Antivirus Plus 2014

Also Known As: Antivirus Plus 2014 Virus
Damage level: High

Antivirus Plus 2014 removal instructions

What is Antivirus Plus 2014?

Antivirus Plus 2014 is a rogue antivirus program that mimics the detection of high-risk malware infections in order to scare PC users into purchasing a useless license key. This bogus software is created by cyber criminals who distribute it via infected email messages, P2P networks, malicious websites, and 'exploit kits'. Following successful infiltration, this fake antivirus software begins imitating a legitimate security program by initiating a computer security scan. After less than a minute, Antivirus Plus 2014 reports that the security scan is complete and that various viruses and malware are detected on the system. To eliminate these supposedly 'detected' security threats, users are encouraged to 'Activate Full Time Protection' (i.e. purchase a license key for this program). Do not fall for this trickery - no security infections indicated by this program actually exist on your computer.

Antivirus Plus 2014

This program is a scam. It fakes the detection of identical security threats on all computers infiltrated by reporting 15 falsely-generated and unwanted files. This program originates from a family of fake antivirus programs called FakeRean. Previous variants were named Internet Security and System Protection. If you observe Antivirus Plus 2014 scanning your computer for security infections, your PC is infiltrated with a fake antivirus program - ignore the fake security scans and do not trust the fake security warning messages. The correct way to deal with this program is to eliminate it from your computer.

Computer users should be aware that Antivirus Plus 2014 has no virus definition database or virus scan engine - it is merely a scam created by cyber criminals. Purchasing a license key for this program is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals, and furthermore, users will divulge their credit card information, potentially leading to other thefts. Users who have already purchased this rogue program should contact their credit card company and dispute the charges, explaining that they have been tricked into buying a fake antivirus program. The best way to protect your computer from rogue programs such as this is by using legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware software and keep their operating systems and installed programs up-to-date. If your computer is infected with Antivirus Plus 2014, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this scam.

The following are fake security warning pop-ups used by this rogue program. These are used to scare PC users into believing that their computers are infected with high-risk malware:

Firefox.exe cannot start - File Firefox.exe is infected by W32/Blaster.worm Please activate Antivirus Plus 2014 to protect your computer.

Security Warning! - Malicious program has been detected. Click here to protect your computer.

Antivirus Plus 2014 has found 12 useless and UNWANTED files on your computer! Potentially dangerous files were found on your system during the last scan! It is strongly recommended that you remove them immediately.

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Antivirus Plus 2014 removal:

This fake antivirus program blocks execution of Internet browsers and other installed programs, and thus, complicated to eliminate. This removal guide describes how to disable this bogus program by renaming its executable file. After successful infiltration the rogue program creates a desktop icon named "Antivirus Plus 2014."

Antivirus Plus 2014 desktop icon

Click the right mouse button over this icon and select "Properties":

Antivirus Plus 2014 icon properties

In the opened window, click the "Open file location" button:

Antivirus Plus 2014 icon properties

In the opened window, click the right mouse button over the selected file and select "Rename":

Antivirus Plus 2014 changing the executable file name

Change the name of the Antivirus Plus 2014 executable file to fake.exe (or any other).

Antivirus Plus 2014 changing executable file name

Restart your computer.

After restarting your computer, you will notice that Antivirus Plus 2014 is no longer active - you will now be able to access the Internet and perform other previously-blocked tasks. Now, download recommended malware removal software to completely remove this rogue antivirus program from your computer.

Antivirus Plus 2014 removal using activation key:

Step 1
Click the "Get full protection now" button located at the bottom left corner of the main window of this rogue antivirus program. In the registration window, enter a dummy email address, in the registration key field enter Y68REW-T76FD1-U3VCF5A, and then click "Confirm activation."

You can also try using these registry keys:


Antivirus Plus 2014 activation

After entering the provided registry key, Antivirus Plus 2014 will thank you for successful registration and mimics the removal of previously-detected security infections.

Note that registering Antivirus Plus 2014 "designed to protect" will not remove it. It will simply enable execution of installed programs, thus allowing you to access the Internet. This step is optional, however, it can make the removal process less complicated. To completely remove Antivirus Plus 2014 from your PC, proceed to the next step.

Step 2
Download recommended malware removal software to completely remove this fake antivirus program from your computer.

NOTE: If you cannot run or download the removal tool, download the registry fix file. It enables execution of applications. Click on the link below, and when download completes click Run, click yes and then OK.

Download registry fix:

Windows 7 users:

Windows XP users:
Windows 8 users:
Windows Vista users:

If you cannot install the anti-spyware software, download the custom anti-spyware software installer, which was developed by our technicians to bypass spyware infections and install security software regardless.

Optional method (browser access disabled):

If you cannot access your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox): Click Start then click Run. (Click the 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, type this text directly into the search field and then press ENTER.

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

Windows 8 users: Windows key + R, The Run window will pop up. In the opened "Run" window, type:  www.pcrisk.com/installer.com and then press ENTER.

Windows 8 Run Dialog

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

Antivirus Plus 2014 removal using Safe Mode with Networking:

1. Windows XP and Windows 7 users: 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: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to 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 "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into "Advanced Startup options menu". Click on the "Troubleshoot" button, then click on the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen click on "Startup settings". Click on the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into Startup Settings screen. Press F5 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. Download the fix.reg file. After saving the file to your desktop, double click fix.reg and then click YES to confirm.

Remove proxy settings from Internet Explorer. This rogue antivirus adds a proxy to the user's Internet connection settings to display various errors when the user attempts to access the Internet. To remove proxy settings: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. In the opened menu, select "Internet Options."

Removing proxy setings from Intenret Explorer step 1

In the opened window select the "Connections" tab.

Removing proxy settings from Internet Explorer step 2

In the "Connections" tab, click on "LAN settings".

Removing proxy settings from Internet Explorer step 3

If "Use a proxy server for your LAN" is checked, uncheck it and click OK.

Removing proxy settings from Internet Explorer step 43. Download legitimate anti-spyware software to completely remove this fake antivirus program from your computer.

Other tools known to remove Antivirus Plus 2014 "designed to protect":


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 plus 2014 virus and other rogue antivirus programs:

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

To protect your computer from antivirus plus 2014 virus 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 plus 2014 virus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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