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Danger level 9
Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Slow internet connection
  • System crashes
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Slow Computer

Antivirus Master

Antivirus Master is a fake antispyware application. It comes from the same nest of rogues as Antivirus 2008, Antivirus XP 2008, Antivirus 2009 and others. It is a software application which pretends to be a security program, but in fact it is a type of malware, which generates false security messages in order to make the user believe that his computer has been compromised. If the user uses Antivirus Master to fix the errors the program tells him about, he will only be robbed to the very last cent.

There are a few means of distribution for Antivirus Master. This rogue can be installed into the computer’s system via fake online video codecs. For example, if you encounter a video online which cannot be played, a pop-up message might urge you to download a codec to play the video. That codec will contain Antivirus Master’s infection. Also the rogue might be delivered via Trojan infections, which implies that the user must be careful about what he clicks on in the Internet.

Once Antivirus Master is installed in the system, it launches a fake system scan, declaring that “Resident protection system is not detected, data safety is in danger.” Antivirus Master then “detects” various threats, with the number of infected files reaching up to 45. The user is presented with a list of threats and it consists of real and fake malicious programs. For example, N-case.win32 and CoolWebSearch(CWS).win32 are fake viruses made up for the family of rogues Antivirus Master belongs to. While I-Worm.Sobig is a version of a Sobig Worm which infected millions of computer back in August 2003. Either way, no matter what the rogue might tell the user; these threats do not exist in the affected computer.

Antivirus Master is also associated with such processes as PWA.exe and avm.exe. The presence of these processes in Windows Task Manager can prove that the system has been infected by the rogue. PWA.exe is a malware downloader, which opens browser pop ups and connects to websites without the user knowing it.

The most important thing in dealing with this infection is to keep your credit card information close to you, without giving it away to the third parties. The only way the user can get rid of all these annoying notifications is by removing Antivirus Master from his computer. One can easily acquire a reliable malware detector which will intercept and delete Antivirus Master automatically. Time is key in this situation and it is better not to procrastinate.

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How to manually remove Antivirus Master

Files associated with Antivirus Master infection:

avm.exe
PWA.exe
install_4683_MHwyN3wwfHx8fHx8fHw_[1].exe
Antivirus Master.lnk
AntivirusGolden.exe
Antivirusgolden 4.0.exe
Antivirusgolden 3.8.exe
Antivirusgold 4.1.exe
Antivirus-Golden.exe
setup.dll
PWA.exe
install_4683_MHwyN3wwfHx8fHx8fHw_[1].exe
install_4683_MHwzNXwwfHx8fHx8fHw_[1].exe
avm1.dat
avm.cpl
avm.exe
avm0.dat
avm.cpl
setup.dll
Antivirus Master.lnk
install_4683_MHwzNXwwfHx8fHx8fHw_[1].exe

Antivirus Master DLL's to remove:

setup.dll
setup.dll

Antivirus Master processes to kill:

AntivirusGolden.exe
Antivirusgolden 4.0.exe
Antivirusgolden 3.8.exe
Antivirusgold 4.1.exe
Antivirus-Golden.exe
PWA.exe
install_4683_MHwyN3wwfHx8fHx8fHw_[1].exe
avm.exe
install_4683_MHwzNXwwfHx8fHx8fHw_[1].exe
install_4683_MHwyN3wwfHx8fHx8fHw_[1].exe
PWA.exe
avm.exe
install_4683_MHwzNXwwfHx8fHx8fHw_[1].exe

Remove Antivirus Master registry entries:

AVM
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN\Antivirus
avmaster
Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Antivirus
AntivirusGolden 4.1
AntivirusGolden 4.0
AntivirusGolden 3.8
Antivirus-Golden
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