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Antiviral Factory 2013

Also Known As: Antiviral Factory 2013 Rogue
Damage level: High

What is Antiviral Factory 2013?

Antiviral Factory 2013 is a rogue antivirus program aimed to extort money from unsuspecting PC users who are deceived by fake security scans and go on to purchase a so-called 'full version'.

This program is created by cyber criminals - it infiltrates users' computers via 'exploit kits', which are distributed using infected email messages, malicious websites, and drive-by downloads. It then imitates legitimate antivirus software.

Antiviral Factory 2013 modifies the registry entries of the infected operating system and configures itself to start automatically on each system start-up.

Furthermore, it blocks execution of all installed software and disables the Task Manager. After successful infiltration, this bogus security scanner begins 'scanning' the system for security infections. After some time, it delivers a large list of supposedly-detected high-risk malware and viruses.

Antiviral Factory 2013 fake antivirus program

Note that this rogue antivirus program generates a list of identical security threats (supposedly detected) on each computer infected. These threats are false - cyber criminals responsible for creating this fake antivirus program hope that PC users believe the report and purchase the 'full version', which supposedly cleans the system of all security infections.

In fact, purchasing the licence key for Antiviral Factory 2013 (WinWebSec family of rogues) is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals, and moreover, you will divulge your banking information, potentially leading to further theft from your account.

If you observe this program on your desktop, your computer is infected with fake antivirus software - do not trust this program, it is a scam. The correct way to deal with it is to eliminate it from your computer.

Antiviral Factory 2013 originates from a family of fake antivirus programs called WinWebSec. Note that a previously-discovered variant originating from this family was named System Care Antivirus. Cyber criminals commonly use 'exploit kits' to distribute their bogus antivirus programs, since they rely on outdated software to infiltrate users' computers.

Thus, keeping your operating system and installed programs up-to-date, drastically reduces the risk of infection by fake antivirus software. In addition, use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs. If your computer is already infected with Antiviral Factory 2013, do not pay for the full version. Use the removal instructions provided to eliminate this scam from your PC.

Fake security warning messages generated by Antiviral Factory 2013:

Antiviral Factory 2013 generating fake security warning pop-ups

Antiviral Factory 2013 Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the Internet.
Internet Explorer Internet Browser is infected with worm SVCHOST.Stealth.Keyloger. This worm is trying to send your credit card details using Internet Explorer Internet Browser to connect to remote host.

 

Antiviral Factory 2013 Warning
Some critical system files of your computer were modified by malicious program. It may cause system instability and data loss.
Click here to block unauthorised modification by removing threats (Recommended)

Your PC is still infected with dangerous viruses. Activate antivirus protection to prevent data loss and avoid the theft of your credit card details.

 

Intercepting programs that may compromise your privacy and harm your system have been detected on your PC.
Click here to remove them immediately with Antiviral Factory 2013.

 

Spyware.IEMonster activity detected. This is spyware that attempts to steal passwords from Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Outlook and other programs. Click here to remove it immediately with Antiviral Factory 2013.

 

Warning!
Application cannot be executed. The file cmd.exe infected.
Please activate your antivirus software.

A screenshot of a malicious website created by cyber criminals to proliferate Antiviral Factory 2013:

Malicious website created to distribute Antiviral Factory 2013

Statistics of website traffic (distributing Antiviral Factory 2013):

Statistics of website traffic to a malicious website spreading Antiviral Factory 2013

 

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Antiviral Factory 2013 removal:

Antiviral Factory 2013 displays fake security warning messages when users attempt to access the Internet using Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox. To remove this rogue antivirus from your computer, download recommended malware removal software.

If your Internet browsers are blocked by the "Warning! The site you are trying to visit may harm your computer! Your security setting level puts your computer at risk!" message, click on "Ignore warnings and visit that site in the current state (not recommended)" and continue with the download process.

Antiviral Factory 2013 blocking Internet access

If you cannot run the remover, try to download an alternate installer (it is renamed to iexplore.exe, since most fake antivirus programs do not block execution of files with this name)

Optional method to download the recommended anti-spyware program:

If you are unable to access your Internet browsers: Click Start then click Run. (Click Windows logo in Windows 7 and Windows Vista)

In Windows XP, When the Run dialogue appears enter this text: www.pcrisk.com/download-spyware-remover and then press ENTER. In Windows 7 and Windows Vista you can type this line directly into the search field and then press ENTER.

download remover using run dialog windows xp
download remover using run dialog windows 7

After pressing enter, the File download dialogue of recommended malware removal software will appear. Click Run and follow the on-screen instructions.

If you are still unable to download the recommended malware removal software - before downloading, enter a retrieved license key in the registration window of Antiviral Factory 2013. Click the "registration" button at the top of the main window of this fake antivirus software and enter this key:

AA39754E-715219CE

Note that entering this registration key will not remove Antiviral Factory 2013 - it will simply make the removal process less complicated. This fake antivirus software will stop generating fake security warning messages and allow execution of installed software.

Antiviral Factory 2013 removal using Safe Mode with Networking:

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.

safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Go to the Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click on Advanced Startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window select Advanced Startup. Click on the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into "Advanced Startup options menu".

Click on the "Troubleshoot" button, then click on "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen click on "Startup settings". Click on the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press "5" to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

2. Antiviral Factory 2013 modifies the system Hosts file. The Hosts file is used to resolve canonical names of websites to IP addresses. When it is changed, the user may be redirected to malicious sites, despite seeing legitimate URLs in address bar. It is difficult to determine sites are genuine when the Hosts file is modified.

To fix this, please download the Microsoft Fix It tool, that restores your Hosts file to the Windows default. Run this tool when downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions. Download link below:

3. Download and install recommended malware removal software to completely remove this fake antivirus software from your PC.

NOTE: Rogue antivirus programs can block the download of anti-spyware software. If you cannot download it using the default location, try one of the alternative download locations below:

  • Location 1 (the file is renamed to "iexplore.exe", since most spyware does not block this file)
  • Location 2

Antiviral Factory 2013 removal using registration key:

1. Wait until Antiviral Factory 2013 rogue antivirus completes the fake security scan and click the "Registration" button located at the top right corner of the main window.

Antiviral Factory 2013 registration step 1

2. In the opened window, enter this retrieved registry key: AA39754E-715219CE This will trick Antiviral Factory 2013 into behaving as though you have paid for the full version. This step makes the removal process of this rogue antivirus program less complicated.

After entering this registry key, Antiviral Factory 2013 allows execution of installed software (including Internet browsers) and you will be able to download anti-spyware software without various interruptions.

Antiviral Factory 2013 registration step 2

3. After entering this licence key, Antiviral Factory 2013 generates a few messages thanking you for registration and then imitates the removal process of previously-detected malware and virus infections. 

Antiviral Factory 2013 registration step 3

Note that after you enter the correct registration key, Antiviral Factory 2013 changes colour from light red to white.

Antiviral Factory 2013 registration step 4

4. Note that entering this registration key does not remove Antiviral Factory 2013 from your computer - it simply makes the removal process less complicated. To completely remove this rogue antivirus program from your computer, download and install recommended anti-spyware software.

Other tools, known to remove Antiviral Factory 2013:

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 antiviral factory 2013 rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:

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

To protect your computer from antiviral factory 2013 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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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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