There are many different types of threats facing healthy PCs each day, and investing in a powerful security application will protect your system from harmful rogues such as Advanced Antivirus. This rogue antispyware tool finds its roots in an illustrious family of rogue applications, including Antivirus 2008, Vista Antivirus 2008 and Windows Antivirus 2008. Due to its sophisticated design Advanced Antivirus may come across as a genuine security tool to inexperienced users, but it certainly is not.
Advanced Antivirus makes use of numerous established strategies to infect and enter its prospective host PCs. The most popular is through using browser hijacking websites, such as AAV2008.com, and similar sites. In recent times it has also been reported that Advanced Antivirus bundles its Trojans and malware together with legitimate security updates and downloads from third party websites, as in the case of Trojan Zlob. Fake online malware scanners and flash ads have also been known to distribute the Advanced Antivirus infection.
As a first line of attack against the system, Advanced Antivirus will edit the PC’s registry entries to allow itself to execute each time Windows runs. This will initiate a fake system scan which will produce false results, warning the user that his system is under attack. Of course Advanced Antivirus will appear to only operate in unregistered mode, and will not remove these supposed threats unless the user purchases and activates its ‘full version’. Advanced Antivirus’s GUI will carry the following severe warnings in an effort to force the user’s hand:
Virus Protection DISABLED
Spyware Protection DISABLED
As a further attack, Advanced Antivirus will spam the user with various incessant pop up messages warning him of numerous crippling infections running wild on the system. It will also proceed to consume an inordinate amount of system resources, which will inevitably lead to extremely poor system performance. Victims of Advanced Antivirus have also complained of increased erratic system behavior, and the blocking of legitimate applications on the system.
In order to regain control of your PC, you will need to destroy Advanced Antivirus. This can safest be achieved by using the removal power of a genuine security tool which will not only eliminate Advanced Antivirus but also protect against similar future attacks.
How to manually remove Advanced Antivirus
Files associated with Advanced Antivirus infection:
Advanced Antivirus DLL's to remove:
Advanced Antivirus processes to kill:
Remove Advanced Antivirus registry entries: