Antivirus 2010

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Antivirus 2010 Information
Type:   Spyware
  Installs & gathers info from a PC without user permission.
  By downloading freeware & shareware programs.
  Changes PC settings, excessive popups
& slow PC performance.
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Antivirus 2010 is the name of several rogue anti-virus applications, but the most common is one that began infecting computers in October 2008. Antivirus 2010 is a copy of another rogue anti-virus program called Antivirus 2010 Security Centre. In the time since Antivirus 2010 appeared, it has evolved to become more deceptive, and it has also spawned various copies and related rogue programs. Ultimately, the thing to remember about Antivirus 2010 is that it is not real anti-virus program; it cannot protect you, and it is a scam.

Antivirus 2010's Modus Operandi and Evolution

At the time that Antivirus 2010 began causing infections in late 2008, it had typical features for a rogue anti-virus application, along with an appearance that was meant to be misleading. These features persist in current infections of Antivirus 2010, and they include fake system scans with falsified results, phony warning messages, and constant prompts to purchase a "licensed" version of Antivirus 2010 that would be capable of removing the “threats” that the software found.
There have also been reports that Antivirus 2010 prevents other programs from running. The first time Antivirus 2010 disables a program it will shut it down and show an error notice statingthat the program is infected. Then Antivirus 2010 will change the administrative settings for the program, and the second time you try to start the same program, you will get an error message that says that you do not have permission to access it.
Throughout its history, Antivirus 2010 has also used Windows logos and styling in its bogus home screen in order to make itself look trustworthy. Antivirus 2010 can even crash a computer, and sometimes mimics the so-called Blue Screen of Death, which it displays along with a message urging the purchase of Antivirus 2010.

As Antivirus 2010 spread through the Internet, the websites for the phony software were built up to look extremely realistic, as the scam artists responsible for Antivirus 2010 added copyrighted logos, fake seals, and fake awards. Eventually, the sites promoting Antivirus 2010 even added fake reviews from well-known writers, sometimes promoting Antivirus 2010 as the product of an actual PC security company, like Symantec.
In the spring of 2009, there was a new development in this deceptive self-promotion, when installer viruses were released that had the capability of changing some core settings in Internet Explorer. Basically, the virus would make sure that whenever you tried to look for reviews of Antivirus 2010 on any of a large number of highly reputable websites, you were redirected, without knowing it, to a copy of that site that looked completely normal, but which had a glowing positive review of Antivirus 2010. In addition to the Antivirus 2010 infection itself, these supporting installer viruses became part of the scam.

Most recently, the con-artists behind Antivirus 2010 "released" a new version, in their ongoing effort to make Antivirus 2010 look like legitimate software. In October and November of 2010, they started sending out emails, which were worded as if they had come from the customer service department of Antivirus 2010's nonexistent company. The emails thank the recipient for choosing Antivirus 2010, and provide a code with a hyperlink to the "new version", and may say that they are sent by someone named Mike Robertson, "Internet Security Specialist". These emails are nothing less than an invitation to download malicious, useless software.

Clearly, Antivirus 2010 cannot be trusted, and it is not leaving anytime soon. Do not download Antivirus 2010 no matter how good it may look, and do not under any circumstances pay money for the "licensed" version, since it doesn't exist.

To check your computer for Antivirus 2010, download SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool.

SpyHunter spyware detection tool is only a scanner meant to assist you in detecting Antivirus 2010 and other threats. If you detect the presence of Antivirus 2010 on your PC, you have the opportunity to purchase the SpyHunter removal tool to remove any traces of Antivirus 2010.


Detection of Antivirus 2010 (Recommended)

Antivirus 2010 is difficult to detect and remove. Antivirus 2010 is not likely to be removed through a convenient "uninstall" feature. Antivirus 2010, 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 Antivirus 2010 and other spyware, adware, trojans and viruses on your computer.

Run a Antivirus 2010 scan/check to successfully detect all Antivirus 2010 files with the SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool. If you wish to remove Antivirus 2010, you can either purchase the SpyHunter spyware removal tool to remove Antivirus 2010 or follow the Antivirus 2010 manual removal method provided in the "Remedies and Prevention" section.

Method of Infection

There are many ways your computer could get infected with Antivirus 2010. Antivirus 2010 can come bundled with shareware or other downloadable software.

Another method of distributing Antivirus 2010 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 Antivirus 2010 on your system. Antivirus 2010 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 Antivirus 2010, use this SpyHunter Spyware dectection tool to detect Antivirus 2010 and other common Spyware infections. After detection of Antivirus 2010, the next advised step is to remove Antivirus 2010 with the purchase of the SpyHunter Spyware removal tool.


Antivirus 2010 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 Antivirus 2010 from your computer.

Remedies and Prevention

Antivirus 2010, as well as other Spyware, are constantly evolving and becoming more advanced to avoid detection. Antivirus 2010 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 Antivirus 2010, 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 Antivirus 2010 and other types of spyware.

Remove Antivirus 2010 manually

Another method to remove Antivirus 2010 is to manually delete Antivirus 2010 files in your system. Detect and remove the following Antivirus 2010 files:


  • c:\Program Files\AV2010\AV2010.exe
  • c:\Program Files\AV2010\svchost.exe
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\wingamma.exe
  • AV2010Installer[1].exe
  • AV2010.exe
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\application data\av2010\av2010.exe
  • %PROGRAMDATA%\av2010\av2010.exe
  • AV2010[2].exe
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\QW2010\QW2010i.exe
  • QW2010.exe


  • IEDefender.dll
  • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\AV2010\IEDefender.dll

Other Files

  • c:\Program Files\AV2010
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\AV2010.lnk
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\AV2010
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\AV2010\Uninstall.lnk
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\AV2010\AV2010.lnk
  • Windows Gamma Display
  • AV2010.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\AV2010
  • %ProgramFiles%\AV2010
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\AV2010

Registry Keys

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AV2010
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{FC8A493F-D236-4653-9A03-2BF4FD94F643}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AppID\{3C40236D-990B-443C-90E8-B1C07BCD4A68}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{7BC7565C-5062-43CE-8797-DC2C271140A9}
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{705FD64B-2B7B-4856-9337-44CA1DA86849}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{FC8A493F-D236-4653-9A03-2BF4FD94F643}
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Windows Gamma Display"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Class\{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002bE10318}\0012
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Class\{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002bE10318}\0013
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Class\{4D36E972-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002bE10318}\0014
  • FC8A493F-D236-4653-9A03-2BF4FD94F643
  • AppID\3C40236D-990B-443C-90E8-B1C07BCD4A68
  • AppID\IEDefender.DLL
  • IEDefender.IEDefenderBHO
  • IEDefender.IEDefenderBHO.1
  • 7BC7565C-5062-43CE-8797-DC2C271140A9
  • 705FD64B-2B7B-4856-9337-44CA1DA86849
  • Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MenuOrder\Start Menu2\Programs\AV2010

Known Variants

VirusBurst is a re-branded variant of other well-known rogue anti-spyware programs, including SpywareQuake, SpyFalcon, SpywareStrike, SpySheriff, SpyHeal and many other pseudonyms.

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