Cloud AV 2012, also referred to as Cloud Antivirus 2012 or CloudAV 2012, is a rogue anti-virus application that pretends to be able to protect your computer against malware infections, but is actually the cause of compromising your computer. Cloud AV 2012 infects your computer through a Trojan that invades your PC without your permission or knowledge through security vulnerabilities. Being caused by a Trojan, every computer user must be aware that Cloud AV 2012 is not a trusted program and can actually cause your computer to be more vulnerable to remote attacks. Never purchase Cloud AV 2012 or else you would surely end up wasting your money, since this is a bogus security application that has no real capability in detecting or removing your infections on your PC.
Cloud AV 2012 brings Cloudy Days to Your PC
PCHubs malware researchers have done a thorough examination of Cloud AV 2012, and they have confirmed that it has no functionality at all in being able to detect and remove malware from your PC. It is nothing but a scam, and only brings cloudy days to your PC with its nonexistent protection features. Once it has infected your computer, Cloud AV 2012 performs fake system scans displaying fabricated results to make the computer user fearful and want to purchase the full version of Cloud AV 2012. Several pop-up alerts, warnings, and notifications are used to scare the computer user even further into purchasing Cloud AV 2012. You must ignore these annoying notifications as these are just scare tactics in order to make you believe that the full version of Cloud AV 2012 can remove the fictitious infections. The full version of Cloud AV 2012 is no different from the free version and cannot detect or remove any kind of malware infection. Cloud AV 2012, which is related to rogues such as AV Protection 2012 and Security Sphere 2012, is, in fact, the problem. It is best to remove Cloud AV 2012 as soon as possible in order to restore your PC’s normal security level.
Bringing the Sun Back to Your PC with the Removal of Cloud AV 2012
Cloud AV 2012 must be removed from your PC as soon as it is detected or else you would surely risk more remote computer attacks due to the security vulnerability brought about by this fake anti-virus application. Cloud AV 2012 needs to be removed with the use of a powerful and legitimate anti-malware security application. You can download one from a clean computer and install it on the infected computer through a flash drive.
The computer needs to be rebooted in Safe Mode in order to remove all traces of Cloud AV 2012 from your PC safely. Perform a full system scan using the legitimate security application and remove all files and registry entries that are related to the Cloud AV 2012.
Are you getting popups from Cloud AV 2012? Have you identified that you have Cloud AV 2012 installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Cloud AV 2012 completely from your computer?
Why should you remove Cloud AV 2012?
If Cloud AV 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 Cloud AV 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 Cloud AV 2012 removal process.
How can you manually remove Cloud AV 2012
Manual removal of Cloud AV 2012 may not be for everyone. Each manual Cloud AV 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 Cloud AV 2012 removal process.
Cloud AV 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 Cloud AV 2012 in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Cloud AV 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\Installer\Products\C0AB6693AB3202B4B9D95716ED5CE4A6\SourceListHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
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Delete all of the following files that are associated with Cloud AV 2012 from your computer.%AppData%\ldr.ini%AppData%\[random]\Cloud AV 2012.ico%DesktopDir%\Cloud AV 2012.lnk%Programs%\Cloud AV 2012\Cloud AV 2012.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 Cloud AV 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 Cloud AV 2012 by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Cloud AV 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 Cloud AV 2012 completely from your computer. If you find that Cloud AV 2012 is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Cloud AV 2012 removal process.