Security Master AV

Security Master AV Description

Type: Rogue AntiSpyware Programs

ScreenshotSecurity Master AV is a fake security program that belongs to a huge family of rogue anti-virus programs called FakeVimes family. Criminals release clones of Security Master AV on a constant basis, often making slight changes to the program's name and appearance. For example, you may find versions of Security Master AV labeled as Security Master AV 2010, Security Master AV 2011, or Security Master AV 2012.

The program's name may be changed too into something vaguely authentic-sounding (for example, Internet Antivirus 2012, or Windows Vista Internet Security 2012). Regardless of each of these applications' names, they are all the same malware application, delivered by a Trojan infection that is often linked to a rootkit on the victim's computer system. ESG security researchers strongly advise against downloading, installing, or paying for Security Master AV or any of its clones that also include Virus Melt, Presto TuneUp, Fast Antivirus 2009, Extra Antivirus, Windows Security 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 Protection Suite, Windows Work Catalyst.

If Security Master AV is installed on your computer system, Security Master AV should be treated as a severe malware infection. In order to remove a Security Master AV infection, a reliable, genuine, and fully-updated anti-malware scanner should be used.

Understanding the Basic Workings of the Security Master AV Scam

Security Master AV belongs to a category of malware that was classified as rogue security programs. Rogue security programs are created to mislead inexperienced computer users by making them believe that their computer is infected with malware that can only be removed by purchasing a 'full version' of the rogue security program in question. Security Master AV is no different – this malicious application has several tactics that allow Security Master AV to convince its victims that their computer is severely infected:

  • Displays constant error messages and fake security alerts.
  • Displays a false scan of the victim's computer when Windows is launched.
  • Deliberately causes the victim's computer to run slowly and to crash frequently.
  • Can interfere with the victim's Internet browser, causing browser redirections or entirely blocking certain websites.

Apart from its name and interface, Security Master AV can also convince its victims of its veracity by directing them to malicious websites associated with Security Master AV and displaying authentic-sounding error messages. Security Master AV's interface is also designed to mimic the layout of popular anti-virus programs like Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials (even going as far as to copy trademarked Microsoft logos). Do not become a victim of Security Master AV; protect your computer and browse the Internet safely.ScreenshotScreenshotScreenshot

Technical Information

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SpyHunter Detects & Remove Security Master AV

Security Master AV Video

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Registry Details

Security Master AV creates the following registry entry or registry entries:
%AppData%\Security Master AV

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  • Kate Simps:

    My attitude towards Security Master AV is positive. I did get what I was looking for and never had problems with viruses. Wish you good luck!

  • GoldSparrow:

    Hi Kate Simps,

    I believe that you may be confused about Security Master AV. We have discovered that Security Master AV is a rogue anti-spyware program and does not detect or remove any type of legitimate computer parasite. It seems you have purchased a rogue application. It is recommended that you remove Security Master AV and not use it for detection or removal of viruses.

  • Notsohappy:

    So i was got by this, through AOL and my life was flipped upside down DON'T DOWNLOAD IT! they got to my bankaccount and it was too late for us to realize that it had happend when i got on again everything was going insane, im frightend to do anything now and my Enternet explore isnt working Im afraid I still have it. Can I reinstall it?

  • Marie:

    How do you get it off? It has been plaguing my computer for weeks and is only getting worse! Nothing I seem to do gets rid of it, help!

  • Nichole:

    the reason it is do freaking hard to remove is because it regenerates itself! you may think you killed it...but it always comes right back!! its the gift that never stops giving! it truely sux!
    i have tried spybot, enigma, and avg...nothing has worked! im pretty sure that removal has to be done manually!!!
    are there any other suggestions???

    • GoldSparrow:

      Hello Nichole,

      Did you know that we can create a custom fix for you using our Spyware HelpDesk to remove Security Master AV from your computer? Our Spyware HelpDesk is a service included as part of SpyHunter that provides live customer support. Our support technician can review your diagnostic report (Support Log) to generate a unique fix that will completely remove Security Master AV so that it does not regenerate. Please visit for more information or access the Spyware HelpDesk option in your copy of SpyHunter.

      Thank you.

  • John:

    Hey y’all,

    The reason Security Master AV can regenerate again and again is that it is not simply a virus but a well organized bunch of programs with their associated files that uploaded into your computers (and mine) just the way you’d download some software – only it does that in the “background” so you’re not aware of it’s doing it. There are .exe, .drv, .dll, .sys, tmp, and other types of files that must be deleted, but the main thing would be to find where the condensed installing file is and delete it and its duplicates.

    That application now resides in some obscure folder on our computers and, no matter how many files you delete manually, the main .exe file re-executes the installation of the garbage and keeps on trucking.

    I downloaded some software from a site that guaranteed that it would remove the malware but, just as I was about to install it, a small warning box of the type Microsoft displays when you are about to install a program was displayed and… SURPRISE, it had the same exact icon in that box as the one that appears in all those S.M. AV pop-ups. I immediately deleted it from my DOWNLOAD folder.

    I’ve been deleting files since about 2:00 PM and it is now 9:40 PM and I keep finding more and more files that belong to that software, and I haven’t had supper yet. So, I’m going to turn my computer off for tonight and restart all over in the morning – but I already know that the minute I turn my PC on tomorrow, the dirty piece of garbage will re-install itself. It seems like a loosing battle – McAfee offers to clean it up if I turn my computer over to them on-line and they will remotely go through my whole system and remove the bastard (so they told me in a live chat today) for the “very low price” of $89.95!!! Can you believe that? And I’ve been using McAfee for about 15 years.

    In the meantime, I would advise you all to be careful of what you download that claims that it will clean up your computer – look especially for the characteristic red shield with a white cross on it: that’s the trade-mark of SMAV. Don’t use it and delete it immediately!

    Wish you all better days and a prompt resolution of your problem(s).


    Just as a PS, I have just downloaded a piece of software called "Spyware Doctor" that claims it will remove the malware. I'll try that tomorrow and, if it works, I'll come back and give you the Internet address where you can download it (it's FREE). Now I'll get a bite to eat and go to bed. G'nite.

  • Sam Stare:

    Good thing we're not downloading the Security Master AV. If we're downloading, read the info:

    1. By downloading the software, you will be get infected
    2. If you infected with the software, download spyhunter detection scanner
    3. BSOD can also appear when you download it