Free Fake Antivirus Removal Software Updated

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 31, 2011
Updated • Apr 1, 2012
Antivirus, Software, Windows, Windows software

Fake antivirus software has been on the rise in the past years. The term refers to malware that disguises itself as system protection software. Some of those programs fake malware infections to lure the user into buying an upgrade to remove the non-existing threats on the system. Others are plain malicious in nature or are disguised as official antivirus solutions from well known companies such as AVG, Microsoft or BitDefender.

The biggest advantage for attackers when it comes to fake antivirus software is that users install the software by themselves on their systems. There is no need to exploit a security vulnerability or hack a PC, all that is needed is a legitimately looking website that offers the fake security software for download.

I reviewed the Remove Fake Antivirus software for the first time back in 2009. Back then it offered to remove 27 different fake antivirus suites and programs from a Windows system.

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A new version of Remove Fake Antivirus has been released today, bringing the version of the program to 1.81. More important than that is that the program is now supporting a total of 74 fake antivirus programs.

All that needs to be done is to run the portable software on an infected system to remove any of the supported antivirus programs.

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A click on Start scans the system for fake antivirus processes and files. The program cleans everything automatically after scanning system directories (including windows, winsxs and the user profile folders) and known fake antivirus directories thoroughly.

The scan may take some time depending on the speed of the computer and the hard drives. It may be required to reboot the computer if fake antivirus software has been found on the system.

Here is the list of fake antivirus software that the software can remove.

  • Data Recovery
  • Wolfram Antivirus
  • Security Protection
  • Windows Antivirus 2011
  • Mega Antivirus 2012
  • AVG Antivirus 2011
  • PC Security 2011
  • ThinkPoint
  • ThinkSmart
  • Antivirus 8
  • Security Tool
  • My Security Shield
  • Antivirus 7
  • Antivirus GT
  • Defense Center
  • Protection Center
  • Sysinternals Antivirus
  • Security Master AV
  • CleanUp Antivirus
  • Security Toolbar
  • Digital Protection
  • XP Smart Security 2010
  • Antivirus Suite
  • Vista Security Tool 2010
  • Total XP Security
  • Security Central
  • Security Antivirus
  • Total PC Defender 2010
  • Vista Antivirus Pro 2010
  • Your PC Protector
  • Vista Internet Security 2010
  • XP Guardian
  • Vista Guardian 2010
  • Antivirus Soft
  • XP Internet Security 2010
  • Antivir 2010
  • Live PC Care
  • Malware Defense
  • Internet Security 2010
  • Desktop Defender 2010
  • Antivirus Live
  • Personal Security
  • Cyber Security
  • Alpha Antivirus
  • Windows Enterprise Suite
  • Security Center
  • Control Center
  • Braviax
  • Windows Police Pro
  • Antivirus Pro 2010
  • PC Antispyware 2010
  • FraudTool.MalwareProtector.d
  • Green AV
  • Windows Protection Suite
  • Total Security 2009
  • Windows System Suite
  • Antivirus BEST
  • System Security
  • Personal Antivirus
  • System Security 2009
  • Malware Doctor
  • Antivirus System Pro
  • WinPC Defender
  • Anti-Virus-1
  • Spyware Guard 2008
  • System Guard 2009
  • Antivirus 2009
  • Antivirus 2010
  • Antivirus Pro 2009
  • Antivirus 360
  • MS Antispyware 2009
  • IGuardPC or I Guard PC
  • Additional Guard

The portable nature of the application makes it a great addition to a PC technicians toolbox. Have you ever encountered fake antivirus software? How did you resolve the infection?

Windows users can download the latest version of Remove Fake Antivirus from the developer website.


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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