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Windows Privacy Extension

Posted: June 28, 2012

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 9
First Seen: June 28, 2012
Last Seen: January 8, 2020
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Windows Privacy Extension Screenshot 1The suitably-titled Windows Privacy Extension, instead of being an independent program unto itself, can be considered a clone of other FakeVimes-based rogue anti-malware programs. As a faux security product, Windows Privacy Extension can display fake alerts and system scans, but Windows Privacy Extension's real abilities at malware detection and removal are completely lacking. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers also note that the probability of other attacks in any Windows Privacy Extension infection is also high and that these malfunctions can include browser redirects or even attacks against real security-related applications. Therefore, it should be conspicuously evident that Windows Privacy Extension must be deleted ASAP to ensure your PC's continued well-being, although it's recommended for you to use anti-malware software to delete Windows Privacy Extension and its system modifications.

Windows Privacy Extension: More of a Peril to Your Privacy Than Anything Else

Windows Privacy Extension, like all members of FakeVimes, pretends to be a general-purpose security and anti-malware product, even though all of its security-related features are hoaxes. System scans by Windows Privacy Extension always display Trojans and other PC threats without any attempt to corroborate with reality, and warning messages by Windows Privacy Extension will use various means to trick you into believing that your PC is under attack. Of course, the irony that your PC is under attack – by Windows Privacy Extension, which will not stop until you give in to its purchase requests or banish Windows Privacy Extension from your hard drive. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers recommend the latter, since criminals connected with scamware like Windows Privacy Extension are known for exploiting financial information (such as credit card numbers) in illegal and highly-damaging ways.

The fake security 'features' of Windows Privacy Extension, as noted above, can be considered its most obvious symptoms, but other symptoms that SpywareRemove.com malware analysts consider highly probable in any Windows Privacy Extension infection are also noted below:

  • Search engine hijacks that redirect you to untrustworthy, malicious or advertisement-based search engines (regardless of what brand of browser you may be using at the time).
  • Unrelated programs being blocked, such as Task Manager, the Registry Editor, the UAC or popular brands of anti-malware scanners. Windows Privacy Extension may also display pop-ups to convince you that the aforementioned applications have been compromised or damaged.
  • Registry-based system settings being changed in ways that make your PC vulnerable to attacks by other PC threats, particularly regarding file-downloading settings.

Wrenching Your Real Privacy Back from Windows Privacy Extension's Grasp

As long as you avoid spending money on Windows Privacy Extension and remove Windows Privacy Extension as soon as possible, your PC shouldn't suffer long-lasting harm from its attacks. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers recommend similar actions for all other PC threats from Windows Privacy Extension's family, including 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. While purchasing Windows Privacy Extension's registration is discouraged, using a free code for this process, such as '0W000-000B0-00T00-E0020,' is safe, and may even alleviate issues with removing Windows Privacy Extension.

As a routine part of its behavior, Windows Privacy Extension changes some Windows components, including the Registry. Since these changes can damage your OS if removed improperly, SpywareRemove.com malware research team encourages using anti-malware software for this purpose whenever it's available.

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Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Windows Privacy Extension 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%\Protector-yagp.exe File name: Protector-yagp.exe
Size: 2.23 MB (2233856 bytes)
MD5: 6c3b6c1bd9b6472f162fd567e9942af2
Detection count: 95
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %APPDATA%\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: January 8, 2020
npswf32.dll File name: npswf32.dll
File type: Dynamic link library
Mime Type: unknown/dll
Group: Malware file
Protector-[rnd].exe File name: Protector-[rnd].exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%AppData%\Protector-[rnd].exe File name: %AppData%\Protector-[rnd].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\Internet Settings "WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect" = 0HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegedit" = 0HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = 0HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegistryTools" = 0HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "ID" = 0HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "net" = "2012-2-17_2"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "UID" = "rudbxijemb"HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_ERROR_PAGE_BYPASS_ZONE_CHECK_FOR_HTTPS_KB954312HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Inspector"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\_avp32.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\_avpcc.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\ashDisp.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\divx.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\mostat.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\platin.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\tapinstall.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\zapsetup3001.exe

Additional Information

The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1Error Software without a digital signature detected. Your system files are at risk. We strongly advise you to activate your protection.
2Error There’s a suspicious software running on your PC. For more details, run a system file check.
3Warning! Identity Theft attempt detected! Hidden connection IP: Target: Microsoft corporation keys Your IP:

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