I received the Windows Premium Shield Virus on my computer tonight and It completely took over my screen, running a bogus scan as soon as I logged on. I have already tried many solutions from the sites I searched online, but no luck, I am still unable to do so. In normal mode, I can not open any programs, download anything, or even shutdown properly. I do not know what to do to get rid of this. Can anyone help me remove this virus?
Windows Premium Shield is a rogue program that usually disguises as a legitimate security program for Windows operating system. This program is considered to be harmful because it has no ability to detect or remove any viruses, all it can do is to disable functions on your computer, display bogus reports and generate fake alerts. Similarly to Windows Efficiency Console virus, it is created to deceive inexperienced computer users and make them regard Windows Premium Shield as a helpful program to help remove the “detected” threats, therefore the victims would pay for the license key to activate the full version thinking computer will be normal after using this program. But actually this is just one trick of the remote hacker who behind this scam. They just has a single goal – destroy your computer and sweep out your bank account, then earn a profit from its online fraud activities.
Typically this virus spreads via Trojan horse that comes to the system through its vulnerabilities and makes a perfect background for the parasite to sneak. While it is running, it performs a fake scan automatically whenever you start Windows. The scan totally takes over your computer screen and displays many non-existent infections found on your computer. It convinces you that you need to purchase the full version first in order to remove all those “malware” from your computer. And the most irritating things are those fake warnings that comes along when you try to open something, they keep noticing you the files or the programs you open have been infected. As a consequence, you are unable to launch any programs installed on the computer. This tricky virus can disable all the exe. files in order to protect itself from being removed. Don’t be taken in this scam. Purchasing Windows Premium Shield will not help you at all, instead it just make you lose money and won’t even provide any anti-malware protection.
As mentioned above, Windows Premium Shield is a fake antivirus program that will use a fake online scanner with numerous popups to trick the PC users into thinking that their computers are seriously infected. All it can do on the computer is displaying false scan results, fake security warnings, and terminating legitimate applications when you attempt to run them. If you are not familiar with this scam, you may be taken in by these fake popups and purchase the useless product. It is strongly recommended PC users to uninstall it manually instead of spending your money on such a counterfeit software program.
If your computer became the target of this virus scam, you must realize how annoying its presence on your system is. The permanent ongoing popups, alerts, notifications and warnings keep bothering your attention on a regular basis just like the following picture:
A. Fake alerts can come up each time when you open your browser that prevent you from browsing online.
B. Then it tries its best to trick users and ask them to register the full version which is a fraudulent overall product in reality.
C. This rogue program will run a scan automatically when you start Windows, and the results of the scan are always the same. It claims that your computer is heavily infected and compromised by malware and spyware. And if you want to get rid of all these viruses, you only need to purchase the full version.
D. It will violates your privacy and compromises your security.
1. Check the virus icon on the desktop and then delete it.
This virus may add its own icon on your desktop without your permission, just delete the icon as soon as you detect it.
2. Try to Use Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.
In some cases, this fake antivirus program can show up in Control Panel, then computer users can use generic removal procedures to uninstall it completely.
For Windows XP:
For Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8:
3. Boot the computer to safe mode with networking.
Since this fake anti-virus software may block many executable programs from running, it’s difficult to proceed the removal processes while being constantly interrupted by the Windows Premium Shield pop-up screen. To temporarily disable this rogue software from popping up, try to restart the infected computer into safe mode with networking first.
For Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7:
Reboot your computer to safe mode with networking. As your computer restarts but before Windows launches, tap “F8” key constantly. Then log on to your computer with a user account that has administrator rights.
For Windows 8 or Windows 8.1:
a. Press Windows key + R to open the run dialog box and enter: msconfig, then click Ok.
b. A system configuration window will pop up as the following picture shows. Go to Boot tab and check the Safe Mode section.
c. Select Network and click on OK.
d. You are informed that you need to restart your computer. Click Restart, then computer will restart to safe mode with networking.
4. Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to quickly bring up Task Manager and check the suspicious processes, and then end them.
If the computer appears sluggish and takes forever to do anything, you may see a high number of running processes and CPU usage of 100%. CPU usage only drops to 0% when the system is idle, at any other time the running figure will be between these limits; the lower the usage the faster and more responsive the system will be. Most of time this virus process is random, users can Google the suspicious process before taking action to end it.
5. Show hidden files and folders.
a. Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
b. Click the View tab.
c. Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
6. Open Registry entries. Find out the malicious files and entries related to Windows Premium Shield 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:
%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]
Windows Premium Shield is a rogue security program which pretends to be a genuine anti-spyware tool. It can be distributed through risky or hacked sites, but also may be installed by Trojans distributed through other methods. Once it is installed, it will block any legitimate security programs already installed on the system which may lead to its removal. This fake antivirus is designed to steal personal and financial information from the innocent users. It uses a potent combination of misleading attacks against your PC to encourage you to spend money on a fake ‘full’ version of its software. In a simple word, this product is lacking in legitimate anti-malware functionality and it is an actual danger to your computer’s security. Hence, you must try your best to get rid of it quickly once you find it resides in your computer.
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Published by & last updated on December 27, 2013 4:36 am