Vista Internet Security

Uninstalling the rogue program Vista Internet Security’ requires an effective anti-malware tool. You can find a quick removal guide on this page and a useful tool to instantly delete this malware.

Vista Internet Security, sometimes appears as Vista Internet Security 2010 is a rogue computer security program that will display fake messages “Stealth program detected” and “Privacy threat.” Users can be easily deceived with this tactic and assume that these are part of Windows Vista. In fact, phony warnings are displayed intentionally by rogue security program to frighten victims. This scary tactics are ways and means of rogue programs to promote itself and convince user to obtain Vista Internet Security activation key or serial number. The malicious program is intended to be sold via fraudulent online activities as mentioned.

Do you know how fake antivirus infection took place? The most convincing approach to dig into user’s computer is by pretending as an automatic update coming from operating system maker Microsoft Corp. Users eagerly updating the system may not notice that the malicious program Vista Internet Security is being installed in the background. Once completed, virus scan will set without user’s involvement. The fake AV will hit Windows registry to give itself a spot on start-up items. It was found out that several versions of this rogue program namely XP Internet Security and Win 7 Internet Security are also targeting systems of the same OS version.

To remove Vista Internet Security 2010, use a combination of legit and trusted anti-malware and anti-virus programs only. Do not fall into a trap make you spend for worthless software such as Vista Internet Security.

Screenshot Image of Vista Internet Security 2010:

Fake Vista Internet Security 2010

Technical Details and Additional Information:

Damage Level: Medium

Systems Affected: Windows Vista

How to Remove Vista Internet Security

Systematic procedures to get rid of the threat are presented on this section. Make sure to scan the computer with suggested tools and scanners.

NOTE: It is recommended to PRINT or BOOKMARK this instruction because we need to restart Windows during the virus removal process.

Step 1 : Remove Vista Internet Security with this recommended tool

This guide requires a tool called Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. It is a free tool designed to eradicate various computer infections including Vista Internet Security. MBAM scanner and malware removal tool is distributed for free.

1. In order to completely remove Vista Internet Security, it is best to download and run the recommended tool. Please click the button below to begin download.

Download Tool

2. After downloading, double-click on the file to install the application. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, right-click on the file and select 'Run as administator' from the list.
3. When User Account Control prompts, please click Yes to proceed with the installation.

4. Follow the prompts and install as 'default' only. There are no changes needed during the installation process.
5. Before the installation procedure ends, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will ask for database update, please proceed.

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Update

6. Click Finish button after installation. Program will run automatically run and you will be prompted to update if newer version of database is available.
7. At this moment, close MalwareBytes Anti-Malware and proceed with the next step.

Step 2 : Run a thorough scan to remove Vista Internet Security

1. Remove all media such as floppy drive, cd, dvd, and USB devices. Then, restart the computer.

Boot in Safe Mode on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 system
a) Before Windows begins to load, press F8 on your keyboard.
b) It will display the Advanced Boot Options menu. Select Safe Mode.

Start computer in Safe Mode using Windows 8
a) Before Windows begins to load, press Shift and F8 on your keyboard.
b) On Recovery interface, click on 'See advanced repair options'.
c) Next, click on Troubleshoot option.
d) Then, select Advanced options from the list.
e) Lastly, please choose Windows Startup Settings and click on Restart. When Windows restarts, you will be send to a familiar Advanced Boot Options screen.
f) Select Safe Mode from the selections menu.

Safe Mode

2. Once Windows is running on Safe Mode, find the icon of MalwareBytes Anti-Malware. Double-click to launch the program.
3. Choose Perform full scan on scanner's console to ensure that it thoroughly check the PC for any presence of Vista Internet Security and other forms of threats. Click the Scan button to start.

MBAM Scan

4. Once the scan has completed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will issue a list of identified threats. Mark all threats and click on Remove Selected.
5. If it prompts to restart the computer, please reboot Windows normally.

