Antivirus 2009 is a rogue antispyware software. It is basically a clone of another rogue antispyware, Antivirus 2008. This family of rogue antispyware software is known to have produced several other clones, some of which are XP Antivirus 2008, Ultimate Vista Antivirus 2008, Antivirus 2008, and System Antivirus 2008.
Such rogue software is installed and advertised on your computer through fake and dubious Web sites that mislead users. Once this rogue software installs on your computer, it displays fake alerts about detecting infections on your computer and then scares you into buying the full version of the software to remove these infections from your computer.
As a vigilant user, you must never spend your money on such software programs that scare you into buying them. Such scareware not only robs you of your money, but also causes further damage to your PC and prevents you from getting any work done on your system.
In case your computer is infected with Antivirus 2009, you must immediately take action to remove this malicious software from your computer.
Here we are going to discuss both manual and automatic methods to remove antivirus 2009 from your computer.
Method 1: Manually Remove Antivirus 2009
Manual removal of Antivirus 2009 involves a series of steps. Let’s have a look at them.
Step 1: Kill Antivirus 2009 Processes
- Open the Task Manager by pressing the Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination.
- Display the Processes tab.
- Select the following Antivirus 2009 processes one-by-one and then click End Process to kill them:
Step 2: Delete Antivirus 2009 Registry Entries
Warning: The following steps require you to delete Antivirus 2009 registry entries. Before proceeding you must make a backup of the registry so that in case you make a mistake you can easily restore the registry from the backup taken earlier. You may make registry backups either by using the Registry Editor tool or by using a good, third-party registry repair and backup tool, such as RegGenie.
- Open the Start menu and select Run.
- Type the regedit command in the Open box and then press Enter. This will open the Registry Editor window.
- Navigate to the following registry entries and delete them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Run\15358943642955870504508370025739
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\”Antivirus” = “%ProgramFiles%\Antivirus 2009\Antvrs.exe”
Step 3: Unregister Antivirus 2009 DLL Files
- Search for the following DLL files:
- Note down the complete path to these DLL files.
- Open Start menu, select Run.
- Type regsvr32 /u FullDLLName and press Enter.
Here, FullDLLName is the name of the DLL file along with its full folder path. When you run this command the Antivirus 2009 DLL file will be unregistered from your computer.
- Repeat the process for the second file.
Step 4: Delete Antivirus 2009 Files and Folder
- Open Windows Explorer and then search for and delete the following Antivirus 2009 files.
- Finally, the Antivirus 2009 directory “C:\Program Files\Antivirus 2009.”
Note: If you are unable to delete a particular file, check to see if the file is running as a process in the Task Manager. If you find it there, first kill the process and then delete the corresponding file.
Method 2: Automatically Remove Antivirus 2009
If you have already gone through the manual removal process, you will see that the entire procedure is quite a time-consuming and tedious process. Additionally, the chances of mistakes are also high. If you fail to delete any of these files or registry entries, the malicious software might re-create itself and start causing problems with your system. To prevent such a situation, it is best that you opt for a reliable antispyware tool such as XoftSpySE to perform a thorough scan of your computer and get rid of the malware. The best thing is that by using this tool you can completely get rid of the spyware in just a few minutes.
After you have finished removing Antivirus 2009 by using any of the above two methods, it is recommended that you use an efficient registry cleaner tool, such as RegGenie to perform a thorough scan of your computer and get rid of any stubborn Antivirus 2009 registry entries.