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Antivirus Vista 2010. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - -   Also known as AntivirusVista2010, AntivirusVista 2010 | Type: Rogue Antispyware

Antivirus Vista 2010 is a rogue anti-virus program that is usually advertised through the use of pop ups and fake security alerts that state that your computer is infected and that you should run an online anti-malware scan. Once the rogue program is installed, it will claim to scan your computer for malware and display a list of false threats just to confirm that your computer is infected with malware (usually Trojans and computer worms). Then it will ask you to pay for a full version of the program in order to remove the threats which as we already know don’t even exist. Most importantly, don’t buy it. If you did, then please contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. Next, please read removal guide below and remove Antivirus Vista 2010 from your computer manually for free or with an automatic removal tool.

Antivirus Vista 2010 scam is very irritating and unfortunately can’t be removed as easy as you would remove regular software. That’s because it uses quite effective self-protection methods and techniques to make the removal process complicated, especially for people who don’t know much about computer. First of all, it blocks almost all legitimate software; of course it disables security software in the first place. Manual removal can be complicated only if you can use Task Manager and Registry Editor, unfortunately it disables these tools too. What is more, Antivirus Vista 2010 will flood your computer with fake security alerts, firewall warnings and other similar pop-ups. It will also hijack Internet Explorer and redirect you to various misleading websites or block access to security related websites. Now, let’s see how to get rid of Antivirus Vista 2010 virus?

Antivirus Vista 2010 removal instructions:

1. Click Start->Run (or WinKey+R). Input: “command”. Press Enter or click OK.
2. Type “notepad” as shown in the image below and press Enter. Notepad will open.
3. Copy and past the following text into Notepad:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


“Content Type”=”application/x-msdownload”


4. Save file as “exefix.reg” (without quotation-marks) to your Desktop.
NOTE: choose Save as type: All files

5. Double-click to open exefix.reg. Click “Yes” for Registry Editor prompt window.
6. Download STOPzilla or an automatic removal tool below. Update STOPzilla and run a full system scan.

If you can’t complete the above steps then please use another PC to download an automatic removal tool and exefix.reg (Right Click (Save Target As)) to download file. Copy these files to USB flash drive or any other external media and transfer them to infected computer. Launch exefix.reg file first and then install STOPzilla.

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Antivirus Vista 2010 manual removal:

Kill processes:

Delete registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassessecfileshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsecfileshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "%1" %*

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetFIREFOX.EXEshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetFIREFOX.EXEshellsafemodecommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe" -safe-mode

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClientsStartMenuInternetIEXPLORE.EXEshellopencommand "(Default)" = "%UserProfile%Local SettingsApplication Dataav.exe" /START "C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftSecurity Center "AntiVirusOverride" = "1"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftSecurity Center "FirewallOverride" = "1"

Delete files:


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  • Grateful

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the notepad short cut & registry update. The virus had blocked my access to command & download. I used free malware removal software from CNET and so far so good.

  • Guest

    also disables anti virus systems….you have to re-download it, then delete it, for free, just check the instructions

  • Guest

    oh my, if you bought the anti virus IMMIDATLY call your credit card company, and cancel the order, if its too late, terminate your credit card, and change all the settings

  • rich

    use registry mechanic the best

  • Guest

    i just tried this too and it also said I need to pay for it to delete the virus. What's up with that?

  • Guest

    i did this but it says i need to pay for it to delete the virus??

  • Guest

    Thanks 4 the suggestions wil try right away with this bugging thing

  • Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My norton and malware didn't pick it up…wtf?

  • Guest

    Stupid bug…
    i can kill a virus in about 15 minutes, but i'd like to see a single antivirus software actually catch this virus.

  • Guest

    Stupid bug…
    i can kill a virus in about 15 minutes, but i'd like to see a single antivirus software actually catch this virus.

  • Guest

    I bought antivirus vista 2010 but it disappear of my computer,can you help me?
    My order ID #20678567


    thank you so much for this. it really helped.

  • Guest

    hi guys, i have done the manual process of removing, it said everything was removed etc, i restarted but, 'antivirus vista 2010 firewall alert' still came up. i am able to use internet browser now but this message is still here? any suggestions? should i system restore too?? thanks so much

  • Guest

    used system restore all ok now

  • Guest

    System restore worked perfectly. 🙂

  • Guest

    I'm confused…for step 5) it says to double click something, what is it that i have to double click????

  • Guest

    apparently my vista 2010 thing is blocking all downloads. its really annoying me- i even tried turning off all of the internet security settings to low or off. so i cant download anything. the manual thing isn't working either. anyone have any suggestions?

  • Guest

    have spyware dr and it was useless againt antivirus vista 2010

  • Dave

    Very much appreciated, not being able to hop into regedit made trying to figure out how to kill this monster a real pain.

  • Guest

    do i have to buy the remover to get rid of the virus?

  • Guest

    do i have to buy the removal to get rid of the virus?

  • Guest

    Thanks for your help, in the process of removal – much appreciated!

  • Guest

    By “Start” they mean Vista Start Orb in the left corner.

  • Guest

    System restore may also work, but after all you should still scan your computer with a legitimate anti-spyware program.

  • Guest

    what if you just do a system restore to a checkpoint when antivirus vista wasn't on the system yet?

  • Guest

    k i dont get the first step
    press start from wat??

  • Son

    You guys rock. Power to the people!

  • Guest

    thanks all good now

  • Andy

    Thanks for this, seems to have worked a treat, very simple, clear instructions

  • Guest

    prompting to buy registration??

  • nicole

    it's also prompting me to buy the registration. what do i do now?!

  • ja

    It said to buy the spyware progream please help

  • Guest

    Thanks! Worked great!

  • Guest

    Was able to do this from the computer infected. worked perfectly. thank you very much

  • Guest

    You should add that in order for this to work, you need to do it on another computer, and save the exefix file to a zip drive, and plug it in to the infected computer. Thank you soooo much for the advice!!!!

  • Guest

    Thank you very much!!!

  • Guest

    The bastard that wrote Antivirus Vista 2010 should be locked in a tiny cell and tortured every day of their life. BTW thanks for the removal info.