Antivirus Live is a rogue antispyware program. It is a clone of widely spread rogue called Antivirus System Pro. The software usually spreads with the help of trojans. Once downloaded and installed Antivirus Live will register itself in the Windows registry to run automatically when Windows loads.
When running, it will start a scan your computer and reports numerous infections to make you think that your computer is infected with trojans, spyware and other malware. Then Antivirus Live will ask you to pay for a full version of the program to remove these infections. Of course, all of these infections are fake and don’t actually exist on your computer. So you can safely ignore them!
Antivirus Live blocks the ability to run any programs. The following warning will be shown when you try to run the Notepad:
Application cannot be executed. The file notepad.exe is infected.
Do you want to activate your antivirus software now.
What is more, while Antivirus Live is running , you will be shown fake Windows Security Center, nag screens, warnings and fake security alerts from your Windows taskbar. The rogue will also change the proxy setting of Internet Explorer to redirect you to the Antivirus Live site.
As you can see, Antivirus Live is a scam. Do not be fooled into buying the program. Instead of doing so, follow these removal instructions below in order to remove Antivirus Live and any associated malware from your computer for free.
Symptoms in a HijackThis Log
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [ekwdvdwk] C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\username\gxymsysguard.exe
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [RANDOM] %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[RANDOM]\[RANDOM]sysguard.exe
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [RANDOM] %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[RANDOM]\[RANDOM]sysguard.exe
Use the following instructions to remove Antivirus Live (Uninstall instructions)
Download HijackThis from here, but before saving HijackThis.exe, rename it first to iexplore.exe and click Save button to save it to desktop. If you can`t download the program, the you should repair the proxy settings of Internet Explorer. Run Internet Explorer, Click Tools -> Internet Options. Select Connections Tab and click to Lan Settings button. Uncheck “Use a proxy server” box. Click OK. Click Apply. Click OK.
Doubleclick on the explorer.exe on your desktop for run HijackThis. HijackThis main menu opens.
Click “Do a system scan only” button. Look for lines that looks like:
R1 – HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyServer = http=127.0.0.1:5555
O4 – HKLM\..\Run: [arlsknkw] C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\lqtwnu\wqcmsysguard.exe
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [arlsknkw] C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\lqtwnu\wqcmsysguard.exe
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [wpolkxos] C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\ovugbs\rwjrsysguard.exe
Note: list of infected items may be different, but all of them have “sysguard.exe” string in a right side and “O4″ in a left side.
Place a checkmark against each of them. Once you have selected all entries, close all running programs then click once on the “fix checked” button. Close HijackThis.
Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM). Close all programs and Windows on your computer.
Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
Once the program has loaded you will see window similar to the one below.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Window
Select Perform Quick Scan, then click Scan, it will start scanning your computer for Antivirus Live infection. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. You will see a list of infected items similar as shown below. Note: list of infected items may be different than what is shown in the image below.
Malwarebytes Anti-malware, list of infected items
Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected for start Antivirus Live removal process. When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.
Note: if you need help with the instructions, then post your questions in our Spyware Removal forum.
Antivirus Live creates the following files and folders
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[RANDOM] %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[RANDOM]\[RANDOM]sysguard.exe
Antivirus Live creates the following registry keys and values