Countless viruses and malware maraud the Internet attacking desktops, laptops, servers, and tablet computers on a daily basis. There are an equally enormous number of rogue security programs that have been designed by criminals, hackers, and crooked programmers to exploit this real threat and cheat users of money by tricking them into buying rogue anti-malware software.
One such effort from scammers and criminal hackers is Best Virus Protection, a nasty piece of rogue anti-malware program recently identified by security analysts. Best Virus Protection hails from a particularly treacherous family of rogue anti-malware applications comprising variants such as AV Security Essentials, Antimalware PC Safety, and other similar rogue anti-malware applications.
Like its older variants, Best Virus Protection is characterized by relentless deceptive security alerts that pop up now and then, cowing you into thinking that your computer is in imminent danger of being destroyed by a multitude of infections unless you make an upgrade or purchase a licensed version of the anti-malware program. In truth, all messages are bogus threats but are so cunning and easy to fall for.
Examples of fake security messages:
‘Warning! Virus Detected. Threat detected: Trojan-SpyHTMLBankFraudra. Recommended: Please Click ‘Remove All’ button to erase all infected files and protect your PC.’
‘System Message: Your PC may still be infected with dangerous viruses. Malware Protection Center is needed to prevent data loss and avoid theft of your personal data and credit card details. Click here to activate protection.’
How Best Virus Protection is Distributed
According to security analysts, most of these anti-malware programs are not self-replicating but are distributed as stand-alone programs over the Internet through dodgy websites associated with scammers and criminals.
When a user with a susceptible computer lands on such a website, Best Virus Protection will stealthily make an intrusion into the user’s computer with the help of Trojans. Once on the computer, Best Virus Protection will then unleash its treacherous tactics that include the following:
- Compromises all the genuine security applications running on the computer.
- Removes some registry entries.
- Configures itself to launch each time the computer is rebooted.
Perhaps the most worrying aspect about Best Virus Protection – and other rogue anti-malware programs – is that it cripples your real security applications and makes it impossible for you to access other security sites. This it accomplishes by altering your connection settings so that you access the Internet through a rogue proxy server.
How to Remove Best Virus Protection
The best way to remove Best Virus Protection is by manually erasing all its associated files. However, it’s also riskier to use the manual cleaning method because it can irrecoverably damage your computer when mistakes are made in deleting the malicious files. On top of that, some intricate malware programs can repair themselves if improperly removed. The manual removal process is best left for highly skilled IT professionals.
For less advanced users, an automated removal tool is always the recommended method to get rid of Best Virus Protection.
Are you getting popups from Best Virus Protection? Have you identified that you have Best Virus Protection installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Best Virus Protection completely from your computer?
Why should you remove Best Virus Protection?
If Best Virus Protection 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 Best Virus Protection 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 Best Virus Protection removal process.
How can you manually remove Best Virus Protection
Manual removal of Best Virus Protection may not be for everyone. Each manual Best Virus Protection 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 Best Virus Protection removal process.
Best Virus Protection 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 Best Virus Protection in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Best Virus Protection, 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 "Best Virus Protection" "%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe" /s /d
You may need to return to this removal process for removing Best Virus Protection. 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 Best Virus Protection from your computer.%AppData%\Best Virus Protection\Instructions.ini%AppData%\Best Virus Protection\ScanDisk_.exe%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Best Virus Protection.lnk%CommonAppdata%\58ef5\BV98c.exe%CommonAppdata%\58ef5\BVP.ico%DesktopDir%\Best Virus Protection.lnk%Programs%\Best Virus Protection.lnk%StartMenu%\Best Virus 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 Best Virus Protection, 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 Best Virus Protection by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Best Virus Protection 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 Best Virus Protection completely from your computer. If you find that Best Virus Protection is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Best Virus Protection removal process.