Hi there. I was watching video online and suddenly AVbytes Win 7 Antivirus 2015 just popped up on my computer which currently blocked my Internet. It said my computer has been seriously infected and it will not allow access to anything. I guess it is a fake antivirus because it keeps pushing me to pay its full version. However, I cannot find a way to uninstall it because the program isn’t listed in control panel. It won’t let me open task manager or access any Windows services. How do I get rid of it from my computer?
AVbytes Win 7 Antivirus 2015 is another variant of AVbytes Win 7 Protection 2015 that comes from the same Rogue.FakeRean-Braviax family. This virus is categorized as a rogue program that used to attack computers running with Windows 7 operating system and it also has other versions like AVbytes XP Antivirus 2015, AVbytes Vista Antivirus 2015 and AVbytes Win 8 Antivirus 2015, aiming to hack different operating systems. Just like other fake antivirus programs, it will be configured to start every time you try to start up your computer. Although it sounds and looks like a legitimate utility, you should NEVER keep it in your computer because this program is a virus and it has no virus database and no scan engine, therefore it can’t really detect any infection on your computer. All it does is to display fake scan results, false security warnings, hijack your web browser, and does not allow you to run your legitimate Windows applications.
AVbytes Win 7 Antivirus 2015 has a number of ‘features’ like regular scan, protection against bank account fraud, auto update, self-protection from malware and others, but none of them can be real. Once it is installed, it launches fake system scanners and presents fake scan reports stating that you have serious virus issues to take care of. Afterwards, it scares users off into paying the amount of $ 99.95 for fully removal of those non-existent threats. YooCare Experts advise users not to purchase this software in any case as its value is practically zero. In another word, AVbytes Win 7 Antivirus 2015 is a useless and bogus anti-spyware application designed by cyber criminals who try to steal your money without giving you anything good in return. Inexperienced users are very easy to be tricked by this kind of hoax and they could mistakenly pay for the so-called full version as required. However, once the payment is sent, they may end up giving their personal information to scammers and their credit cards could be ripped off or their personal details are used for frauds without their knowledge. AVbytes Win 7 Antivirus 2015 removal is very difficult because this rogue program adds malicious files to your system folder, with disguised names. If you have not sufficient experience, you’ll hardly find the infected files from all the legitimate system files. Also it can block all your security tools and prevent you from accessing your Task Manager and Registry Editor. Every time you try to launch a program or open task manager, it will be terminated immediately and there will be a fake warning saying that what you are trying to open is already infected by Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen infection and you need to register the full version first. Those fake alerts and bogus scan results are designed to convince you that your computer is in a worst situation and registering the full version is the only solution to save your PC. However, this is not the truth. Don’t be fooled by AVbytes Win 7 Antivirus 2015 virus and you have to uninstall it manually as quickly as you can.
There are so many ways can lead this malware to get inside the computer, but most of the time it is beyond your knowledge.
1> It can be downloaded via malicious drive-by-download scripts from corrupted porn and shareware / freeware websites.
2> It may be installed through spam email attachments, media downloads and social networks.
3> It can get into your system if you have ever clicked some malicious ads or visited some malicious sites, as well as opened unknown downloaded files.
– Slow computer performance and annoying pop-ups always occur
– Taskbar warnings keeps disturbing you
– Strange new icons appear and desktop background is changed somehow
– Internet browsing re-directs and hijacks happen
– System crashes or freezes frequently
– Legit antivirus programs which you have installed before turn to be useless
1. Check the virus icon on the desktop and then delete it.
This virus may add its own icon on your desktop without your permission, just delete the icon as soon as you detect it.
2. Try to Use Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.
In some cases, this fake antivirus program can show up in Control Panel, then computer users can use generic removal procedures to uninstall it completely.
For Windows XP:
For Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8:
3. Remove all the contents related to this rogue program manually.
Note: Manual removal requires at least some experience with the system, the registry, and other Windows components. If you make a mistake, your operating system might become unusable. If you need any further help, you can contact a PC expert by clicking the live chat button below.
Since this fake anti-virus software may block many executable programs from running, it’s difficult to proceed the removal processes while being constantly interrupted by the AVbytes Win 7 Antivirus 2015 pop-up screen. To temporarily disable this rogue software from popping up, try to restart the infected computer into safe mode with networking first.
1. Reboot your computer to safe mode with networking. As your computer restarts but before Windows launches, tap “F8” key constantly. Then log on to your computer with a user account that has administrator rights.
2. Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to quickly bring up Task Manager and check the suspicious processes, and then end them.
If the computer appears sluggish and takes forever to do anything, you may see a high number of running processes and CPU usage of 100%. CPU usage only drops to 0% when the system is idle, at any other time the running figure will be between these limits; the lower the usage the faster and more responsive the system will be. Most of time this virus process is random, users can google the suspicious process before taking action to end it.
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
3. Open Registry entries. Find out the malicious files and entries related to this malware and then delete all.
Attention: Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
a. Press the “Start” button and then choose the option “Run”. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.
b. All malicious files and registry entries that should be deleted:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random characters]”
Now rogue antivirus programs are increasingly becoming a big problem for both individual computer users at home and for businesses of all sizes. You may wonder how these rogue programs like AVbytes Win 7 Antivirus 2015 virus find their ways to get access to a computer. Actually there are a number of ways for this threat to sneak into a compromised system. It may get into the system by clicking malicious code or unsafe advertising pop-ups, visiting pornographic website or downloading attachment from spam emails. And the most common one is via fraudulent pop-up windows and fake alerts that try to convince you that your machine has been infected. During your browsing session, you may receive various fake pop-ups on your web browser. Most people are easily to be tricked by those fake alerts which say their data is unsafe or many junk files are detected and need to be cleaned up now because they thought the alerts came from their antivirus programs. However, once a person clicks on the ads, they will download a rogue program in the background and then activate it mistakenly. As mentioned above, every user should pay attention on your online activity and avoid downloading any potentially unwanted program or malware. Do not fall for this fraudulent intruder and make sure you get rid of it as quickly as possible.
Note: Spending a lot of time removing this virus but still with no luck? To avoid system crash or data loss, please Live chat with YooCare experts now to save your computer and remove the virus safely and completely.
Published by Sarah Poehler & last updated on December 13, 2014 7:28 am