AV Protection 2012

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AV Protection 2012 Information
Type: Spyware
Analysis: Installs & gathers info from a PC without user permission.
Infection: By downloading freeware & shareware.
Symptoms: Changes PC settings, excessive popups & slow PC performance.
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Just as was true of the previously reported AV Protection 2011, the malicious rogue anti-virus program that has recently been identified as AV Protection 2012 is a malevolent, malware-laced scareware campaign that is definitely out to manipulate and trick its intended victims into purchasing the so-called 'full, registered' version of its utterly useless rogue anti-virus application.

AV Protection 2012 is yet another malicious malware product being offered up by the nasty cybercriminals responsible for the creation and release of the long line of Rogue.WinAVPro scamware programs. AV Protection 2012 is a direct relation of the notoriously dangerous and harmful rogue anti-virus programs: System Security 2012, AV Protection 2011, BlueFlare Antivirus, OpenCloud Security, AV Security 2012, OpenCloud Antivirus, Wolfram Antivirus, AV Guard Online, and Cloud AV 2012.

The AV Protection 2012 family of malicious rogue anti-virus applications is quite large and, seemingly, always increasing in size and this particular, most recent product – AV Protection 2012 – is just the most recent variant released by this malicious family. It seems logical, then, to surmise that AV Protection 2012 is a very deceptive and exceedingly dangerous rogue anti-virus product that is quite skilled in the department of trickery and deception.

The program, currently circulating the Web, calling itself AV Protection 2012, is a harmful malware virus that cannot be trusted. Regardless of its convincing appearance or seemingly authentic claims, this nasty program is out to scam each and every one of its victims. Do not allow yourself to be duped by this hateful program and its nasty creators. Rather, if your system has been violated by this malicious program, be sure to immediately procure a complex malware removal system that will help you completely annihilate this harmful program from your machine, for good.

AV Protection 2012's Malicious, Corrupt Behavior

As a rogue anti-virus program that is skilled at launching malevolent scareware campaigns on the computer systems that have been unlucky enough to become its victims, AV Protection 2012 is capable of running bogus security scans, generating very fake threat detection reports, and bombarding compromised systems users with a variety of phony pop-up security alerts. Each of these three tactics is a scareware technique, meant to manipulate and frighten. Thus, they should not be believed.
To give you an idea of the sort of bogus claims that AV Protection 2012 will attempt to forcefully sell you with its manipulative tactics, Wiki-security.com malware researchers have provided the following examples of the different kinds of pop-up security alerts that this malicious program is known to generate on infected computer systems:

Windows Security Alert
To help protect your computer, Windows Firewall has blocked some features of this program.
Do you want to keep blocking this program?
Name: Zeus
Publisher: Unauthorized

Security Warning
Your computer continues to be infected with harmful viruses. In order to prevent permanent loss of your information and credit card data theft please activate your antivirus software. Click here to enable protection.

Warning! Infection found
Unwanted software (malware) or tracking cookies have been found during last scan. It is highly recommended to remove it from your computer.
Keylogger Zeus was detected and put in quarantine.
Keylogger Zeus is a very dangerous software used by criminals to steal personal data such as credit card information, access to banking accounts, passwords to social networks and e-mails.

Warning! Infection found
Unauthorized sending E-MAIL with subject β€œRE:” to [FAKE EMAIL HERE] was CANCELLED.

svchost.exe was replaced with unauthorized program. It has encountered a problem and needs to close.
If you were in the middle of something, the information you were working on might be lost.
Please tell Microsoft about this problem.
We have created an error report that you can send to us. We will treat this report as confidential and anonymous.

AV Protection 2012 is not a real computer security product, thus AV Protection 2011 is not actually capable of behaving like a real computer security software. Therefore, AV Protection 2012's behavior can be chalked up as nothing more than the wrongful emulation of real computer security programs. To put it another way, AV Protection 2012 is not actually capable of scanning for, detecting, and/or removing any kind of real computer security threat from any infected computer system.

To check your computer for AV Protection 2012, download SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool.

SpyHunter spyware detection tool is only a scanner meant to assist you in detecting AV Protection 2012 and other threats. If you detect the presence of AV Protection 2012 on your PC, you have the opportunity to purchase the SpyHunter removal tool to remove any traces of AV Protection 2012.


Detection of AV Protection 2012 (Recommended)

AV Protection 2012 is difficult to detect and remove. AV Protection 2012 is not likely to be removed through a convenient "uninstall" feature. AV Protection 2012, as well as other spyware, can re-install itself even after it appears to have been removed.

You also run the risk of damaging your computer since you're required to find and delete sensitive files in your system such as DLL files and registry keys. It is recommended you use a good spyware remover to remove AV Protection 2012 and other spyware, adware, trojans and viruses on your computer.

Run a AV Protection 2012 scan/check to successfully detect all AV Protection 2012 files with the SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool. If you wish to remove AV Protection 2012, you can either purchase the SpyHunter spyware removal tool to remove AV Protection 2012 or follow the AV Protection 2012 manual removal method provided in the "Remedies and Prevention" section.

Method of Infection

There are many ways your computer could get infected with AV Protection 2012. AV Protection 2012 can come bundled with shareware or other downloadable software.

Another method of distributing AV Protection 2012 involves tricking you by displaying deceptive pop-up ads that may appear as regular Windows notifications with links which look like buttons reading Yes and No. No matter which "button" that you click on, a download starts, installing AV Protection 2012 on your system. AV Protection 2012 installs on your computer through a trojan and may infect your system without your knowledge or consent.

If you think you may already be infected with AV Protection 2012, use this SpyHunter Spyware dectection tool to detect AV Protection 2012 and other common Spyware infections. After detection of AV Protection 2012, the next advised step is to remove AV Protection 2012 with the purchase of the SpyHunter Spyware removal tool.


AV Protection 2012 may attempt to change your computer's desktop, hijack your browser, monitor your Internet browsing activities, change system files, and can do this without your knowledge or permission. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to remove all traces of AV Protection 2012 from your computer.

Remedies and Prevention

AV Protection 2012, as well as other Spyware, are constantly evolving and becoming more advanced to avoid detection. AV Protection 2012 along with its variants can install in different locations and even when you try to uninstall it you find they reappear when you reboot your computer.

Install a good anti-spyware software

When there's a large number of traces of Spyware, for example AV Protection 2012, that have infected a computer, the only remedy may be to automatically run a Spyware scan from a good anti-spyware software designed to detect AV Protection 2012 and other types of spyware.

Remove AV Protection 2012 manually

Another method to remove AV Protection 2012 is to manually delete AV Protection 2012 files in your system. Detect and remove the following AV Protection 2012 files:


  • %AppData%\svhostu.exe

Other Files

  • %AppData%\[RANDOM SYMBOLS]\AV Protection 2012.ico
  • %AppData%\ldr.ini

Registry Keys

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AV Protection 2012
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM SYMBOLS].exe"

External links

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