How To Remove Antivirus 7

If you get something named Antivirus 7, please don’t install it. Although the name looks very similar to Windows 7 but it is not legitimate.  Antivirus 7 is a fake/rogue antivirus program that does not protect you from viruses. Actually this rogue antivirus is installed through the use of trojans and often bundled with other malicious softwares.
The alarming thing is that most of the antivirus softwares are unable to detect Antivirus 7. See the report from VirusTotal where only Symantec Antivirus was able to detect Antivirus 7 as Suspicious.Insight.
Here is what Jovita says about Antivirus 7:

After the fake application is installed, it begins what it can do best – scanning your computer as you just boot Windows up. Of course, be sure that all the scans are simulated. None of the results are realistic. In addition, the popping warnings are made to scare you and make you believe you are in a great need of buying Antivirus 7.
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Let’s take a look at how to remove Antivirus 7 if you’ve got it in your computer;

Manual Removal Method:

  1. Kill the following process: antivirus7.exe (5 ways to Kill prcesses effectively)
  2. Run the following command: regsvr32 –u UpdateExplorer.dll
  3. Delete the following registry keys:
  1. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Antivirus 7”
  4. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser Helper Objects{E2BFE352-A303-4EA8-88FE-CE35361D7E8B}
  5. HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun “AV7”
  6. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings5.0User AgentPost Platform “WinNT-EVI 12.03.2010”
  • Remove the following folders and Files
    1. %Program Files%\AV7
    2. %Documents and Settings%\All Users\Start Menu\AV7
    1. antivirus7.exe
    2. Antivirus7.lnk
    3. Uninstall.lnk
    4. tmp.edb
    5. UpdateExplorer.dll

    Automatic Removal Method:

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