How to remove the PAV virus

Most antivirus programs identify PAV.exe as malware—such as Microsoft identifies it as Trojan:Win32/FakeXPA or Rogue:Win32/FakeXPA, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_FAKEXPA.CS or TROJ_FAKEAV.CUZ.

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PAV.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with PAV
PAV.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process has no valid information about its manufacturer.

Description: PAV.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. PAV.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,339,392 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 1,900,544 bytes and 7 more variants. 
There is no file information. The file is not a Windows system file. PAV.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the PAV.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Is rougue Personal Antivirus
  Ex_ISP   (further information)
pav.exe is a part of Personal Antivirus which is a fake Antivirus application. Obviously, the creators tried to make it look legit so they can steal your money. Personal Antivirus normally comes up after you visited some malicious websites, or installed a video codec that come with Trojan, malware and virus. Personal Antivirus usually generates fake and misleading system error messages. The intention of Personal Antivirus is to trick innocent web surfers into purchasing Personal Antivirus.
  Jake   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of PAV.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think PAV.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving PAV issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active PAV process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the PAV.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

PAV.exe [all]