To remove Earth AV malware from an infected computer, you need to scan it with effective anti-malware program. You should not buy Earth AV. It’s a fake anti-virus software.
Earth AV is another addition to the list of rogue antivirus program currently populating the Internet. Earth AV virus spreads similarly to other software of the same kind. It usually utilized a Trojan in order to drop a copy and install it on computer without being detected by antivirus program. A malicious and fraud website is another means to transfer Earth AV on visitor’s computer. The said web site will pretend as an online virus scanner that will run a virus scan and present numerous detected threats on the computer. A prompt to buy the registration key of Earth AV will follow and when clicked, a new browser window will open that contains payment-processing method. Transaction on this site is strictly via credit card or Paypal only.
Just like its other variants, Green AV and Eco Antivirus, will flood the computer screen with fake alerts and misleading warning messages. A local virus scan will also launch each time the computer starts or after Windows log-on. The malware will display dozens of threats and inform users that the only solution to remove viruses is by getting the licensed version of Earth AV.
Ignore this unwanted program and as much as possible, scan a computer with real anti-virus and anti-malware program right away. This is the only positive approach to remove Earth AV completely.
Screenshot Image of Earth AV:
Technical Details and Additional Information:
Damage Level: Medium
Systems Affected: Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista
This computer threat will attract victims to purchase the registration key via misleading techniques. Most of the time, Earth AV will create a scene to prove that computer is infected with certain kind of threats. It could launch a fake warnings illustrating imminent attack. Alternatively, it could simulate a virus scan that will detect threats that do not exist at all. As you can see, Earth AV will try every possible thing to push victims into paying for the registration key through their own web site that looks like the image below.
Earth AV Removal Procedures
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 : Uninstall Earth AV from Windows
1 On Windows Start menu, type Uninstall on Search field. Select Apps & Features on the list. For lower version of Windows, please choose Program and Features. You can uninstall or modify any installed application using this feature.
2 On next window, look for the item "Earth AV" from the list and then, click on Uninstall button.
3 When it prompts for confirmation, please click Uninstall to start deleting Earth AV from Windows operating system.
Step 2 : Remove Earth AV remaining items with this tool
This guide requires a tool called Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. It is a free tool designed to eradicate various computer infections including Earth AV. MBAM scanner and malware removal tool is distributed for free.
4 In order to completely remove Earth AV, it is best to download and run the recommended tool. Please click the button below to begin the download process.
5 After downloading, right-click on the file mb3-setup-consumer-[version].exe and select Run as Administrator to install the application.
6 Follow the prompts and install with dafault settings. There are no changes needed during the installation process.
7 Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will launch for the first time. If it prompts for database update, it is necessary proceed with this step.
8 Click on Scan Now button on scanner's console to ensure that it thoroughly check the PC for any presence of Earth AV and other forms of threats.
9 Once the scan has completed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will issue a list of identified threats. Mark all threats and remove them from the computer.
10 If it prompts to restart the computer, please reboot Windows normally.
Step 3 : Double-check if Earth AV still exists
11 Click on the button below to download Norton Power Eraser from official web site. File will be save on your Windows Downloads folder.
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 Unwanted Application Scan to quickly check the computer for malicious programs including Earth AV.
Step 4 : Run Additional Scanner to Ensure that Earth AV is Totally Deleted
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 Earth AV
Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state
During an infection, Earth AV 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.
1 On Windows Start menu, type RSTRUI on search field. Then, click the item or press Enter on keyboard.
2 "Restore system files and settings" window will appear. Click Next button to see the list of active restore points.
3 Select the most recent one prior to having Earth AV infection. Click Next to restore Windows to previous working and clean state.
4 It may take a while to fully restore back-up files. Restart Windows when done.
Optional : Earth AV manual uninstall guide
IMPORTANT! Manual removal of Earth AV 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 Earth AV.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard.
- When Windows Task Manager appears, look for Earth AV files (refer to Technical Reference) and click End Process.
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.
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 Earth AV.
- 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.