Remove AV Security 2012

What is AV Security 2012?

AV Security 2012 is a bogus anti-malware application from the Win32/FakeScanti malware family. It is spread with Trojan virus that are already in your pc system. And much like fake anti-virus software applications AV Security 2012 will notify you of threats, viruses and potential loss of files in your computer but the truth is that these threats are nonexistent. Clicking a button to solve issues or to shield your PC will only lead to you a website where you have to order the complete or complete version to clean your computer.

Some AV Security 2012 screenshots:
AV Security 2012

AV Security 2012 will present a very long scan right after you start and will tell you that it has identified an amount of threat to your PC. Do not ever press a scan button which will only inform you more bogus updates and attacks. If you have been infected with AV Security 2012, you want to get rid of it at once as it is a result of a Trojan attack. Perform a trustworthy anti malware software program then perform a system complete scan. You may have to clean or repair your registry right after the malware has been identified and eliminated. If you have purchased AV Security 2012 using your credit card, you may need to call and inform your credit card company of your fraudulent buy.

Some of the AV Security 2012 fake security alerts and warnings that users may get:
Warning: Infection is Detected Windows has found spyware infection on your computer! Click here to update your Windows antivirus software
Warning: Spyware Detected Windows has found spy programs running on your computer! Click here to update your Windows antivirus software
Windows Security Center Serious security vulnerabilities were detected on this computer. Your privacy and personal data may be unsafe. Do you want to protect your PC?

Employing a TDSS or ZeroAccess rootkit to shield its files and to prevent you from starting security applications, AV Security 2012 may be a little more difficult to get rid of than common malware.

Associated AV Security 2012 System Entries and files

AV Security 2012 Processes

AV Security 2012 Files

AV Security 2012 Registry Entries


How to Stop AV Security 2012 Fake Alerts

To register AV Security 2012 and stop its fake warnings, use the following fake license key.

AV Security 2012 registration code: 9992665263

NOTE: this code will NOT remove AV Security 2012 from your computer, it will JUST stop the annoying alerts and messages.


AV Security 2012 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 AV Security 2012 Proxy Server

AV Security 2012 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 AV Security 2012 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: Remove the AV Security 2012 rootkit

AV Security 2012 may be bundled with the TDSS rootkit. A rootkit is a program that hides the presence of malware in the system.
Kaspersky offers a free utility, TDSSKiller, that removes malware belonging to the family Rootkit.Win32.TDSS (aka Tidserv, TDSServ, Alureon).

So to find out if your system is infected with any rootkits that make AV Security 2012 hidden and very difficult to remove, follow the steps below:

  1. Download Kaspersky TDSSKiller to your desktop from the following link:
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Download link

  2. AV Security 2012 may block all executable files, so when you launch the TDSSKiller file, it will execute itself.
    So Rename tdsskiller.exe to tdsskiller.com or winlogon.exe or iexplore.exe
    Rename tdsskiller.exe

  3. After you run TDSSKiller (or the renamed version), in the welcome screen click on Start Scan.
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Start Scan

  4. TDSSKiller will now scan your computer.
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Scan Progress

  5. If any infection was found, TDSSKiller will display a screen results like the following one:
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Scan Results
    Then click on the Continue button and TDSSKiller will clean the infections.

  6. A reboot might require after disinfection. In this case, click on Reboot Computer
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Reboot Computer

  7. After the reboot, start your computer again in Safe Mode with Networking and then disable any AV Security 2012 Proxy Server (See Step 1&2).


Step 4: Stop AV Security 2012 processes

In order to stop AV Security 2012 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 AV Security 2012 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. AV Security 2012 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 5: Remove AV Security 2012 registry keys

To remove AV Security 2012 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 AV Security 2012 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 6: Remove AV Security 2012 files

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

To remove AV Security 2012 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 AV Security 2012 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 AV Security 2012, 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 7: Restore Windows HOSTS file

AV Security 2012 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 8: Check for any AV Security 2012 left over

To make sure that your computer is now completely free of AV Security 2012, redo a Malwarebytes scan in Normal Mode.
After your are finished, Reboot your PC as asked by Malwarebytes anti-malware.


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