I accidentally downloaded Antivirus Defender 2015 on my computer and now I have problem uninstalling this program. It scans my system automatically whenever Windows is launched and I cannot stop the scanning anyway. The program keeps showing me lots of infections and pushing me to pay the full version, therefore I doubt this is a virus but not a helpful program. I tried to uninstall it, but it didn’t allow me to do that. Actually I already have Norton installed, but it seems to be deactivated after I got this thing. What should I do? How do I remove Antivirus Defender 2015 from my computer completely? Any help will be appreciated.
Antivirus Defender 2015 is a fake security application that appears to be beneficial from a security perspective, but in fact the program only provides limited or no security. Once it gets installed, it generates erroneous or misleading alerts everywhere, attempting to lure users into participating in fraudulent transactions. The fake application is capable of running on Windows system including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (8.1) and it can be distributed through the Internet via many ways. Generally speaking, rogue programs like this one always gets downloaded after you open an email attachment, click on a pop-up advertisement or visit a particular website. (Adult sites are special favorites.) It’s a fraudulent and useless security tool with the aim of stealing your money, therefore once you find it running on your system, you should immediately take action to get rid of it.
Antivirus Defender 2015 can change your system settings and registry entries to make itself run every time on system startup. It imitates all of the functions that a typical antivirus program would perform by scanning your computer and reporting the result. However, don’t be fooled by this fake program. If you take a closer look, you will find that the results of the scan are always the same. It claims that your computer is heavily infected and compromised by malware and spyware and in order to remove those viruses, the program offers you to activate the full version by purchasing its license. Don’t rush to give out your credit card information and pay this useless product. This program does nothing helpful to protect your PC and all the virus detected or alerts are bogus. They don’t really exist at all. Everything it performs is just a strategy trying to rip off innocent users. It reports fake alert telling viruses are found on your computer, even though your computer is actually clean. In order to trick as many users as possible, it even disallow you to access your legitimate Windows applications including your real antivirus programs. Many unwary users are tricked by this rogue program and mistakenly paid for this product, finally they lost their hard-earned money. Don’t become the next victim of this fraud and all you need to do is to uninstall Antivirus Defender 2015 manually as soon as possible.
This rogue program will run a scan automatically when you start Windows, and the results of the scan are always the same. It claims that your computer is heavily infected and compromised by malware and spyware. Just like the following picture shows:
Don’t do Internet banking or buy anything online while the rogue program is infecting your computer. It is not worthwhile to buy this useless product which is a virus that damages your computer and steals your personal information. Follow the manual removal guide to remove it now!
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.
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 Antivirus Defender 2015 Virus 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 Antivirus Defender 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 Total System Care 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]”
You can see a video on how to remove this type of virus manually on our website:
Antivirus Defender 2015 stands for the fake anti-spyware application that neither has the ability to protect a computer, nor remove any viruses inside the PC. Once a user accepts this rogue software and allows it to enter the system it will cause all types of havoc in the system. Several damages it can cause are registry entries modification, important settings change and PC frozen or even system crash. This rogue program can disable Windows updates and even block users from running legitimate antivirus software installed on the computer. It breaks all the exe files so that you won’t be able to run any applications on your PC. Whenever you try to do that, a misleading popup will tell you that the program you try to open is infected and you have to activate Antivirus Defender 2015 full version first. It may also prevent users from opening Task Manager or going to safe mode/safe mode with networking/safe mode with command prompt to perform any removal instruction. As mentioned above, it is clear to know that this program is a kind of malware application known as a rogue security program which uses misleading error messages in order to scam computer users into purchasing fake anti-virus software. You are suggested to remove it manually as quickly as possible,
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Published by Sarah Poehler & last updated on February 7, 2015 1:34 am