Step 3 : Remove Rootkit Trojan that installs Vista Internet Security

Anti-rootkit utility called TDSSKiller is a free tool from Kasperksy that neutralizes complicated malware which effectively hides its process, folders, files and registry entries.

1. Download TDSSKiller and save the file on your desktop or any accessible spot.

Download TDSSKiller

2. Extract the contents of downloaded file (tdsskiller.zip) using archiver programs like Winzip or Winrar.
3. Locate the folder where you extracted tdsskiller.zip and double-click the file TDSSKiller.exe to launch the scanner.
4. Once TDSSKiller is open, please mark Services and drivers as well as Boot Sectors. Picking these options ensures that the program will inspect boot sector and system files that are infected with Vista Internet Security. Please refer to attached image.

TDSSKiller

5. Click on Start Scan button to begin scanning your system. This may take a while. You need to complete this process to make sure that the program detects and delete all components of Vista Internet Security.
6. When scan has finished, you may restart Windows normally. This part of the removal process using TDSSKiller is now complete.

Additional scanner you may run to ensure that Vista Internet Security is totally deleted

Portable SuperAntiSpyware
To thoroughly remove Vista Internet Security, it is best to do a separate scan of another security program so that other infected files not detected from previous can be removed as well. Click here to start using SuperAntiSpyware Portable.

Online Virus Scanner:
Another way to remove a virus without the need to install additional anti-virus software is to perform a thorough scan with free Online Virus Scanner. Browse this page to see a list of free services from specific anti-virus and security company.

Alternative Removal Procedures for Vista Internet Security

Option 1 : Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state

During an infection, Vista Internet Security drops various files and registry entries. The threat intentionally hides system files by setting options in the registry. With these rigid changes, the best solution is to return Windows to previous working state is through System Restore.

To verify if System Restore is active on your computer, please follow the instructions below to access this feature.

Access System Restore on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7

a) Go to Start Menu, then under 'Run' or 'Search Program and Files' field, type rstrui.
b) Then, press Enter on the keyboard to open System Restore Settings.

rstrui-win7

Open System Restore on Windows 8

a) Hover your mouse cursor to the lower left corner of the screen and wait for the Start icon to appear.
b) Right-click on the icon and select Run from the list. This will open a Run dialog box.
c) Type rstrui on the 'Open' field and click on OK to initiate the command.

rstrui-win8

If previous restore point is saved, you may proceed with Windows System Restore. Click here to see the full procedure.

Option 2 : Vista Internet Security manual uninstall guide

IMPORTANT! Manual removal of Vista Internet Security requires technical skills. Deleting system files and registry entries by mistake may result to total disability of Windows system. We advise you to perform a backup of registry before proceeding with this guide.

1. Kill any running process that belongs to Vista Internet Security.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard.
- When Windows Task Manager appears, look for Vista Internet Security files (refer to Technical Reference) and click End Process.

End Task

2. Delete all registry entries that belong to this malware.
- Press [Windows Key]+R on your keyboard.
- In the 'Open' dialog box, type regedit and press Enter. This will open registry editor.
- Find and delete registry entries as mentioned in Technical Reference section.
- Close registry editor. Changes made will be saved automatically.

Run Regedit

3. Scan the computer with antivirus program.
- Connect to Internet and open your antivirus software. Please update to obtain the latest database and necessary files.
- Restart the computer in Safe Mode.
- Just before Windows logo begins to load press F8 on your keyboard.
- On Windows Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode and press Enter.
- Thoroughly scan the computer with your updated antivirus software.

4. Delete all files dropped by Vista Internet Security.
- While still in Safe Mode, search and delete malicious files. Please refer to 'Technical Reference'. Make sure that you execute 'End Task' first before deleting the file. Otherwise, the system will not let you perform this action.

