How to remove Windows AntiVirus Helper (Virus Removal Guide)

Windows AntiVirus Helper virus

The Windows AntiVirus Helper virus (also known as AntiVirus Helper virus, Windows AntiVirus Helper Ultimate, etc.) is malware similar to Windows AntiVirus Tool that is categorized as scareware and spyware (or rogue/fakevimes). Windows AntiVirus Helper is malicious software that masquerades as a legitimate program. This fake Antivirus installs to a Microsoft Windows operating system with or without user consent in order perform fake scans, and over all cause severe privacy related issues.

Windows AntiVirus Helper virus

If Windows AntiVirus Helper is installed on your computer, the program may also cause issues concerning the loss of computer functionality, which may restrict or destroy performance.

Windows AntiVirus Helper is a rogue Microsoft Windows Anti-Malware, Anti-Spyware, or Antivirus program. Windows AntiVirus Helper performs fake registry and system scans concluding in fraudulent scan results that claim a numerical amount of errors or issues are found in order to scare victims into purchasing or activating to fraudulent Windows AntiVirus Helper ultimate protection. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT!

Once the fake Windows AntiVirus Helper program is installed, to protect it’s self from being eradicated the fake Windows AntiVirus Helper 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 and that the legitimate program has been blocked from accessing the internet. An example of these message is detailed below:

Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the Internet
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
is suspected to have infected your PC.
This type of virus intercepts entered data and transmits them to a remote server.

The fake program also displays messages that claim the computer is infected or faces security issues. The messages displayed by the fake Windows AntiVirus Helper software should be ignored as they are fraudulent. These fake messages are meant to scare computer users into activating the fake Windows AntiVirus Helper Ultimate package.

Error
Trojan activity detected. System integrity at risk. 
Full system scan is highly recommended.

Error
System data security is at risk!
To prevent potential PC errors, run a full system scan.

Warning! Identity theft attempt detected
Hidden connection IP: xx.xxx.xxx.xxx
Target: Microsoft Corporation keys
Your IP: 127.0.0.1

How does the Windows AntiVirus Helper virus get onto a computer?

Windows AntiVirus Helper can be manually and voluntarily downloaded from a variety of malicious locations; However, Windows AntiVirus Helper 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.

Windows AntiVirus Helper 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 Antivirus software or Anti-Breach is often present in exploit kits hidden on malicious websites.

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  2. Manually remove Windows AntiVirus Helper virus – Remove/Uninstall Windows AntiVirus Helper and third-party malware if allowed
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1. Auto Windows AntiVirus Helper virus removal

Use the instructions below to automatically remove Windows AntiVirus Helper scareware and third-party malware.

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2. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

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3. 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.

4. 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.

Malwarebytes Perform Full Scan

5. 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.

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CCleaner

CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall stubborn and rogue Windows AntiVirus Helper software.

1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.

CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

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.

CCleaner Startup

3. Next, navigate to Helpers > 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 “AntiVirus Helper.”

4. To automatically uninstall rogue Windows AntiVirus Helper software and unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and located software in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the programs as selected.

2. Manual Windows AntiVirus Helper virus removal

Use the instructions below to manually uninstall rogue Windows AntiVirus Helper 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 Windows AntiVirus Helper

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.

Uninstall a program

2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.

3. In the list of installed programs, search for Windows AntiVirus Helper scareware and other potentially unwanted software. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.

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