Smart Antivirus is a type of rogue spyware or a malicious program which infects your computer and work as Trojan on your computer. It is very important to remove this threat from your computer the moment it is detected. The main functionality of this program is that, it generates false security threat messages and pop-up messages on your computer and it also suggest and offer you to purchase Smart Antivirus software. The message says that you would need to buy an antivirus application to remove the current threat from your computer and it also implies that users specifically buy Smart Antivirus program.
Apart from the fake purchase, this spyware also affect the system performance and it must be remove completely from the computer.
Here are the steps to remove Smart Antivirus from your computer:
Delete or Block the related system process
It is necessary to end the related process for virus and spyware because it will not allow us to perform some steps and the process will keep creating entries for the virus or spyware program.
The first step must to end all the system processes related to Smart Antivirus. Press ‘Ctrl’, ‘Shift’ and ‘ESC’ keys simultaneously from the keyboard. This step will launch ‘Task manager’ where you need to select the ‘Processes, tab to list down all the active processes.
Try to find the process names ‘Smart Anrivirus.exe’ in the list. Highlight this process and then click on ‘End process’ button. This will close the running process of Smart Antivirus.
Remove the concerned registry entries
Whenever any application is installed on your computer, a registry entry is created for the same application. Spyware and virus programs also do the same thing and it re-generate the application from the same registry entry even after the application in un-installed from the computer. So it is very important to remove all the related registry entry for the spyware and viruses.
Click on Start button and the select ‘Run’. It will launch the new box where we need to type the command ‘REGEDIT’ and then press Enter button.
Windows registry will be launched where you will see 5 hives on the left hand section of the screen.
You need to brows and delete to the below mentioned entries from the left hand section of the screen:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Smart Antivirus 2010”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Smart Antivirus 2010
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mic’rosoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Smart Antivirus 201
Unregister the DLL files for Smart Antivirus
Click on ‘Start’ menu and select the ‘Run’ prompt. Now type the command ‘cmd’ in the box and press enter to launch the command prompt.
Type ‘regsvr32 /u zlib.dll’ in the box and press enter. This command will unregister the Smart Antivirus DLL files.
Delete all Smart antivirus related files and folders from your computer
Go to ‘Start’ button and select ‘Search’ option. Check the option for ‘All files and folders’ and type the file name as ‘Smart Antivirus-2010.lnk’.
The search result will show list of files and folders related to Smart Antivirus. Select all files and folders and press ‘Shift’ and ‘Delete’ keys from the keyboard to remove all the files permanently.
You must also search files like “Smart Antivirus-2010.exe,” “vscan.tsi,” “zlib.dll,” “Samples” and “Smart Antivirus 2010” and remove those permanently as well.