Technical Reference

Associated Files and Folders:
File Location for Windows Versions:
  • %UserProfile% is C:\Users\<Current User> for Windows Vista/7, for Windows XP/2000 this is C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>.
Added Registry Entries:

Troubleshooting Guides

Did Vista Internet Security blocks your Internet access?

It is usual that rogue program prevents user from downloading removal tools from the Internet. Thus, infected computer may be denied to access the Internet by making changes to computer's proxy, DNS, and Hosts file. To fix Internet connection problem, follow these steps:

1. Download the free program called MiniToolBox. Click the button below to begin. Save the file on your hard drive or preferably in your Desktop.

MiniToolBox

2. Close all running Internet browser and double-click on the file to run. It opens a window showing a list of features.
3. Make sure that you have a check mark on the following items : Flush DNS, Reset IE Proxy Settings, and Reset FF Proxy Settings.

MiniToolBox

4. Click on the GO button to start the process. The program automatically closes and displays a text file for your reference.

5. If the above solution does not work, you may try other method like fixing a virus-blocked Internet access. Make sure that your hosts file is free from any malicious entries. View steps in cleaning Windows host file.

Ways to Prevent Vista Internet Security Infection

Here are some guidelines to help defend your computer from virus attack and malware activities. Being fully protected does not have to be expensive.

Install protection software to block Vista Internet Security and other threats

Having an effective anti-malware program is the best way to guard your computer against malware and threats. Although full version of anti-malware will cost some penny to obtain, it is still worthy to buy one. With real-time scan, it will be safer for you to browse the web, download files, and do more things online.

Get Protection Software

Keep all programs up to date

It is important to download critical update for installed programs. Software updates includes patches for security flaw that may utilize by an attacker to enter the computer. This flaw may be taken advantage by Vista Internet Security, viruses, and malware to attack the computer. Crucial programs to watch for updates are MS Windows, MS Office, Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, and Java Runtime.

Activate security features of your Internet browser

SmartScreen Filter, Phishing and Malware Protection, and Block Attack Sites are the respective security features of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Although, it may not fully guard your computer from online attack, at least it can lessen the risk. Enabling these features also helps to secure your private data and avoid identity theft.

Be a responsible Internet user

Antivirus programs and security features of Internet browser facilitates real-time protection and monitors harmful activities online. However, it tends to malfunction for some reasons. Thus, you do not have to be fully dependent on these tools. It is always best to practice safety measures when using the Internet.

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71 Responses

  1. User2010 says:

    cheers for the help!!!
    worked PERFECTLYYY

  2. jayme says:

    everytime i click to install malwarebytes the virus pops back up and wont let it work could you tell my how i can get past this

  3. Jimmy says:

    Yeah I did all of that, (I’ve done it before) but now, Malwarebytes is just telling me that there were no malicious stuff on my computer. I of course find this message after exiting out of all the pop ups from this virus.

  4. Tray says:

    Yeah same here, but i ran Malwarebytes in safe mode and that did the trick.

  5. Renee says:

    Sooo i have this virus and its downloaded on my comp and i cant open any programs because it just pops up as the vista pop-up. i cant open the malwarebytes to install it on my computer. i tried safemode. any advice?

  6. Donna says:

    My daughter’s laptop had this virus going on… every time I tried accessing help on the internet to download anti-malware, it hijacked the window. I had a Webroot disk from a couple of years ago in the house, and tried installing that. When it rebooted after installation, the whole screen was red and only “vista internet security” pop-ups showed. I could, however, get task manager up and ended those applications. Then I was able to scan with Webroot and all is now well.

  7. tonio_p says:

    will norton 360 work? because that is what I have already installed.

  8. KK says:

    I couldn’t open the malware program because “security” kept blocking it, but I saw on another post to right click and open it as an administrator. Worked like a charm! So glad I’m not seeing the pop-up anymore!

