Windows Antivirus Master

Windows Antivirus Master Description

Windows Antivirus Master Screenshot 1Although the rogue anti-malware industry has a high turnover rate, it’s rare for new variants like Windows Antivirus Master to show many differentiating characteristics from their ancestors. Windows Antivirus Master’s presence is heralded by alert messages and bogus system scans claiming to have found various high-level threats installed on your PC, backed up by attacks that often include blocked access to other applications. However, like the many rogue anti-virus programs that came before Windows Antivirus Master, Windows Antivirus Master doesn’t have any real features for detecting threats, and merely engages in faking its alerts to force victims to buy its software. In all circumstances, deleting Windows Antivirus Master without paying for its ‘upgrade’ is the safest choice you can make.

The Antivirus Master that Does the Opposite of What It Advertises

Windows Antivirus Master is a member of a noted and often-updated family of fake anti-malware products. Identified by the name FakeVimes, and bearing a strong resemblance to the similar FakeVimes family, this collection of useless products attempts to mislead its victims with fake warnings about threats to encourage the purchase of its premium software. Premium versions of Windows Antivirus Master and other fake AV programs from its family are equally unable to provide any real security features. However, malware researchers find it safe to fake the registration of these products with a variety of freely-distributed keys whenever they’re available.

Usually, Windows Antivirus Master’s fake pop-up alerts, which are formatted to look like legitimate warnings from a variety of security programs, only are the least of the problems associated with Windows Antivirus Master.

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Malware researchers also have noted that Windows Antivirus Master (and other FakePAV family members) may cause the following additional issues:
  • Modifications of the Windows Registry that let Windows Antivirus Master launch whenever Windows starts.
  • Once launched, Windows Antivirus Master will monitor your memory processes for specific programs and close them automatically. These include security-related programs, instant messengers, file download clients, Web browsers and webcam utilities. After closing them, Windows Antivirus Master will display a warning message that these products have been compromised.
  • Windows Antivirus Master also may display windows that imitate Microsoft’s Security Essentials or other Microsoft security products.

Mastering Your PC’s Security without a Rogue Security Program’s Aid

Windows Antivirus Master’s main threat to your state of finance is to use false pretenses to encourage the purchase of its software, but even if you ignore that risk, allowing Windows Antivirus Master to be installed on any PC is a major risk to your security. Windows Antivirus Master’s ability to close other programs on a whim is easily expandable to avenues other than those elaborated on in this article, and malware researchers, accordingly, have classified Windows Antivirus Master as a high-level threat. Removing Windows Antivirus Master without anti-malware utilities, while possible, is discouraged, particularly due to the possibility of any improper Registry changes damaging your operating system.

Windows Antivirus Master is one of many anti-virus programs that have more promises than features to offer, and you should regard any unrecognized program bearing a significant resemblance to Windows Antivirus Master with strong suspicion. As examples of other versions of Windows Antivirus Master’s family that are in current circulation, malware researchers also have noted Windows Efficiency Console, Windows Functionality Checker, Windows Sleek Performance, Windows Privacy Extension, Windows Process Director, Live Enterprise Suite, Windows Antivirus Care, Windows Ultimate Security Patch, Security Antivirus, Windows Component Protector, CleanUp Antivirus, Enterprise Suite, Smart PC Cleaner, Home Malware Cleaner, Windows Internet Guard, Windows Warding System, Windows AntiBreach Helper, Windows Protection Tool, Windows Protection Maintenance, Windows Defence Counsel, Windows Safety Toolkit, Windows Safety Maintenance, Windows Premium Guard, Windows Virtual Firewall, XP Smart Security, Windows Secure Web Patch, Windows Antivirus Patrol, Windows Threats Destroyer, Windows Cleaning Toolkit, Windows Be-on-Guard Edition, Windows Efficiency Accelerator, Advanced Antispyware Solution, Windows ProSecurity Scanner, Windows Web Combat, Windows Internet Booster, Windows Health Keeper, Windows Interactive Safety, Windows Tools Patch, Windows Safety Checkpoint, My Security Wall, Best Malware Protection, Windows First-Class Protector, Windows Guard Tools, Windows Processes Accelerator, Windows Problems Stopper, System Protection Tools and Windows Secure Workstation.

Windows Antivirus Master Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)

Is your PC infected with Windows Antivirus Master? To safely & quickly detect Windows Antivirus Master we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.

Visual & GUI Characteristics

Windows Antivirus Master Screenshot 2Windows Antivirus Master Screenshot 3Windows Antivirus Master Screenshot 4Windows Antivirus Master Screenshot 5

Technical Details

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:
    # File Name Detection Count
    1 %APPDATA%\ svc-gjvv.exe 5
    2 Windows Antivirus Master.lnk 300
    3 C:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Application Data\guard-[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe N/A
    4 C:\Users\[User]\AppData\Roaming\guard-[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe N/A

Registry Modifications

Tutorial: To edit and delete registry entries manually, read the tutorial on how to remove malicious registry entries.

Tip & Warning: Editing and removing the wrong registry keys can severely damage your PC, so remember to backup your Windows Registry! To optimize your Windows Registry and speed up your PC, download RegHunter's registry cleaner.
  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\{Value}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "Shell"="C:\Users\[User]\AppData\Roaming\guard-[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe"HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "GuardSoftware"
Posted: February 7, 2014 | By
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Threat Metric
Threat Level: 10/10
Detection Count: 103

One Comment

  • Bailey says:

    I don’t have any money and this the only computer I have but I am on my ipad right now because nothing is working on my computer all I did was restart my computer and after that I got back on and a thing called Microsoft antivirus master came up and the only thang my computer would let me do was download it and no I can’t do anything on it
    P.s. if I broke my computer agin I would be dead

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