Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Milestone?
Milestone Antivirus is a fake computer security scanner. This rogue antivirus program is propagated via Trojans. When your machine is infected with this fake program, you will notice various 'security scans' being performed.
These scans are fake, since Milestone Antivirus does not actually scan your computer - it merely imitates the scanning process. The files that this program reports as being infected, are legitimate Windows files, so do not remove them manually or you could damage your operating system.
When the program is installed on your computer, it configures itself to run automatically each time you start your computer. You will see a fake security scan being performed, and if you click the "Remove Threats" button at the end of the fake scan, you will be encouraged to purchase a full version of the program.
You should not buy this program, it is a scam and completely useless. Security warning messages are displayed to further scare you into believing that your computer is infected with malware.
Milestone Antivirus generates warning pop-ups designed to coerce PC users into activating a full version of this rogue software. All of the features offered by this bogus program are fake.
Milestone Antivirus offers to protect your privacy, but in fact this software is only an imitation of a legitimate antivirus software.
Do not be impressed by the professional appearance of this program. Milestone Antivirus was developed by Internet criminals who make money from unsuspecting PC users who fall for their trickery and purchase a license in order to remove supposed 'security threats' that do not actually exist. Use this step-by-step removal guide to eliminate this malicious software from your system.
The following fake security warning messages will be generated by Milestone Antivirus:
"Warning: Infection Detected. Windows has found spyware infection on your computer! Click here to update your Windows antivirus software."
"Warning: Spyware Detected. Windows has found spy programs running on your computer! Click here to update your Windows antivirus software."
"Security Warning. Your computer continues to be infected with harmful viruses. In order to prevent permanent loss of your information and credit card data theft, please activate your antivirus software. Click here to enable protection."
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 Milestone?
- STEP 1. Remove Milestone using a software.
- STEP 2. Remove Milestone using Safe Mode with Networking.
- STEP 3. Remove Milestone manually by deleting files and registry entries.
Automatic removal of Milestone Antivirus
Before downloading, enter this registration key: significantother in the registration window. It will not remove the infection, but will enable some disabled Windows features.
NOTE: If you cannot run or download the removal tool, download the registry fix file that enables execution of applications. Click on the link below, and when download completes, click Run, click Yes and then OK.
Milestone Antivirus removal instructions (manual):
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.
Video showing how to start Windows in "Safe Mode with Networking":
2. Download the fix.reg file. After saving the file to your desktop, double click the 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 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' is checked, uncheck it and press OK.
5. Always download legitimate anti-spyware software to fully remove fake security software from your PC. Download Malwarebytes to remove Milestone Antivirus.
Other tools known to remove Milestone Antivirus:
If you are unable to remove Milestone Antivirus, 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 Milestone Antivirus processes:
Remove these Milestone Antivirus registry entries:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command "(Default)" = 'C:\Program Files\conhost.exe "%1" %*'
Delete these Milestone Antivirus files:
c:\Program Files\Milestone Antivirus.ico
c:\Program Files\Milestone Antivirus\
c:\Program Files\Milestone Antivirus\Milestone Antivirus.exe
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Milestone Antivirus\
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Milestone Antivirus\Milestone Antivirus.lnk
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:
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 milestone antivirus rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:
To protect your computer from milestone antivirus 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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