Manual Removal Guide for Win32.FakeAV

The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of "Win32.FakeAV" manually.
Use this guide at your own risk; software should usually be better suited to remove malware, since it is able to look deeper.

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Threat Details:


  • malware


Win32.FakeAV claims to be an antimalware tool. When it is installed to the computer it finds a lot of harmless entries in order to frighten the user and make him buy a license to get the issues fixed.

Removal Instructions:


Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these files.

  • The file at "<$COMMONAPPDATA>\isecurity.exe".
  • The file at "<$COMMONDESKTOP>\Internet Security.lnk".

Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If Win32.FakeAV uses rootkit technologies, use the rootkit scanner integrated into Spybot-S&D 2.x or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify files!

Important: There are more files that cannot be safely described in simple words. Please use Spybot-S&D to remove them.

Final Words:

If neither Spybot-S&D nor self help did resolve the issue or you would prefer one on one help,

  1. Please read these instructions before requesting assistance,
  2. Then start your own thread in the Malware Removal Forum where a volunteer analyst will advise you as soon as available.

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