Can’t get rid of Windows Accelerator Pro virus? Well, the Windows Accelerator Pro firewall alert pops up on my screen when i just log in to the desktop on Windows 8. It stopped my access to any other programs. And it shows lots of infections on my computer after scanning. I can’t do anything but get the warning, it is crazy. How can I remove the malware and gain my access to my personal computer?
The Windows Accelerator Pro virus is an attack that attempts to trick the computer user into thinking that it is a real security scanning program that requires to be updated before it can properly remove dangerous files from the computer. Once this virus is installed onto the computer it alters the system settings to launch as soon as the computer is started. The user will see a window open that resembles several of the more popular anti virus scanning programs and it will look like it is performing a live scan of the entire system. It is not an actual scan, but instead a pre-scripted program that has been designed to look like a real scan.
At a glance it looks like all of the files on the computer are being searched while the program looks for infected files or potentially dangerous problems. When the Windows Accelerator Pro virus stops the “scan” it displays a list of dangerous files that present a danger to the computer. The user can then select an option that would delete these from the computer. Naturally everyone is going to select this option because they want them removed right away. When this is clicked on a message will display that alerts the user that the virus scanning program needs to be updated in order to complete the removal process. There is a charge to do this and the user can pay directly on the screen with a credit card.
If the user pays the money for the fake upgrade they will assume that everything is fine because the virus message will disappear and it will never be seen again. This will unfortunately give the user a false sense of security. They will think that their computer is safe and being protected since they just updated their virus scanning software when it fact their computer is at risk and still contains the Windows Accelerator Pro virus files installed on the computer which can result in more malicious files being installed. You have to delete the fake alert as soon as possible.
If the user doesn’t upgrade right away they will be continuously reminded that they are at risk. When the virus is first installed on the computer it disables several programs and if they user attempts to open any of those that were disabled a message will display saying that there has been malicious files detected. Here are some examples of those warning messages:
Malicious program has been detected. Click here to protect your computer.
Hidden file transfers to remote host has been detected.
has detected a leak of your files through the Internet. We strongly recommend that you block the attack immediately.
iexplore.exe cannot start
File iexplore.exe is infected by W32/Blaster.worm. Please activate Windows Accelerator Pro to protect your computer.”
In order to make sure the warning messages do not pop up again or the fake scan is initiated, follow the instructions below. This will allow the user to delete all of the files that are compromised and belong to the Windows Accelerator Pro virus.
1. Restart the infected computer into safe mode with networking
If you are in Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, please try this guide: Restart your computer. As your computer restarts but before Windows launches, tap “F8” key constantly. When you are at the Advanced Boot Options, use the arrow keys to highlight the “Safe Mode with Networking” option, and then press ENTER.
For System In Windows 8
(1). Sign out to get log-in screen
(2). Keep pressing shift and click select restart at the same time.
(3). It brings you to ‘Choose An Option’ screen. Choose ‘troubleshoot’.
(4). Click on ‘Advance Options’
(5). Click on ‘Startup Settings’
(6). Click on ‘Restart’
(7). Choose ‘Enable safe mode with networking’
Then you can get into safe mode with networking in Windows 8
2. Stop virus processes in Windows Task Manager.
(1). Press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys together to get Windows Task Manager
(2). Click More details
(3). and then scroll down to end process of Windows Accelerator Pro virus.
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Press Win+R to get run option
(2). Type in Control Panel and hit enter to get Control Panel
(3). Click on Appearance and Personalization link
(3). Click on Folder Options link
(4). Click on View tab in Folder Options window
(5). Tick Show hidden files, folders, and drives under Hidden files and folders tab
(6). Click Apply to effect， then click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window.
4. Delete Virus Files
(1). Using Registry Editor to delete all the related registry entries.
*Guides to open Registry Editor:
Press Win+R key together then Registry Editor will pop up.
(2). Find out and remove the associated files.
The Windows Accelerator Pro virus is usually picked up by visiting compromised websites or downloading a free program or add on that also contains this attack. It is very important to be familiar with the virus scanning program that is installed on the computer and always keep it updated so you do not fall victim to a scam like this. If you know your software is up to date then you will not fall for this. It is also a good idea to set the virus software to perform a system scan automatically when the computer is turned on. This will help to detect malicious attacks like this. But lots of viruses change fast, they escape from scanning, so the best way to clean it out is consult with computer experts.
Published by Andrew Gonzalez, last updated on December 29, 2013 3:31 am | Fake Antivirus Removal Tips