How to Protect Your AutoCAD Files from Viruses and Malware
AutoCAD is a powerful software that allows you to create and edit 2D and 3D designs. However, like any other software, it can be vulnerable to viruses and malware that can corrupt your files, slow down your performance, or even steal your data. In this article, we will show you how to protect your AutoCAD files from viruses and malware using some simple tips and best practices.
AutoCAD AntiVirus Protectionexe
What is AutoCAD AntiVirus Protectionexe?
AutoCAD AntiVirus Protectionexe is not a legitimate file or program related to AutoCAD. It is a malicious file that can infect your computer and AutoCAD files if you download it from untrusted sources or open it from an email attachment. It can also spread through network drives or removable media. When the malicious AutoCAD AntiVirus Protectionexe file is loaded in AutoCAD, it corrupts the drawing, which may result in a Missing Language Pack dialog box displaying when you save and reopen the drawing[^3^]. The AutoCAD AntiVirus Protectionexe file also creates a copy of itself in the Help folder (for example, C:\\\\Program Files\\\\AutoCAD 20xx\\\\Help\\\\logo.gif) [^3^].
How to Detect and Remove AutoCAD AntiVirus Protectionexe?
If you suspect that your computer or AutoCAD files are infected by AutoCAD AntiVirus Protectionexe, you should take the following steps to detect and remove it:
Scan your computer with a reputable antivirus software and remove any detected threats.
Delete the malicious AutoCAD AntiVirus Protectionexe file from your computer. You can find it in the following locations: C:\\\\Program Files\\\\AutoCAD 20xx\\\\Acad.vlx, C:\\\\Program Files\\\\AutoCAD 20xx\\\\Help\\\\logo.gif, C:\\\\Documents and Settings\\\\All Users\\\\Application Data\\\\Autodesk\\\\AutoCAD 20xx\\\\Rxx.x\\\\enu\\\\Support\\\\logo.gif [^3^].
Delete any corrupted AutoCAD files that display the Missing Language Pack dialog box when opened. You can also try to recover them using the RECOVER command in AutoCAD.
Update your AutoCAD software to the latest version and apply any security patches or hotfixes available from Autodesk.
How to Prevent AutoCAD Viruses and Malware?
To prevent AutoCAD viruses and malware from infecting your computer and files, you should follow these best practices:
Do not download or open any files or programs from untrusted sources or email attachments. Always verify the source and authenticity of any file or program before downloading or opening it.
Do not share your AutoCAD files with unknown or untrusted parties. Use secure methods of file transfer such as encrypted email or cloud storage.
Do not use network drives or removable media that are not scanned for viruses or malware. Always scan any external device before connecting it to your computer or copying any files from it.
Exclude the following Autodesk folders and file types from your antivirus settings to improve the stability and performance of your AutoCAD software: C:\\\\Program Files\\\\Autodesk\\\\, C:\\\\Program Files (x86)\\\\common Files\\\\Autodesk Shared\\\\, C:\\\\Program Files (x86)\\\\Autodesk\\\\, C:\\\\ProgramData\\\\Flexnet\\\\, C:\\\\ProgramData\\\\Autodesk\\\\, C:\\\\Users\\\\\\\\AppData\\\\Roaming\\\\Autodesk\\\\, C:\\\\Users\\\\\\\\AppData\\\\Local\\\\Autodesk\\\\, C:\\\\temp\\\\AutoDeskViewer\\\\, C:\\\\Program Files\\\\Common Files\\\\Autodesk Shared\\\\. The file types include: 3ds, ac$, apj, .atc, bak, ctb, cui, cuix, dcl, dst, dwf, dwg, dwl, dwl2, dwt, fbx, ipt, iam, idw, ipn, ipj, lin, ma, mat, max, mb, mns, mnu, pat, pgp, rfa, rft, rte, rvt, rws[^2^].
Enable the security options available in your AutoCAD version to 0efd9a6b88