AntiSpywareMaster Removal Process (remove AntiSpywareMaster)

March 30, 2008

AntiSpywareExpert Explanation

AntiSpywareMaster or is a master at deceiving many computer users on the internet lately. AntiSpywareMaster is known to download and install from the website which is a malicious site that should be avoided. A computer user infected with a trojan such as Zlob may be redirected to and forced into purchasing the rogue anti-spyware program AntiSpywareMaster. AntiSpywareMaster does not give you a valid chance to actually remove legitimate spyware from your computer.

AntiSpywareMaster is a hoax and threat to your computer's functionality. AntiSpywareMaster should be removed at once. Computer users are advised not to purchase AntiSpywareMaster under any circumstances. AntiSpywareMaster is a dirty application developed by the hackers who perform illegal actions on the internet.

Are you getting popups from AntiSpywareExpert? Have you identified that you have AntiSpywareExpert installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove AntiSpywareExpert completely from your computer?

Why should you remove AntiSpywareExpert?

If AntiSpywareExpert 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 AntiSpywareExpert 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 AntiSpywareExpert removal process.

How can you manually remove AntiSpywareExpert

Manual removal of AntiSpywareExpert may not be for everyone. Each manual AntiSpywareExpert 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 AntiSpywareExpert removal process.

AntiSpywareExpert can be removed manually by following the steps below.

  1. With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
  2. Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
  3. Locate AntiSpywareExpert in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find AntiSpywareExpert, you can continue to step 5.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
  6. Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
  7. 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.

    Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MenuOrder\Start Menu2\Programs\AntiSpywareExpert
  8. You may need to return to this removal process for removing AntiSpywareExpert. 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


  9. Delete all of the following files that are associated with AntiSpywareExpert from your computer.

    AntiSpywareExpert 7.3.exe
    AntiSpywareExpert 7.3.url
    Uninstall AntiSpywareExpert.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 AntiSpywareExpert, 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"


  10. After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with AntiSpywareExpert by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\AntiSpywareExpert 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.

  11. Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed AntiSpywareExpert completely from your computer. If you find that AntiSpywareExpert is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic AntiSpywareExpert removal process.


  • Vernell Beelar says:

    Glad I could get help removing this. I did not download it and don’t know how it got on my PC. after using your malware scan it found it and then after registering it removed the whole program and some other trojans I had on my PC. thanks to you guys!

  • Nolan Stuart says:

    I have been surfing on-line greater than 3 hours lately, yet I by no means found any real solution to removing this fake security program. Thanks guys for your advertiser for giving me that spyhunter program. I registered it and it removed the garbage from my PC. A Million thanks!

  • Wendell Winters says:

    Was able to boot into safe mode and remove it with spyhunters. kudos to you man.

  • patrickindallas says:

    …or you could just switch to Mac.

  • Mike Scuteri says:

    Yes, I would say the person that caused this should be in prison. It even hit my Apple IMAC 24

  • Graeme Hansen says:

    I have followed the steps listed but:

    * no antispyware master programs in Add or Delete.
    * serarched the registry but no entries in any hotkey area.
    * did F3 search which brought up:
    – NAME:(default) TYPE:REG_SZ DATA:(value not set)
    – NAME:* TYPE:REG_DWORD DATA:0x00000004(4)

    There were none of the:


    I cannot locate any of the files:

    AntiSpywareMaster 7.3.exe

    Where am I going wrong?

  • weedman says:

    A problem like Dave’s is usually caused by some background process. For me, it was a process named, “iftuyszv.exe.” Once I stopped that, the popups telling me my computer was infected stopped.

    I had the same issue, being infected with this Antispywaremaster. Upon being infected, it must have downloaded other trojans and viruses. What was difficult in my case was the fact that other things were changing my registry and not allowing the basic Ctrl+Alt+Delete combination of bringing up the task manager. This was circumvented using AVG’s Anti-Spyware 7.5, going under the Analysis tab and stopping the process that way.

    This most recent outbreak was the most malicious I have ever encountered. My desktop would change, random popups to the Antispywaremaster website, registry changes, as well as many, MANY infected files from viruses. It took about a day’s work to rid most of the infections and change things in the registry back to normal. You can always look in your Windows directory and sub folders like “system” and “system32”, sort things by date of creation or modification, and see what may be fishy, like a programs “y.exe” and “gside.exe” Good luck.

  • Jim says:

    If you keep getting pop-up boxes giving you notice about my computer being infected and asking you to install antispywaremaster then it’s too late, you definitely DO HAVE antispywaremaster installed. That’s the whole point of this mess….to get rid of it so you stop getting those pop up messages.

  • no one says:

    antispywaremaster is
    John Green
    Liverpool str 23
    Glazgo, 12545
    Let me know if you find him.

  • Pete says:

    There is no ‘fix’ for this malicious software except reformatting hard drive & reinstalling operating system — sorry folks!… These ‘JERKS’ need to have their %#%$^#&^@ RIPPED OFF!

  • Maggie says:

    We are disputing the charge of $92.84 with the company and our bank requires that we send a “written letter of support from a merchant providing the same type of service, on their letterhead, dated and signed, supporting the claim that the service was of poor quality. The letter should concur the dollar amount you are disputing.”

    Anyone know of a company that might provide that letter to us?

  • nathan says:

    I’m having the same problems, it also blocks access to sites that i regularly go to. It seems that once I do a clean and get everything wiped i can access all my internet sites but once i get some sort of infection i can barely access anything. Any ideas?

  • Dave says:

    I don’t seem to have the anispywaremaster program installed on my computer but I keep getting pop-up boxes giving me notices about my computer being infected and asking me to install antispywaremaster. I always click cancel but it takes me to the website anyways and tries to install. Is it known what might be causing this? It can happen at any time when I’m in IE, even just sitting on

  • Person says:

    I’ll help too. I’ll rip their hearts out like the guy in Indiana Jones.

  • mike says:

    i called the customer service and tech numbers given- you wait for 20 min and then get a recording-you must call to get a refund–but of course there is no one to talk to-based on the current facts this is not a legit company if even a company or buisness-it appears that they damage your computer and you get to pay for it on top of whatever other info they gleen from you as well as your credit card number–mike-in– cal

  • Joan says:

    They got me for $50. I couldn’t get my computer to work until I bought their shit. Can’t we sue?

  • God says:

    Karma should give them some form of crotch cancer

  • Zega says:

    yes, i will help drive the nails in their eyes

  • No One says:

    someone ought to find these assholes that created this shit (antispywaremaster), and KILL them … VERY SLOWLY and PAINFULLY

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