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Personal Antivirus. How to Remove? (Uninstall Guide)

removal by - -   Also known as PersonalAntivirus | Type: Rogue Antispyware
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Personal Antivirus is a rogue anti-spyware application advertised as a reliable security tool. The main goal of this program is to scare the user of the infected computer and to make him buy this useless software. If your computer is infected with this rogue application, don't purchase it! It is a scam. Instead, remove Personal Antivirus from your PC immediately after the first appearance.

Personal Antivirus is a clone of General Antivirus and Internet Antivirus Pro. So, basically it acts the same as these last-mentioned programs. This scam is promoted through the use of trojans, fake online anti-malware scanners and bogus advertisements. Once your computer is infected with a certain trojan that promotes this rogue program, you will be flooded with fake security alerts and pop-ups from Windows taskbar. These warnings will state that the system is seriously infected and that you must install Personal Antivirus in order to clean your computer.

Once active, PersonalAntivirus will perform fake system scan and report various bogus infections. However, the scan is fabricated, these infections are all fake and don't actually exist. The truth is that this program is unable neither to detect nor to delete any kind of infections. To make things worse, Personal Antivirus will constantly display pop-ups and security warnings very similar to those shown by Windows Security Center. These alerts will state that your computer is infected with trojans, spyware or adware. To add some more, this parasite will show fake security threats and notifications about malicious activities. All this undesirable behavior is done only to trick you into purchasing Personal Antivirus.

What is more, this rogue application will hijack your Internet Explorer browser and redirect you to malicious websites that promote Personal Antivirus or other scareware. It will modify Windows HOST file and block certain websites in order to protect itself from removal. As you could already understand, this application is harmful and must be deleted as soon as possible. The removal guide below provides all information about hoe to get rid of Personal Antivirus manually form your computer.
Related files: iv.exe, winlogon.exe, unins000.dat, unins000.exe, settings.ini, uninstall.lnk

Personal Antivirus properties:
• Changes browser settings
• Shows commercial adverts
• Connects itself to the internet
• Stays resident in background

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Personal Antivirus manual removal

Kill processes:
pav.exe
unins000.exe
Delete registry values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Personal Antivirus_is1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_ITGRDENGINE
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ITGrdEngine
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer "PrS"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Personal Antivirus"
Delete files:
Personal Antivirus.lnk
Uninstall.lnk
pav.exe
msxmlm.dll.tmp
drv1878004.exe.tmp


Delete directories:
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Personal Antivirus
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Personal Antivirus
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Personal Antivirus\db
c:\Program Files\Personal Antivirus
c:\Program Files\Personal Antivirus\db
c:\Program Files\Personal Antivirus\Languages

Geolocation of Personal Antivirus

Map reveals the prevalence of Personal Antivirus. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: Pakistan, Vietnam, Austria, Romania and Germany.

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Comments on Personal Antivirus

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<Guest>
This is probably made by the people who start the personal antivirus. So don't listen to this. It doesn't work.
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<Guest>
When I try to go to some of those places, the thing is not there.

Like I go to my user profile > application data and then personal antivirus is not there.
I don't know what happened. Did I do something wrong?
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<Guest>
Hi

I fell for this scam as well. After the last windows xp automatic update I noticed that the personal anti virus has been removed.
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<Guest>
How do I know that this isn't part of the scam? Why can't I use a program that I know is legit to remove this program instead of of somemthing that I have to download from this website.

You're suspect!
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<Guest>
when i tried to uninstall this stupid thing it told me permission not allowed wth is this suppose to mean?
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<Guest>
I got infected with this yesterday but did a system restore for 2 days before that and, touch wood, it has gone.
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<Guest>
Wow it has got in to Nae's computer and all hell is running loose. She is going to get those guys good.
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<Guest>
get mcafee virus remover it got rid of it for me i left clicked the personal antivirus and deleted it that way
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<Guest>
My problem is I do not find it in installed programs!!! When I go in install uninstall programs I do not find it why? How do I get rid of it????
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<Guest>
thank u so much!
how did people get this virus? mine just showed up on my desktop and started its warnings. should have known, there was no real contact info. where does the money go if people pay? can they be tracked? btw, i used Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, and it seemed to work perfectly.
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