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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is AVC Plus?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that AVC Plus is a fake anti-malware application. These so-called "rogues" use intentional false positives to convince users that their systems have been compromised. Then they try to sell you their software, claiming it will remove these threats. In extreme cases the false threats are actually the very trojans that advertise or even directly install the rogue. You are strongly advised to follow our removal instructions below.

How do I know if I am infected with AVC Plus?

This is how the main screen of the rogue application looks:


You will find this icon in your taskbar:


And see these warnings:






How did AVC Plus get on my computer?

Rogue programs use different methods for spreading themselves. This particular one was installed by an exploit.

How do I remove AVC Plus?

Our program Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this rogue application. But since the rogue blocks all other programs you will have to boot into "Safe mode with networking".
Once you are in safe mode, you can continue with the instructions below.
  • Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
    • Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
    • Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Scan now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  • When the scan is complete , make sure that everything is set to "Quarantine", and click Apply Actions.
  • Reboot your computer if prompted.
Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of AVC Plus?
  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes AVC Plus completely.
We hope our application has helped you eradicate this malicious software. If your current security solution let this infection through, you might please consider purchasing Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit for additional protection.

Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [qcgce2mrvjq91kk1e7pnbb19m52fx1956jc03il0h] C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\8fo81vdm.exe
Note: the filename is random.

Alterations made by the installer:
  File System
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local
      Adds the file 893686b8"="14:54 18/12/14 37998 bytes
      Adds the file 8fo81vdm.exe"="16:23 17/12/14 87040 bytes
    In the existing folder C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming
      Adds the file 893686b8"="14:54 18/12/14 29465 bytes

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Scan Date: 12/18/2014
Scan Time: 3:19:26 PM
Logfile: mbamAVC.txt
Administrator: Yes

Malware Database: v2014.12.18.02
Rootkit Database: v2014.12.14.01
License: Free
Malware Protection: Disabled
Malicious Website Protection: Disabled
Self-protection: Disabled

OS: Windows 8.1
CPU: x64
File System: NTFS
User: {username}

Scan Type: Threat Scan
Result: Completed
Objects Scanned: 321799
Time Elapsed: 23 min, 7 sec

Memory: Enabled
Startup: Enabled
Filesystem: Enabled
Archives: Enabled
Rootkits: Disabled
Heuristics: Enabled
PUP: Enabled
PUM: Enabled

Processes: 1
Trojan.FakeAV, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\8fo81vdm.exe, 1580, Delete-on-Reboot, [b298aeb685f71c1a49361d44a261c33d]

Modules: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values: 1
Trojan.FakeAV, HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN|qcgce2mrvjq91kk1e7pnbb19m52fx1956jc03il0h, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\8fo81vdm.exe, Quarantined, [b298aeb685f71c1a49361d44a261c33d]

Registry Data: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Files: 1
Trojan.FakeAV, C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\8fo81vdm.exe, Quarantined, [b298aeb685f71c1a49361d44a261c33d], 

Physical Sectors: 0
(No malicious items detected)

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