AVC Plus is a rogue antivirus program part of the Breviax/FakeVimes rogue family. AVC Plus is promoted as a legitimate security program but its main purpose is to generate profit to its creators. AVC Plus displays fake security notifications and virus alerts on the affected machine in order to scare the users into buying the licensed version of the rogue antivirus software. Since the alerts have no value whatsoever, computer users are advised against purchasing the program. Like many other rogue antivirus tools, AVC Plus affects mainly PCs running Windows.
What Does AVC Plus Do?
As AVC Plus infiltrates the system, it performs a fake system scan and displays a number of notifications and security alerts that warn the user about numerous security threats detected on the compromised PC. If the user wants to remove them, he is urged to buy the full version of the program. The full version of AVC Plus promises to protect the infected computer from other infections that may threaten the system in the future.
The security alerts displayed by AVC Plus are designed to lead the user into believing that the PC is exposed to severe security risk and he should fix it right away. The messages AVC Plus shows contain the following information:
Security alert! Your computer has been infected with privacy-threatening software. Personal information may get stolen. System damage may be severe. Recover your computer from the detected infection right now, by performing a security scan.
→Severe System Damage!
Viruses and Spyware have been detected in the background. Sensitive system components may be under attack! Information loss, identity theft and/or system corruption are possible. Protect your system now, click here for a free security scan.
System security threat has been detected. Spyware and/or Viruses and/or may be damaging your system now. Stop the infection and possible data loss or theft by running a free security scan.
Security experts warn that AVC Plus can neither detect nor remove any infections and strongly recommend you remove the rogue program as soon as possible.
AVC Plus – Distribution Techniques
AVC Plus normally infiltrates the targeted system via Trojans, malicious emails and hacked web pages. To prevent any malicious infiltrations, users should make sure that their antivirus software is up-to-date and do not open email attachments from unknown sources.
Should You Remove AVC Plus?
Despite the fact that AVC Plus is not a large-scale security threat, you shouldn’t forget that the rogue program has been created for monetizing purposes only. Purchasing AVC Plus will not assure the safety of your computer. That is why malware experts advise users who have seen the bogus security warnings by AVC Plus on their PCs to remove the rogue antivirus program immediately. AVC Plus can be removed manually, or with the help of a trustworthy anti-malware program. Just follow the steps provided below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove AVC Plus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of AVC Plus from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove AVC Plus from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase AVC Plus from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall AVC Plus from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove AVC Plus from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate AVC Plus from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove AVC Plus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove AVC Plus
Step 2: Uninstall AVC Plus and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by AVC Plus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by AVC Plus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of AVC Plus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall AVC Plus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove AVC Plus via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove AVC Plus from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase AVC Plus from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall AVC Plus from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove AVC Plus from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the AVC Plus will be removed.
Eliminate AVC Plus from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.