Remove Antivirus Smart Protection

What is Antivirus Smart Protection?

Antivirus Smart Protection is a rogue anti-virus software program that belongs to the Rogue:Win32/FakeVimes family. It is set up in your computer system via Trojans and other malware that are also bogus anti-virus software programs. You can also get Antivirus Smart Protection via junk e mail and via social networking web sites. It tricks you into believing that your PC is infected with a host of threats; from viruses, data loss, file loss, personal information loss as well as cause severe damages to your computer by shutting off genuine anti-viruses or set up security applications. Antivirus Smart Protection may even block system tools like MSConfig, registry system, registry editor and Task Manager.

Some Antivirus Smart Protection screenshots:
Antivirus Smart Protection

Antivirus Smart Protection will continuously send you notifications and bogus warnings via annoying pop ups. It will lure you to click a register button that will only lead you to pay for applications that will claim to protect your PC or repair issues that are nonexistent.

Some of the Antivirus Smart Protection fake security alerts and warnings that users may get:
System Alert Antivirus Smart Protection has detected pontentially harmful software in your system. It is strongly recommended that you register Antivirus Smart Protection to remove all found threats immediately.
Warning! Access conflict detected! An unidentified program is trying to access system process address space. Process Name: AllowedForm Location: C:\Windows\\taskmgr.exe

As soon as your computer is invaded with Antivirus Smart Protection, it is strongly recommended you get rid of it immediately with a genuine anti malware tool and to perform a full registry scan to detect any corrupted files. You may also need to call your credit card company in case you paid for Antivirus Smart Protection.

Associated Antivirus Smart Protection System Entries and files

Antivirus Smart Protection Processes

Antivirus Smart Protection Files

Antivirus Smart Protection Registry Entries


How to Stop Antivirus Smart Protection Fake Alerts

To register Antivirus Smart Protection and stop its fake warnings, use the following fake license key.

Antivirus Smart Protection registration code: U2FD-S2LA-H4KA-UEPB

NOTE: this code will NOT remove Antivirus Smart Protection from your computer, it will JUST stop the annoying alerts and messages.


Antivirus Smart Protection Removal Instructions

Step 1: Reboot in Safe Mode with Networking

To restart your computer in Safe Mode with networking:

  1. Restart your computer.

  2. When you see the computer manufacturer's logo, press and hold the F8 key.

  3. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Networking, and then press Enter.
    Safe Mode with Networking Screen

  4. Log on to your computer with a user account that has administrator rights.


Step 2: Disable Antivirus Smart Protection Proxy Server

Antivirus Smart Protection may add a proxy to its package. Its goal is to get the information through the Web connection (password etc).
It also helps to block the connection to certain sites (eg malware removal help sites) or to block the download of trustworthy antispyware and antivirus programs.

The following steps reset the Internet Explorer proxy settings in the Windows registry so that you can access the Internet again:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (Keyboard Shortcut: Windows logo + R)

  2. Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box:

    Run dialog box

  3. Click OK.

  4. click Start, and then click Run.

  5. Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box:

  6. Click OK.

Now that you have disabled Antivirus Smart Protection proxy server, you will be able to browse the web again with Internet Explorer.

  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (Keyboard Shortcut: Windows logo + R)

  2. Type in iexplore.exe.
    Run iexplore.exe


Step 3: Stop Antivirus Smart Protection processes

In order to stop Antivirus Smart Protection from interfering with our removal procedure, we need to end and kill its processes. For this, we will use a FREE powerful utility called RogueKiller.

RogueKiller (by Tigzy) is a tool written in C++, which scans the running processes, and kills those which are malicious. This tool was developed based on speed execution, which will clean the running processes before being killed.

To terminate Antivirus Smart Protection process:

  1. Always in Safe Mode Download RogueKiller to your desktop from the following link:

    RogueKiller Download link
    RogueKiller Setup Icon
    RogueKiller is a portable application, so you don't need to install anything.

  2. Antivirus Smart Protection may block all executable files, so when you launch the RogueKiller file, it will execute itself. So Rename RogueKiller.exe to RogueKiller.com or winlogon.exe or iexplore.exe

  3. At this point a "pre-scan" will complete and stop any malicious process. Also a list of options will appear along the right-hand side.
    RogueKiller Pre-Scan


Step 4: Remove Antivirus Smart Protection registry keys

To remove Antivirus Smart Protection malicious registry entries, we will need RogueKiller again.
RogueKiller also checks for rogue Registry entries, rogue drivers, and Master Boot Record (MBR) issues, so rootkits will be cut.
RogueKiller can also fix and restore a Host file, delete any Proxy entries, repair shortcut problems and unhide files.

CAUTION: This tool is not for beginners. In this step we will ONLY use the Registry tab.

To Delete Antivirus Smart Protection Registry entries:

  1. Always in Safe Mode run a scan, open RogueKiller and click on Scan.
    RogueKiller Scan Progress

  2. After a while, you should see a screen with scan results like the following one:
    RogueKiller Scan Results

  3. Click on the Registy tab, then click on the Delete button.
    RogueKiller Delete Registry Entries


Don't Reboot you computer yet, please stay in Safe Mode.


Step 5: Remove Antivirus Smart Protection files

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is simply the best known FREE malware removal tools online.

To remove Antivirus Smart Protection files:

  1. Download Malwarebytes to your desktop from the following link:
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download link
    MBAM Setup Icon

  2. Just Follow the easy setup process. Do not make any changes to the default settings
    When the setup is finished, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked.
    You can check or uncheck the Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO as the malware removal is FREE.
    Then click on the Finish button. If Malwarebytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard

  3. When Malwarebytes is launched, it will ask you to update the databse. Just click OK.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Updating

  4. On the Scanner tab,select Quick scan and then click on the Scan.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan Screen

  5. When the scan is finished a message box will appear, click OK to continue.
    Then the screen results will show the various malware infections including Antivirus Smart Protection that Malwarebytes has found on your computer.
    the image below is just an example, your results will be different.
    Click on the Remove Selected button.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan Results Screen

  6. After Malwarebytes has finished the removal of Antivirus Smart Protection, you will get a message stating that you need to reboot your computer.
    Just Do so, and restart your computer in Normal Mode.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Reboot Message


Step 6: Restore Windows HOSTS file

Antivirus Smart Protection also changes your Windows HOSTS file.

To restore it:

  1. In Normal Mode run a RogueKiller scan.

  2. When the scan is complete, go to the Hosts tab, and click on the Fix Host button on the right.
    RogueKiller Fix Host


Step 7: Check for any Antivirus Smart Protection left over

To make sure that your computer is now completely free of Antivirus Smart Protection, redo a Malwarebytes scan in Normal Mode.
After your are finished, Reboot your PC as asked by Malwarebytes anti-malware.


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