Windows Protection Master

Windows Protection Master Description


Windows Protection Master Screenshot 1Windows Protection Master holds membership in a broad group of fake anti-malware and debugging scanners that imitate Microsoft Security Essentials by providing fraudulent error reports. These reports are delivered as a way to scam victims into spending money on Windows Protection Master’s complete version to fix nonexistent issues and should always be disregarded as irrelevant and deceptive in nature. Because rogue debuggers from Windows Protection Master’s family have been noted for their ability to disable many types of security and system analysis applications, SpywareRemove.com malware research team recommends that you treat Windows Protection Master as a severe threat to your computer’s security until you’ve removed all of Windows Protection Master’s components, ideally with a competent anti-malware scanner.

Windows Protection Master: Scamware That’s Protective Only for Itself


Windows Protection Master was first noted by many PC security companies in February of 2012, although Windows Protection Master’s family has been in existence since early 2011. Some of the many clones from the same family as Windows Protection Master include Windows Secure Surfer, Windows Pro Defence Kit, Windows Virus Hunter, Windows AntiBreach Patrol, Smart Internet Protection 2012, Windows Antivirus Helper, Windows Firewall Constructor, Smart Security, PrivacyGuard PRO, Windows Warding System, XP Smart Security, Windows AntiBreach Helper, Fast Antivirus 2009, Windows Activity Debugger, Windows Anti-Malware Patch, Windows Protection Maintenance, Windows System Defender, Windows Safety Wizard, Windows Prime Booster, Windows Risk Minimizer, Personal Security Sentinel, Windows Warding Module, Extra Antivirus, Windows Cleaning Toolkit, Windows Virtual Firewall, Windows Pro Rescuer, Windows Maintenance Guard, Windows Guardian Angel, PC Live Guard, Windows Problems Stopper, Windows Active Defender, Windows Maintenance Suite, Windows Antivirus Patch, Windows Internet Watchdog, Windows Pro Safety Release, Windows Defence Master, Windows Tools Patch, Windows Activity Booster, Windows Defending Center, Windows Antivirus Rampart, Internet Security Suite, Windows Advanced Toolkit, Windows No-Risk Center, Keep Center Keeper, Windows Efficiency Accelerator, VirusSecurity, Windows Antivirus Machine and Windows Enterprise Defender. These applications use a combination of fake percentile-based ratings of your computer’s safety and a feature set that imitates the appearance of the look of Microsoft Security Essentials to make you think that nonexistent attacks against your PC are occurring on an ongoing basis.

However, SpywareRemove.com malware analysts stress that Windows Protection Master, like other products from the FakeVimes group, isn’t able to detect or eliminate real problems with your PC. Hence, if you see warning messages that resemble the following samples, you should ignore them as fraudulent examples of Windows Protection Master’s scam:

System Security Warning
Attempt to modify register key entries is detected.
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Warning!
Location: [Application file path]
Viruses: Backdoor.Win32.Rbot


Warning!
Name: [Application file name]
Name: [Application file path]
Application that seems to be a key-logger is detected. System information security is at risk. It is recommended to enable the security mode and run total System scanning.


Warning! Database update failed!
Database update failed!
Outdated viruses databases are not effective and can’t [sic] guarantee adequate protection and security for your PC!
Click here to get the full version of the product and update the database!

Mastering a Defense Against Windows Protection Master’s Attacks


Windows Protection Master and similar PC threats have also received attention for their ability to detect and close processes that they deem to be undesirable; in most cases, such processes are noted to be related to system security, analysis or the removal of malicious software like Windows Protection Master. SpywareRemove.com malware research team has found that some of the programs that Windows Protection Master may close include:
  • Windows monitoring tools like Task Manager that could detect or close malicious processes like Windows Protection Master’s own memory process
  • Registry tools like the Registry Editor that could be used to remove Windows Protection Master’s automatic startup entries.
  • Torrent and other types of mass-downloading applications.
  • Webcam utilities.
  • Photoshop-related applications and other types of Adobe programs.
  • Certain types of e-mail clients, including Outlook.
  • Some web browsers (such as Opera).
  • Popular brands of instant messaging clients.
  • Script packages such as Flash and Java.
  • Google-brand products.
  • iTunes.

Because Windows Protection Master may enumerate your memory processes on a constant basis, Windows Protection Master may also use up excessive system resources and cause performance issues. Nonetheless, although Windows Protection Master and its clones are able to attack a wide range of applications, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers also note that Windows Protection Master hasn’t been found to attack most types of anti-malware scanners. Thus, a competent anti-malware program should be able to delete Windows Protection Master without encountering issues.

Windows Protection Master Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)


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



Visual & GUI Characteristics


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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%\ Inspector-svo.exe 290
    2 %APPDATA%\ Inspector-cux.exe 228
    3 %APPDATA%\ Inspector-mhk.exe 206
    4 Windows Protection Master.lnk 50
    5 %APPDATA%\Inspector-[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe 47
    6 %APPDATA%\ Inspector-trb.exe 34
    7 %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Protection Master\Windows Protection Master.lnk N/A
    8 %AppData%\Inspector-[random three characters].exe N/A
    9 %AppData%\NPSWF32.dl N/A
    10 %AppData%\result.db N/A
    11 %StartMenu%\Programs\Windows Protection Master.lnk N/A
    12 %UserProfile%\Desktop\Windows Protection Master.lnk N/A
    13 [RANDOM].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..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect" = 0HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegedit" = 0HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegistryTools" = 0HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = 0HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Inspector"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Windows Protection MasterHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\adaware.exe "Debugger"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\belt.exe "Debugger"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\deputy.exe "Debugger"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\[RANDOM]_is1
Posted: February 12, 2012 | By
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Threat Metric
Threat Level: 10/10
Detection Count: 9

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