Antivirus Removal Guide

What is Antivirus

Dr. Wolf Antivirus is a potentially unwanted program — PUP — and a system optimizer for Windows and Android. This article is about the Windows version.

“Dr. Wolf Internet Security†is advertised as a program able to remove some very dangerous viruses and constantly monitor the computer’s security. However, it has earned a reputation for being dishonest — multiple Antivirus programs find Dr. Wolf Antivirus suspicious. Dr. Wolf can be grouped with other suspicious optimizers, like Smart PC Care, Secure PC Tuneup, and Tuneup My Mac, as a potentially unwanted program that pretends to be much more useful than it is.

Antivirus Removal Guide

Dr. Wolf Internet Security — PUP

Potentially unwanted programs tend to be mostly useless. As a system optimizer, Dr. Wolf Antivirus has the problem of offering redundant functions, for example, managing startup apps. It boasts that “The virus, spyware and malware database will automatically be updated for free!†which is already expected of any normal Antivirus programs. Not that Dr. Wolf Antivirus is a reliable Antivirus program, as it seems to flag safe files as false positives.

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Another characteristic of PUPs is being distributed in bundles. If you didn’t install Dr. Wolf Antivirus, but just found it on your computer, it must have arrived with another free program as a promotional inclusion. Dr. Wolf Internet Security is available for download on its own website, but programs like this also use free software download sites, where they are often distributed in bundles. Sometimes promoted programs are included in the installer of the program that you actually want, sometimes hidden in Advanced settings. Some people don’t want to mess with these settings, resulting in the installation of software that they did not ask for and did not know of. So, if you download freeware a lot, you can end up with a lot of bloatware installed.

A poor quality Antivirus

If you entrust Dr. Wolf Antivirus with your security, you might be putting your computer at risk — this program is not of good quality. For example, Dr. Wolf Antivirus detects StikyNot.exe — a legitimate, though not essential, Windows program. Dr. Wolf Antivirus calls it Emotet. Emotet is a real and dangerous banking Trojan and a backdoor for other malware that’s been active since 2014. After taking the files that Dr. Wolf Internet Security detected as Medium risk malware and testing them with other Antivirus programs, none found anything wrong with it. At least it’s good that the Dr. Wolf Antivirus Trial version does not actually remove the “malware†files even after being told to do it, seeing as they’re not actually malicious.

There does exist a Trojan that Antivirus programs detect as Emotet and which masquerades as StikyNot. However, despite the files having the same name, the files are different. Does Dr. Wolf Internet Security only check file names and not the files themselves? So, to test Dr. Wolf Antivirus’ abilities again, I downloaded a real malicious file, one that most serious Antivirus programs detect — a Trojan that abuses your system’s resources to click on ads in the background. Dr. Wolf Antivirus did not see anything wrong with this file.

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Alternatives

Microsoft has tremendously improved Windows security in the last few years. They provide users with tools to remove clutter, detect malware, create file backups. Third party optimizers should be considered very carefully before installing them. Some of them, like registry cleaners, risk harming the computer without offering any value. Some try to monetize functions that are already available, like cleaning junk files.

Tremendous resources are required to create an Antivirus program that is accurate and reliable. New, unheard of programs should be researched carefully. Even older Antivirus apps should be monitored. A list of reviews of computer security tools is available on our website if you’re curious.

Remove Dr. Wolf Internet Security

Dr. Wolf Antivirus can be removed using an Antivirus program because quite a few Antivirus programs detect it as malicious or potentially unwanted. Anti-Malware Tool, Anti-Malware Tool, or another professional Antivirus program should be able to detect it.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to Antivirus. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove Antivirus Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for Antivirus or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall Antivirus Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for Antivirus or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete Antivirus Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for Antivirus or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If Antivirus.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove Antivirus Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for Antivirus or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that Antivirus is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the Antivirus program.
  7. Select Antivirus or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from Antivirus

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete Antivirus

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect Antivirus, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find Antivirus in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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