The Wireshark Antivirus is a rogue anti-spyware program (we’ll stick to the virus name, although it’s not its textbook definition) that mimics the behavior of legitimate antivirus software. The purpose is to convince you that your computer has a virus/security problem so that you pay money to have these viruses removed. The trick is that Wireshark Antivirus is the actual infection in your computer and that instead of giving your credit card number to these criminals, the only thing you need to do is remove Wireshark Antivirus using the removal guide below.
Wireshark Antivirus gets on your computer when you download an infected image, browsed infected porn sites and such. Once installed, the virus will be programmed to start when your Windows OS loads. Once on your computer, it will perform a fake virus scan and tell you that your computer is infected. Then the Wireshark Antivirus tells you that you have to pay for the full version to remove these infections. Remember that Wireshark Antivirus is actually the virus itself and that you shouldn’t pay that money under any circumstances.
Ok, so now that you have a brief idea of what Wireshark Antivirus is, let’s learn how to remove Wireshark Antivirus completely free, by following our simple removal guide.
How to remove Wireshark Antivirus (Virus Removal Guide)
Please remember that each step is equally important.
Step 1. Because Wireshark Antivirus might mess with your Internet connection, you might have to download the tools we are going to use on another computer and then transfer them to the desktop of the infected computer using a CD/DVD or an USB stick.
The files we are going to need are:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – MBAM will scan your computer for any viruses and remove them
iExplore.exe – A great tool developed by Lawrence Abrams. It will stop the Wireshark Antivirus process (close it for good), so we can remove it.
Step 2. Once you transferred the files, it’s time to close Wireshark Antivirus so that we can remove it. Because Wireshark Antivirus will not go away easily, we are going to use eXplore.exe to kill the process. Run eXplore.exe until Wireshark Antivirus is gone. If it doesn’t work the first time, try running it multiple times simultaneously. It might not work at first, but keep going at it, as the Wireshark Antivirus virus will eventually be closed.
Step 3. Now that we have closed Wireshark Antivirus, we should remove it (and any related files). For this, we will use Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware. Run the setup from the desktop, and proceed with the standard MBAM install settings (remember to check the “automatically update MBAM” box).
Step 4. When MBAM is up and running, go to “Scanner” and perform a full scan of your computer. Don’t worry, the scan is supposed to take quite a while, but that’s a price you should be willing to pay. When the scan is complete, check all the infections MBAM detected and select “remove selected”. Now wait for MBAM to remove Wireshark Antivirus (as well as other infections it detected) from your computer.
Step 5. Now I would suggest you use CCleaner to remove all temporary files from your computer. This is a trick I use each time I’m trying to remove a virus from an infected computer. Here is a tutorial on how to do that.
Step 6 (OPTIONAL): If you really want to be sure you got the little bugger out for good, I recommend that you use another malware removal tool, called SuperAntiSpyware. You can download the free edition here. Just install it and perform a scan. If it catches anything, remove it.
At this point, you should have removed Wireshark Antivirus and any related files from your computer. Leave a comment if anything went wrong and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.