I just turned on my computer and started to get some pop-up of a program that’s called Antivirus System Pro?? I never downloaded that before but its starting to take over my machine and keeps reporting that I have a lot of security alerts and I cannot use Internet Explorer anymore.? Is this fake or is this real and how do I remove it if it is malicious?

Good job of picking up on malicious piece of software!? AntiVirus System Pro is a rogue anti-spyware that likes to report tons of fake results and security alerts like you’re reporting.? It is also programmed and designed to start up right when you boot into Windows so it will keep hogging up your system resources as well.

Like you also picked up on, we will need to remove this software.? It will help you gain control back of Internet Explorer; the program tends to hijack the use of Internet Explorer.

Some of the tell tale signs of AntiVirus System Pro, besides the start up of the actual program are fake reports such as:

Windows Security alert
Windows reports that computer is infected. Antivirus software helps to protect your computer against viruses and other security threats. Click here for the scan you computer. Your system might be at risk now.

To remove this infection, we’ll use our trusty tool?Malwarebytes? Anti-Malware

  • Download the program from the link above and double click the file ?mbam-setup.exe?
  • Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes? Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes? Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select ?Perform Quick Scan?, then click Scan.
  • The scan may take some time to finish, so please be patient.
  • When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. <- very important
  • When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart. (See Extra Note)
  • The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM. (You may need this for a later post on the forums!)

Extra Note:If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts, click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process, if asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately

Reboot your computer and you should be all set.? I’m glad you were able to pick up on the false program and did not fall into its trap of asking for credit card information to remove the “fake” infections on your computer.