  9. Angelo says:

    This guide is not really that good. Go to ‘http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-antivirus-vista-2010’ – this is an effective guide to removing this malware (there’s a program there that you need to download that will temporarily shut it down to allow you to run the Malwarebytes software)

  10. Nick says:

    To install I ended up right clicking on the icon and clicking “open” and it got around the overtaking of this malware. Good luck friends!

  11. Crohm says:

    I just went through the same fix for a friend. my first attempt failed, then after reading farthere down I had success using the run as administrator option. this makes me believe that it would’ve likely worked with the already-installed anti-virus as well. perhaps the next person should save some grief. run your current anti virus software as administrator and remove the virus. a reboot will likely be required. after reboot delete any remaining quarranteened items. good luck.

  12. Ryan says:

    just makes you wonder what type of person goes to that sort of length to imitate a windows program and for what reason.

    They must be sad sad people.

  13. Tim says:

    thank you so much!

  14. owen says:

    i get the same as Jimmy above. malware just tells me that i have nothing infected although i am still getting the pop ups

  15. Dave says:

    Thanks for the help, I figured it was a virus.

    If anyone is having trouble installing this application — click “run as administrator.”

  16. Noman says:

    Hey guys, I have a genuine windows live one care. I paid $60 to get it for three systems; guess what the vista security maleware was able to get-in.
    The best thing for maleware’s spotbot search and destroy. It’s going to take it out, but please donate some money to the website. And then get an anti virus, Nod32. Why it’s awesome? Because it doesn’t take as much space as other antivirus do.

  17. arizaldo says:

    All the above comments happen to me with the “Vista Internet Security” It really paralyzes the system it is a virus or trojanI thing this is the must easy way to fix it. I use firefox and for security i have MBAM that I wasn’t able to open, my AVG run a complete scan and every thing was ok but no help to correct this trouble.
    This is what I did: Reboot my PC in SAFE mode with……
    Then i search for SYSTEM RESTORE I went two day back, let it run and that is it; my problem has been fixed, after that i run update and scan of MBAM and AVG

  18. Alex says:

    well i fixed up my computer of this virus compeltey, only problem now is that it has some how disabled my internet connection, i did not use the program, i went through my computer step by step to fix it, any help please?

  19. steve says:

    the virus prevents you from running .exe files. do this:

    start menu/run/ and type in “command” – this brings you to the command prompt

    type in “notepad” without the quotes to run notepad

    copy and paste the following:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command]
    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\open\command]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
    @=”exefile”
    “Content Type”=”application/x-msdownload”

    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile]

    after you have done this, save it as “exefix.reg” without quotes.. save on your desktop. then double click on exefix.reg

    after doing this, you will be able to run .exe files withouth interference. you should also run the task manager and dissable the process “av.exe” as this is part of the virus. now you can download a malware removal program or use one you have to get rid of the virus.. good luck

  20. carly says:

    does anyone know how to get it in safe mode without the virus blocking it? everytime i try to by pressing f8, the vista internet security pop-ups come up? help please!

  21. Monique says:

    I restarted my computer and it the system repair screen popped up, saying that my comp was unable to start due to system damage. It asked I wanted to start system repair and then system restore. I clicked yes, it took several minutes, but my laptop is back in working order. The Windows Security Center is back to normal

  22. Eruanna says:

    At first I wasnt able to open Malwarebytes but thanks to reading through the comments here was able to open as administrator….it zapped the virus good, worked like a charm. Thanks :)

  23. srinivas says:

    thank you very much for your help.

  24. tiff says:

    I’ve tried steve’s method, but it didn’t work.I use Firefox, I can open it, but I can’t load the webpage. Anyone can help me?

  25. lina says:

    I’m having the same problem as jimmy and owen, I start a quick scan with MBAM and even after I delete all the files and reboot my computer, the pop-ups keep coming. How can I completely fix it?

