Remove AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 virus (Guide)

AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 is a computer virus, which masquerades as genuine security software, while actually reporting non-existent malware threats in order to scare the user into paying $99,95 for this rogue security software.
[Image: AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 Alert]

[Image: AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 virus]

What is AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015?

AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 is a rogue anti-virus program from the Rogue.FakeRean-Braviax family of computer infections. This program is classified as a rogue because it pretends to be an anti-virus program, but will instead displays bogus scan results, report non-existing computer infections, and does not allow you to run your normal applications.
In this case, not only is AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 going to disrupt your system, it’s going to try and trick you into making a purchase using your credit card.
AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 appears in the form of a fake Windows warning on your computer system that reads you have a specific number of viruses on your computer (usually in the hundreds) and that this software has detected those viruses. To get rid of them you must purchase the full-version of AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015. It’s important to remember that by purchasing the “claimed full version to remove the viruses” you will be submitting your personal information to unscrupulous persons and may also end up being a victim of credit card or identity fraud or theft.

To protect itself from being removed, AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 will also terminate any application you try to run on your computer. It does this to protect itself from being removed by legitimate security programs and to scare you into thinking your programs are infected.

The text of the AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 Alert pop-up is:
AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 has blocked a program from accessing the internet
This program is infected with Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen
Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords.

How did AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 virus got on my computer?

AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 is distributed through several means. Malicious websites, or legitimate websites that have been hacked, can infect your machine through exploit kits that use vulnerabilities on your computer to install this rogue antivirus without your permission.
Another method used to propagate AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 is spam email containing infected attachments or links to malicious websites. Cyber-criminals spam out an email, with forged header information, tricking you into believing that it is from a shipping company like DHL or FedEx. The email tells you that they tried to deliver a package to you, but failed for some reason. Sometimes the emails claim to be notifications of a shipment you have made. Either way, you can’t resist being curious as to what the email is referring to – and open the attached file (or click on a link embedded inside the email). And with that, your computer is infected with the AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 virus.
The threat may also be downloaded manually by tricking the user into thinking they are installing a useful piece of software, for instance a bogus update for Adobe Flash Player or another piece of software.
The AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 infection is also prevalent on peer-to-peer file sharing websites and is often packaged with pirated or illegally acquired software.


How to remove AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 virus (Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove the AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 infection from your your computer. Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking
STEP 2: Run RKill to terminate AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 malicious processes
STEP 3: Remove AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 4:  Remove AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 infection with HitmanPro
STEP 5: Fix your Windows Registry from AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 infection

STEP 1 : Start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking

  1. Remove all floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs from your computer, and then restart your computer.
  2. When the computer starts you will see your computer’s hardware being listed. When you see this information start to gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with the Windows XP, Vista or 7 Advanced Boot Options.
    [Image: F8 key]
    If you are using Windows 8, press the Windows key + C, and then click Settings. Click Power, hold down Shift on your keyboard and click Restart, then click on Troubleshoot and select Advanced options. In the Advanced Options screen, select Startup Settings, then click on Restart.
  3. If you are using Windows XP, Vista or 7 in the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Networking , and then press ENTER.
    [Image: Safemode.jpg]
    If you are using Windows 8, press 5 on your keyboard to Enable Safe Mode with Networking.

    If you are having issues starting Windows 8 in Safe Mode with Networking, you can follow this “How to start Windows 8 in Safe Mode with Networking” guide.

    Windows will start in Safe Mode with Networking.


STEP 2: Run RKill to terminate AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 malicious processes

RKill is a program that will attempt to terminate all malicious processes associated with AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 infection, so that we will be able to perform the next step without being interrupted by this malicious software.
Because this utility will only stop AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 running process, and does not delete any files, after running it you should not reboot your computer as any malware processes that are configured to start automatically will just be started again.

  1. While your computer is in Safe Mode with Networking ,please download the latest official version of RKill.Please note that we will use a renamed version of RKILL so that Proven Antivirus Protection won’t block this utility from running.
    RKILL DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download RKILL renamed as iExplore.exe)
  2. Double click on iExplore.exe to start RKill and stop any processes associated with AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015.
    [Image: RKILL Program]
  3. RKill will now start working in the background, please be patient while the program looks for AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 malicious process and tries to end them.
    [Image: RKILL stoping malware]
  4. When the Rkill utility has completed its task, it will generate a log. Do not reboot your computer after running RKill as the malware programs will start again.
    [Image: RKill Report]

STEP 3: Remove AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware FREE

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free uses industry-leading technology to detect and remove all traces of malware, including worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware, and more.
It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts.

  1. You can download download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the below link.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. Once downloaded, close all programs, then double-click on the icon on your desktop named “mbam-setup-consumer-2.00.xx” to start the installation of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware setup program]
    Picture of User Account Control You may be presented with a User Account Control dialog asking you if you want to run this file. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
  3. When the installation begins, you will see the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard which will guide you through the installation process.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard]
    To install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your machine, keep following the prompts by clicking the “Next” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Final Setup Screen]
  4. Once installed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program, and that a scan has never been run on your system. To start a system scan you can click on the “Fix Now” button.
    [Image: Click on the Fix Now button to start a scan]
    Alternatively, you can click on the “Scan” tab and select “Threat Scan“, then click on the “Scan Now” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Threat Scan]
  5. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now check for updates, and if there are any, you will need to click on the “Update Now” button.
    [Image: Click on Update Now to update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware]
  6. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for the AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 virus. When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is scanning it will look like the image below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware while performing a scan]
  7. When the scan has completed, you will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected. To remove the malicious programs that Malwarebytes Anti-malware has found, click on the “Quarantine All” button, and then click on the “Apply Now” button.
    [Image: Remove the malware that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has found]
    Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.
  8. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now quarantine all the malicious files and registry keys that it has found. When removing the files, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot your computer, please allow it to do so.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware while removing viruses]
    After your computer will restart, you should open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and perform another “Threat Scan” scan to verify that there are no remaining threats

STEP 4: Remove AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti-virus software, firewalls, etc.). HitmanPro is designed to work alongside existing security programs without any conflicts. It scans the computer quickly (less than 5 minutes) and does not slow down the computer.

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. Double-click on the file named “HitmanPro.exe” (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or “HitmanPro_x64.exe” (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    [Image: HitmanPro start-up screen]
    Click on the “Next” button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro setup options]
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 malicious files.
    [Image: HitmanPro scanning for malware]
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the “Next” button, to remove AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 virus.
    [Image: HitmanPro scan results]
  5. Click on the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro Activate Free License]

STEP 5: Fix your Windows Registry from AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 infection.

This infection also deletes certain Windows services when it is running. Once the infection has been removed, we can attempt to reinstall those services manually using the following registry files.

  1. Please download the registry file that corresponds to your Windows version for each service listed below.
    The services you need to download a Registry file for are:
    Security Center (Wscsvc) service files:

    Windows Defender (WinDefend) service files (This service does not exist in Windows XP):

  2. Once they are downloaded, double-click on each of the registry files to recreate the various service. When Windows prompts you if you would like to allow the data to be merged, please select Yes.
Your computer should now be free of the AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 virus. If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove AVLab Security XP Antivirus 2015 virus from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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STELIAN PILICI
I've started MalwareTips in 2010 to help people solve their computer problems. My area of expertise includes malware removal and computer forensics. I'm active in the various online anti-malware communities where I do researches for new malware threats as they are released.

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