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AntiVirus PRO 2015

Posted: March 27, 2015

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 27
First Seen: March 25, 2015
OS(es) Affected: Windows

AntiVirus PRO 2015 is a rogue anti-virus program whose GUI imitates the looks, but not functionality, of a legitimate AV suite, including file-scanning technology and pop-up warnings against relevant attacks or vulnerabilities. While AntiVirus PRO 2015 will use its supposed security features to encourage the premium registration of its software, doing so offers no virus removal advantages for your computer. Accordingly, malware experts have categorized AntiVirus PRO 2015 as scamware. Standard course of action for dealing with fraudulent AV products like AntiVirus PRO 2015 should include disinfecting your PC with legitimate anti-malware tools, rather than trying to uninstall AntiVirus PRO 2015 manually.

Anti-PC Software Hiding as Anti-Virus Assistance

AntiVirus PRO 2015 is one of a line of recycled rogue anti-malware, anti-virus and anti-spyware scanners that have been rising in distribution as of March this year. The differences in skins seemingly indicate either divergent branches of the FakeRean family or separate families of fraudulent software that circumstantially use similar branding names. However, there are negligible practical differences in symptoms between AntiVirus PRO 2015 and predecessors like [template_related_rogues]

AntiVirus PRO 2015's installation configures Windows to launch AntiVirus PRO 2015 automatically, after which AntiVirus PRO 2015 will initiate a 'scheduled' system scan. Unlike actual system scans, AntiVirus PRO 2015 displays lists of predetermined threats, rather than attempting to find real infections on your hard drive. Threat specialists found the average scanner results from AntiVirus PRO 2015 to skew towards high-level threats, such as backdoor-capable Trojans.

Any attempt to use AntiVirus PRO 2015 for the removal of these fake threat installations will redirect the user to a premium registration offer for its software. This redirection provides third parties with both revenues and, potentially, private financial information for future exploitation.

A Professional Cleaning of a Professional AV Fraud

Along with the symptoms noted above, some versions of AntiVirus PRO 2015 also may be a party to other attacks. These attacks may include hijacking your Web browser, canceling downloads, modifying your desktop image or blocking actual security applications. Even for PC users who avoid registering AntiVirus PRO 2015, its presence on your machine must be considered a security hazard, like all other installations of threatening software.

Although other distribution models may be in use, malware specialists recently have seen variants of AntiVirus PRO 2015 in circulation on pirated software sites. These websites, while claiming to offer high-value goods such as free versions of Windows 10, in fact, install various forms of threats, including AntiVirus PRO 2015. Monitoring your download behavior and avoiding suspicious products are the most direct ways to keep fraudulent software like AntiVirus PRO 2015 away from your PC.

In cases where AntiVirus PRO 2015 installs itself automatically, malware analysts would suggest using real anti-malware products to delete AntiVirus PRO 2015, particularly since AntiVirus PRO 2015 may be bundling with additional threats. Standard security safeguards like Safe Mode should be taken advantage of for disabling automatically-launching threats when necessary.

Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

The following files were created in the system:

file.exe File name: file.exe
Size: 835.58 KB (835584 bytes)
MD5: e9257cfcf8f78abc5b9b8983674a662b
Detection count: 67
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: March 25, 2015

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