Fake AVG Antivirus 2011

By | January 30, 2011 | 1 Comment

Fake AVG Antivirus 2011 is a very devious rogue security program that imitates legitimate anti-virus software in order to deceive victims. To easily spot the difference, this Fake AVG Antivirus 2011 will just pop-up when an infected web site is visited while the real one can only be downloaded from www.avg.com and its other fileserver. If this counterfeit program started to appear on computer without any intervention on your part, then you should scan the computer with an anti-malware solution right away. PC must have been compromised during web browsing activities. Malicious web sites may have been visited and unknowingly got infected with a Trojan. It can also be a caused of a contracted file downloaded from file-sharing networks. There are a number of possibilities to have this fake AVG Antivirus 2011 penetrate a system without a notice.

Once it has successfully invaded a computer, similar symptoms will appear. Fake AVG Antivirus 2011 will begin to display scary alerts and warning messages. It also detects virus, malware and worms on the computer even these threats does not really exists. Here are some examples:

“Warning! Active Virus Detected!
Threat Detected: Email-Worm.Zhelatin
Infected file:
Action taken: Application Blocked
Description: Worm Email-Worm.Zhelatin.vy is virus-like malware with destructive code, and is able to mutate, replacing its own code by itself. This makes Email-Worm.Zhelatin.vy very dangerous, hard to find, and difficult to delete. Like most viruses, worm Email-Worm-Zhelatin.vy may spread to other computers by secretly emailing themselves to Internet users in your address book.”

“Warning! Identity theft attempt detected!
Attacker IP:
Attack Target: Microsoft Corp. Keys
Description: Remote host tries to get access to your personal information.”

Every acts of Fake AVG Antivirus 2011 on the system will aim to persuade users into getting the licensed version of this useless application. It will repeatedly alarm users of great danger caused by detected infection. Internet browsing will also be manipulated and redirected to a predefined malicious websites. In order to stop these irregularities, Fake AVG Antivirus 2011 must be completely removed from the computer. We have provided a step-by-step procedure that you can perform to get rid of this unwanted application.

Type Rogue
Sub-Type FakeAV
OS Affected Windows

What are the Symptoms of Fake AVG Antivirus 2011 Infection?


It will modify Windows Registry and add the following entries:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AVG Antivirus 2011
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “AVG Antivirus 2011?
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\AVG Antivirus 2011

The threat will drop the following malicious files:
AVG Antivirus 2011.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG Antivirus 2011\avg.exe
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Start Menu\AVG Antivirus 2011.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Start Menu\AVG\AVG Antivirus 2011.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Start Menu\AVG\Uninstall.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Desktop\AVG Antivirus 2011.lnk
%Program Files%\AVG Antivirus 2011\
%Program Files%\AVG Antivirus 2011\AVG Antivirus 2011.exe

Follow these Procedures to Remove Fake AVG Antivirus 2011

Procedure 1: Start Computer in Safe Mode

Restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking

- Turn on the computer and immediately press F8 on the keyboard to enter Windows Advanced Options screen. Make sure to hit the F8 button before Windows logo appears on the screen. Failure to do this will boot Windows normally. If that happens, please repeat the process until you successfully boot into Windows Advanced Options. Please see image below for reference.

- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.Safe mode loads minimal driver and processes, thus, there is no chance that Fake AVG Antivirus 2011 will run during this mode.

SafeMode Networking

Procedure 2: Scan and remove Fake AVG Antivirus 2011 files and process with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove Fake AVG Antivirus 2011, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware by clicking on the button below. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download Fake AVG Antivirus 2011 Removal Tool

1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.
2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.
3. Once update has completed. The tool will launch.
4. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program.

Double-check for bits and pieces of Fake AVG Antivirus 2011 using Microsoft Safety Scanner

MS Safety Scanner is a free security tool that offers on-demand virus scanning and helps remove threats from the infected computer. It is a stand-alone program that works even with existing antivirus program.

Important: Each download of Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after the acquisition date. If this period lapses, you need to download the same program from the same location again. New download contains newer virus definition and database to detect and clean most recent viruses.

To use this tool in removing Fake AVG Antivirus 2011, please follow this procedure.

1. Download Microsoft Safety Scanner from official web site. Click on the button below.

Download MS Safety Scanner Button

2. Save the file to a convenient location such as Desktop.
3. Once the download completes, browse the folder and double-click on the file msert.exe. Icon for this file looks like this.

MS Safety Scanner Icon

4. If Windows prompts for a security warning and ask if you want to run the file, click on Run. For Windows Vista/7 users, you may right-click on the file and select Run as administrator from the selection.

Run as administrator

5. On initial run, the tool will display End User License Agreement, please accept the terms and click Next. Continue on the process until you reach the Scan Type window.
6. Select on Full scan to entire the system and detect any presence of Fake AVG Antivirus 2011. Then, click Next button to begin the scan process. Scanning may take a while, please be patient.

Full Scan

7. Once Microsoft Safety Scanner finished on scanning the computer, it will display the result. If it finds presence of Fake AVG Antivirus 2011 and other malware, the tool removes them automatically.
8. Click on Finish button to close the tool.

Procedure 4: Remove Rootkit Trojan with Avast aswMBR

A Trojan often drops malware using an advance technology known as rootkit. It hides the installation of Fake AVG Antivirus 2011 from your anti-virus program and injects malicious code to running Windows processes. To complete the clean-up process, you also need to scan and remove rootkit Trojan.

1. Download aswMBR from Avast server. Save it to your computer.

Avast Rootkit Scanner

2. Double-click on the file aswMBR.exe to run the program.
3. If it prompts you to download the latest Avast! virus definition, please click Yes. This is necessary to identify most recent version of the Trojan as well as hidden files of Fake AVG Antivirus 2011.

Updating aswMBR

4. Click on Scan button to start checking your computer for presence of rootkit Trojan and other viruses. It will display a message "Scan finished successfully" when done.

aswMBR Scan

5. Click Fix or FixMBR to start removing infection. If aswMBR contains the latest Avast! virus definition file, it will automatically clean infected files on your PC.

Protect your PC from Fake AVG Antivirus 2011 or Similar Attack

Turn On Security Features of your Internet Browser

Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter

Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious files online. You may have avoided Fake AVG Antivirus 2011 virus if this has been active on your PC. To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:

1. Please open Internet Explorer.
2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.
3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.

IE SmartScreen Filter

4. Please restart Internet Explorer.

SEE MORE : Comprehensive steps to activate SmartScreen Filter

Google Chrome's Enable Phishing and Malware Protection

With Google Chrome's Phishing and Malware Detection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious. To enable Phishing and Malware Protection, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.
2. Click on the Customize and control Google Chrome (3-Bars Icon) located on top right corner of the browser.
3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.
4. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.
5. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Enable phishing and malware protection'.

Chrome Security Settings

6. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.

SEE MORE : Enable Phishing and Malware Protection on Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries

Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats on the computer. To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
2. On top menu, click on Tools. Then select Options from the list.
3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:

  • Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
  • Block reported attack sites
  • Block reported web forgeries

Firefox Security Settings

One thought on “Fake AVG Antivirus 2011

  1. Brian

    I think these fake antivirus people are utter cads. I wish I understood how to remove it if it descended on my innocent laptop…….but of course I do call David!

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