So I have been in the business of building and rebuilding every type of personal and business computer (Laptop, Desktop, Workstations and Servers).WINPCVIRUS

I have seen my share of virus/spyware infections from easy to kill to so nasty it requires a full rebuild of a said computer. One thing I have been noticing as of late is the the Virus that gets installed and acts as a Antivirus Application. These are the most annoying Virus/Spyware applications. I have seen these applications download more and more Virus’s as well as a plethora of spyware in so much as over loading the Operating System and basically shutting down the computer.

Please if you get one of these type of virus’s or you get a pop up asking you to download it to kill the virus’s. This is a bad idea. Please do not download these type of applications. First they want you to pay for them even sometimes to the point they ask for a large subscription payment. They disable any and all antivirus application.

These applications are essentially evil please stay clear.

Update: This Virus is spreading quickly among many even very protected machines (updated antivirus and antispyware) If you encounter any of these types of Viri please unplug your network cable (commonly called ethernet or data cable).

Common Names I have encountered:

Personal Antivirus (Hardest of them to remove)

Antivirus 2008

Antivirus 2010

WinPC Antivirus

there may be more….

Here is a run down on how to clean. Feel free to contact me if you are unsure how to do this.

  1. Download Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, or MBAM, from the following location and save it to your desktop:

    Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Download Link

  2. Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including this one.
  3. Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe. This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.
  4. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and  Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malwarechecked. Then click on the Finish button.
  5. MBAM will now automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program before performing a scan. As MBAM will automatically update itself after the install, you can press the OK button to close that box and you will now be at the main program as shown below.

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Screen

On the Scanner tab, make sure the the Perform quick scan option is selected and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer for Personal Antivirus related files.

MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can take quite a while, so we suggest you go and do something else and periodically check on the status of the scan. When MBAM is scanning it will look like the image below

.You should click on the OK button to close the message box and continue with the PersonalAntivirus removal process.

You will now be back at the main Scanner screen. At this point you should click on the Show Results button.

A screen displaying all the malware that the program found will be shown as seen in the image below. Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.

You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove all the listed malware. MBAM will now delete all of the files and registry keys and add them to the programs quarantine. When removing the files, MBAM may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot, please allow it to do so. Once your computer has rebooted, and you are logged in, please continue with the rest of the steps.

  1. When MBAM has finished removing the malware, it will open the scan log and display it in Notepad. Review the log as desired, and then close the Notepad window.
  2. You can now exit the MBAM program.

Your computer should now be free of the PersonalAntivirus program. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to considerpurchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.

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