AVC Plus

Also Known As: AVC Plus scam
Distribution: Low
Damage level: High

AVC Plus removal instructions

What is AVC Plus?

AVC Plus is fake anti-virus software designed to scare PC users into believing that their computers have been infected with high-risk malware, viruses, and Trojans. This rogue application infiltrates operating systems using infected email attachments, torrent downloads, security exploits, etc. After successful infiltration, AVC Plus imitates a computer security scan and then generates a long list of supposedly-detected malware. Be aware that AVC Plus holds no virus definition database or any features allowing this application to detect any of the security infections listed. In fact, all infections listed during the 'security scan' are fake and do not exist on the victim’s PC. The real purpose of AVC Plus is to encourage users to purchase a fake license key. Do not buy AVC Plus - it is a scam developed by cyber criminals.

avc plus fake antivirus main window

Paying for a false antivirus suite such as this is equivalent to sending your money to criminals - you will lose your money and your banking information will be at risk. In addition, AVC Plus provides no antivirus-related features and your computer will remain infected by this rogue application. If you see this program performing 'security scans' on your computer, and encouraging you to purchase a 'full version', your PC is infected with a fake antivirus program that should not be trusted.

AVC Plus belongs to a family of fake antivirus programs called Braviax/FakeRean and is capable of infecting computers running the Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8 operating systems. Previous fake antivirus programs originating from this family were named GuardBytes Plus and A-Secure 2015. Other fake antivirus programs from the Braviax family are capable of changing their names depending on the operating system infiltrated. They use prefixes of Zorton, AVbytes, Sirius, and Rango. For example: AVbytes Win 8 Antivirus 2015, Zorton Win 7 Antivirus 2014, etc. In the case of AVC Plus, the name of this fake antivirus program remains identical on all operating systems infected. Close examination of AVC Plus reveals that most infections of this type are caused by Trojans and fake online security warning pop-ups. Do not trust online messages stating that your computer is infected and offering download of software to eliminate supposedly-detected security issues. Other practices to avoid this type of fake antivirus infection include frequent software updates and the use of legitimate anti-spyware and anti-virus programs. If your computer has been infected by the AVC Plus rogue application, do not pay for the full version - read the following removal guide and eliminate it from your system.

Examples of fake security warning messages displayed by AVC Plus:

“System security threat was detected. Viruses and/or spyware may be damaging your system now. Prevent infection and data loss or stealing by running a free security scan”

“AVC Plus has blocked a program from accessing the internet - This program is infected with Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords”

“AVC Plus Alert - System Hacked! Unknown program is scanning your system registry right now! Identity theft detected”

“Tracking software found! Your PC activity is being monitored. Possible spyware infection. Your data security may be compromised. Sensitive data can be stolen. Prevent damage now by completing a security scan”

AVC Plus rogue antivirus performing a fake computer security scan:

avc plus performing a fake computer security scan

AVC Plus blocking Internet access:

Internet Explorer alert. Visiting this site may pose a security threat to your system!
Possible reasons include:


Dangerous code found in this site’s pages which installs unwanted software into your system.
Suspicious and potentially unwanted network activity detected.
Spyware infection in your system.
Complaints from other users about this site.
Port and system scans performed by the site being visited.

Things you can do:


Get a copy of “AVC Plus” to safeguard your PC while surfing the web (RECOMMENDED)
Run a spyware, virus and malware scan
Continue surfing without any security measures (DANGEROUS)

avc plus blocking Internet access

AVC Plus blocking execution of installed programs:

AVC Plus has blocked a program from accessing the Internet. This program is infected with Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card detail and passwords.

avc plus blocking execution of installed programs

AVC Plus displaying a fake Windows Action Center:

Action Center has detected one or more issues for you to review. Windows Defender and AVC Plus are both turned off.

 avc plus displaying a fake Windows action center

AVC Plus displaying fake security warning messages:

System security ALERT! Vulnerabilities found. Your system was scanned for security breaches. Attention: 31 serious issues were detected. Safeguard your system against exploits, malware and viruses right now by activating Proactive Defense. Upgrade to full version of AVC Plus security software package now! Clean your system and ward off new attacks against your system integrity and sensitive data. FREE daily updates and online protection from web-based intrusions are already in the bundle.

avc plus displaying fake security warning messages

A rogue website used by cyber criminals to collect payments for the AVC Plus fake license keys (1 year license - $64.95; 2 year license - $79.95; Lifetime license - $99.95). Computer users who have paid for this scam should contact their credit card company immediately and dispute the charges, explaining that they have been tricked into purchasing a fake antivirus program:

Rogue website used to collect payments from avc plus fake antivirus license keys

Instant automatic removal of AVC Plus scam: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of AVC Plus scam. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

AVC Plus removal:

Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start 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":

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

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

After booting your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try downloading and running the recommended antimalware software. If the download is blocked, follow the instructions presented below.

