PCHubs malware analysts have noted that OpenCloud Antivirus is a clone of the other previously discovered rogue antivirus programs WolfRam Antivirus and BlueFlare Antivirus. OpenCloud Antivirus was designed by cybercriminals in order to steal money from unsuspecting computer users by enticing them to buy the fake full version of their program. PCHubs malware researchers have confirmed this to be just another scam. OpenCloud Antivirus, whether its trial version or its full version, has no capability at all in removing or detecting any kind of computer virus, malware, spyware, or any other kind of computer infection. OpenCloud Antivirus cannot protect your computer in any way, so you must not purchase it since it will just turn out to be a waste of money.
Symptoms of OpenCloud Antivirus
As with any rogue security application, OpenCloud Antivirus tries to trick the unsuspecting computer user to buy their fake software by displaying fake warning messages about the state of your PC. OpenCloud Antivirus performs bogus system scans with fabricated results showing that your computer has several infections to fool you into believing that your computer is infected. These detected infections are actually just imaginary and created by OpenCloud Antivirus itself. This is done to scare the user. OpenCloud Antivirus would then lure the computer user to their website in order to purchase their fake software to supposedly remove the detected viruses. With OpenCloud Antivirus’ legitimate looking interface, it is not rare for an unsuspecting computer user to fall into its trap. However, it must be disseminated that OpenCloud Antivirus is not a legitimate antivirus program and would not help at all in protecting your computer, so it must not be purchased.
Aside from these fake security alerts, OpenCloud Antivirus can also hijack your browser by blocking you from certain sites and redirecting you to their own website to lure you again into divulging your credit card information. OpenCloud Antivirus can also block legitimate security programs on your PC so that it can freely do its dirty work. Windows utilities like the Task Manager may also be blocked.
How to Successfully Remove OpenCloud Antivirus from Your Computer
Because OpenCloud Antivirus has been armed to resist removal with all its capabilities of blocking downloads and preventing your legitimate security programs from running, it is best to remove the OpenCloud Antivirus while your computer is in Safe Mode. Booting Windows from a USB drive would also help, since doing so would allow you to access your computer’s operating system without the interference of the OpenCloud Antivirus. You can then remove the OpenCloud Antivirus manually by deleting all its fake system components like csrss.exe and all other hidden Temp files.
You can also choose to remove the OpenCloud Antivirus automatically by running a complete system scan with a reputable antivirus program that has been updated with the latest signature databases while your computer is running in Safe Mode. It is suggested to do the scan more than once to ensure that all traces of OpenCloud Antivirus has been thoroughly removed from your computer.
Are you getting popups from OpenCloud Antivirus? Have you identified that you have OpenCloud Antivirus installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove OpenCloud Antivirus completely from your computer?
Why should you remove OpenCloud Antivirus?
If OpenCloud Antivirus 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 OpenCloud Antivirus 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 OpenCloud Antivirus removal process.
How can you manually remove OpenCloud Antivirus
Manual removal of OpenCloud Antivirus may not be for everyone. Each manual OpenCloud Antivirus 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 OpenCloud Antivirus removal process.
OpenCloud Antivirus 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 OpenCloud Antivirus in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find OpenCloud Antivirus, 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_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command “(Default)” = ‘C:\Program Files\conhost.exe "%1" %'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Installer\Products\C0AB6693AB3202B4B9D95716ED5CE4A6\SourceList
You may need to return to this removal process for removing OpenCloud Antivirus. 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 OpenCloud Antivirus from your computer.%AppData%\OpenCloud Antivirus\csrss.exe%StartMenu%\OpenCloud Antivirus\OpenCloud Antivirus.lnk%StartupFolder%\csrss.exe%UserProfile%\Desktop\OpenCloud Antivirus.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 OpenCloud Antivirus, 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 OpenCloud Antivirus by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\OpenCloud Antivirus 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 OpenCloud Antivirus completely from your computer. If you find that OpenCloud Antivirus is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic OpenCloud Antivirus removal process.