  26. kari says:

    this virus is making me MAD… I restored my computer back 2 days, I opened in safe mode, ran malwarebytes, none of that has worked… Malwarebytes didn’t find anything… I am frustrated…

  27. jennifer says:

    I have the vista virus and can not even get to my start or run button! the only way I got online was opening a new window on the purchase page of vista internet security. if i could get to my programs i could fix it. any suggestions???

  28. sarah says:

    jennifer: try hitting ctrl+alt+delete to bring up the task manager, when you start that windows should begin to show in the background

  29. maggie says:

    this worked for me! it removed the vista virus! :)

  30. russell says:

    i downloaded the file, but when i try to run it, it wont open. is the virus blocking it?

  31. roland says:

    I went to the site ‘http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-antivirus
    on another computer and saved the two programs I need on disk (one disables the program the other removes it) but my infected computer desktop only has the window for the stupid fake program and I cannot open up eithere the cd with the programs I downloaded or open my flash drive with the same two programs – what can I do so that I can open the cd or flash drive and start disabling the program? The only window that comes up is for the stupid fake program!

  32. Sam says:

    Hey guys I removed the virus but my systems is completely sluggish now any ideas? thanks guys

  33. John says:

    Sam- your issue is the same as mine, all of the problems are “gone” but now it runs deathly slow, and most files that run dont respond after a time…Any one know what to do?

  34. alan says:

    for those who have malwarebytes boot your computer into safemode WITH networking, run malwarebytes as admin and go to the update tab, once updated run the scan, :-) should do the trick,

  35. Possk says:

    Have the same thing. Currently running Anti-Malware in Safe Mode. Hope it works cause I’m pissed enough as it is if it still remains in its crappy pop-up state. Second malware/virus problem in a week. What the hell has happened to my computer’s defense?

  36. SHARON says:

    THis worked perfectly on my desktop, but not on the laptop with the vista internet virus. Also I had to use safari instead of IE to get on the web.

  37. Steve F says:

    Currently running it now, 34 mins and 89,000 objects in, it’s found nothing, but it seems to be near the end of scanning everything now, hope this finds it!

  38. Sanya says:

    Do the restore to some days back. I did mine more than a week back just to b safe. It appears to b gone

  39. Tiara says:

    I also did system restore (but only to early 3/14) and it seems to be gone. So glad I found this page on my smartphone.

    Thanks for all the help, everyone!

  40. Samer says:

    MBAM wont work for me. I couldnt open anything on my administrator user so i just went to the guest user and opened it. It searched and found a rouge but it didnt delete it when i pressed delete.

  41. yas says:

    I did this…type in “notepad” without the quotes to run notepad
    copy and paste the following:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command]
    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\open\command]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command]
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
    @=”exefile”
    “Content Type”=”application/x-msdownload”
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile]
    after you have done this, save it as “exefix.reg” without quotes.. save on your desktop. then double click on exefix.reg

    and it stopped me from getting into any programs on my computer, including antivirus. the virus is no longer popping up, but i don’t think it is gone? help? please?

  42. Candle says:

    im trying to run a vista scan but it keeps asking for my reg key and i dont know what that is

  43. anti vista security says:

    SYSTEM RESTORE!!!!!!!
    goto start, all programs, accessories , system tools, Then (system restore) Restart you computer. Goodbye vista security. Idk it worked for me.

  44. Renee says:

    MalBytes’ worked easily for me. A walked a friend thru the process over the phone but it wouldn’t work for her. I took some tips from the above comments and went over to her house. Her computer is now safe from this virus. Thanks for all the good info.

  45. Mari says:

    System restore sure did the trick….all good now.. Thanks

  46. Christopher says:

    The initial instructions worked for me. Pain in the butt to remove. Spybot didnt catch it, none of the different virus scanners caught it, ect.

  47. Marm says:

    I tried Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and it was not successful at first.

    However, I rebooted my computer in ‘Safe Mode’ and ran both MBAM and Spybot Search & Destroy (by right-clicking and running as administrator). Spybot found the problem and fixed it before MBAM was even finished running.

