Windows Spyware Protection
Windows Spyware Protection is a new variant of the rogue program called Best Malware Protection. This type of program can get itself on one’s computer whenever user executes a Trojan. It usually pretends to be a legitimate program from file-sharing networks. A fake movie website also distributes a copy of Windows Spyware Protection by requiring visitors to download a player, which is actually a malware. When installed on the PC, instead of installing the desired software, an unlicensed version of Windows Spyware Protection will appear on the system. This will be the start of computer annoyances in the form of fake pop-up messages and false virus scan results.
To prevent further harm on the computer, immediately remove Windows Spyware Protection using effective and genuine security software. A combination of anti-malware and anti-virus programs are effective in getting rid of rogue security product. Below is a simple guide that will help remove Windows Spyware Protection and all of its associated files that were dropped on the system. It is strongly recommend to stop buying this fake software, as it will charge excess amount on victim’s credit card account.
|OS Affected||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7|
What are the Symptoms of Windows Spyware Protection Infection?
It will modify Windows Registry and add the following entries:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun “8″ = “avgui.exe”
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun “7″ = “avgfrw.exe”
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun “6″ = “avscan.exe”
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun “10″ = “avgscanx.exe”
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun “5″ = “avcenter.exe”
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun “0″ = “msseces.exe”
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Windows Spyware Protection”
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun “”1″ = “MSASCui.exe”
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun “3″ = “egui.exe”
The threat will drop the following malicious files:
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Windows Spyware Protection\Instructions.ini
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Spyware Protection.lnk
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Windows Spyware Protection.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\23077d\DF812_908.exe
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Windows Spyware Protection.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Windows Spyware Protection.lnk
Follow these Procedures to Remove Windows Spyware Protection
Procedure 1: Manual Removal
For users with technical skills in dealing with computer problems, executing this manual removal is enough to stop the malware. However, we highly recommend running anti-malware scan to remove other hidden files. For users who are not tech-savvy, you must skip this step. Start on Procedure 2 and proceed onwards. Automatic removal takes longer to accomplish but is less difficult to execute.
1. Restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking
- After turning On the power of the computer, just before Windows start, press F8.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.
2. Remove Registry entries that the threat added. You MUST BACKUP YOUR REGISTRY FIRST.
- Press [Windows Key] + [R] on your keyboard.
- Type regedit in the Open box.
- Navigate and look for the registry entries mentioned above and delete if found.
3. Delete malicious files that the threat added:
- Base on the given location above, browse and delete all Windows Spyware Protection files.
- If cannot be deleted, press Ctrl+Alt+Del to access Task Manager.
- See if the file is running in the process. If it is, select the file and click End Process. Perform file delete again.
4. Scan computer with Antivirus Program
- Connect to the Internet and update your anti-virus program.
- Run a scan on the computer and delete all detected threats.
Procedure 2: Scan and remove Windows Spyware Protection files with SuperAntiSpyware
We have provided a tool that you can use to remove Windows Spyware Protection from the computer in a much simpler way. Click the Download SAS button below to obtain the free version from their official server.
1. Download the portable version of SuperAntiSpyware.
2. Save the file on your hard drive. SAS portable is using random filename so that it can elude malware from blocking your download. When finished downloading, double-click on the file to install the program.
3. There is no need to change anything on the setup process. Just install the program with its default configuration.
4. During installation, SuperAntiSpyware will check for database update from their server. It needs an Internet connection during this process.
5. After the setup. SAS will run and is now ready to scan the computer for harmful components related to Windows Spyware Protection.
6. Click on Scan your Computer... to begin the process.
7. When done scanning, it will display a list of identified infected items. You may remove it directly or place them in quaratine folder.
8. You may now restart the computer.
Protect your PC from Windows Spyware Protection or Similar Attack
Turn On Security Features of your Internet Browser
Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter
Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious files online. You may have avoided Windows Spyware Protection virus if this has been active on your PC. To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:
1. Please open Internet Explorer.
2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.
3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.
4. Please restart Internet Explorer.
Google Chrome's Enable Phishing and Malware Protection
With Google Chrome's Phishing and Malware Detection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious. To enable Phishing and Malware Protection, please do these steps:
1. Open Google Chrome.
2. Click on the Customize and control Google Chrome (3-Bars Icon) located on top right corner of the browser.
3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.
4. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.
5. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Enable phishing and malware protection'.
6. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.
Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries
Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats on the computer. To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
2. On top menu, click on Tools. Then select Options from the list.
3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:
- Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
- Block reported attack sites
- Block reported web forgeries