Antivirus Protection

Antivirus Protection Description

Type: Rogue AntiSpyware Programs

ScreenshotNo, Antivirus Protection is not the generic name for some actual anti-virus product. If you have something calling itself just Antivirus Protection on your computer, then it is a rogue anti-virus application. Do not purchase a license or a "full version" of Antivirus Protection, because there isn't one to be had. Antivirus Protection is a fraud.

How Does Antivirus Protection will Affect Your PC?

Antivirus Protection causes the following symptoms:

  • The fake Antivirus Protection scanner interface loads every time Windows starts, and then Antivirus Protection runs a fake scan of your computer.
  • Antivirus Protection will always tell you that its scans have found malware that can only be removed if you purchase a software license – although there are no licenses to be had.
  • While Antivirus Protection is on your PC, you will see frequent pop-up security alerts that claim that Antivirus Protection has just detected malware or an attack on your computer. These alerts will have prompts or options that will ultimately lead you to a purchase website for Antivirus Protection, if you follow them.
  • You will not be able to run any other programs, aside from your web browser, because Antivirus Protection will say that they are infected.
  • Task Manager, Regedit, and the Control Panel will be disabled when Windows is in its normal mode, and you will not be allowed to use them to remove Antivirus Protection.
  • Antivirus Protection will change your Internet settings, including your HOSTS file and proxy settings, in order to limit your Internet access to its own malicious websites. If you try to view other websites, your browser will be redirected.
  • Antivirus Protection will make several changes to the Registry in order to cause the above symptoms.

How Does Antivirus Protection Cause an Infection?

There are a few different ways that you can wind up with Antivirus Protection infecting your PC. If Antivirus Protection appears seemingly out of nowhere, and you don't remember downloading Antivirus Protection or agreeing to a virus scan, then it is almost certainly present as the result of infection with a Trojan. In this case, the Trojan may be hidden in a freeware download, or it may be disguised as a program update or video codec, downloaded from an unreliable source. In this case, Antivirus Protection will probably have interfaces and alert windows that refer to the fake security software as Antivirus Protection Trial, to get you to think that you have the trial version of the software, instead of an infection, so that you feel compelled to purchase the phony full version. Likewise, if you agree to an online virus scan or agree to download a trial version of "free" anti-virus software and you wind up with Antivirus Protection, it will likely refer to itself as Antivirus Protection Trial.

On the other hand, if you downloaded Antivirus Protection by visiting one of the websites that promote the phony software, it will be referred to as Antivirus Protection. There are browser hijackers that can cause your computer to go to these sites, and they are also indexed by the major search engines, so you could easily find yourself on a malicious site by mistake. However, Antivirus Protection in its "full" version does not behave any differently from Antivirus Protection Trial. They both cause the same symptoms, and they are equally useless.

The Websites that Support Antivirus Protection, and Where Does the Malware Originate

There are several websites that claim to be the one and only site for "Antivirus Protection, Inc.," the nonexistent company supposedly behind Antivirus Protection. Sites for fake security programs tend to move around to avoid detection or suspicion, but at present, they include softnate.net, antivirok.net, protection-soft24.com, antispywareon.com,antispywareon.net, and aviraprotect.com. Needless to say, if you can avoid visiting these websites, you should not visit them for any reason. These sites offer Antivirus Protection for sale, with prices beginning at $49.95. If you should find yourself on one of these sites, it is important to remember that there is no full version of Antivirus Protection to be had, and it doesn't matter which "edition" of Antivirus Protection you buy, because all of them are equally fake.

Unfortunately, Antivirus Protection is nothing new, and Antivirus Protection is not alone, since Antivirus Protection comes from a large family of fake security programs that all support an Internet-based Russian scam. Antivirus Protection began causing problems in early April 2011, but the malware that Antivirus Protection is related to goes back to the summer or fall of 2010. Some of the fake security programs related to Antivirus Protection are Antivirus Soft, Antivirus Scan, Antivirus Action, Antivirus Monitor, Antivirus .NET, AntiVira Av, and Antimalware GO. Antivirus Protection can be difficult to remove and get rid of Antivirus Protection. It generally requires proper anti-virus software or experienced technical support.Screenshot

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File System Details

Antivirus Protection creates the following file(s):
# File Name MD5 Detection Count
1 antivirusprotection.exe 6e06eeea8384a96527adf69b55fdcaf9 0
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