    Thanks!

  48. salman says:

    my security is not working i cant download any thing

  49. Andrew says:

    Ok, heres what i done after about an hour of trying other peoples suggestions and it worked perfectly

    -burned the malwarebytes program to a disc from another computer because i couldnt get connected to internet.

    -shut my computer down and selected safemode on startup

    -opened malwarebytes from disc and right clicked run as administrator

    -installation completed successfully and was able to perform full scan.

    problem solved and many thanks to everyone here for helping me!

  50. Dakota says:

    HELP! I did what that kid said with the registry stuff…I did this…type in “notepad” without the quotes to run notepad
    copy and paste the following:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command]
    [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\open\command]
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command]
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe]
    @=”exefile”
    “Content Type”=”application/x-msdownload”
    [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile]
    after you have done this, save it as “exefix.reg” without quotes.. save on your desktop. then double click on exefix.reg

    AND NOW I CANT OPEN ANYTHING, im in safe mode running Malware.. but it hasnt found anything. I need to be able to open stuff again. THANKS

  51. john says:

    thnx a lot for d help guys!!!

    IT WORKS PERFECTLY!!!

  52. Nick says:

    I managed to remove the program using McAfee’s latest update. Problem is all my files and shortcuts appear to be associated with the removed virus, any idea how to get back to normal operations?

  53. andrew y says:

    i ran spybot it removed it scanned my computer then restarted itself after u rebboot to removed ty spybot boy viruses are getting more sneaky all the time

  54. Jim says:

    Malbytes to the rescue. Worked perfectly. THANKS !!!

  55. sharath says:

    first run the task manager find the ave.exe process
    right click on it to find the location

    go to folder option and allow to show hidden files

    you can find ave.exe … delete it permenantly … this could fix your problem ….

    but there is also another problem after doing this
    the virus will not allow you to open any programs on a click it goes to the open with option directly …

    for that you need to open it with run as adminstrator on each program by a right click …

  56. rob says:

    malwarebytes fixed it for me. many thanks.

    also a rare instance of me feeling fortunate to on aol, as it’s browser is independent of explorer etc, and continued to work while the infected browser was disabled.

  57. June says:

    i got scammed onto downloading winject and PA blocker …
    thx for the help =) *cheers*

  58. Melissa says:

    I got hit with this last night/this morning. I have a hard time believing it is low risk or minimal damage. My laptop is now with the wonderful people at Staples being wiped out and restored b/c this virus royally screwed up my comp. I can’t open any files. They all say file .exe or .dll not found! Thank goodness for the wonderful tech professionals at Staples! Don’t people who create these viruses have anything better to do? I believe there is a special place in H*** for people like this!

  59. Lauren says:

    I got hit this morning!! I rebooted in safe-mode and ran system restore back a month. Everything looks good so far. Thanks for the tip =)

  60. np says:

    I just got this virus I’ve been using computers since windows 3.1 this is probably my 6-7th virus ever and by far the worst and the only virus I’ve ever had to reformat for to get rid of. Oh well I’m still going to update all my passwords I recommend all of you changing yours as well. Good luck I know I didn’t need to reformat but this was one annoying bugger.

  61. meg says:

    i installed the anti virus software and it has scanned my computer and found viruses however it says to remove them i have to register the software which involves paying for it, i thought this was the free version? help please

