Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee

Also Known As: Antivirus 2011 Rogue
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to remove Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee?

What is Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee?

Created in French, Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee is a fake computer security scanner. This bogus program self-installs on your computer without approval. Fake scanners such as Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee are commonly propagated through fake Flash Player updates or by spam email messages. When installed on your PC, this program mimics the scanning of your hard drive for viruses. The fake scan reports various threats 'detected' on your computer. You should not trust this program, as it does not actually scan your computer - the process is merely imitated to scare you into believing that your computer is infected. When installed, this program will modify your operating system to start automatically on system start-up. Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee also disables the Task Manager in order to hinder the removal of this rogue software.

antivirus 2011 edition limitee fake antivirus program

When your computer is infected with Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee, you will notice various pop-ups on your desktop reporting that your computer is infected. You should ignore the scans and security warning messages displayed by this program - they are fake and you should remove Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee from your computer immediately.

You should not buy Antivirus 2011 Limitee, it is a scam. Use this removal guide to remove it from your computer.

 Here is an example of fake alert generated by Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee:

"Erreur Vous devez acheter une license pour pouvoir supprimer les virus. Veuillez selectionner dans le menu  gauche l'onglet Acheter."

Ignore this fake message and remove Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee from your computer.

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Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee removal:

If you cannot download or run the spyware remover, try running registry fix (link below). It enables execution of programs. Download the registryfix.reg file, double click it, click YES, and then OK.

Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee removal instructions (on infected computer):

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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Here is a video demonstrating how to start Windows in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows XP users:

Windows Vista / 7 users:

Windows 8 users:

2. 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: [Windows upgrade] %AppData%\AVS\svchost.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Windows upgrade] %AppData%\AVS\svchost.exe

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

3. Download legitimate anti-spyware software to fully remove Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee from your computer.

Other tools known to remove Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee:

If you are unable to remove Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee, 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 2011 Edition Limitee processes:

random.exe

Remove these Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Windows upgrade"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Windows upgrade"

Delete these Antivirus 2011 Edition Limitee files:

%AppData%\AVS
%AppData%\AVS\svchost.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 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 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 antivirus 2011 rogue from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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