AV Protection 2011 is another annoying bogus security application that only aims to steal your money. AV Protection 2011 was created by cybercriminals with the purpose of pretending to be a legitimate security application in order to fool unsuspecting computer users into purchasing its full version. However, PCHubs malware researchers have confirmed that AV Protection 2011 is nothing but a scam and has no capability at detecting or removing any kind of malware or computer infection. One must never purchase this fake AV Protection 2011 program or else you would surely end up losing your money. AV Protection 2011 is similar to AV Security 2012, Security Sphere 2012, Total Security, OpenCloud Antivirus and other kinds of rogue security programs that belong to the Win32/FakeScanti family of Trojans.
The Irony of AV Protection 2011
AV Protection 2011 may claim to secure your computer from malware infections, but in reality, it actually has no such capability. You should never be swayed by AV Protection 2011’s deceptive marketing and promotion strategies. If your computer is infected with AV Protection 2011, then the problem your computer is facing is actually the AV Protection 2011 application itself. Like all other rogue anti-virus programs in its family, AV Protection 2011 infects your computer first through a Trojan, which installs AV Protection 2011 on your computer system. Once installed, AV Protection 2011 runs on your computer’s background every time the PC is turned on, displays bogus system scans and fabricated scan results to be displayed on your computer. Never believe in any of the scan results as these are just scare tactics to lead you into purchasing the full version under the illusion that it will remove the imaginary infections. AV Protection 2011 also uses Trojans to cause your computer to display annoying pop-up alerts and notifications as well as cause your browser to get redirected to badware websites or AV Protection 2011′s purchase page. Some of your legitimate Windows programs may also be blocked from running or may be prevented from running normally.
How to Clean Your Computer of AV Protection 2011
Removing AV Protection 2011 entails the use of a powerful and legitimate anti-virus application, which has been updated with the latest malware threats. You would need to restart your computer in Safe Mode so that the AV Protection 2011 application doesn’t run in the computer’s background when doing the removal process.
Are you getting popups from AV Protection 2011? Have you identified that you have AV Protection 2011 installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove AV Protection 2011 completely from your computer?
Why should you remove AV Protection 2011?
If AV Protection 2011 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 AV Protection 2011 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 AV Protection 2011 removal process.
How can you manually remove AV Protection 2011
Manual removal of AV Protection 2011 may not be for everyone. Each manual AV Protection 2011 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 AV Protection 2011 removal process.
AV Protection 2011 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 AV Protection 2011 in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find AV Protection 2011, 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\Installer\Products\C0AB6693AB3202B4B9D95716ED5CE4A6\SourceListHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
You may need to return to this removal process for removing AV Protection 2011. 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 AV Protection 2011 from your computer.%AppData%\ldr.ini%AppData%\[random]\AV Protection 2011.ico%DesktopDir%\AV Protection 2011.lnk%Programs%\AV Protection 2011\AV Protection 2011.lnk%Temp%\8.tmp
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 AV Protection 2011, 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 AV Protection 2011 by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\AV Protection 2011 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 AV Protection 2011 completely from your computer. If you find that AV Protection 2011 is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic AV Protection 2011 removal process.