How to Remove PC Defender Plus Rogue (Malware Removal Guide)

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How to Remove PC Defender Plus Rogue (Malware Removal Guide)

Postby Sophia » 2012-12-23 21:58

PC Defender Plus appeared onto your computer screen and constantly reported that your computer is in great danger? Don’t believe this fake AV program and read more here to completely get rid of it and repair your computer immediately.

PC Defender Plus is a rogue software that pretends to be Antivirus, Antispyware, Security tool. It is categorized as scareware because it is distributed and operated by cyber criminals for the purpose of scaring victims into falsely believing their computer is infected with malware, virus, spyware, Trojans, etc, and facing critical system errors that needs PC Defender Plus pro to fix that. The purpose of the PC Defender Plus goes to eventually persuade the computer user into purchasing an extended license for this fake useless and even harmful program.

Below is a screenshot of PC Defender Plus for your appropriate precaution.

Please note, activating and purchasing the license for the PC Defender Plus is dangerous and will not fix or remove issues and symptoms caused by PC Defender Plus but also leak your credit card information to cyber criminals. So never believe whatever it reports and follow below removal instructions to remove it upon sight.

Even though the main threat of the PC Defender plus infection is to make victims believe their computers are facing realistic issues in order to buy the licensed product, PC Defender Plus can also remain undetected on a system and track computer user’s complete activity. This even also involves the keystrokes.

PC Defender Plus Screenshots

There are many versions of PC Defender Plus throughout the years. Though the fake software’s interface and notification messages may be different for your infection than discussed, removal instructions are still identical.

PC  Defender Plus Rogueware screenshots.jpg

Similar rogueware infections: XP Security Plus 2013, Win 7 Security Plus 2013, Vista Antivirus Plus 2013, Win 7 Antivirus Plus 2013, XP Antivirus Plus 2013, Win 7 Antivirus Pro 2013, Vista Antivirus Pro 2013, XP Antivirus Pro 2013, Vista Security Plus 2013, Win Server Defender, Win 7 Antispyware 2013, etc.

PC Defender Plus Infection Process

    • The rogue PC Defender Plus program is contracted by use of Trojans that allow the malware to override proper system functionality and block legitimate Antivirus software from acting appropriately.
    • The rogue PC Defender Plus program may prompt fake system scans, notifications, and other alert style messages stating the computer is infected with malware such as spyware,adware, and Trojans.

    System Security Alert!
    Unknown program is scanning your system registry right now! Identity theft detected!

    Attention: Danger!
    System scan for spyware, adware, trojans and viruses was finished. PC Defender Plus detected 99 critical system objects. These security breaches may be exploited and lead to the following:
    * Your system becomes a target for spam and bulky, intruding ads
    * Browser crashes frequently and web access speed decreases

    • PC Defender Plus is also related to the fake PC Defender Plus Firewall virus and may additionally infect the computer with the program or display similar PC Defender Plus Firewall alert messages.


    • PC Defender Plus finally prompts for the computer user to purchase the program possibly using different online payment methods including credit cards and payment services such as Green Dot Moneypak.

If PC Defender Plus is not removed from your computer you are extremely vulnerable to cyber criminal activity involving credit theft, identify theft, and more. The PC Defender virus can progress further along and is capable of destroying complete computer functionality at any given time (starting from the initial infection).

How can I get infected with PC Defender Plus?

PC Defender Plus can infiltrate computer systems by using Trojan horses via freeware and shareware such as audio and video codecs, software update popups, and other potentially-malicious downloads including torrents and Toolbars. A computer user may have also fallen victim to phishing, such as spam emails and telephone scams causing the computer to contract the PC Defender virus.

How to Remove PC Defender Plus Fake AV (Rogueware Removal Guide)

    1. Reboot your computer into Safe Mode with Networking. To do this, turn your computer off and then back on and immediately when you see anything on the screen, start tapping the F8 key on your keyboard. Eventually you will be brought to a menu similar to the one below:


    Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, select Safe Mode with Networking and press Enter on your keyboard. If you are having trouble entering safe mode, then please use the following tutorial: How to start Windows in Safe Mode

    Windows will now boot into safe mode with networking and prompt you to login as a user. Please login as the same user you logged in within the normal Windows mode. Then proceed with the rest of the steps.

    2. Download, install the automatic remover-Anvi Smart Defender to scan out and remove the residing files of the infection.

    Please note, after the download and install, make sure database is updated to the latest version and also ensure the Anvi Smart Defender is set to scan the rootkit by clicking settings as shown below. And then click OK to save the change and close the window to run this scanner.

    Anvi Smart Defender download link:


    Internet Connection Failure Troubleshooting Tips

    If you still can’t access the Internet after restarting in safe mode, try resetting your Internet Explorer proxy settings.

    How To Reset Internet Explorer Proxy Settings

    • Option 1

    In Windows 7, click the Start button . In the search box type run and in the list of results click Run.


    In Windows Vista, click the Start button and then click Run.


    In Windows XP, click Start and then click Run.
    Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box and click OK:
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    reg add “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings” /v ProxyEnable /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    In Windows 7 click the Start button. In the search box type run and in the list of results click Run.

    In Windows Vista click the Start button and then click Run.

    In Windows XP click Start and then click Run.

    Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box and click OK:
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    reg delete “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings” /v ProxyServer /f

    Restart Internet Explorer and then follow the steps listed previously to run the scanner

    • Option 2

    Launch Internet Explorer. In Internet Explorer go to: Tools >Internet Options >Connections tab.
    Click LAN Settings button and uncheck the checkbox labeled Use a proxy server for your LAN. Click OK.

    LAN settings.jpg

    3. Restart the computer to normal mode and the computer would be all right now.

Recommended step > After the virus removal, we highly recommend you clean up the entire computer OS using a system cleaner/optimizer like Cloud System Booster. Rogueware like PC Defender Plus often invades the computer by entering registry entries and modifying the system files. Even after the malware remover helps get rid of it, chances are some invalid registry files or leftovers are still there to drag down the computer running speed or even worse to cause system errors like blue screen of death.

Clear junk files and registry errors in your computer OS with Cloud System Booster now. Click here to learn more.

Protect Your Computer from PC Defender Plus and Similar Malware Infections

You may keep Anvi Smart Defender onto your computer for an extra layer of online security together with your antivirus program. This cloud-based malware scanner can provide you with positive defending strategies with a daily updated database to keep up with the latest online threats.

Also to better secure your online activities, you are supposed to at least turn on the security features of your web browsers. See detailed steps to turn on security features of IE, Firefox and Google Chrome.

Good luck and be safe online.
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