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Remove Antivirus 2009 (Improved Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as Antivirus2009 | Type: Rogue Antispyware

Antivirus 2009 is a scareware application that displays fake pop-ups claiming malware infections

Antivirus 2009

Antivirus 2009 is a rogue anti-spyware[1] application that is presented as a tool that can defend users from malware, as well as malicious sites. However, the application is absolutely useless, and scammers are merely trying to make users buy its licensed version in various deceptive ways.

Antivirus 2009 is one of many re-branded programs that were popular during the time, such as System Antivirus, AntiSpyware 2008, Internet Security 2010, Total Security, PC Defender Plus, and many others. All of them perform one function on the machine – run a background process that continually spawns intrusive and fake warnings about malware infections and tries to make users buy its full version.

However, because the scanner is fake, it will not protect from malicious software. In contrary, Antivirus 2009 acts more like malware itself and should not be trusted. Besides, users who pay might disclose their credit card information to unknown parties or even criminals that can sell the data on the black market for profits.

Name Antivirus 2009
Type Rogue anti-spyware
Category Malware
Related files
  • a2009.exe
  • MSx.exe
  • MSA.exe
  • MSASetup.exe
  • MSA.cpl
Operating system Windows OS
Distribution Software bundles, malicious sites
Risks Sensitive information disclosure to cybercriminals, money loss, malware infection 
Symptoms Persistent pop-ups and full screen warnings that claim PC virus infection
Termination Use reputable anti-malware software or check our manual removal guide below
Recovery To fix damage done by Antivirus 2009, employ Reimage

No matter how ironic it might sound, Antivirus 2009 is a virus itself, as it performs malicious tasks on the system (which is file modification) in order to make users hand their money to its developers. Here's what Antivirus 2009 virus attempts to do on the infected system:

  • Imitates malware behavior in various ways;
  • Marks legitimate websites (such as Microsoft.com) malicious;
  • Redirects to payment pages while user never intended to;
  • Changes desktop shortcuts to malicious ones;
  • Displays fake system errors and Blue Screens of Death;[2]
  • Greatly slows down computer speed. 

Antivirus 2009, and all its sister programs, often use familiar words that create a false sense of legitimacy. Additionally, fake apps often imitate the UI of well-known software, such as Windows Defender.  However, these are simple social engineering tricks that have been used for years now and are one of the main factors why users get tricked into installing malicious software intentionally, thinking that it's a tool that can actually help them.

Instead, users who agree to purchase Antivirus 2009 might actually harm their system to the point it's not repairable. Besides, exposing payment information to rogue software developers is not a good idea – they are showing fake alerts and BSODs to users, so taking the sensitive data and selling it on the Dark Web might be an excellent idea for them as well.

While the malware is old, it does not mean that you can altogether avoid it, as it was spread within software bundles. Besides, torrents and other pirated software sites are filled with installers that bundle unwanted programs or even malware. Therefore, if you unexpected scans on your device, make sure you quickly remove Antivirus 2009. For that, you can use legitimate anti-malware software or take care of its termination manually, as explained below.

Antivirus 2009 malware
Antivirus 2009 is not a real anti-virus program but rather malware itself - it modifies Windows system in order to show fake infection messages

Hoax programs continue to trick users with fake scan results

The technique of creating a fake problem and then offering a fake solution is also used by tech support scammers, as well as websites that claim fake infections. The latter is a mere trick and can be simply ignored (however, many users still fall for it due to lack of IT knowledge) while engaging in tech support scam conversations might result in significant monetary loss.

Malicious programs like  Antivirus 2009 are now rare, as many security applications instantly detect them, and the overall awareness of ever-evolving internet community has risen. However, there are still plenty of deceptive programs that, while not as intrusive, flag harmless files (such as Google's cookies or minuscule registry[3] entries) as “an issue.” Great examples of such apps include Advanced Mac Cleaner, TuneupMyMac, My System Mechanic, MPC Cleaner, and many others.

If you managed to get infected, you should hurry up Antivirus 2009 removal. Due to malware's nature, we highly recommend using sophisticated anti-virus scanners instead of manually tampering with the infected files. Besides, you should also scan your device with Reimage as a remedy for the system changes made by Antivirus 2009.

Make sure you install programs that are legitimate and watch our for bundled installers

The lack of user computer knowledge is what drives many rogue anti-spyware software developers, as all they need to do is show a fake but very “scary” warning claiming system compromise. While most of such hoaxes are delivered via the browsers nowadays and can be turned off by closing down the tab, malicious applications will not leave users alone and display fake messages, change system configuration settings, and perform many other unwanted activities.

Therefore, it is important staying away from such applications in the first place. If you are looking for a security program, make sure you do not download one from dodgy third-party sites, as they might offer hoax programs as a solution to your problems. You should rather trust reputable sources – read some reviews before you proceed with the installation.

Another important way to protect your machine from unwanted software is by carefully dealing with shareware and freeware apps. Installers are often bundled with third-party programs that might even be malicious.[4] To avoid that, experts[5] recommend never to rush the installation process and carefully read the details presented in each step. Most importantly, make sure you pick Advanced or Custom settings and terminate all the unwanted programs before finalizing the installation.

Uninstall Antivirus 2009 to protect your computer from unsolicited system modifications

Antivirus 2009 removal can be performed manually – you need to go to the installed program list via the Control Panel and find the entry in question. However, terminating it like an ordinary application will not be enough; the malicious activity might continue. This is because Antivirus 2009 virus changes registry entries and modifies other sectors of the Windows OS.

For that reason, we recommend you pick a reputable anti-malware tool and remove Antivirus 2009 and all its traces automatically. Additionally, because the application might have tampered with Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and other browsers' settings, we recommend their full reset. For full instructions, please check the step-by-step guide below.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Alternative Software
Different security software includes different virus database. If you didn’t succeed in finding malware with Reimage, try running alternative scan with SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different security software includes different virus database. If you didn’t succeed in finding malware with Reimage, try running alternative scan with Combo Cleaner.

To remove Antivirus 2009, follow these steps:

Eliminate Antivirus 2009 from Windows systems

To remove Antivirus 2009 manually, you should check the installed program list on Windows. However, we recommend that users scan the device with reputable anti-malware software to make sure all the traces of the malicious app are terminated.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Antivirus 2009 and related programs
    Here, look for Antivirus 2009 or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Get rid of Antivirus 2009 from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Antivirus 2009 and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Antivirus 2009 removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Antivirus 2009 from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge as soon as you terminate the virus:

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Antivirus 2009 should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Antivirus 2009 from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Antivirus 2009 and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Antivirus 2009 removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Antivirus 2009 from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Antivirus 2009 and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Antivirus 2009 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Antivirus 2009 from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Antivirus 2009 or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Antivirus 2009 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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