Yesterday I accidentally clicked on a link, then a fake antivirus program called Windows Virtual Protector installed itself on my computer which is driving me INSANE now!!! I can’t open anything because it always says whatever i try to open is infected. I tried to uninstall it but I don’t see it on my programs list on the control panel. Also i can’t open up any anti malware programs to get rid of it, and it also blocks windows task manager. It won’t let me use a lot of plug ins on the internet including adobe flash. How do I get rid of it?
Windows Virtual Protector is a rogue antivirus program detected recently which is good at using fake reports and misleading security errors to scare innocent users and make them to pay for its useless product. As similar as its previous version called Windows Accelerator Pro, it comes and infects your computer with a help of Trojans. In most cases, computers users got infected with this rogue program because they have been downloading something from the internet. Windows Virtual Protector virus is bundled with those useful applications users downloaded so the unwary users are tricked into downloading them. When it is successfully installed, it becomes a real headache for PC users because this virus can carry out many harmful tasks on the target machine.
This fake antivirus will run a scan automatically whenever you start Windows because it can be able to modify the registry entries. Then it takes control of your computer and keeps bothering you by showing up with constant alerts and notifications. At first sight, you may think this is a legitimate security program because it owns many useful features (eg: Quick Scan, Deep Scan, Automatic Updates, Antivirus Protection and others), however, if you take a closer look and be careful enough, you will find out that the scan results are always the same. In reality, this is a fraudulent and useless security tool with the aim of stealing your money. At first, this deceitful program declares that a great number of spyware and viruses are found in your computer after an automatic security scan, and then it panics the inexperienced users into believing the computer is at high risk and a ‘license’ is needed for protecting computer system in all aspects. Please note that paying $49.95 is not worth in any circumstances because this program can neither detect nor remove any kind of parasite. All the detected viruses are non-existent. They are created to scare and scam unaware people into spending their money for this fake antivirus product.
Windows Virtual Protector malware uses a potent combination of misleading attacks against your PC to encourage you to spend money on a fake ‘full’ version of its software. It can bring many irreparable damages on your computer if you don’t remove it in time. For example, when you attempt to run an executable, it will terminate it automatically and you will get a fake alert like:
Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the Internet
is suspected to have infected your PC.
This type of virus intercepts entered data and transmits them
to a remote server.
As a consequence, you can neither get online nor get your real antivirus program worked after being infected which will lead the removal rather complicated. If your computer is infected with Windows Virtual Protector Virus, you have to understand that under no circumstance should you pay for this rogue program. Attempts to purchase this scam will only give your financial information into criminal possession. The best way to keep your computer safe is to uninstall Windows Virtual Protector manually.
Although this tricky virus can escape the scan of legitimate antivirus program, it also can be picked up by its symptoms.
1. Your computer will be much slower than before just like crawl which makes you really upset.
2. Some malware you never saw before will be downloaded automatically after you turned your computer on.
3. You can find that your computer resources are highly consumed.
4. You will be kicked off the needed website quickly and then receive its pop up immediately.
5. Sometimes you may find that your keyboard likes dead because you can’t do anything on it.
6. In your system, you can receive some random files with a long name. However, these files don’t belong to you.
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. Remove all the contents related to Windows Virtual Protector Virus Manually.
Note: Manual removal requires at least some experience with the system, the registry, and other Windows components. If you make a mistake, your operating system might become unusable. If you need any further help, you can contact a PC expert by clicking the live chat button below.
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 Virtual Protector pop-up screen. To temporarily disable this rogue software from popping up, try to restart the infected computer into safe mode with networking first.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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 Virtual Protector 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:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random characters]”
Windows Virtual Protector scans your computer just like a real PC cleaner but that’s only what the whole process looks like. In fact, the scan does not reveal any true facts about how your system is functioning for the moment and whether or not it has spyware on board. It belongs to a fake antivirus coming from the FakeVimes family. This virus can not only start up along with the Windows system, but also can run in Safe Mode with Networking. While it is running, it protects itself from deletion by blocking all important security related programs. Simultaneously, your computer will experience malfunctioning programs and applications, web browser hijackers and pop-up alerts. Since this is a harmful program rather than a useful tool protecting your computer, we kindly suggest users ignore whatever Windows Virtual Protector shows on the screen and uninstall it manually as soon as possible.
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Published by & last updated on January 11, 2014 9:13 am