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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This article is provided "as is" and to be used for educational information purposes only. By following any instructions on this article, you agree to be bound by the disclaimer. We make no guarantees that this article will help you completely remove the malware threats on your computer. Spyware changes regularly; therefore, it is difficult to fully clean an infected machine through manual means.