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22nd October 2010

Create A Plan of Action Against Antivirus Action

Quick action against security threats to your computer is a must in a society where we rely on these machines for everything from banking to productivity to interacting with friends. Many of us rely on a variety of different security solutions to ensure ongoing safety, but deciding which ones are best isn't always a matter of simply glancing at the name of the solution. Take Antivirus Action, for instance. It sounds like strong protection software, but the reality is that this is rogue security software that simply cannot protect you from some of cyberspace's biggest malware threats.

How Did I Get Antivirus Action?

If you think you may have Antivirus Action installed on your computer, it can be tough to figure out where it might have come from. Most people report that they've gotten this program in one of two different ways. Fake video codecs is one of the most popular methods of transmission. This occurs when you visit a website and click on a particular video. A pop up will occur, and you will get a message about installing certain software updates to play the video correctly. Clicking to allow those to install actually installs Antivirus Action instead. The other way many people report getting it is seeing a different pop up ad, this one for a malware scan on your computer. Clicking anywhere on it, even to exit, installs Antivirus Action on your machine.

It's essential to note that you cannot prevent Antivirus Action from entering your computer just by having the right antivirus solution installed. Antivirus Action is classified as rogue security software, not a virus. Even if you have great antivirus protection, it's impossible to prevent you from having this program installed on your machine through that particular program. Almost none of the antivirus companies actually include rogue programs in their definition files, so a quick scan of your computer with this software will reveal nothing.

You may also want to remember that this program isn't alone out there. It's simply a clone of a number of other programs. Aliases for this program include: Security Suite, SpywareProtect2009, Antivirus System Pro, Barracuda Antivirus, Security Central, Antivirus Soft, Antivirus Suite, Antivirus Live, Antispyware Soft, AV Security Suite, and Antivir Solution Pro. You may have more than one of these programs installed on your machine at once.

Three Problems You May Notice with Antivirus Action

While there are lots of different things that can occur if you do have Antivirus Action installed on your computer, there are three fairly prominent ones that you're likely to notice as prominent indicators it is this program instead of one of its many brothers and sisters.

1. One of the biggest problems you're going to notice almost immediately is the scanner itself. Antivirus Action is designed to start as soon as you turn your computer on, so the scanner will pop up pretty quickly too. The biggest problem for most people is that this looks like a legitimate scanner. In the top left corner, you see a shield with the Antivirus Action logo on it. Down the left side of the screen, you also see several navigational menu buttons for options like Performing Scan, Adjust Settings, Get Updates, Activate Now, and Help and Support. The right side of the screen is the main scanning window, and you'll see a scanning progress meter at the bottom as well as the names of any malware the program has ‘found' during the course of the scan. None of the scanner's findings actually exist on your computer. Almost all of them are completely fake, and the program is just coming up with names to frighten you into purchasing the full version of the program. At the end of the scan, you'll be asked whether you'd like to remove the programs it found. Naturally, clicking yes will simply direct you to the home page for the program where you'll be asked to purchase the full version. Please remember that buying the full version will not actually make your computer any safer, remove any infections, or close security holes on your machine. In fact, transmitting any personal financial data to their server may lead to future security risks.

2. In addition to the scanner, you're also likely to notice a number of pop up advertisements with this program. While they can appear in two different forms, as traditional pop up ads or as Windows Notification Balloons, both types lead you to believe that you have very serious security problems on your computer. Here are a few of the most common:

Windows Security Alert

Windows reports that computer is infected. Antivirus software helps to protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. Click here for the scan your computer. Your system might be at risk now.

Internet Explorer warning - visiting this site may harm your computer! Most likely causes:

  • The website contains exploits that can launch a malicious code on your computer
  • Suspicious network activity detected
  • There might be an active spyware running on your computer

3. Pop up ads and scans aren't, unfortunately, the only real issues you may see with this program. Additionally, you may also notice that your access to certain applications on your computer is blocked as a result of Antivirus Action. There's a reason for this. The program doesn't want you to be able to access any of your security programs that could potentially remove it. You could see the following message when you attempt to access a number of different programs on your computer.

Security Warning

Application cannot be executed. The file notepad.exe is infected. Do you want to activate your antivirus software now.

Naturally, clicking on it only leads you back to that homepage where you can purchase the full version of the program.

Removing Antivirus Action

If you do discover that you have Antivirus Action installed on your computer, the best thing you can do is remove it right away. There are two primary ways to handle that.

First, you can download and install a reputable antispyware solution on your computer. There are many of these, but two of the best choices are Enigma's SpyHunter and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) . Once you choose software that will work for you, you'll want to download and install it. Be sure to update it before you actually run it on your machine. It will automatically remove Antivirus Action from your computer and protect you from similar programs in the future.

Your second choice is to manually remove Antivirus Action. It's important to note that this process can be a bit risky. In order to do so, you'll want to work within both your program files and your registry key. To remove any hidden files, you'll need to make sure you can see everything that is currently installed on your computer. You can do this with a simple change of settings. While you're in Windows Explorer mode, just click Tools, then Folder Options, then View. Then check show hidden files and folders, and uncheck the box that says you should hide your operating system files. Make certain, however, that you reverse this change later. You can access your computer's registry by simply clicking on your Start button. Choose Run, then type in regedit. Make certain you have a backup copy first. A list of the files, folders, and registry keys you'll need to remove appears at the end of this article. If you do choose manual removal, please contact us for help or email us for more detailed instructions, as this can seriously damage your computer if you make a mistake while editing in either place. Moreover, manual removal of Antivirus Action does not protect you from further problems. You'll still want to get comprehensive security protection at your earliest convenience.

Associated Files and Registry Keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\(random string)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\PhishingFilter "Enabled" = "0"

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "ProxyOverride" = ""

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "ProxyServer" = "http=127.0.0.1:33921"

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "ProxyEnable" = "1"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "(random string )agnz.exe"

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "(random string )agnz.exe"           

%Temp%\(random string) \

%Temp%\(random string)\(random string)agnz.exe                 



Removing Antivirus Action Automatically/Safely

For free automatic removal we recommend using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This program is widely recommended by reputable third-party sites, so you can be reasonably confident of its ability to safely get rid of Antivirus Action and any hidden Trojans. As a precaution we recommend double checking your system with SpyHunter. This program requires paid registration to enable deletions, however it has a money back guaranteed and is the top of the line in malware removal. It should catch malware that evades Malwarebytes and block anything that tries to reinstal itself.

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Remove Antivirus Action Now:

  1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SpyHunter Download  
  2. Run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
  3. Remove all the detected infections (free).
  4. Run a scan with SpyHunter
  5. Remove any remaining infections
  6. Reboot and rescan with SpyHunter. Your computer should now be clean.

Important note: If Malwarebytes is blocked by malware then run Chameleon (Start Menu → All Programs → MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware → Tools → Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Chameleon). If you need further help removing Antivirus Action please email us at info@removeadware.com.au or call for personal assistance on toll-free number 888-655-3453, within the USA and Canada.


Disclaimer: This webpage was created to provide information on Antivirus Action and how to uninstall it. Manual removal instructions are intended for use by technical experts and should be used at your own risk. We do not own or endorse Antivirus Action.




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