WinWebSec is a family of rogue security programs that display fake warnings about infected files and malicious software to trick you into spending money on fraudulent software. Members of WinWebSec may assume the disguise of a file cleaner, anti-adware scanner or other type of security program, although, in most cases, a visually-similar interface is shared between individuals. While WinWebSec scamware will create a variety of different warnings to mislead you about your computer’s health, SpywareRemove.com malware experts advise against purchasing any WinWebSec product, since WinWebSec scamware has no capability to detect or delete any type of PC threat from your computer. Since WinWebSec-based rogue security products can also block unrelated applications, you may need to take extra steps to shut down your WinWebSec infection before you can delete WinWebSec with an appropriate anti-malware program.
WinWebSec: An Off-Pink Introduction to Fake PC Security
Individual scamware programs from WinWebSec have been in distribution for years now, with common distribution mechanisms including e-mail spam attacks and fake online scanners. WinWebSec-based rogue security applications include such diverse names as Live Security Platinum, Security Shield, Security Shield 2012, System Adware Scanner 2010, System Tool, System Tool 2011, System Security, Personal Shield Pro, Windows Smart Security, Security Tool, MS Removal Tool, Total Security, Total Security 2009, Vista Total Security 2011, Total XP Security, Total Secure 2009, XP Total Security 2012, Total XP Security 2011, Total XP Security, Security Sphere 2012, Smart Fortress 2012, Antispyware Pro 2009, Essential Cleaner and Winweb Security. Although their infection vectors and names can exhibit surprising diversity, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have found that most WinWebSec-based scamware programs can be identified with ease due to their unusual light-pink interface, identical layouts and characteristic tag lines such as the following:
Get full real-time protection with [WinWebSec rogue security program's name]
Similarities between variants of WinWebSec don’t stop at that, however; WinWebSec scamware products also share false warning messages, taskbar notifications and other forms of fake system information in an attempt to confuse you about your PC’s integrity.
How WinWebSec Turns Your Computer Into a Funnel Towards Its Profit
WinWebSec scamware programs also have a history of disabled unrelated applications on an extremely broad basis; standard WinWebSec infections can prevent you from using almost any program except for a handful of Windows default utilities and web browsers. Attempts to use a blocked program will typically result in a warning about said program being infected, which is, naturally, false. Although this attack doesn’t permanently damage the programs in questions, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers recommend that you put a stop to it through any of the following methods, all of which should bypass the startup entries for a WinWebSec program:
- Booting your PC from a network-shared drive.
- Booting your PC from a removable drive device (such as a USB thumb drive).
- Booting in Safe Mode, which can be accessed on Windows computers by hitting F8 during a reboot (as long as Windows hasn’t begun to load).
After being disabled, WinWebSec software can be deleted by any reasonably-competent anti-malware product with no long term harm to your computer.
Trojan.FakeAV.XN [VirusBuster]Trojan.Win32.FakeAV.44544.F [ViRobot]PAK_Generic.001 [TrendMicro]Trojan.Gen [Symantec]Troj/FakeAV-BGN [Sophos]Voronezh.1600.A [PCTools]Trojan/W32.Small.44544.AD [nProtect]W32/FakeAV.OTA [Norman]a variant of Win32/Adware.LiveEnterpriseSuite.AA [NOD32]Trojan:Win32/InternetAntivirus [Microsoft]
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WinWebSec Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)
Is your PC infected with WinWebSec? To safely & quickly detect WinWebSec, we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.
Download SpyHunter's* Malware Scanner to detect WinWebSec What happens if WinWebSec does not let you open SpyHunter or blocks the Internet?
File System Modifications
Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
- The following files were created in the system:
Posted: January 12, 2011 | By SpywareRemove
Threat Level: 9/10
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