Yesterday I was on Facebook and suddenly Windows Web Shield popped up on my screen. I’ve never had this happen before. It took control of my computer and came up about every 10 minutes interrupting whatever I’m doing on my PC. This program says my computer is seriously infected and keeps pushing me to register the licensed version in order to kill those infections. I am not sure if it is true but I don’t need it at all. I tried to uninstall it from control panel, but I didn’t find it there. How do I uninstall this rogue program from my Dell laptop completely?
Windows Web Shield is categorized as a fake anti-spyware that cleverly disguised to behave like legitimate spyware removal programs by scanning your computer and searching for “potential viruses”, however, it’s important to know a fact that this is just a fraudulent and useless security tool with the aim of stealing your money. This program has nothing to do with Microsoft company, instead it is created by cyber criminals with the sole purpose of rendering a sale for the rogue application. Once it is running, it will run an auto scan whenever 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 Windows Web Shield full version.
Now many rogue anti-spyware programs use deceiving tactics to entice computer users to purchase the rogue anti-spyware program. Windows Web Shield uses the same way like Windows Efficiency Kit and Windows Web Watchdog, it blocks various websites and other programs on your computer, and then creates various fake pop-up warnings while it persuades you to purchase its registered version. This program is lacking in legitimate anti-malware functionality and it is an actual danger to your computer’s security. It’s a huge problem if your computer has been attacked by this type of virus, and it is not easy to remove, because it can block virtually everything you try and run, including real anti-malware tools. Any attempts to pay for this fake antivirus program will only make both your computer and your privacy in danger because this program is not only useless in removing those viruses, but may cause a lot more damages to your system. Hackers may use the fake software to gather your personal and financial information for their own ID theft scams or for sale to others. Therefore, it should be removed without any doubt.
– Slow Computer Performance and annoying Pop-Ups always occur
– Taskbar warnings keeps disturbing you
– Strange new icons appear and desktop background is changed somehow
– Internet Browsing Re-directs and Hijacks happen
– System Crashes or freezes frequently
– Legit antivirus programs which you have installed before become useless
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 Web Shield 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 Web 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.
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 Web 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:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random characters]”
Windows Web Shield takes control of your computer after you open an email attachment, click on a pop-up advertisement, or visit a particular website. Once it is installed, you may be bombarded with pop-ups, even when you’re not online. It takes your computer hostage and then it tells you that your computer is infected by viruses, and you have to pay them to get rid of the fake viruses that aren’t really there. Besides, it occupies much of your CPU and opens up new gateways for other malware which will make your PC totally mess up. No matter how real it looks like, this rogue program is a crap that won’t help you solve any computer problems because all the reports shown on the scan results are bogus. All you have to do is to uninstall it from your computer manually as soon as it is
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Published by & last updated on May 14, 2014 8:41 am