Windows AntiVirus Adviser is a rogue antivirus program. Once active on the compromised computer, Windows AntiVirus Adviser displays numerous alerts about non-existing security threats which purpose is only to scare the user and lure him into purchasing the licensed version of the software.
Windows AntiVirus Adviser belongs to the Rogue.FakeVimes malware family. Like many other rogue programs, Windows AntiVirus Adviser is promoted as a legitimate anti-malware tool, but the notifications it displays after performing a fake system scan are not real. These alerts disrupt the user’s activities and do not allow him to run the normal applications on the compromised machine. In order to fix the alleged security problems and remove all threats, the user is asked to buy the full version of the rogue anti-virus program. The users are advised not to encourage such practices by purchasing the product because it will not fix anything.
A clear sign that you have Windows AntiVirus Adviser on your computer are the constant security warnings and scan results shown on your screen. The alerts by Windows AntiVirus Adviser are displayed as Windows warning boxes informing the user about a certain number of threats detected on the affected computer. Here is an example:
Windows AntiVirus Adviser – Distribution Methods
Windows AntiVirus Adviser uses different approaches to end up on the user’s PC – through malicious websites, exploit kits, legitimate websites that have been compromised, etc. A common distribution method used by Windows AntiVirus Adviser is a spam email containing malicious attachments or links. These emails often claim to be from shipping companies like FedEx or DHL and contain information about a package they failed to deliver to the user. The hackers do their best to make the scam messages look as real as possible, so the user wouldn’t hesitate to follow the provided link or to download the attached file. And just with this one simple click, the Windows AntiVirus Adviser is introduced to the targeted system.
Windows AntiVirus Adviser can also be delivered via fake Adobe Flash Player updates or another software program. Peer-to-peer file sharing sites are also often used by cyber crooks to deliver malicious applications and programs to the unsuspecting user.
How to Remove Windows AntiVirus Adviser from Your Computer Permanently?
Experts recommend the immediate removal of Windows AntiVirus Adviser from the compromised computer. Just follow the steps bellow to delete Windows AntiVirus Adviser from your computer permanently.
Spy Hunter FREE scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the malware tool.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Windows AntiVirus Adviser from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Windows AntiVirus Adviser from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Windows AntiVirus Adviser from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Windows AntiVirus Adviser from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Windows AntiVirus Adviser from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Windows AntiVirus Adviser from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Windows AntiVirus Adviser from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Windows AntiVirus Adviser from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Windows AntiVirus Adviser
Step 2: Uninstall Windows AntiVirus Adviser 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 Windows AntiVirus Adviser 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 Windows AntiVirus Adviser there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Windows AntiVirus Adviser from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Windows AntiVirus Adviser 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 Windows AntiVirus Adviser 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 Windows AntiVirus Adviser 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 Windows AntiVirus Adviser 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 Windows AntiVirus Adviser 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 Windows AntiVirus Adviser 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 Windows AntiVirus Adviser will be removed.
Eliminate Windows AntiVirus Adviser 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.