Vista Antivirus 2017 Virus Removal Guide
Vista Antivirus 2017 is a new fake security application. The application is generally installed with user permission and proceeds to provide a fake scan and result for the user. The application is very misleading and will mislead the user into think that their computer is heavily infected. By misleading the user, the program can scare the user into purchasing Vista Antivirus 2017. The names of viruses found by Vista Antivirus 2017 also sound bad purposely. The application is one of many fake computer security applications released around early June 2018. The other applications include Vista Antispyware 2017 and XP Antivirus 2017. This type of application is classified as a Rogue Security Application. While Vista Antivirus 2017 may look like a real antivirus program, the program is fake. The last version of Vista Antivirus 2017 was called Vista Anti-Virus 2018.
Vista Antivirus 2017 can be tricky to remove since it hides the program files as hidden system protected files. The user will need to turn on hidden files to see the main executable for Vista Antivirus 2017. This executable is similar to AV.exe and AVE.exe, which are the main executable of previous clones of this virus. Vista Antivirus 2017 will modify the registry; therefore, the registry must be fixed before removing the main executable file. The comments for AV.exe and comments for AVE.exe may provide insight into the successful removal of Vista Antivirus 2017. These two pages have roughly a combined 160 comments.
Below is our recommended removal tool for Vista Antivirus 2017. 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.
Vista Antivirus 2017 will block the user from browsing the web. To download the removal tool, please type in the address below in Internet Explorer.
It is still possible to use Internet Explorer. In the video below, we have detailed how to access the web in Internet Explorer.
We recommend reading through our removal tips if you plan to manually remove Vista Antivirus 2017. Vista Antivirus 2017, 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 Vista Antivirus 2017 can be found below.
“Vista Antivirus 2017 Firewall Alert!
Vista Antivirus 2017 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.”
Vista Antivirus 2017 will also modify Internet Explorer to show the following alert listed below when the browser is opened. It will continue to show the following when visiting websites. It will essentially redirect the webpage to the following.
“Internet Explorer alert. Visiting this site may pose a security threat to your system!
Possible reasons include:
Dangerous code found in this site’s pages which installs unwanted software into your system.
Suspicious and potentially unsafe network activity detected.
Spyware infection in your system.
Complaints from other users about this site.
Port and system scans performed by the site being visited.
Things you can do:
Get a copy of Vista Antivirus 2017 to safeguard your PC while surfing the web (RECOMMENDED).
Run a spyware, virus and malware scan.
Continue surfing without any security measures (DANGEROUS).”
It is recommended to use safe mode when removing the virus because Vista Antivirus 2017 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. Vista Antivirus 2017 can be removed by using the
Manual Vista Antivirus 2017 Removal – In order to manually remove Vista Antivirus 2017, the processes associated with Vista Antivirus 2017 must be stopped, the files associated with the processes must be removed, and the registry entries must be corrected to the previous state before Vista Antivirus 2017 entered the computer.
Stop Vista Antivirus 2017 Processes (Learn How To Do This)
The executable for Vista Antivirus 2017 will generally be a series of three characters or PW.exe.
Remove Vista Antivirus 2017 Files (Learn How To Do This)
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\[random letters].exe
Vista Antivirus 2017 main executable file is a hidden protected system file. Turn on “show hidden files” and 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.
Remove Vista Antivirus 2017 Registry Keys (Learn How To Do This)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Vista Antivirus 2017
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Vista Antivirus 2017
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Vista Antivirus 2017
Remove Vista Antivirus 2017 Startup Entry (Learn How To Do This)
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