While the Internet has opened up a vast world of opportunity for people seeking knowledge, it has also created a fertile ground for hackers to exploit vulnerabilities on computers connected to the Internet for their own nefarious purposes. Hackers keep on coming up with newer viruses, trojans, malware and spyware programs that aggressively invade computers with the purpose of stealing data and computing resources. A new breed of malicious software programs that have been developed to exploit the weak points and loopholes that remain in laptop and desktop computer operating systems are scareware systems like AV Security Suite. Firstly, I explain the mode of infection and operation of the program. There are so many different types of malicious programs today, that it would be crude to classify this program as a virus. However, the proper newly coined term for it is scareware. If you were confused regarding what is the difference between malware, adware and spyware, scareware is another addition to the list for you to consider. Let us see what these malicious programs can do and how can they be removed from your computer.
What is AV Security Suite?
You need to be very careful while browsing through sites on the Internet as some of them are replete with ‘virus’ mines, that can infect your PC if you even visit that site. These programs exploit vulnerabilities in you web browser and computer system to get installed on it. AV Security Suite is a program that infects your computer in similar fashion. This program forcefully gains access on your system when you visit a ‘mined’ website and establishes itself on your system.
Then every time you log on and boot your system, AV Security Suite gets activated and shows you false messages of your computer being infected. Then what follows is gaining control over the sites you access by setting up of a proxy server of its own. It starts displaying messages saying the sites you visit are infected. After it has threatened you with messages of rampant virus and spyware infection on your system, it promises to solve your problems if you buy the full version of this software.
Thus it fools computer users into believing that it’s an authentic antivirus or antispyware program and earns money through blackmail. Don’t fall for these tricks played by smart hackers. In the following article, I present you with tips on how to remove AV security suite.
Guidelines on Removing AV Security Suite
The problem with programs like AV Security Suite is that even if you successfully clean them out of your system, they can reinfect it, if the software vulnerabilities that allowed their intrusion still persist. So make it a point to download all the latest updates of all the programs installed on your PC.
There are two ways of removing this malicious software from your system. One is manual removal in safe mode or other way is to let a specialized antimalware or antivirus program handle the problem.
If you opt for a manual removal, you will have to first gather information about the Windows registry files and .exe files that need to be deleted to get rid of it. Manual removal can be risky as you may accidentally delete some vital system files. So unless you are an expert at such kind of manual removals, use a specialized software tool and let it do the job for you.
Before you can download and install such an antivirus programs for removal of this program, you must boot Windows 7, Vista or XP in ‘Safe Mode With Networking’ by hitting F8 on startup. Once the system boots up, open the command prompt and type in ‘msconfig’. In the window that will open up, go to the ‘Startup’ tab. Deselect any suspicious processes or programs that are running on startup. Save settings and reboot. Once you reboot, open your Internet Explorer browser and go to Tools –> Internet Options –> Connections. Uncheck the proxy server checkbox which will nullify the manipulation made by AV Security Suite. Save settings and close the window.
Then install or run a preinstalled antivirus program to wipe out any traces of the program from your hard drive. Run an authentic registry cleaner to nullify any changes made to your registry. Install latest Windows updates and see to it that your antivirus and antispyware software programs are updated. This should take care of the problem for you.
Make sure that your installed antivirus software has an Internet security facility built into it, that can prevent such malicious programs from getting installed. Never take your computer’s security lightly!