Anti-virus Professional Description
Antivirus Professional is a rogue anti-virus application designed to scam computer users. Antivirus Professional first started appearing in 2009 and has been regularly updated since Antivirus Professional's release. It is important to understand the true nature of Antivirus Professional. This rogue security program that belongs to the FakeXPA family, is not a real anti-virus program; Antivirus Professional is a malware application disguised as a security program. By deliberately causing a number of problems in an infected computer, Antivirus Professional demands payment to return the computer back to normal. However, our ESG research team recommend against paying for this useless program. Instead, remove Antivirus Professional with a legitimate anti-malware program.
How Antivirus Professional Invades Your Computer System
How the People Behind Antivirus Professional Make Their Money
There are two ways in which criminals use Antivirus Professional to make money. The makers of Antivirus Professional make money directly from their victims. They do this by convincing computer users to pay for useless rogue anti-virus program. The makers of Antivirus Professional deliberately cause the victim's computer to behave erratically and display constant security alerts to convince them that there is a severe problem with the operating system. Antivirus Professional is then offered as a way to solve the very problems Antivirus Professional caused in the first place. Distributing Antivirus Professional is also a lucrative, but illicit business for the hackers involved. They get paid to direct as many users as possible to Antivirus Professional's websites, much like legitimate affiliate marketing functions. To direct computer users to the Antivirus Professional website, hackers use Trojans embedded in malware-laced websites or disguised as video codecs, system updates, or popular files on file-sharing networks
Removing Antivirus Professional from Your Computer
Our ESG security researchers recommend removing Antivirus Professional with a legitimate anti-malware program. Antivirus Professional may have the ability to block your security applications from launching. In those cases, ESG malware researchers recommend starting up in Safe Mode. Doing this, by pressing F8 during start-up, prevents Antivirus Professional from launching, giving you full access to your security software.
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to Detect Anti-virus Professional * SpyHunter's free version is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read more on SpyHunter. If you no longer wish to have SpyHunter installed on your computer, follow these steps to uninstall SpyHunter.
Security Doesn't Let You Download SpyHunter or Access the Internet?
Solutions: Your computer may have malware hiding in memory that prevents any program, including SpyHunter, from executing on your computer. Follow to download SpyHunter and gain access to the Internet:
- Use an alternative browser. Malware may disable your browser. If you're using IE, for example, and having problems downloading SpyHunter, you should open Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser instead.
- Use a removable media. Download SpyHunter on another clean computer, burn it to a USB flash drive, DVD/CD, or any preferred removable media, then install it on your infected computer and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.
- Start Windows in Safe Mode. If you can not access your Window's desktop, reboot your computer in "Safe Mode with Networking" and install SpyHunter in Safe Mode.
- IE Users: Disable proxy server for Internet Explorer to browse the web with Internet Explorer or update your anti-spyware program. Malware modifies your Windows settings to use a proxy server to prevent you from browsing the web with IE.
If you still can't install SpyHunter? View other possible causes of installation issues.
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File System Details
|#||File Name||Size||MD5||Detection Count|
|1||%AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Anti-Virus Professional||82|
|3||Anti-Virus Professional .lnk||66|
|4||Uninstall Anti-Virus Professional .lnk||64|