Rogue Win32/Winwebsec is detection for a family of rogue programs that uses deceptive techniques in order to persuade naïve computer user to pay for the registered version of a suggested tool. When Rogue Win32/Winwebsec is initiated, there will be a bunch fake warnings and alerts claiming that a number of viruses are detected. This warning will pretend to be real and will arise from Windows tarskbar. Some will pop-up like what you are receiving from Microsoft Windows notification. Next, it will try to convince user for a need to purchase the full version of the scanner to be able to remove identified threats. In fact, none of the threats exists. However, we cannot guarantee that your computer is malware free while a fake antivirus is still present and imitating real security software. Thus, immediate removal of this threat is highly advised.
There are reports that Rogue Win32/Winwebsec is being spread by different authors, thus it bears different names and titles. Graphical user interface also varies to manifest each type’s unique brand. As of this writing (August 18, 2012), security expert reports that only few active Rogue Win32/Winwebsec variants currently affecting computer users, and they are listed as follows:
- Security Shield
- Live Security Platinum
- Smart Fortress 2012
- Smart Protection 2012
- Security Sphere 2012
- Personal Shield Pro
Bear in mind that buying the registration code for any variants of Rogue Win32/Winwebsec is not advisable. It may help regain your access to the computer but viruses and Trojans that comes with this malware will be left intact inside the PC. We recommend complete removal as stated in the procedure below. This will ensure that no more remnants of Rogue Win32/Winwebsec are present on the system.
|OS Affected||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7|
What are the Symptoms of Rogue Win32/Winwebsec Infection?
Different versions of Rogue Win32/Winwebsec will display unique graphical user interface. Please refer to individual link of each brand. An only typical sign of its presence is an alert that your antivirus software will produce. Please see the image below of sample screenshot image.
Follow these Procedures to Remove Rogue Win32/Winwebsec
Procedure 1: Start Computer in Safe Mode
Restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking
- Turn on the computer and immediately press F8 on the keyboard to enter Windows Advanced Options screen. Make sure to hit the F8 button before Windows logo appears on the screen. Failure to do this will boot Windows normally. If that happens, please repeat the process until you successfully boot into Windows Advanced Options. Please see image below for reference.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.Safe mode loads minimal driver and processes, thus, there is no chance that Rogue Win32/Winwebsec will run during this mode.
Procedure 2: Scan and remove Rogue Win32/Winwebsec files and process with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
To remove Rogue Win32/Winwebsec, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware by clicking on the button below. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.
1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.
2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.
3. Once update has completed. The tool will launch.
4. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program.
Double-check for bits and pieces of Rogue Win32/Winwebsec using Microsoft Safety Scanner
MS Safety Scanner is a free security tool that offers on-demand virus scanning and helps remove threats from the infected computer. It is a stand-alone program that works even with existing antivirus program.
Important: Each download of Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after the acquisition date. If this period lapses, you need to download the same program from the same location again. New download contains newer virus definition and database to detect and clean most recent viruses.
To use this tool in removing Rogue Win32/Winwebsec, please follow this procedure.
1. Download Microsoft Safety Scanner from official web site. Click on the button below.
2. Save the file to a convenient location such as Desktop.
3. Once the download completes, browse the folder and double-click on the file msert.exe. Icon for this file looks like this.
4. If Windows prompts for a security warning and ask if you want to run the file, click on Run. For Windows Vista/7 users, you may right-click on the file and select Run as administrator from the selection.
5. On initial run, the tool will display End User License Agreement, please accept the terms and click Next. Continue on the process until you reach the Scan Type window.
6. Select on Full scan to entire the system and detect any presence of Rogue Win32/Winwebsec. Then, click Next button to begin the scan process. Scanning may take a while, please be patient.
7. Once Microsoft Safety Scanner finished on scanning the computer, it will display the result. If it finds presence of Rogue Win32/Winwebsec and other malware, the tool removes them automatically.
8. Click on Finish button to close the tool.
Procedure 4: Remove Rootkit Trojan with Avast aswMBR
A Trojan often drops malware using an advance technology known as rootkit. It hides the installation of Rogue Win32/Winwebsec from your anti-virus program and injects malicious code to running Windows processes. To complete the clean-up process, you also need to scan and remove rootkit Trojan.
1. Download aswMBR from Avast server. Save it to your computer.
2. Double-click on the file aswMBR.exe to run the program.
3. If it prompts you to download the latest Avast! virus definition, please click Yes. This is necessary to identify most recent version of the Trojan as well as hidden files of Rogue Win32/Winwebsec.
4. Click on Scan button to start checking your computer for presence of rootkit Trojan and other viruses. It will display a message "Scan finished successfully" when done.
5. Click Fix or FixMBR to start removing infection. If aswMBR contains the latest Avast! virus definition file, it will automatically clean infected files on your PC.
Protect your PC from Rogue Win32/Winwebsec 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 Rogue Win32/Winwebsec 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