Sometimes, fake antivirus removal is not as easy as downloading and running programs such as Malwarbytes anti-malware, the free malware removal tool that is now popularly utilized as a downloadable too that can be used as a free fake antivirus remover. When malwarebytes doesn’t work, what do you do?
Many of the newly released fake antiviruses including the Total XP security, XP smart security 2010, Vista AntiMalware, Total Vista Security and many others are tricky and difficult to remove and thus can be removed by following the guide outlined below:
How to remove a fake antivirus
Click Start, Run. Type command and press Enter.
Type notepad and press Enter.
When Notepad opens. Copy all the text below into Notepad and save this to your desktop as exefix.reg. Make sure to change the Save as Type to “All Files”.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Double Click exefix.reg, click the Yes button once the Registry editor window pops up and reboot your PC
Download Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware.
Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
If an update is found, Malbytes anti malware will download and install the latest version.
Once the program has loaded, select Perform quick scan, then click Scan.
When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. Reboot your computer if you are prompted.
When completed, a log will open in Notepad.
If this doesn’t work, try to use a non infected PC to save Malwarebytes and exefix.reg into a removable drive before transferring them into your infected computer.
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