Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 (Win7AntiVirus 2016) Virus Removal Guide
Virus Type: Rogue Security Application
Threat Level: 8 / 10
Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 is a new fake antivirus application. While Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 may be a new fake antivirus application, it does share many similar features and functionality with other fake antivirus applications. The original version of this fake antivirus application was introduced around February 2016 and had a file name of AV.exe; since then, the look of the virus has slightly changed in look but the functionality is similar. The main different between the current version of this fake antivirus program and the original version is the filename. Different versions of this fake antivirus program have had file names of AV.exe, AVE.exe (introduced in April 2016), and PW.exe (introduced in November 2016). The virus has now been modified to have a executable filename which changes from computer to computer. This is most likely done to make it harder to find and therefore stay hidden from the user. Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 is different from other fake antivirus applications in that it changes its name from operating system to operating system. For example, the fake program will display the name of the program as Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 when it infects systems running Windows 7. When the fake program infects a computer running Windows XP, it will change its name to XP Anti-Virus 2016; the virus will change into Vista Anti-Virus 2016 if it infects a computer running Windows Vista. Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 is a clone of a variety of fake antivirus programs and has a similar look to Win 7 Antivirus Pro 2016.
Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 main executable is generally a series of three random letters; this executable is similar to AV.exe and AVE.exe, which are the main executable of previous clones of this virus. Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 will modify the registry; therefore, the registry must be fixed before removing the main executable file. Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 will modify the registry to set the fake antivirus program to run when any other executable file is run. The comments here and comments here may provide insight into the successful removal of Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016. The main executable for Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 is generally a hidden protected system file; therefore, it is important to turn on hidden files in the file explorer and turn off hide in order to see the hidden main executable file.
Below is our recommended removal tool for Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016. The removal tool has been rated 5 cows out of 5 by Tucows and was previously CNET’s Editor’s Choice. Feel free to download it below.
When attempting to download the removal tool, Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 will make web browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome) unusable by showing the following page when attempting to browse the web.
Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 Removal Tip - The best method to download the removal tool is to go to the following web address (type the web address into the internet browser and press enter). By going directly to the link, Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 will not be able to block the download. If you need assistance with running the removal tool, please email us at [email protected]
Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 Removal Tip #2 - The best method to run the browser is to right click on Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and select “Run as administrator.” This method will not work with Internet Explorer. This should allow the user to browse the web and download removal software for Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016. In the video below, we have detailed how to access the web in Internet Explorer.
Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 Removal Tip #3 - If Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 is blocking applications from running, right click on the application file and select “Run as administrator.” This should allow the user to install removal software in order to successfully remove Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016.
If you are unable to run the removal tool, or are unable to run any programs in general, you may also need to stop the processes associated with Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 with task manager. If task manager has been blocked by Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016, try using Process Explorer. The quickest way to access the task manager is to press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC.
Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016, like many other fake antivirus programs, will create a series of warnings and pop ups in order to scare the user into purchasing the fake program. Some of these warnings which are created by Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 can be found below.
Spyware intrusion detected. Your system is infected. System integrity is at risk. Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords. Click here to perform a security repair.”
“Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 Firewall Alert!
Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 has blocked a program from accessing the internet.
Internet Explorer is infected with Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen. Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords.”
Infection detected in the background. Your computer is now attacked by spyware and rogue software. Eliminate the infection safely, perform a security scan and deletion now.”
“Windows Security Center
Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 reports that it is currently turned off. A firewall helps to protect your computer from potentially harmful content on the internet. Click Recommendations to learn how to fix this problem.
Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 reports that it is turned off. Antivirus software helps protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. Click Recommendations for suggested actions you can take.”
“Security hole detected!
A program is trying to exploit Windows security holes! Passwords and sensitive data may be stolen!
Attack from: 188.8.131.52
Attacked port: 9921
“Internet connect alert!
Suspicious network activity detected! Malware infection is possible!
Attack from: 184.108.40.206
Attacked port: 18759
Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 may also modify Internet Explorer to show the following alert listed below when the browser is opened.
“Internet Explorer alert. Visiting this site may pose a security threat to your system!”
It is recommended to use safe mode when removing the virus because Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 will generally not be able to load in safe mode. To enter safe mode, restart the computer and press F8 multiple times before the Windows screen to bring up the boot options.
The safe mode with networking option will allow the user to be able to use the internet in safe mode. Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 can be removed by using the
Common symptoms and characteristics of Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 and other rogue security programs include:
1. Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 is generally installed without user permission.
2. Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 uses pop ups and fake virus scans to scare the user.
3. Various antivirus and system programs on the user’s computer will stop functioning.
Manual Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 Removal – In order to manually remove Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016, the processes associated with Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 must be stopped, the files associated with the processes must be removed, and the registry entries must be corrected to the previous state before Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 entered the computer.
Important: Before attempting to manually remove Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016, we recommend that the user read through comments posted by other users on how they removed specific fake antivirus programs since many fake antivirus programs are similar. These comments can be found by clicking here. These comments may provide additional information which may be useful in removing Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016. However, please use discretion since these specific comments pertain to other fake antivirus programs.
Stop Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 Processes (Learn How To Do This)
Remove Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 Files (Learn How To Do This)
Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 main executable file is generally a hidden protected system file. Therefore, the user will need to turn on “show hidden files” and must turn off “hide protected operating system files” in order to see these files. This feature can be found in the folder options in the view tab. In Windows 7, you can search “hidden files and folders” in the Windows Search Bar to find the folder options. To bring up the Windows Search Bar, click on the Windows symbol in the bottom left hand part of the screen. It is recommended that the user turn back on “hide protected operating system files” after removing Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016.
Remove Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 Registry Keys (Learn How To Do This)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016
Remove Win 7 Anti-Virus 2016 Startup Entry (Learn How To Do This)
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