Antimalware virus (Proven Antivirus Protection)
The Antimalware virus (also found as Antimalware PRO) is dangerous malware categorized as scareware and spyware (or rogue software similar to Antivirus Security Pro that is reported to install to a computer system without user consent and cause many complications relating to the invasion of privacy and cyber crimes including credit theft, extortion, and identity theft. The Antimalware virus may also cause other issues for computer and internet users concerning the loss of computer functionality. Antimalware is essentially considered a rogue Microsoft Windows Anti-Anti-Malware or Antivirus program that performs fake registry and system scans concluding in fraudulent results that claim a numerical amount of errors or issues are found.
To protect it’s self from being eradicated the fake Antimalware program will terminate legitimate programs used to remove it and block access to legitimate and helpful websites. It does this by displaying an alert message that claims the program has become infected with a computer virus or that the website visited is under a virus attack and may crash your system.
The fake program also displays messages that claim the computer is infected or faces security issues. The messages displayed by the fake Antimalware software should be ignored as they are likely fraudulent. A common message is displayed below:
Windows Security Alert Windows reports that computer is infected. Antivirus software helps to protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. Click here for the scan your computer. Your system might be at risk now.
The Antimalware virus may also install third-party software including Conduit Toolbar and other items. The third-party items are often attached to internet browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as a browser add-on, browser helper object (BHO), and extension and are used to change existing internet browser settings. In turn this causes affected internet browsers to start up on and redirect to unwanted websites.
Antimalware and similar rogue software raise many privacy concerns and are often categorized as spyware. Some reports indicate that Antimalware and associated parties may include users to marketing and mailing lists without user consent. Some users have reported unwanted email spam, junk mail, and even telephone calls from telemarketers concerning their recent computing and browsing activity.
Some may refer to this software as the Antimalware virus due to the deceptive marketing tactics used by the developer and distributors; however, this program is not technically a computer virus.
How does the Antimalware virus get onto a computer?
Antimalware can be manually and voluntarily downloaded from a variety of malicious locations; However, Antimalware malware is known to install to a computer system without user consent and will often bundle with third-party downloadable content such as freeware, shareware, codecs, and torrents.
Antimalware malware and related items may also download to a computer without user authorization via malicious advertisements, email spam, and compromised social media content. The fake Antimalware software is often present in exploit kits hidden on malicious websites.
How to remove the Antimalware virus
- Automatically remove Antimalware virus – Scan for and automatically remove rogue Antimalware software
- Manually remove Antimalware virus – Remove/Uninstall Antimalware and third-party malware if allowed
1. Automatic Antimalware virus removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove Antimalware scareware and third-party malware.
Malwarebytes is a legitimate Anti-Malware product.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall stubborn and possibly rogue Antimalware software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found. Something to look for might include the title “Antimalware.”
4. To automatically uninstall Antimalware and unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and located software in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the programs as selected.
2. Manual Antimalware virus removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall Antimalware software using generic removal procedures (if allowed), as well as third-party malware that may have installed alongside rogue Windows optimization software.
How to uninstall Antimalware
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs, search for Antimalware and other potentially unwanted software. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.