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Antivirus8. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - -   Also known as Antivirus 8, AV8 | Type: Rogue Antispyware

Antivirus8 is a rogue security program from the same family as Antivir 2010. It’s promoted mostly through the use of Trojans, fake online anti-malware scanners and misleading social engineering methods. Once installed, it will supposedly scan your computer for viruses and display numerous infections, mostly spyware, adware, Trojans and other malware. As a typical rogue program it will prompt you to pay for a full version of the program to remove supposedly found malware from your computer. If Antivirus8 has infected your computer you should remove it as soon as possible. It’s a scam, so don’t purchase it. Instead, please use the removal instructions below to remove Antivirus8 from your computer either manually or with an automatic removal tool.

While Antivirus 8 is running, it will constantly display fake security alerts and weird pop-ups about non-existent infections in your computer. The main goal of this fake antivirus program is to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected. These fake security alerts will pop up like every two or five minutes and will claim that your computer is under attack or baldy infected with Trojans and other malware that can even steal your passwords and other sensitive information.

This copy of AV is not genuine
Your may be a victim of software counterfeiting. This copy of Antivirus8 is not genuine and is not eligible to receive the full range of upgrades and product support from Microsoft.

Warning! Active virus detected!
Threat detected: Keylogger.iSnake.PRO
Infected file: C:WindowsSystem32cmd.exe

Warning! Identity theft attampt detected!
Attacker IP:
Attack Target: Microsoft Corp. Keys
Description: Remote host tries to get access to your personal information.

It won’t steal anything unless it comes bundled with other malware that could in theory steal something. Antivirus8 can’t steal anything and it doesn’t delete files from your computer. It’s a ripoff rogue and that’s all. However, the bad news is that this fake AV8 blocks security related programs and websites to protect itself from being removed. It hijacks Internet Explorer and redirects users to various misleading websites full of Ads. It will take you to its payment page to purchase the full version of the program. It costs around $80 and you can get a lot better and legitimate protection for a half of Antivirus8 price.

As you can see, Antivirus8 is nothing more but a scam. It goes without saying that you should remove it from your computer upon detection. Full details on how to remove Antivirus8 are outlined below. We strongly recommend you to scan your computer with legitimate anti-spyware program to completely remove the rogue program and any related malware from your computer.

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Antivirus8 manual removal:

Kill processes:

Delete registry values:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionsexplorer.exe

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "AV8"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings5.0User AgentPost Platform "WinNT-A8I 23.09.2010"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionsexplorer.exe "Debugger" = "C:Program FilesAV8av8.exe -d"

Delete files:



Delete directories:
C:Program FilesAV8

C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuAV8

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  • Pickaname

    Daimao or ne1 else who cannot install flash after infection look at this virus makes a kill bit for flash in the registry. HIH

  • Guest

    Hi there

    I am Daimao 1 in Japan.

    When PC gets the Antivirus 8, we can remove it with Malwarebytes' anti-malware.But after Antivirus 8 infection, we can not install Adobe Flash Player.Why? IE8,XP pro,thank you!
    Do you have some new infos on this issue?

  • Guest

    i am a newb and dont feel like screwing up my computer any more then it all ready is. i take it to your local Office Depot and they will fix it for you! They are Amazing! And might i add FAST!!!!! Highly recommend.

  • Guest

    Thank you very much 😀

  • Guest

    how do i remove AV8 from my comp

  • Guest

    Vous vous ĂȘtes introduit dans mon pc et j'aimerai que vous me laisser en paix avec votre produit. Je ne peux pas travailler sur mon ordi sans que vous me dites que j'ai des virus.
    Ce qui n'est pas possible ni vrai. Je trouve votre agissement malhonnĂȘte.

    Donc faites le nécessaire.


  • Guest

    my daughter just paid for her norton security and it let this bs av8 on her computer. of course i was the one on it so im being blamed for it. it wont even let me go to a cite to fix it.

  • Guest

    Haha these n00bs don't know that STOPzilla will find the infection, but it won't remove it until they buy it !!!

    Wat a f-in' scam.

    And they probably also don't know that the person who posted this link on Y Answers will get a $$ Commission if they do buy it.

  • Guest

    The green download button i opened up the spyware doctor folder and all the antivirus was coming up, i kept trying and it gave up, now im downloading the deletion thing for antivirus 8, ill let you know if i was satifisied

  • Guest

    OMFg it really did attack my computer and my mom almost paid for it, but isaid hell no ahaha not sure if it worked yet but im deleting it now. i tihnk

  • Guest

    Started up spyware doctor, and i swear up and down that thing peed it's quantum pants.

  • Guest

    if you cant open your acount, open a task manager, select new task, and open desktop. Ta-Da! also, it said i had and i.d. theft attempt… WITH THE INTERNET DISABLED!

  • Guest

    Thank U very Much .. but the exe files are not getting deleted ..

  • Guest

    Perfect Instructions! Thank you!

  • Dmitry

    Helpfull. Thanks.

  • Guest

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!1

  • RL

    These instructions worked perfectly, thank you. follow the above instructions exactly and it should work correctly.

    thanks again to the original poster. great step by step instructions

  • Guest

    I have a blank screen since it came up saying it was on the PC??? whats that about???

  • Guest

    When I turn on my computer, the anitvirus 8 scrren comes up and then it takes over the computer – it goes through its opening process then shuts itself down and reboots and does the same thing all over again? HELP! I cannot get intot he system to try and delete? Now what?

  • Guest

    Thank you so much, this is my parents computer and I drove over to help my dad. This website led me step by step and I am very grateful! While followign the steps I opened the tips in another tab to have all the information I needed. It was very easy, thanks again!

  • Guest

    Followed all the steps and worked great Thanks