Antivirus Smart Protection

Antivirus Smart Protection Description

ScreenshotAntivirus Smart Protection is a program designed to imitate closely popular anti-virus and computer security applications such as Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender. However, beyond its interface Antivirus Smart Protection has certainly no anti-virus features. Rather, this bogus anti-virus application is part of a common online scam that involves convincing inexperienced computer users to purchase useless fake security programs such as Antivirus Smart Protection.

Antivirus Smart Protection is another version of several fake antivirus programs that belong to the FakeVimes family such as Virus Melt, Extra Antivirus, Fast Antivirus 2009, Presto TuneUp, Windows Security Suite, Windows Protection Suite, Smart Virus Eliminator, Packed.Generic.245, Volcano Security Suite, Windows Enterprise Suite, Enterprise Suite, Additional Guard, PC Live Guard, Live PC Care, Live Enterprise Suite, Security Antivirus, My Security Wall, CleanUp Antivirus, Smart Security, Windows Work Catalyst.

If you have installed Antivirus Smart Protection on your computer system, ESG security researchers recommend taking steps to remove this malicious invader with the aid of a real anti-malware program. However, you may not have necessarily installed this fake anti-virus program on your computer in order for Antivirus Smart Protection to enter your computer system; Antivirus Smart Protection often enters its victims' computer systems with the help of a Trojan infection. Antivirus Smart Protection, in fact, is part of a Trojan attacker itself. Because of this, removal of Antivirus Smart Protection should also include a full system scan to ensure that all malware associated with this fake anti-virus program is removed as well.

How Criminals Use Antivirus Smart Protection to Attempt to Steal Your Money

The basic Antivirus Smart Protection scam is quite simple. Criminals that perpetrate this scam are using a con that has been around for generations in one way or another. Typically, the Antivirus Smart Protection scam is very similar to how fraudulent mechanics or repairmen attempt to steal their customer's money through shady practices. Imagine, for example, a dishonest auto mechanic that will unplug a wire in order to cause the customer's car to malfunction, then charging the customer for a much more expensive repair by taking advantage of the customer's relative ignorance on auto repair. Antivirus Smart Protection also does this. This fake anti-virus program will deliberately cause problems on the victim's computer, such as general system instability and deliberately block access to the Internet and to the victim's own files. Meanwhile, Antivirus Smart Protection bombards the computer user with constant error messages and alarming security alerts claiming that a severe malware infection has taken hold of the victim's computer and recommending that the victim purchase Antivirus Smart Protection in order to solve these nonexistent problems. Make no mistake about it – the main problem on these computers will usually be Antivirus Smart Protection itself. Ignore all messages that this fake anti-virus displays and instead remove Antivirus Smart Protection with the help of a reliable anti-malware program.

Technical Information

File System Details

Antivirus Smart Protection creates the following file(s):
# File Name Size MD5 Detection Count
1 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\bea72f\ASbea_8032.exe 3,392,512 e86fa6377d57e0703e01b66147035807 2
2 %AppData%\Antivirus Smart Protection\ScanDisk_.exe N/A
4 %Programs%\Antivirus Smart Protection.lnk N/A
5 %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\ISG.ico N/A
6 %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Antivirus Smart Protection.lnk N/A
8 %Desktop%\Antivirus Smart Protection.lnk N/A
9 %StartMenu%\Antivirus Smart Protection.lnk N/A
10 %AppData%\Antivirus Smart Protection\Instructions.ini N/A

Registry Details

Antivirus Smart Protection creates the following registry entry or registry entries:
Regexp file mask
%AllUsersProfile%\??????\AS[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Malware Protection Center" "%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe" /s /d

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