AV Security Suite is a rogue anti-spyware that aggressively sells itself to users by showing fake threat reports and scan results. It is related to the notorious rogue programs known by the names of Antivirus Soft and Antispyware Soft. AV Security Suite gets installed on a user’s computer through fake PDF files that install a Trojan by exploiting security loopholes. Once installed, AV Security Suite immediately disables essential Windows utilities such as Task Manager and Registry Editor to prevent the user from attempting to manually remove it. Then, AV Security Suite starts to display fake pop-ups, claiming that the integrity of the system has been compromised due to the presence of dangerous spyware. Its GUI is extremely authentic-looking, and starts conducting fake scans as soon as it is open, flagging legitimate user programs as viruses and spyware. It also tries to convince the user that the currently installed ‘trial’ version is not sufficient to remove these threats, and that the user should pay for ‘activation’ of AV Security Suite. It should be noted that the ‘full’ version of AV Security Suite, once purchased, has no capability whatsoever to clean your computer and this is a trick that you should never fall for.

AV Security Suite

The following sections outline how to remove AV Security Suite. AV Security Suite removal involves the stopping of processes, removal of files and folders and the deletion of registry entries. However, before attempting this you should restart your computer in Safe Mode, preferable with Networking to receive remote help if you get into trouble.

File Removal Procedures

The first step you need to take in order to remove AV Security Suite from your computer is to kill the following processes:

  • [random characters]tssd.exe
  • [random characters].exe

Next, it is necessary to remove the following files and folders from the hard disk in order to continue with AV Security Suite removal:

Windows XP:

  • %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Local Settings\Application Data\[random characters ]\[random characters]tssd.exe
  • %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Local Settings\Application Data\[random characters ]\[random characters].exe

Windows Vista/7:

  • %USER%\AppData\[random characters ]\[random characters]tssd.exe
  • %USER%\AppData \[random characters ]\[random characters].exe

Once the above steps have been completed, it is safe to say that there are no more files belonging to AV Security Suite on your hard disk. While cleaning your computer, it is, however, important to know that a complete scan using genuine antivirus software such as Spyware Doctor with Antivirus may proof to be extremely beneficial.

Registry Removal Procedures

File deletion alone is not sufficient to completely remove AV Security Suite. The following keys and settings should be removed from the Windows Registry for complete AV Security Suite removal:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AvScan
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random characters]“
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random characters]“
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\avsoft
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\avsuite
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\avsoft
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\avsuite
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “RunInvalidSignatures” =”1″
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyOverride” = “”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyServer” = “http=127.0.0.1:5555″
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations “LowRiskFileTypes” = “.exe”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = “1”

After the registry cleaning portion of AV Security Suite removal has been completed, your computer is safe from this rogue software.

Conclusion

Even if you have a good knowledge on how to remove AV Security Suite, you should not attempt to do it manually if you are an inexperienced computer user. Any mistake made during removal could cause untold damage to the operating system. Therefore it is recommended to use a legitimate antivirus application such as Spyware Doctor with Antivirus or web-based repair service such as www.onlinecomputerrepair.org for safe AV Security Suite removal.

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