ACV Plus Virus – Removal Instructions

ACV Plus is a rogueware variant that stems from the FakeVimes family. The primary purpose of ACV Plus is to display bogus alerts warning of illegitimate viruses/spyware in an attempt to extort money from users. ACV Plus promises a full fix for all alleged infections on the machine in exchange for the user’s purchase of the full version. Not only does ACV Plus frequently pester the user with bogus warnings and alerts, but it’s also capable of preventing other applications from running and interrupting the user’s activities. ACV Plus uses the Windows trademark name to trick users into believing that it was written and distributed by Microsoft. At first glance, the program appears to be benign in nature.

ACV Plus features many design elements that are native to Windows, and its interface mimics the Windows operating system interface. However, the software is essentially useless. In fact, ACV Plus was written by cybercriminals to persuade users to purchase the full version of the software. Because this software is illegitimate and cannot actually detect or remove malicious programs or threats, it’s highly advised that you do not purchase it.


Like many other types of malware, ACV Plus makes its way onto victim computers via attack websites, spam email attachments, and other means. Once a user’s computer is infected, it wastes no time in frequently displaying error messages concerning alleged infections on the machine. ACV Plus configures the operating system to allow the malware to run at start-up, and it controls system dialog in order to intimidate the user. ACV Plus might open frequently and perform a “scan” of the system, and the results will reveal a long list of bogus infections.

ACV Plus will then claim that the only fix is a purchase of the full version of the software. You can rest assured that the scan results are fabricated. This is because they are merely a tool to scare users into believing their computers are badly infected. Likewise, the malware is not capable of scanning or fixing legitimate infections. Therefore, it’s useless to purchase the full version of the ACV Plus software, or even keep the initial version on your machine. Any and all alerts that are displayed by the malicious program should be ignored.

ACV Plus Virus

ACV Plus Virus Removal Instructions

The virus removal instructions we have outlined below has been proven remove the ACV Plus virus.

** PLEASE NOTE: If the ACV Plus Virus is on a computer running “WINDOWS 8” see the Windows 8 Virus Removal Instructions

Remember: you must be on the infected computer when performing these 3 easy steps to remove the virus.

STEP 1: Start the computer in Safe Mode with Networking
a. Before starting this step, it is STRONGLY SUGGESTED that you write down our 24HR Toll Free tech support phone number incase you run into any issues or would like any additional help with your PC.

If you need help, this is the number to call!

b. To begin, go ahead and turn off the infected computer and wait roughly 20 seconds, then turn it back on.

c. Next Immediately as the computer begins to turn on, press F8 many times. Pressing F8 allows you to access the Advanced Options Menu. You should see an image like the one below.

Selection the option Safe Mode with Networking

d. Next use your arrow keys and select the Safe Mode with Networking option. Press enter when you have selected that option and the computer will begin to boot into safe mode.

STEP 2: Download the ACV Plus Virus Removal Program
a. Now it is time to open the “Run Command” box.

b.On your keyboard, push and hold the “Windows” key, then press the “R” key. See keyboard diagram below.

Keyboard Shortcut Diagram

c. After you have pressed the “Windows” and “R” key, the Windows Run Box will open. Type the following and press OK:


Windows Run Box

After clicking OK, your computer will connect to the internet and download our recommended virus removal program called Spyhunter.

STEP 3: Installing the ACV Plus Virus Removal Program
a. When you see the download box, click the “Run” button. The picture of the download box is below.

Spyhunter Download Box Click Run

b. Now you should be downloading a program called “Spyhunter 4” this program has been developed by a company called Enigma Software. Through their extensive work on Malware research they have developed one of the worlds most successful Virus and Malware removal programs. This program offers easy “point and click” virus removal for ACV Plus.

c. After this program runs the scan, you should see a list of “threats” found on your computer. These Threats can be very harmful and may ruin the computer if not removed. To remove these threats click “fix Threats” and then “register” the program to permanently remove the ACV Plus virus and any other threats found.

*** After registering Spyhunter4 we highly recommend restarting the computer. Then we would like you to make sure everything is working properly. You should notice that the ACV Plus virus has been completely removed. If it has not been removed or the computer is not working 100% to your liking call us immediately at 1-888-895-6053 and one of our techs will help get it working properly again.

Need further assistance? Call us toll free and one of our friendly technicians will kindly walk you through the virus removal process.

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