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Windows Defence Counsel

Posted: May 27, 2012

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 2/10
Infected PCs: 61
First Seen: May 27, 2012
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Windows Defence Counsel Screenshot 1Although Windows Defence Counsel has a plethora of security-related popups, system scans and diagnoses on call, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers recommend that you ignore Windows Defence Counsel's advice, since Windows Defence Counsel has been confirmed as a fraudulent anti-malware product. Due to Windows Defence Counsel's inability to defend your computer from real PC threats, following security-related information from Windows Defence Counsel risks causing harm to your operating system, just as purchasing Windows Defence Counsel will similarly damage your bank account without any positive results. Even merely allowing Windows Defence Counsel to remain on your PC can result in exposure to unwanted browser redirects and interference with genuine security and anti-virus products, and for these reasons it's always recommended that you delete Windows Defence Counsel and related PC threats once you can scan your hard drive with appropriate anti-malware software.

Why You Should Turn Your Ear Away from Windows Defence Counsel's Computer Security Advice

Windows Defence Counsel is verified as just another copy-and-paste member of FakeVimes, a classification for related scamware anti-malware products, with recent members being particularly similar in appearance and functionality. Other variants of FakeVimes that bear a strong resemblance to Windows Defence Counsel, although this list is far from conclusive, include Privacy Guard Pro, Extra Antivirus, Fast Antivirus 2009, Presto TuneUp, Windows Security Suite, Smart Virus Eliminator, Packed.Generic.245, Volcano Security Suite, Windows Enterprise Suite, Enterprise Suite, Additional Guard, Live PC Care, PC Live Guard, Live Enterprise Suite, Security Antivirus, My Security Wall, CleanUp Antivirus, Smart Security and PrivacyGuard Pro 2.0. Identifying traits of Windows Defence Counsel and related rogue anti-malware programs consist of an 'Activate Ultimate Protection' button, features such as the 'Advanced Process Control' and an overall interface that imitates the outdated Windows Security Center software.

True to the habits of all rogue security products, Windows Defence Counsel can't provide actual protection or diagnostic data about PC threats, but Windows Defence Counsel will still provide fake information as a substitute for the real thing. SpywareRemove.com malware experts have found that fraudulent popup alerts from Windows Defence Counsel can warn about attacks against your Registry or identity-related information, as well as falsely advertising the presence of various types of malicious software – including keyloggers, trojans, rootkits and spyware.

SpywareRemove.com malware experts don't recommend purchasing Windows Defence Counsel's registration key, which is the end-game for its criminal partners in their attempt to con victims with fake security software. However, you may find some use in registering Windows Defence Counsel for free with the key '0W000-000B0-00T00-E0020' since this can expedite Windows Defence Counsel's deletion.

Ill Tidings About Windows Defence Counsel's Poor Software Preferences

Windows Defence Counsel and similar FakeVimes-based PC threats are also noted to cause browser redirect attacks and may do this to expose you to hostile sites, or to redirect your searches to profitable spam-based search engines. However, these attacks aren't the worst possibility from Windows Defence Counsel, which SpywareRemove.com malware researchers warn may even block your real security programs:

  • Windows Defence Counsel will attempt to monitor your memory processes and shut down certain processes that it disapproves of, such as Windows Live OneCare and other Windows-based tools.
  • Windows Defence Counsel can also be guilty of more extreme measures than the above and may even delete important Registry entries for other types of security programs such as AV scanners.

Regardless of the above issues, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers always recommend that you use dedicated anti-malware programs to remove Windows Defence Counsel, since many FakeVimes-based PC threats like Windows Defence Counsel are also installed along with trojans and may include additional components that aren't obviously visible.

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Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Windows Defence Counsel may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

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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:

%AppData%\NPSWF32.dll File name: %AppData%\NPSWF32.dll
File type: Dynamic link library
Mime Type: unknown/dll
Group: Malware file
%AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM 3 CHARACTERS].exe File name: %AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM 3 CHARACTERS].exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM 4 CHARACTERS].exe File name: %AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM 4 CHARACTERS].exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%AppData%\result.db File name: %AppData%\result.db
Mime Type: unknown/db
Group: Malware file

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY..\..\{Value}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\Settings "net" = "2012-5-27_7"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "UID" = "whecqycyiq"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system "ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin" = 0HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system "ConsentPromptBehaviorUser" = 0HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system "EnableLUA" = 0HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ASProtectHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\msconfig.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\fsm32.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\infwin.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\ssg_4104.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\pavsched.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\sbserv.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\webdav.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\zapro.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\ackwin32.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\adaware.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\BDSurvey.exe_HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_ERROR_PAGE_BYPASS_ZONE_CHECK_FOR_HTTPS_KB954312HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\..{RunKeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Inspector"

Additional Information

The following messages's were detected:
# Message
Attempt to modify registry key entries detected. Registry entry analysis is recommended.
Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the Internet
C:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe
is suspected to have infected your PC. This type of virus intercepts entered data and transmits them to a remote server.