Antivirus software called PC Defender 360 runs automatically and scaring you that several hundred threats have been detected on your PC? It seems to freeze all your programs and applications causing whenever you click on them, it pops up a window from PC Defender 360 claim the program is infected with Trojan like below?
The part of symptoms mentioned above is enough to prove that your PC is infected with rogueware—PC Defender 360( fake antivirus software).
Read this article to get removal instruction of this rogueware or learn about it.
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What is PC Defender 360
PC Defender 360 is classified as rogueware, which is similar to Smart HDD Virus, Attentive Antivirus, and System Antivirus Virus etc. As fake antivirus software, it is designed to steal unsuspected users’ money by scaring them into purchasing the PC Defender 360 to remove those non-exiting threats and risks. It is totally a scam made by the rogueware itself.
More details on this scam
After PC Defender 360 rogueware goes to your computer sneakily, it begins to run a system scan automatically on the pretext of detecting and removing all the threats of your system including spyware, adware, Trojan and virus. For the whole scan process, it imitates that of the legitimate antivirus software so that to gives an illusion that it is a real and legitimate antivirus program. Once the scan is finished, this rogueware will display a scaring detected result stating your PC has had infiltrated by several hundred threats and your personal information is at a risk of being stolen, etc. To steal your money, it cheats unsuspecting users into belief that only purchase the antivirus software-PC Defender 360 can users remove those threats and keep their PC in a safe state. Actually, those threats are not existed at all. Of course, this fake antivirus software cannot solve any of problems. Purchasing PC Defender means that you give your money to cyber criminals. Furthermore, you are likely to leak your personal information and become the victim of credit card identity fraud or theft.
To sum up, PC Defender 360 will arouse these bad influences to computer:
> Stop any of your programs and applications from starting. Whenever you attempt to run them, there will pop up a window from PC Defender 360 claiming that it has been infected by Trojan.
> Make you can’t go to internet. The same happen to your browsers: a fake popup of PC Defender 360 appears instead of the homepage of your browser when open the browser.
> Trick you into buying the full version of this rogueware to remove those unreal threats created by it. It is just a scam.
> Steal your personal information when you pay the money to purchase the fake antivirus software. You may become the victim of credit card identity fraud or theft.
How Dose PC Defender 360 Infect You PC and How to Prevent
How Dose PC Defender 360 Infect You PC ?
> When you visit those malicious websites or the legitimated websites that has been compromised, PC Defender 360 virus may install on your PC via security vulnerabilities on your system.
> Also, when you are required to download “legitimated programs”( actually are Trojans ) to view online videos, PC Defender 360 virus may install on your PC alongside Trojans.
Therefore, how to prevent from being infected by this kind of rogueware?
√ Try not to visit unknown or strange looking websites.
√ Be attentive when you download some freeware from the internet.
√ Keep your antivirus software and your favorite search engine up to date. Scan and clean up your PC system timely.
How to Remove PC Defender 360 Virus
——Remove automatically ( Recomemded )
- Step 1: Enter activation code of PC Defender 360 virus to stop its malicious behavior
- Step 2: Use Anvi Smart Defender( antivirus software ) to remove PC Defender 360 virus
- Step 3: using Cloud System Booster to remove residual junk files and invalid registry entries from your PC
- Step 1: Let the hidden files and folders on your computer be visible
- Step 2: Rename the ifdstore folder to disable PC Defender 360 virus
- Step 3: Fix your .Exe registry association to revert the PC Defender 360 infecting
- Step 4: Use Anvi Smart Defender to remove PC Defender 360 completely.
——Remove PC Defender 360 virus automatically
Step 1: Enter activation code of PC Defender 360 virus to stop its malicious behavior
Here we offer you the activation code of PC Defender 360 rogueware to stop it from running and then you can use Anvi Smart Defender to remove this rogueware.
1. On the PC Defender 360 window, please click Registration button and then click Enter Activation Code on the popup window.
2. Enter the key: ?O?Z?L?W?I?T?F?Q?C?N?Y?K?V?H?S?E and click Activate.
Step 2: Use Anvi Smart Defender( antivirus software ) to remove PC Defender 360 virus
1: Install Anvi Smart Defender
Download and install the paid or free version of Anvi Smart Defender Anti-malware software.
Free download link: http://dotfab.com/download_asd.html
Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/asdupgrade.php
2: Click quick or full scan
After you install the program, please open it, and switch to Scan tab, perform quick or full scan to eliminate any possible unwanted programs.
3. Remove malicious files form your computer
Once the scan is over, Anvi Smart Defender will display the scan results. (Click view Details to see detailed results). Click on Remove button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer.
Step 3: Use Cloud System Booster remove residual junk files and optimize your PC system
There may exist some residual junk files and invalid registry entries in your computer system after removing PC Defender 360 virus. Thus, Cloud System Booster is required to clean up them and to save your disk space so that as to increase running speed of your computer.
1. Download and install the paid or free version of Cloud System Booster system maintenance & optimizer software.
Download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php
2. After you install the program, please open it, click on BOOST button on the main screen to run a quick and full scan.
3. Once the scan completes, there will come out a result screen, please click Clean button there to remove these junk files, invaild registry entries, etc to make sure the computer system is clean.
——Remove PC Defender 360 virus manually
Step 1: Let the hidden files and folders on your computer be visible
- Click on the Start button > Computer > Tools > Folder Options. ( for Windows XP Users)
- Click on the Start button > Computer > Organize > Folder and Search Options.( for windows 7 users )
2: Click on View Tab, click Show hidden files and folders, and remove the checkmarks from the checkboxes labeled: Hide extensions for know file types and Hide protected operating system files. Then click Apply and OK.
Step 2: Rename the ifdstore folder to disable PC Defender 360 virus
1. Browse to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ (For Windows XP) or C:\ProgramData\ (For Windows Vista, 7 or 8), and find the ifdstore folder.
2. Right click on the ifdstore folder, and select Rename. Put the name ifdstore into ifdstore_virus or others like ifdstore_X.
3. Restart your PC.
Step 3: Fix your .Exe registry association to revert the PC Defender 360 infecting
1. After a restart, copy all the text below and paste to Notepad. ( you can enter Notepad in search programs and files and press Enter to open Notepad )
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
2. Save file as fix.reg (type: All files) to your Desktop.
3. Double-click on fix.reg file on the desktop. Click “Yes” for Registry Editor prompt window. Then click OK.
Step 4: Use Anvi Smart Defender to remove PC Defender 360 virus completely
Now, the annoying security alerts from PC Defender 360 disappear and you are available to go to internet. Although PC Defender 360 virus is disabled, you need to run Anvi Smart Defender to remove PC Defender 360 virus completely.
Though you remove PC Defender 360 virus successfully, your disk drives may still carry a heavy load. Due to the infection of this browser hijacker or even other more malicious malware, there will be some of file system errors and junks and invalid fragments in your disk drives. it is necessary to install a repair and clean tool like Anvi Ultimate Defrag to help you fix bug and errors of files in your disk drives, clean up junk files, rearrange fragmented data in the disk as well as optimize the performance of your disk drives.
Free download: http://www.dotfab.com/downloads_aud.html
Purchase ： http://www.dotfab.com/audupgrade.php
After install it, please select the disk drive you want to repair and clean and operation you would like to run ( Repair, Clean, Defrag and Optimize ), then click on Start.
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