Antivirus Monitor

Also Known As: Antivirus Monitor Rogue
Distribution: Low
Damage level: High

Antivirus Monitor - How to remove?

What is Antivirus Monitor?

Antivirus Monitor comes from the same family as AntiVira Av, Antivirus .NET, Antivirus Scan, and Antivirus Action. Remove this program from your PC. These fake antivirus programs are identical and the creators only change the appearance of each interface. When you computer is infected with this bogus program, it will perform fake scans and report security warning messages. In this way, the program attempts to fool you into purchasing a ‘full’ version. The program reports that your computer is in danger and you will be safe only when you buy the software. This program is a scam and is worthless. Do not buy this program under any circumstances.

Antivirus Monitor fake antivirus program

If you do buy it, you will lose your money and your PC will remain infected. You should ignore all the fake scans and fake warnings, and remove it from your computer. If you have already bought this rogue program, contact your credit card company and explain that you have been tricked into buying a fake antivirus program. You should dispute the charges immediately.

When Antivirus Monitor infects your computer via existing security vulnerabilities, it will hijack your operating system and modify the registry files. This will allow Antivirus Monitor to disable Internet access and other default Windows functions. These processes are performed to further scare you into believing that your PC is at risk and only the purchase of Antivirus Monitor can fix your computer. You should not trust any of the information or statements made by this bogus program; it was created by Internet criminals who are make money from unsuspecting computer users who fall for their tricky and purchase a license. Use this removal guide to help you remove this malicious program.

The following fake security warning messages will be displayed on a computer infected with Antivirus Monitor:

“INFILTRATION ALERT. Your computer is being attacked by an Internet Virus. It could be a password stealing attack, Trojan Dropper, or similar.”
“Windows Security Alert. Windows reports that your computer is infected. Antivirus software helps to protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. Click here to scan your computer. Your system might be at risk now.”
“Antivirus software alert. Infiltration alert. Your computer is being attacked by an Internet virus. It could be password-stealing attack, Trojan Dropper, or similar.”
“Internet Explorer Warning. Visiting this web site may harm your computer! Most likely causes: The website contains exploits that can launch a malicious code on your computer. Suspicious network activity detected. There might be active spyware running on your computer.”

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Quick menu:

Antivirus Monitor 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}

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 – HKLM\..\Run: [nudpdogk] c:\docume~1\user\locals~1\temp\bkotrowvc\dcgcihiagnz.exe
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [nudpdogk] C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\bkotrowvc\dcgcihiagnz.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 antispyware software to completely remove the infection.

Other tools known to remove Antivirus Monitor:

If you are unable to remove Antivirus Monitor, 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 Monitor processes:

[random]

Remove these Antivirus Monitor registry entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\[random]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random].exe”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\PhishingFilter “Enabled” = “0?
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyOverride” = “”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyServer” = “http=127.0.0.1:18810?
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyEnable” = “1?

Delete these Antivirus Monitor files:

%Temp%\[random]\
%Temp%\[random]\[random].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 antivirus monitor rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:

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

To protect your computer from antivirus monitor 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 antivirus monitor rogue from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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