Windows AntiVirus Adviser is is just another fake anti-spyware application from the Win32/FakeVimes family. It displays tons of fake alerts, detects fake infections in order to scare you and make you believe in some danger that does not exist. It hopes that you will next purchase its full (paid) version. Remember, the program is unable to detect or rid your system of parasites nor will be protect you from legitimate future threats, so you should stay away of this application! Read below what you’ll want to know though is what does this malware do and how to remove it from your PC for free.
Like other programs from same family of malware, Windows AntiVirus Adviser uses the name of Microsoft Windows and distributed with the help of trojans and fake online anti-virus scanners.
During installation, the malicious program will configure itself to run automatically every time when Windows loads. Once the installation is complete, it will open a Windows AntiVirus Adviser screen. It will perform a scan of your computer. During the fake scan, it will detect a lot of infections to trick you into thinking your computer in danger. The program will offer to purchase the full version of Windows AntiVirus Adviser to clean them. However, the scan results is a scam, because it is neither able to detect, nor to remove anything from your computer, especially viruses or other kind of malware. Thus, do not pay for the bogus software, simply ignore all that the fake antivirus will display you.
While Windows AntiVirus Adviser is running, it will display a variety of fake security warnings. Some of the alerts are:
Trojan activity detected. System integrity at risk. Full system scan is highly recommended.
Potential malware detected. It is recommend to activate the protection and perform a thorough system scan to remove the malware.
Just like false scan results above, all of these alerts are a fake and supposed to scare you into thinking your computer is in danger. You should ignore all of them!
In addition to fake security warnings and computer scans, the malicious program blocks legitimate Windows applications claiming that they are infected. Thus, you will be unable to run some programs, including antivirus software.
From the above, obviously, Windows AntiVirus Adviser is a scam, that created with one purpose to scare your into purchasing so-called “full” version of the program. Most importantly, do not purchase it! Instead, use the removal instructions below to remove Windows AntiVirus Adviser and any associated malware from your computer for free.
Step by step instructions on how to remove Windows AntiVirus Adviser from Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP.
The rogue will not allow you to run a malware removal tools, then you will need to reboot your computer in Safe mode with Command Prompt.
Restart your computer. After hearing your computer beep once during startup, start pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple operating systems, you can press the F8 key when the Boot Menu appears.
Instead of Windows loading as normal, Windows Advanced Options menu appears similar to the one below.
Windows Advanced Options menu
When the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, select Safe mode with Command Prompt and then press ENTER.
Once Windows loaded, command prompt (black window) opens. In the command prompt type explorer.exe and Press Enter. Your desktop will now appear. Run Notepad and write the text below to Notepad:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] “GuardSoftware” =- [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon] “Shell”=”explorer.exe”
Save this as fix.reg to your Desktop (remember to select Save as file type: All files in Notepad.)
Double Click fix.reg and click YES for confirm.
Reboot your computer in Normal Windows mode.
Now you should download Malwarebytes Anti-malware and remove all Windows AntiVirus Adviser associated malware.
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 Windows AntiVirus Adviser 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 Windows AntiVirus Adviser removal process. When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.
Your system should now be free of the Windows AntiVirus Adviser virus. If you need help with the instructions, then post your questions in our Spyware Removal forum.
Windows AntiVirus Adviser removal notes
Note 1: if you can not download, install, run or update Malwarebytes Anti-malware, then follow the steps: Malwarebytes won`t install, run or update – How to fix it.
Note 2: your current antispyware and antivirus software let the infection through ? Then you may want to consider purchasing the FULL version of MalwareBytes Anti-malware to protect your computer in the future.
Note 3: If you follow this guide above to remove Windows AntiVirus Adviser let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.