Antivirus PC 2009

Antivirus PC 2009 virus may be installed on computers without users consent by means of a Trojan and fake security web sites. These web sites employ malicious script that will drop and install Antivirus PC 2009 on visitor’s computer unconsciously. The same Trojan that spreads this fake program may also pretend as a necessary codec (movie player) from swindle multimedia web sites. It will prompt visitors to download and install the Trojan-infected viewer that it claims essential in viewing the requested movie. Unknown to user, the Trojan will silently install the rogue antivirus programs on computer and starts to modify system file and registry entries.

After full installation of Antivirus PC 2009, it will exhibit symptoms including excessive pop-up alerts and warnings. It is also noticeable that installed legitimate antivirus program will stop working and their particular web sites are blocked. The malware intends to avoid user from downloading updates or additional tools that may be useful to end its existence.

Screenshot Image:

Antivirus PC 2009 Image

Technical Details and Additional Information:

Damage Level: Medium

Systems Affected: Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7

Characteristics (Analysis)
Antivirus PC 2009 is a rogue security application that will be drop onto computer by a Trojan infection. However, acquiring this rogue application manually is feasible by deceptive means. It will reinvent itself and masquerade as useful or beneficial program to encourage target user to execute its EXE file.

Unlike Trojans and viruses, this potentially unwanted program does not reproduce once executed on the system. It has no propagation effect and neighboring computers are safe from being contaminated with the same threat. However, a Trojan connected to Antivirus PC 2009 may infect executable files locally that cause additional irregularities on general performance of the computer.

How to Remove Antivirus PC 2009

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

Step 1 : Scan the computer with recommended removal tool

1 First thing you should do is reboot the computer in Safe Mode with Networking to avoid Antivirus PC 2009 from loading at start-up.

NOTE: You will need to PRINT or BOOKMARK this procedure, as we have to restart the computer during the removal process.

Remove all media such as Memory Card, cd, dvd, and USB devices. Then, restart the computer and please do the following:

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 and Windows 10
a Close any running programs on your computer.
b Get ready to Start Windows. On your keyboard, Press and Hold Shift key and then, click on Restart button.
c It will prompt you with options, please click on Troubleshoot icon.
d Under Troubleshoot window, select Advanced Options.
e On next window, click on Startup Settings icon.
f Lastly, click on Restart button on subsequent window.
g When Windows restarts, present startup options with numbers 1 - 9. Select "Enable Safe Mode with Networking" or number 5.

Startup Options

h Windows will now boot on Safe Mode with Networking. Proceed with virus scan as the next step.

2 Download our malware removal tool and save it on your Desktop or any location on your PC.

Download Tool

3 Click on the button to start downloading our recommended anti-virus tool. Save it to an accessible location inside your hard drive or clean USB drive if you are downloading from a different PC.

4 When finished downloading, locate and double-click the file to install the application. Windows' User Account Control will prompt at this point, please click Yes to continue installing the program.

5 Follow the prompts and install as 'default' only. There are no changes needed during the installation process.

6 Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will launch for the first time. It is necessary to proceed with software update.

7 After downloading updates, please click on Scan Now button.

8 The tool willl run Threat Scan to ensure that it thoroughly check the PC for any presence of Antivirus PC 2009 and other forms of threats.

MBAM Scan

9 Once the scan has completed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will issue a list of identified threats. Mark all threats and click on Quarantine Selected.

10 If it prompts to restart the computer, please reboot Windows.

Step 2 : Ensure that no more files of Antivirus PC 2009 are left inside the computer

11 Click on the button below to download Norton Power Eraser from official web site. Save it to your desktop or any location of your choice.

NPE Download

12 After downloading, navigate its location and double-click on the NPE.exe file to launch the program.

13 Norton Power Eraser will run. If it prompts for End User License Agreement, please click on Accept to proceed.

14 On NPE main window, click on Advanced Scans. We will attempt to remove "Antivirus PC 2009" by thoroughly scanning your current operating system.

Advance Scan

15 On next window, click System Scan to perform standard scan on your computer.

Scan the System

16 NPE will proceed with the scan. It will search for Trojans, viruses, and malware like Antivirus PC 2009. This may take some time, depending on the number of files currently stored on the computer.

17 When scan is complete. All detected risks are listed. Click on Fix Now to remove Antivirus PC 2009 and other known threats. Then, restart Windows if necessary.

Step 3 : Remove the Rootkit Trojan that installs Antivirus PC 2009

Rootkit Remover is a stand-alone utility developed by McAfee. It can be used to detect and remove rootkit Trojan that is associated with Antivirus PC 2009. This tool can detect rootkit that is part of ZeroAccess, Necurs, and TDSS family.

18 Download Rootkit Remover and save it to your desktop or any accessible location. Click the button below to begin the download.

click to download

19 Locate the file rootkitremover.exe and double-click to run the program.

20 When User Account Control prompts if you want to allow the program to make changes on the computer, please click Yes.

Rootkit Remover Scan

21 Rootkit Remover instantly scans the computer and look for presence of Trojans, viruses, and rootkit that is related to Antivirus PC 2009 .

22 Once it finishes scanning the computer, the tool will require you to restart Windows.

Alternative Removal Procedures for Antivirus PC 2009

Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state

During an infection, Antivirus PC 2009 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

c Windows will display list of saved restore points. Select the most recent one to restore Windows to previous working and clean state.
d It may take some time to fully restore back-up files. Restart Windows when done.

Open System Restore on Windows 8 and Windows 10

a For Windows 8 user, go to Start Search, while on Windows 10, use the Start Menu Search and type rstrui.
b Click on the located program to open System Restore window.

rstrui-win8

c Windows will display list of saved restore points if it is active. Select the most recent one to restore Windows to previous working and clean state.
d It may take a while to fully restore back-up files. Restart Windows when done.

If previous restore point is saved, you may proceed with Windows System Restore.

Option 2 : Antivirus PC 2009 manual uninstall guide

IMPORTANT! Manual removal of Antivirus PC 2009 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 Antivirus PC 2009.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard.
- When Windows Task Manager appears, look for Antivirus PC 2009 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 Antivirus PC 2009.
- 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.

Associated Files and Folders:Added Registry Entries:

Troubleshooting Guides

Did Antivirus PC 2009 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 solve Internet connection problem, please see our guide in fixing a virus-blocked Internet access. Also, make sure that your Windows Host File is free from any malicious entries. View steps in cleaning Windows host file.

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About Marco Mathew

Marco Mathew works as Windows Network administrator before establishing precisesecurity.com. Now, Marco is dedicating full-time to help computer users' fight viruses, malware, trojan, worms, adware, and potentially unwanted programs.

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