AVASoft Antivirus Professional is a fake antivirus software developed to swindle money from trustful PC users. This scam application started to spread in web since March 18th and first was noticed in France. Malware researchers from safegroup.pl analyzed the malicious sample and confirmed that it is the newest clone of previously active malware named Disk Antivirus Professional which was active for almost a few months. Please be aware that AVASoft Antivirus Professional is a bogus security software and is not able to actually provide a protection for your computer. On the contrary, it is designed to steal money by using scare tactics.
The following screenshot shows a graphical interface of AVASoft Antivirus Professional performing a rogue scan:
The mentioned fake antivirus will display numerous fake alerts in system tray (lower right corner of your desktop) stating that your PC is excessively infected by various trojans, backdoors or worms. We do remind that all these hazardous alerts have only one purpose – to trick you into purchasing the full version of AVASoft Antivirus Professional.
Download removal tool by clicking the download button below and save it to your desktop. Execute it by double-clicking, that should temporarily disable the infection until you perform a scan and removal process. If AVASoft Antivirus Professional prevents removal tool from running, try a few more times to execute the removal tool or restart your PC and try again.
There are a few methods of how AVASoft Antivirus Professional sneaks into your system and infects it. The most popular one is downloading a fraudulent flash player in order to view videos promoted by questionable reputation websites. Usually these websites contain adult content and are illegal. It is also possible to jeopardize your PC by opening infected spam email attachments or by clicking on commercial banners that are temporarily hacked and use malicious PHP/Java scripts to download the infection from hackers servers. In some cases, AVASoft Antivirus Professional is distributed via attachments of external devices such as USB flash drives, CDs or DVDs.
Once this malware infects your computer, it configures itself to start on every system boot. Additionally, AVASoft Antivirus Professional is designed to block any legitimate software, including security applications like Symantec, McAfee, Kaspersky and others. Therefore your computer may be discredited in a great danger and instability. AVASoft Antivirus Professional uses advanced technology to protect itself from terminating and you will need a reputable anti-spyware application to get rid of the infection.
During the bogus scan this malware pushes exaggerated notifications:
Security Monitor: WARNING!
Attention! System detected a potential hazard (TrojanSPM/LX) on your computer that may infect executable files. Your private information and PC safety is at risk.
To get rid of unwanted spyware and keep your computer safe your need to update your current security software.
AVASoft Antivirus Professional Warning
Your PC is still infected with dangerous viruses. Activate antivirus protection to prevent data loss and avoid the theft of your credit card details.
AVASoft Antivirus Professional Warning
Intercepting programs that may compromise your privacy and harm your system have been detected on your PC.
Click here to remove them immediately with AVASoft Antivirus Professional.
As you may notice, when trying to launch any Windows utility like Registry Editor, the malware invoke its self-defense mechanism.
Application cannot be executed. The file regedit.exe infected.
Please activate your antivirus software.
Under no circumstances should you purchase this fake security application as this may cause identity theft and money swindling from your bank account. If by accident you have bought AVASoft Antivirus Professional scam software, please contact your bank and cancel the charge by explaining you got hit by a virus.
How To Remove AVASoft Antivirus Professional
We will provide you with two removal methods, automatic and manual. Please have in mind that removing infection manually may be risky and lead your system to serious damage, therefore you need to have specific computer skills. If you are a regular PC user, we strongly recommend you to follow our automatic removal instructions.
Automatic Removal Method – Quick and Simple
1. Open Internet Explorer
2. Type in address bar: avasoftantivirusprofessionalremoval.com/tool.php and press Enter
3. Click on ‘Ignore warnings and visit that site in the current state (not recommended).‘ to bypass a fake alert, save Removal Tool to your desktop and run it.
Note: we recommend to save Removal Tool to your desktop and execute it from there. If the virus prevents Removal Tool installer from running, try a few more times to execute it.
Video tutorial about how to remove AVASoft Antivirus Professional:
More screenshots of AVASoft Antivirus Professional:
Fake activation window
Fake founded threats after scan
Manual AVASoft Antivirus Professional Removal Method
Important Note: AVASoft Antivirus Professional can be removed manually, however any mistakes can lead your PC to permanent damage of the system. Therefore a manual removal process is highly recommended for IT experts and system administrators. For regular users our team recommends using SpyHunter or any other reputable security application.
Follow these instructions at your own risk:
1. Use Process Explorer to kill the malicious processes of the infection. Please notice that the mentioned Microsoft utility functions in the same way as TaskManager.
2. Delete malicious registry entries by using RegistryEditor. You can run it by typing “regedit” in Start –> Run.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce <random numbers and characters>
3. Remove the following malicious files and folders from your system:
%ProgramData%\<random numbers and chars>\
%ProgramData%\<random numbers and chars>\<random numbers and chars>
%ProgramData%\<random numbers and chars>\<random numbers and chars>.exe
%ProgramData%\<random numbers and chars>\diskav.exe
%ProgramData%\<random numbers and chars>\<random numbers and chars>.ico
What are the symptoms of AVASoft Antivirus Professional?
- Displays a bogus alert of various infections
- Prevents programs from running
- Blocks internet access in Firefox and Chrome
- Blocks Windows System Utilities
- Runs on every system boot-up