Threat Database Rogue Anti-Spyware Program Windows Antivirus Helper

Windows Antivirus Helper

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 100 % (High)
Infected Computers: 8
First Seen: February 28, 2014
Last Seen: January 25, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Windows Antivirus Helper is a rogue security application that belongs to the FakeVimes family of threats. Windows Antivirus Helper is used to pilfer money from inexperienced computer users. Using Windows Antivirus Helper, third parties may take over an infected computer, effectively taking it hostage until the victim pays for a 'full version' of Windows Antivirus Helper. This fake security application deliberately causes problems on infected computers in order to trick computer users into buying fake security programs like Windows Antivirus Helper, wasting money and revealing classified information in the process. Windows Antivirus Helper is not a real anti-virus program, despite its appearance. Because of this, Windows Antivirus Helper should be removed immediately from an affected computer with the help of a real security program that is fully up-to-date.

The Help that Should be Avoided

Fake security applications like Windows Antivirus Helper tend to follow the same approach when infecting a computer that may involve the steps listed below:

  • Windows Antivirus Helper is usually distributed using typical threat distribution channels (such as spam email messages, attack websites or other threat infections).
  • Once Windows Antivirus Helper enters a computer, Windows Antivirus Helper makes harmful changes to the affected computer's settings. These changes allow Windows Antivirus Helper to display fake error messages, interfere with the infected computer's settings and functioning and cause a number of other problems on the affected computer.
  • Windows Antivirus Helper displays fake error messages, system scans and causes problems deliberately to make it seem as if the affected computer has been infected with threats.
  • If computer users try to use Windows Antivirus Helper to fix these supposed problems, Windows Antivirus Helper will display additional fake error messages. These bogus error messages will urge the computer user to purchase a 'full version' of Windows Antivirus Helper. Since Windows Antivirus Helper is not capable of detecting or removing threats, being a threat itself, paying for Windows Antivirus Helper is a waste of money and may compromise your security.

Other members of the huge FakeVimes family include, among others, 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.

SpyHunter Detects & Remove Windows Antivirus Helper

File System Details

Windows Antivirus Helper may create the following file(s):
# File Name MD5 Detections
1. svc-yiec.exe e522866b2e72a9a23a2c0060f7c6f4f5 0

Registry Details

Windows Antivirus Helper may create the following registry entry or registry entries:
File name without path
Windows AntiVirus Helper.lnk

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