There’s a new rogue antivirus program out there called Vista Antivirus 2014.
For those of you who do not know, a rogue antivirus program is a piece of malware that pretends to be antivirus software. It “scans” your computer and then claims your computer is infected with malware. it then demands payment for the “removal” of these “threats.”
Here is how to remove Vista Antivirus 2014:
Step #1: Reboot your computer into safe mode with networking.
To do this, turn the computer off and turn it back on.
Immediately after you press the power button to turn the computer back on, press the F8 key on your keyboard repeatedly until you come to a menu that gives you options such as Safe Mode. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select Safe Mode With Networking.
Step #2: To make sure that the rogue will not interfere with removal, we must run Rkill. Download iExplore.exe here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/rkill/
Step #3: Run the downloaded executable. It will open a black box, this is normal. Once the black box has closed on its own, proceed to step 4.
Step #4: Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from here: http://www.malwarebytes.org/mwb-download/
Step #5: Run the downloaded installer and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
Step #6: Once the program is installed, it will automatically open a window. Once this window is open, click the Scan Now button on the lower right corner of the window.
Step #7: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now scan your computer. As this scan will take some time, I suggest you do something else while remaining in close proximity to the computer so you can check on the scan every once in a while. Once the scan is complete, proceed to step 8.
Step #8: When the scan is complete, click the show results button.
Step #9: Click Apply Actions. If Malwarebytes prompts you to restart your computer, please allow it to do so.
Step #10: Enjoy your computer which should now be free of Vista Antivirus 2014.