ContraVirus is one of the latest spyware infections plaguing users on the Internet. It enters your computer through a trojan virus. Once installed, ContraVirus will display alerts stating you are infected with viruses when in fact you are not.
ContraVirus is a member of the SmitFraud family and is very similar to the VirusBurst infection of 2006. Removing ContraVirus can be difficult because it loads with your computer each time you boot – even in Safe Mode.
This is one of the only places where you can find complete removal instructions without the need to purchase software or install some kind of trial removal software to remove ContraVirus.
This tutorial will show you how to remove ContraVirus infection from your system at no cost in four easy steps.
This is the header of ContraVirus scanning screen. If you see this on your PC you are infected with ContraVirus. The next three pages of this remove ContraVirus tutorial shows you how to remove ContraVirus without spending money or installing trial software.
How you Were Infected with ContraVirus
Most of the time it is easy to know when your computer is infected with the ContraVirus spyware infection. You will see a popup each time you boot your computer.
The main purpose of ContraVirus is to trick you into thinking that your computer is massively infected with spyware or viruses, and the only solution is to purchase the commercial version of ContraVirus to remove the infection.
In reality, ContraVirus is the spyware infection, and the trojans that installed it are the viruses. Most typical AntiSpyware utilities (Adaware, Spybot Search and Destroy, Microsoft AntiSpyware, and Windows Defender) can not remove ContraVirus because it is constantly running.
NOTE: – It is important that you follow the remove ContraVirus tutorial directions on the following pages EXACTLY to ensure a proper removal of the ContraVirus spyware infection. Skipping steps, or performing actions out of sequence will result in an incomplete ContraVirus removal and probable spyware reinfection. Please click here to bookmark this page (Ctrl+D) so you can return here later after you restart your computer. This remove ContraVirus process will require you to restart your PC.
This remove ContraVirus tutorial consists of three additional steps. Please continue through the remaining three steps in the remove ContraVirus process. The entire remove ContraVirus tutorial should take less than five minutes to complete.
Remove ContraVirus Step 1 – With the introductions out of the way, you will now need to download the tool required to remove ContraVirus from your computer. There is one tool that is needed. Use the links below to download each tool and save it to your Windows Desktop. Right click on each link and select “Save As” and save them to your desktop.
Remove ContraVirus Step 2 – Once you have this tool downloaded, you need to install a secure a secure browser, such as Mozilla Firefox. You were infected with ContraVirus when its creators manipulated your Internet Explorer browser. To successfully remove ContraVirus you must download and install Firefox. After installing Firefox it is critical that you run the Firefox browser at least once. This is important in the remove ContraVirus process! Don’t skip this step!
Remove ContraVirus Step 3 – Once you have Firefox installed and have opened it, you need to disable the System restore function in Windows XP and ME. Pieces of the ContraVirus infection can hide in your system restore points, so to remove ContraVirus completely, we strongly suggest you do not skip this step.
Remove ContraVirus Step 4 – Once you have disabled System Restore, you will need to prepare the tool you downloaded for use. To do this, first locate the smitrem.exe file on your desktop. Double click on the file and you will see an extraction window similar to the one on the right. Click on Start and the extractor will create a folder on your desktop called smitrem.
Remove ContraVirus Step 5 – With your tools ready for use, you must now boot your computer into safe mode. You will need to restart your PC to do this, so be sure to click here to bookmark this page. (Ctrl+D) Safe Mode is a diagnostic mode of Windows that will make the remove ContraVirus process much easier.
If you do not know how to boot into Safe Mode, please read our online safe mode help article. Once your computer is in Safe Mode you can proceed with the tools you prepared for to remove ContraVirus in the previous step. Open your Control Panels and double click on Add/Remove Programs. Once the Add/Remove window is open, locate the ContraVirus entry (they are in alphabetical order) and click uninstall.
Although this removal seems surprisingly simple, appearances can be deceiving. Close the Add/Remove window and close the Control Panels Window.
Remove ContraVirus Step 6 – Next, you are going to use one of the tools you downloaded. Locate the smitrem folder on your desktop and double click on it to open it. Locate a file in the folder named “runthis.bat” and double click on it to launch it. Click “Yes” on any security warnings that pop up. Follow the on-screen directions to move through the smitrem tool.
Once it has completed, the tool will exit and an automatic disk cleanup will be launched. This cleanup can take anywhere from minutes to hours to run, so be patient and do not interrupt it. Once the disk cleanup is finished, the majority of the ContraVirus infection has been removed from your system. However, there are still some manual cleanup steps you will need to perform to finish the job.
Remove ContraVirus Step 7 – After the SmitRem tool is finished removing ContraVirus and the disk cleanup has completed, you will be asked if you want to clean your registry. Select yes and registry cleanup will begin.
After the registry cleanup completes, you will be asked to save your open documents and restart your computer. Do not put this off! Restart your computer as soon as you are asked to.
ContraVirus Removal Step 8 – Next you will need to use your comuter’s search function to look for and delete the last of ContraVirus’s files. Depending on the particular infection that is on your computer, you may find some or all of these files.
First, prepare your search function by left clicking on the Start button and then left clicking on Search. The search window should now open. On the left, click on “All Files and Folders” and then left click on “More Advanced Options.” A drop down should now appear. Make certain you have a check mark in the Search System Folders, Seach Hidden Files and Folders, and Search subfolders boxes.
Enter the name of each of the files below into the search box and search your computer for the file. Delete any that are found.
- C:\Program Files\ContraVirus 2
ContraVirus Removal Step 9 – Some users have reported that ContraVirus has continually reinfected their computers after it has been successfully removed. To prevent this from happening to you, we recommend that you download and install SpyDoctor as a component of the FREE Google Pack.
The Google Pack is distributed directly from Google and contains FREE essential software like Norton Security Scan and SpyDoctor that can help prevent infections like ContraVirus from worming into your computer.
Downloading and installing the Google Pack over a high speed connection will take about 5 minutes, but it is WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!
After you have installed the free Google Pack, you have completed the remove ContraVirus tutorial.