  62. Nick UK says:

    I know people have said similar stuff to this before, but I thought I’d share my experiences: I got auto-directed to some website in Polish and literally within seconds this fake-looking Security Centre popped up and the virus was was playing havoc with McAfee. McAfee kept telling me it had found it, that it had fixed it, but it kept popping back up. I couldn’t open *any* programmes, it kept asking me to suggest a programme from the list, which didn’t work. The other user accounts on the PC were unaffected (I wasn’t using the master account). I logged into another account and did a system restore back to two days prior, which freed up all my programmes. Then I did a full virus scan with McAfee which found just one infected file, that it then removed. I double-checked with Microsoft’s virus remover thingy and nothing showed up. The virus had hidden its self in the Java folders somewhere, so I installed the latest version of Java just to be safe but I’ve never once not accepted an auto update of Java so I don’t know why I was running an old variant of version 6. I’m annoyed that a) Chrome (which is supposed to be a safer browser than IE8) let it through and b) that McAfee let it through!! If I’d been using IE8 I suspect that I would have, as I have in previous instances, been blocked from being auto-directed to the virus-riddled website. Touch wood, it all seems fine. If you can, a system restore from another user account is worth a try.

  63. Johnno says:

    I had an infection from this virus. I closed down av.exe, tried to surf for a solution and it just created more pop-ups because it infect all executable links.

    Restarted, couldnt restart. Then Vista suggested a repair on the startup stuff. It failed then used system restore.

    Restarted again and voila,,,,no probs. Seems like to go back a day or 2 using system restore will do wonders for you before doing a full system scan.

  64. Johnno says:

    Good point nick above. I noticed on that fake scan webpage that a Java 6 logo popped up. Today I updated to Java 6 update 20 just to be safe.

  65. Justine says:

    Trying it now, hoping for the best!

  66. Trevor says:

    ok i have had this pop up and i have used malware bytes software here is the way that i have removed it

    i am running windows vista aswell

    do everything as they say above but when you go to scan with malwarebytes restart your computer into safemode with networking
    (restart and hit f8 while the load bar comes up for vista users)

    when in safemode run the program as an administrator, when the program pops up click on the update tab and update and then do a full scan

    the first time i did the scan it came up with two files and deleted them, thought i was ok the the next day the pop-ups started all over again, ran the program normally not in safe mode didnt come up with a single file

    restarted in safe mode and the program picked up 7 files after updating and re scanning

  67. Phil says:

    If you don’t have malwarebytes by now, you need to get it! Thankfully I had malwarebytes (got it after a previous fiasco) and was unable to run it normally due to this annoying vista internet security thing. So I restarted in safe mode with networking. Still popped up with vista security. Still unable to open a web browser (even firefox). still wouldn’t open MBAM normally. Checked for a solution on this page from another computer and saw the idea to right click on MBAM and click open as administrator and poof! Found the infection right away and got rid of it! Restarted normally and I am able to open avg, web browsers, and MBAM. Ran full scans with all and restarted again. Finished! What a headache though… Good luck!

  68. Tony says:

    (Vist internet security 2011) It’s blocking me from getting access to the Internet to download the removable software what should I do

  69. Gina says:

    I had the exact problem described here, with Vista Security saying I had harmful viruses and needed to purchase their product to remove. After a while, it prevented all programs from running on my laptop. I have the latest version of McAfee, which failed to detect any of this. I downloaded the free version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware product on my desktop and renamed the executable to avoid potential problems with the virus. I put it on a thumb drive and ran it on my laptop as Administrator. It took a couple of hours to scan, detected 93 infected files (!), removed them, and everything works great like it did before the whole problem started.

  70. Louise says:

    I had this virus and managed to get rid of it with Adaware but now have a whole range of problems, e.g. my left and right keypad buttons have been reversed and I can’t open the mouse menu in control panel as it says the application does not exist. If I try to click on the internet explorer logo it asks me which program i want to open it with. I am rubbish with computers and have no idea what to do. I tried to go on system restore but again it won’t let me use that without asking me which program i want to use to open it. If I try to type in a word in a search engine it writes it in back to front. Help!

  71. Livia says:

    I think the best Browser is either Internet Explorer beasuce it usually comes bundled with Adobe Flash Player. OR Firefox, beasuce it has Adblocking software that you can donload for free.The best Anti-Spyware software I know of is Spybot: Search and Destroy. It’s a very old software, but people say that it works amazingly.I’m sorry, but I don’t have links.

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