payments for fake antivirus programs

To protect your computer from avg antivirus 2011 rogue 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.

If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove avg antivirus 2011 rogue from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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