Antivirus Antispyware 2011

Also Known As: Antivirus Antispyware 2011 Rogue
Damage level: High

What is Antivirus Antispyware 2011?

Antivirus Antispyware 2011 is a rogue program distributed by Internet criminals who use misleading methods to install it on Internet users’ computers. The objective is to steal money from your bank account.

The software performs ‘security scans’ and supposedly locates infections, though these are actually bogus reports. To remove these ‘infections’, the user is asked to purchase a license.

Do not buy this program, it is a scam. If you have already bought this program, contact your credit card company and dispute the charges, explaining that you have been tricked into purchasing a fake computer security program.

This program will configure itself to run automatically on system start-up and will block your desktop and legitimate Windows programs.

Antivirus Antispyware 2011 rogue program

The program creates harmless files in your Windows ‘temp’ directory and then reports that they are infected. In this way, the program attempts to fool you into buying a fake license.

Antivirus Antispyware 2011, however, is useless and you should remove it from your computer as soon as possible.

Antivirus Antispyware 2011 is a malicious program created by Cyber criminals who employ spam campaigns, search engine result poisoning, misleading websites, and many other devious methods to install their rogue software on as many computers as possible. When installed on your PC, this bogus program imitates a security scan and generates a large list of ‘detected’ security threats.

Note that this list is false. When Antivirus Antispyware 2011 was analyzed, it comprised no features required of a real security program and would have no ability to detect security issues on any computer.

Antivirus Antispyware 2011 is simply an imitation of a security program designed to coerce you into buying a fake license. Use this removal guide to help you remove this rogue program from your computer.

The following fake security warning messages will be displayed by Antivirus Antispyware 2011:

“Unauthorized remote connection! Your system is making an unauthorized personal data transfer to a remote computer! Warning! Unauthorized personal data transfer is detected! It may be your personal credit card details, logins and passwords, browsing habits or information about files you have downloaded. To protect your private data, please click "Prevent Connection" button below.”
“Security Center Alert. To help protect your computer, Security Center has blocked some features of this program. Name: Win64.BIT.Looker.exe Risk: High”
“Insecure Internet activity. Threat of virus attack. Due to insecure Internet browsing, your PC can easily be infected with viruses, worms, and Trojans without your knowledge. These can lead to system slowdown, freezes, and crashes. In addition, insecure Internet activity can result in revealing your personal information. To receive full advanced real-time protection for PC and Internet activity, register your antivirus software.”

Ignore these messages. Remove Antivirus Antispyware 2011 from your computer as soon as possible by using this removal guide.

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Quick menu:

Antivirus Antispyware 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.{jcomments on}


Video showing how to start Windows in "Safe Mode with Networking":

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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.

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: [AntiVirus AntiSpyware 2011 Security] C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\AntiVirus AntiSpyware 2011\securitymanager.exe

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

4. Download and install anti-spyware software to completely remove the infection.

Other tools known to remove Antivirus Antispyware 2011:

If you are unable to remove Antivirus Antispyware 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 Antivirus Antispyware 2011 processes:

AntiVirus AntiSpyware.exe

Remove these Antivirus Antispyware 2011 registry entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareAntiVirus AntiSpyware 2011
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallAntiVirus AntiSpyware 2011
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerBrowserEmulation "TLDUpdates" = '1'
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "AntiVirus AntiSpyware 2011"
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "AntiVirus AntiSpyware 2011 Security"

Delete these Antivirus Antispyware 2011 files:

AntiVirus AntiSpyware.exe
AntiVirus AntiSpyware 2011.lnk
mscjm.exe, recf.exe


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 antivirus antispyware 2011 rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:

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

To protect your computer from antivirus antispyware 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.

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