I was surfing Internet and then a pop-up advertisement popped up saying that my computer was infected and I need a program to remove all those infection. Then i clicked yes and allowed Windows Cleaning Toolkit to install. I thought I was downloading an antivirus protection but it turned out to be a scam. The program launches itself every time when I boot up the computer and it asks me to pay and register a full version before it helps me to remove those detected viruses. I know all the scan results are bogus but I cannot get rid of Windows Cleaning Toolkit. What to do? Any help will be appreciated.
Windows Cleaning Toolkit is categorized as a fake antivirus malware that has already infected thousands of computer users recently. Just like the previous rogue antivirus programs coming from the same family called Windows Advanced Toolkit and Windows Safety Toolkit, this new released virus is also designed to trick PC users into thinking their computers are infected with numerous malware infections and a full version is needed to pay in order to fix those problems. Although it pretends to be a genuine security tool; however, in truth, it has no capability of securing the PC from any type of computer problems and system issues. It belongs to a computer virus, also called Rogue program that will target every computer users that range from individual, educational institutions, up to known organizations.
This type of malware is often disguised as other files to infect a compromised computer. It could be a popular program or an interesting video/streaming movies, even as system updates from a third-party website to lure users into downloading it. Once you are tricked to download, Windows Cleaning Toolkit can install onto your computer immediately. It will run a fake scan automatically whenever you start Windows, but if you take a closer look you will find that the results of the scan are always the same. Usually it will report the computer has serious issues like firewall and automatic updates are turning off and around 50 dangerous objects are found on your computer and need to be removed quickly. Afterwards it claims the removal can be finished by paying for a great amount of money to register Windows Cleaning Toolkit full version first. This virus can block you from accessing Internet and disable the real antivirus protection on your computer. Whenever you open Internet Explorer, it won’t let you do that, instead you will get a popup saying that ‘ Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the Internet.’ No matter what option you click on the popup, you will be redirected to a page asking you to pay the full version and fill with your credit card details. Don’t be tricked by this. Actually this bogus report message is a scam designed to take advantage of vulnerable or inexperienced computer users. It does nothing helpful to catch a virus because this fake antivirus doesn’t own any virus database at all. If you get it installed, it just makes mess on your computer by blocking access to the computer’s files and applications and keeps bothering users with constant pop-ups and false results. It does not allow computer users to access their own computer until a ransom is paid. Even though this is a really frustrating issue that computer is infected with a fake antivirus program, but paying is not the solution to help users to get rid of the problem. There is nothing to assure that doing so will give you back control over your computer but you will definitely lose your money. All you should do is to remove Windows Cleaning Toolkit Virus manually from your computer as quickly as possible.
Windows Cleaning Toolkit Virus is a tricky virus that masquerades as genuine security software, generates erroneous or misleading alerts to scare you to partake in fraudulent transactions. The goal of this fake software is to deceive you into believing that your computer is infected with some serious threats, and then trick you into installing/purchasing its fake security software which turns out to be useless and functionless. All it can do on your computer is not helping you to fix computer problems but just displaying false scan results, fake security warnings, and terminating legitimate applications when you attempt to run them. In a simple word, you should never spend any money on this counterfeit software program and take action to remove it from your computer quickly.
It blocks task manager and registry editor to prevent users from removing it manually.
It may cause browser redirection or even disable internet access as a result.
It displays lots of false positives with annoying pop ups that you couldn’t stop it.
It occupies much of your CPU and opens up new gateways for other malware.
It can bypass the legit security tools and destroy your computer secretly.
It is able to allow remote hacker access the compromised system for illicit purpose.
As mentioned before, this fake anti-virus software can block many executable programs from running. So it’s difficult to proceed the removal processes while being constantly interrupted by the pop-up screen of this Windows Cleaning Toolkit virus. To temporarily disable this rogue software from popping up, try to put the infected computer into safe modes first.
General manual removal steps will be given in the following to help you get rid of this unwanted software. (expertise will be needed during the process to deal with changeable virus files and registries):
1. Reboot your computer to safe mode with networking. As your computer restarts but before Windows launches, tap “F8” key constantly.
2. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
3. Open Registry entries. Find out the malicious files and entries related to Windows Cleaning Toolkit malware and then delete all.
Attention: Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
a. Press the “Start” button and then choose the option “Run”. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.
b. All malicious files and registry entries that should be deleted:
c:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication Data
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random characters]”
Windows Cleaning Toolkit is an annoying virus that categorized as Rogue program that will be configured to start every time you try to launch a program on your computer. It can take over your computer screen and block you from running any programs or accessing files or documents. Also it blocks access to the Task Manager, Windows Registry, and other Windows components that could potentially allow computer users to bypass the bogus Windows Cleaning Toolkit scan which leads the removal to be more difficult than other type of viruses. This tricky virus always accesses computer via security holes and various system vulnerabilities. Although it claims to help your computer get rid of any kind of malware, it actually does the opposite. By offering users fake security software that is either ineffective or actually carries malware, scammers can make money by charging users for the programs — or worse, steal user’s information for identify theft. Just note that this software is far from fantasy, and it is used everyday to steal information from millions of users. We strongly recommend users to ignore any alerts and messages showing on this fake antivirus program and instead remove this fake anti-virus manually for good.
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Published by & last updated on November 26, 2013 6:20 pm