AntiVirus Pro 2015

Also Known As: AntiVirus Pro 2015 fake antivirus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: High

AntiVirus Pro 2015 removal instructions

What is AntiVirus Pro 2015?

AntiVirus Pro 2015 is not a typical antivirus program, it is a scam created by cyber criminals. This rogue security scanner infiltrates users' computers using malicious websites, drive-by downloads, and Trojans. When this bogus program self-installs on PCs, it imitates a legitimate security program and reports various security infections that are supposedly 'detected' on the system. Moreover, this misleading program generates security warning messages stating that the PC is at risk, and in order to eliminate the 'detected' security threats, AntiVirus Pro 2015 advises activation of the 'full version'. Paying for the full version of Smart Security, however, is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals. This software is a scam - it mimics the detection of security infections that do not exist on the PC.

antivirus pro 2015 fake antivirus program

This misleading strategy is employed to scare PC users into believing that their operating system has acquired various security issues. Cyber criminals hope that unsuspecting PC users will fall for this trickery and purchase a licence key for Smart Security. If you see this program scanning your computer for security infections, your PC has been infiltrated with rogue antivirus software. Do not pay for the full version and eliminate AntiVirus Pro 2015 from your computer immediately.

AntiVirus Pro 2015 should not be trusted. This rogue security scanner is merely an imitation of genuine antivirus software. The bogus program uses falsely-generated security warning messages and bogus malware detection lists to trick PC users into believing that their computers are infected with high-risk security threats. Fake antivirus programs such as these (previous variants were called "Antivirus Plus 2014" and "Smart Security") are often installed on PCs by exploiting security vulnerabilities. To prevent these infiltrations, keep all installed software and your operating system up-to-date, and use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs. Note that AntiVirus Pro 2015 disables the operating system Task Manager, disallowing execution of Internet browsers. This makes the removal process more complicated. If your PC is infected with Antivirus Pro 2015, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this scam.

Antivirus Pro 2015 performing a fake computer security scan and reporting non-existent malware infections:

antivirus pro 2015 performing a fake computer scan

Antivirus Pro 2015 imitating various features of legitimate antivirus programs ('Privacy Keeper', 'Firewall' and 'Updates'):

antivirus pro 2015 fake privacy keeper antivirus pro 2015 fake firewall antivirus pro 2015 fake updates

Antivirus Pro 2015 generating fake security warning messages:

antivirus pro 2015 fake alert sample 1 antivirus pro 2015 fake alert sample 2 antivirus pro 2015 fake alert sample 3 antivirus pro 2015 fake alert sample 4 antivirus pro 2015 fake alert sample 5

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

 

“Firewall Warning, Hidden file transfer to remote host has been detected - Antivirus Pro 2015 has detected a leak of your files through the Internet. We strongly recommend that you block the attack immediately”

 

“firefox.exe can not start - File firefox.exe in infected by W32/Blaster.worm Please activate Antivirus 2015 to protect your computer.”

 

“Antivirus Pro 2015 has found 56 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”

Instant automatic removal of AntiVirus Pro 2015 fake antivirus: 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 AntiVirus Pro 2015 fake antivirus. Download it by clicking the button below:
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Quick menu:

Antivirus Pro 2015 removal using Safe Mode with Networking:

Windows 7 users:

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":

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":

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.

NOTE: If you cannot run the remover, right-click on it and select "Run as administrator". If the 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 program you are unable to run any of your installed software, Antivirus Pro 2015 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.

Antivirus Pro 2015 removal - optional method:

Antivirus Pro 2015 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 "Guest" account and follow the removal steps provided below. If your "Guest" user account is not activated, follow these steps:

Windows 7 users:

Click on 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

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

After logging in 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 Antivirus Pro 2015 removal instructions

Some spyware can block the 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, perform these steps:

Step 1
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 2
Antivirus Pro 2015 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 observing 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 3
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, please describe your problem in our FORUM and our technicians will try to help.

Other tools known to remove Antivirus Pro 2015:

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 pro 2015 fake antivirus and other rogue antivirus programs:

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

To protect your computer from antivirus pro 2015 fake antivirus 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 pro 2015 fake antivirus from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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