Antivirus Protection 2012 is a fake security utility created by greedy hackers. Antivirus Protection 2012 makes a false claim of being able to detect and remove malware from a PC but fails miserably at performing the task at hand. Additionally, Antivirus Protection 2012 is known to render annoying pop-ups and then start phony system scans filled with bogus results. Everything about Antivirus Protection 2012 is a ploy to end up getting PC users to purchase a registered version of Antivirus Protection 2012. The registered version of Antivirus Protection 2012 is also a major failure and will not conduct what the app promises. It is advisable that any PC user who encounters Antivirus Protection 2012 remove it at once.
Are you getting popups from Antivirus Protection 2012? Have you identified that you have Antivirus Protection 2012 installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Antivirus Protection 2012 completely from your computer?
Why should you remove Antivirus Protection 2012?
If Antivirus Protection 2012 resides on your computer, it can potentially damage your personal files or you may end up losing data stored on your system. Research has shown that Antivirus Protection 2012 may have the ability to make your computer vulnerable to remote attacks which could result, initially, in loss of money, possibly identity theft, and, eventually, a painstaking Antivirus Protection 2012 removal process.
How can you manually remove Antivirus Protection 2012
Manual removal of Antivirus Protection 2012 may not be for everyone. Each manual Antivirus Protection 2012 removal step must be followed delicately to completely remove all related files and registry entries from your computer. If you are unsure or have doubts about editing your system registry, then we recommend that you use the automatic Antivirus Protection 2012 removal process.
Antivirus Protection 2012 can be removed manually by following the steps below.
- With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
- Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
- Locate Antivirus Protection 2012 in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Antivirus Protection 2012, you can continue to step 5.
- Restart your computer.
- Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
- Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
- Find all of the following registry entries and delete them. If you do not know how to do this,
then you can read how to edit the registry in Windows.HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run!Inspector
You may need to return to this removal process for removing Antivirus Protection 2012. You can do this easily by bookmarking or adding a favorite to this page by clicking here. If you are using the FireFox web browser you can press the keys Ctrl and D simultaneously to bookmark this page.
Image 1. Bookmark PCHubs removal process
Delete all of the following files that are associated with Antivirus Protection 2012 from your computer.%AppData%\Antivirus Protection\antivirusprotection2012.exe%AppData%\Antivirus Protection\securitymanager.exe%Desktop%\Antivirus Protection.lnk%StartMenu%\Programs\Antivirus Protection\antivirus protection.lnk
If you need a better understanding on how to search for these files then you can read how to find and search for files and folders here.
If you have issues deleting any of the previously listed files that are associated with Antivirus Protection 2012, you can try rebooting your computer into safe mode. Booting into safe mode may allow certain malicious files to be deleted. If you are wondering how to boot into safe mode, you can read our process for starting a computer in safe mode here.
Image 2. Select "Safe Mode with Networking"
After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with Antivirus Protection 2012 by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Antivirus Protection 2012 folder, select it, and delete it. In some cases you may not be able to find this directory. You can still continue to the next step.
Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed Antivirus Protection 2012 completely from your computer. If you find that Antivirus Protection 2012 is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Antivirus Protection 2012 removal process.