IMPORTANT! AVC Plus rogue antivirus damages Windows Security Center and Windows Defender services. After removing this fake antivirus program, download the registry fixes presented below. After downloading, double-click each and click Yes (when asked to merge data).

windows 7 braviax registry fix

Registry fixes for Windows 7 users:

Registry fixes for Windows 8 users:

Registry fix for Windows XP users:

NOTE: If you cannot run the remover, try to right-click on it and select "Run as administrator". If installation of the malware remover fails, or you cannot open the .exe files, 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

If, after or before, removal of this fake antivirus you are unable to run any of your installed software, AVC Plus has modified your operating system's .exe file associations. To fix this, download the registry fix (link below). Save it to your computer, double click it, click "Yes", and then "OK". After rebooting your PC, file associations should function normally.

- Windows 7

- Windows 8

- Windows XP

If you cannot open your browser (Internet Explorer,  Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome):

AVC Plus hijacks Internet browsers, modifies registry settings, and disables execution of programs. For these cases, our developers have created a custom installer - useful when you are unable to browse the Internet or execute .exe files. It starts like an MS-Dos program, runs some registry fixes, and then initiates execution of an installer. This installer was tested on the Windows 7, Windows Vista, and XP operating systems infected with the most common spyware infections.

To use this installer on Windows 7, click the Windows logo button (Start). If you use Windows 8, right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu, select Run. Windows XP users should click "Start" and select "Run". In the Search field, enter this link:  www.pcrisk.com/installer.com and then press ENTER

AVC Plus generates a fake warning after pressing ENTER. Ignore this and click "No, stay unprotected..." on this message.

win7_remover_installer

File download dialogue will appear and report that you are downloading the file, installer.com. Click Run, wait for download to complete, and then follow the on-screen instructions. Windows may warn you that opening unknown files may be unsafe. Please ignore these warnings.

AVC Plus removal (optional method):

AVC Plus rogue blocks execution of all installed software - this makes its removal complicated. The best way to eliminate this rogue is to login to an unaffected user account and run a security scan from it. If available, login to a "Guest" account and follow the removal steps provided below. If your "Guest" user account is not activated, follow these steps:

Windows 7 users:

Click the Windows logo (Start), select Control Panel.

windows 7 - accessing Control Panel

In the opened window, select "User Accounts and Family Safety".

Windows 7- accessing

In the opened window, click the "Add or Remove User Accounts" link.

Windows 7 Control Panel - add or remove user accounts

In the opened window, click "Guest Account".

Windows 7 - activating guest account

In the next window, click the "Turn On" button.

Windows 7 turn on guest account

Windows 8 users:

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu, select Control Panel.

Turning on guest user on Windows 8 step 1 - accessing Control Panel

In the opened window, click "Change account type" (under "User Accounts and Family Safety").

Turning on guest user on Windows 8 step 2 - clicking Change account type in User accounts and Family Safety section

In the opened window, click "Guest".

Turning on Guest user in Windows 8 step 3 - clicking

In the next window, click the "Turn On" button.

Turning on Guest user in Windows 8 step 4 - clicking

Windows XP users:

Click "Start", select "Settings", and click "Control Panel".

Turning on a guest user on Windows XP step 1 - accessing Control Panel

In the opened window, click "User Accounts".

Turning on a guest user on Windows XP step 2 - accessing User Accounts

In the opened window, click "Guest".

Turning on a guest user on Windows XP step 3 - clicking

In the next window, click the "Turn On the Guest Account" button.

Turning on a guest user on Windows XP step 4 - clicking

Restart your PC, when the Windows login screen appears, select the "Guest" user, and then continue with the removal steps provided below.

After logging in to your Guest account, download recommended malware removal software and run a full system scan to completely eliminate this fake antivirus software from your PC.

Manual AVC Plus removal instructions

Some spyware can block downloading of spyware removers. 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

If installation of the remover fails, try downloading the customized installer, which was built by our technicians to bypass spyware infections. Download customized installer

If you still cannot download or run the spyware removing software, please perform these steps:

Step 1
Download the registry fix for AVC Plus malware. This fix removes registry entries that disallow execution of programs in some variants of this spyware. To download it, click the link below. After downloading, double click the downloaded registry fix file, click Yes, and then click OK.

- Windows 7

- Windows 8

- Windows XP

Step 2
Some variants of this spyware modify the system proxy settings so that you are unable to access the Internet (or website addresses are redirected to malicious or phishing websites). To reset the proxy settings to default, download and run this tool:

Step 3
AVC Plus 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 which sites are genuine when the Hosts file is modified. To fix this, download the Microsoft Fix It tool, which restores your Hosts file to the Windows default. Run this tool when downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions. Download link below:

Step 4
That's It! You can now try to download the Malware remover or install and run it if already downloaded. In most cases, this leads to success, but if not, describe your problem in our FORUM and our technicians will try to help you.

IMPORTANT! AVC Plus rogue antivirus damages Windows Security Center and Windows Defender services. After removing this fake antivirus program, download the registry fixes presented below. After downloading, double-click each and click Yes (when asked to merge data).

windows 7 braviax registry fix

Registry fixes for Windows 7 users:

Registry fixes for Windows 8 users:

Registry fix for Windows XP users:

Other tools known to remove AVC Plus:

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 avc plus scam and other rogue antivirus programs:

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

To protect your computer from avc plus scam 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 avc plus scam 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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