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Windows Privacy Counsel

Posted: June 11, 2012

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 35
First Seen: June 11, 2012
Last Seen: January 8, 2020
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Windows Privacy Counsel Screenshot 1Windows Privacy Counsel is a member of a family of fake anti-malware programs that imitate Windows security software in the process of conning you out of your money. While Windows Privacy Counsel and its identical cousins don't have any ability to detect or remove malware, Windows Privacy Counsel will launch continual pop-ups that warn against identity theft, unwanted Registry changes, spyware infections and other PC threats. Since Windows Privacy Counsel is incapable of providing the very same security and anti-malware services that Windows Privacy Counsel wants you to purchase, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers advise you to delete Windows Privacy Counsel, like the digital conman Windows Privacy Counsel is, with a legitimate anti-malware scanner.

Windows Privacy Counsel – the Counselor That Offers Neither Good Advice Nor Privacy for Your Computer

Windows Privacy Counsel uses a range of Windows Security Center-esque features to make it look like Windows Privacy Counsel can detect and delete Trojans or other forms of hostile software, although these features are just Windows Privacy Counsel's excuses for displaying inaccurate security warnings. Examples of its trademark features, which not one should be taken at its apparent significance, include:

  • The 'Anti-phishing' tool
  • The 'Advanced Process Control,' which replaces your Windows Task Manager without your consent.
  • Clones of basic Security Center features (the firewall, various scanner settings and a service manager).
  • A fake system scanner that always displays fraudulent infections – even if the only infection on your PC actually is Windows Privacy Counsel. Names for these PC threats will lean towards alarming and high-level threats such as banking Trojans and phishing tools.

Since Windows Privacy Counsel launches itself and displays a range of different pop-up warnings automatically, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have found that disabling Windows Privacy Counsel should be considered before any effort at removing Windows Privacy Counsel with anti-malware software. Booting your PC with either Safe Mode or a USB flash device should be sufficient for preventing Windows Privacy Counsel from starting.

Wrenching Control of Your PC Out of Windows Privacy Counsel's Grasp

Besides alerting you to fake PC threats, Windows Privacy Counsel may also block programs by pretending that they're infected or damaged. Anti-virus scanners, firewalls, Registry editors and memory process managers are all confirmed targets for Windows Privacy Counsel's software-blocking attacks. Because Windows Privacy Counsel may modify the Registry in the course of blocking these programs, you may need to repair your Registry or reinstall these programs before they can function as usual.

Similar attacks can be expected from all members of Windows Privacy Counsel's scamware family, which is currently-identified as a branch of FakeVimes. Similar types of rogue anti-malware programs that SpywareRemove.com malware research team has analyzed 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.

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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%\Protector-ujiq.exe File name: Protector-ujiq.exe
Size: 2.19 MB (2192896 bytes)
MD5: 9248aefd0886cda740764d5b808e3b87
Detection count: 51
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %APPDATA%\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: January 8, 2020
%AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe File name: %AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY..\..\{Value}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Inspector = %AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AAWTray.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\About.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\a.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\aAvgApi.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\ackwin32.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\Ad-Aware.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AdwarePrj.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\agent.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\agentsvr.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\adaware.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\advxdwin.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AlphaAV\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AlphaAV.exe\Debugger = svchost.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\alevir.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\alogserv.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\agentw.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\alertsvc.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"