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Windows Pro Safety Release

Posted: May 18, 2012

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 28
First Seen: May 18, 2012
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Windows Pro Safety Release Screenshot 1Windows Pro Safety Release, while acting like an independent and supposedly reputable anti-virus scanner, actually is the umpteenth rubber stamped entry into Win32/FakeVimes, a prolific group of rogue AV products. Like all of its many relatives, Windows Pro Safety Release doesn't have actual anti-virus features, but covers up this deficiency by creating fake alerts about scripted attacks, identity theft and the presence of PC threats that actually aren't on your hard drive at all. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers encourage Windows Pro Safety Release's hasty removal with any genuine anti-malware program, particularly since FakeVimes-based scamware like Windows Pro Safety Release have also been known to resort to browser redirect attacks and attempts to block Windows security applications.

How Windows Pro Safety Release Shuts Off Your PC's Safeguards One by One

As a clone of other recent members of FakeVimes, Windows Pro Safety Release imitates their superficial appearance of possessing anti-virus and security functions. From system scans to anti-phishing defenses, Windows Pro Safety Release appears to have it all, but SpywareRemove.com malware experts have confirmed every one of these features to be fraudulent. One such 'feature,' a memory-monitoring utility, even replaces the Windows Task Manager, depriving you of a basic Windows tool.

If anything, Windows Pro Safety Release can be considered scamware that actually forces you to release your computer's grip on its safety, since Windows Pro Safety Release and other PC threats from its family have been found to attack a range of other security-related programs, particularly anti-malware products and other types of applications that are included with the Windows OS. If necessary, you may want to disable Windows Pro Safety Release by booting Windows with Safe Mode or similar alternatives, which should allow you to regain access to anti-malware applications that can delete Windows Pro Safety Release safely. Since Windows Pro Safety Release modifies the Windows Registry and resists normal removal methods, attempting to remove Windows Pro Safety Release personally is, if not necessarily impossible, potentially hazardous for your operating system.

Putting a Stop to Windows Pro Safety Release's Scam as Soon as It Starts

Windows Pro Safety Release, like all Win32/FakeVimes-based PC threats, may not have any real security features, but its desire for your money is certainly real enough. While Windows Pro Safety Release will ask you to register Windows Pro Safety Release so that Windows Pro Safety Release can remove the nigh-infinite army of Trojans, keyloggers and other PC threats that Windows Pro Safety Release claims are assaulting your computer, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers discourage this course of action, since even Windows Pro Safety Release's registered version doesn't have any positive attributes. Among the many clones of Windows Pro Safety Release are 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.

Nonetheless, some victims of Windows Pro Safety Release attacks have found it useful to fake Windows Pro Safety Release's registration by using the code '0W000-000B0-00T00-E0020,' which is universally-accepted amongst recent members of Win32/FakeVimes. Registering Windows Pro Safety Release in this fashion can simplify removing Windows Pro Safety Release later, although it shouldn't be considered a substitute for it (since Windows Pro Safety Release may still continue to block security software, hijack your web browser or indulge in equivalently malicious behavior).

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If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Windows Pro Safety Release 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-qvao.exe File name: Protector-qvao.exe
Size: 2.04 MB (2045952 bytes)
MD5: 9733310065e7db429d4194822c86df50
Detection count: 94
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %APPDATA%\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: May 18, 2012
%APPDATA%\Protector-snih.exe File name: Protector-snih.exe
Size: 2.32 MB (2327552 bytes)
MD5: 960e0e794b5a651cf77cd86a47b2900e
Detection count: 26
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %APPDATA%\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: May 18, 2012
%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
%CommonStartMenu%\Programs\Windows Pro Safety Release.lnk File name: %CommonStartMenu%\Programs\Windows Pro Safety Release.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%Desktop%\Windows Pro Safety Release.lnk File name: %Desktop%\Windows Pro Safety Release.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
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" = "2012-2-17_2"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "UID" = "rudbxijemb"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_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_ERROR_PAGE_BYPASS_ZONE_CHECK_FOR_HTTPS_KB954312HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\ashDisp.exeHKEY_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\divx.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.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\..{RunKeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Inspector"

One Comment

  • Jason Apperts says:

    OMG, after 4 hours i finally got rid of windows pro safety release. took me two other programs. malwarebytes detected it but it still kept loading on restart for some reason. finally broke down and paid for this spyhunter and it did the job well. will be using that from now on for my malware protection.