Anti-virus Professional

Anti-virus Professional Description

ScreenshotAntivirus 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

Rogue security programs like Antivirus Professional typically infect computers through Flash or JavaScript exploits in fake online anti-malware scans. Because of this, our ESG malware researchers strongly recommend that you only use legitimate anti-malware programs to scan your computer. There are several clones for Antivirus Professional, which include Eco Antivirus, MaCatte Antivirus 2009, Personal Security Pro, Antivir, Nortel Antivirus, XP Antivirus 2013, Antivirus 360, XP Antivirus 2012, Earth Antivirus, Antivirus GT, Antivirus 2009, AVG Antivirus 2011, Antivirus 8, AntivirusBEST, Antivirus 7, Ghost Antivirus, Personal Security, E-Set Antivirus 2011, Alpha Antivirus, Antivirus 2010, Cyber Security. Any of these may be delivered into your computer through a Trojan or downloaded directly from Antivirus Professional's homepage.

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.

Aliases: Fraudtool.Win32.FakeAV!IK [a-squared], TROJ_FAKEAV.ZCG [TrendMicro], Medium Risk Malware [Prevx], Trj/CI.A [Panda], FakeAlert.ALXZ [Norman], Win32/NoAdware [NOD32], Trojan.Dropper.FraudPack.vml [McAfee-GW-Edition], potentially unwanted program AntiVirusPro [McAfee], Trojan.Win32.FraudPack.vml [Kaspersky], Trojan.Win32.Malware.3 [K7AntiVirus], Fraudtool.Win32.FakeAV [Ikarus], W32/FakeAV [Fortinet], Win32.FakeAlert.Anti [eSafe], Trojan.Fakealert.4386 [DrWeb] and Trojan.Generic.2445951 [BitDefender].

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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.

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Technical Information

Screenshots & Other Imagery

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File System Details

Anti-virus Professional creates the following file(s):
# File Name Size MD5 Detection Count
1 %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Anti-Virus Professional 82
2 %ProgramFiles%\Anti-Virus Professional 76
3 Anti-Virus Professional .lnk 66
4 Uninstall Anti-Virus Professional .lnk 64
5 UninstlDll.dll 389,120 3dc9a849e555c85ec64f77ed532659bb 6
6 Anti-Virus Professional.exe 1,699,488 91817dfd2579cae93b6d6890371673d2 5
7 setup[1].exe 2,431,232 f740de8052f0e8e89624414066ce4ed3 4

Registry Details

Anti-virus Professional creates the following registry entry or registry entries:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}
Anti-Virus Professional 5.0_is1

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