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Windows Pro Web Helper

Posted: May 4, 2012

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 5
First Seen: May 4, 2012
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Windows Pro Web Helper Screenshot 1Windows Pro Web Helper is a malicious anti-virus scanner that's incapable of detecting or dealing with actual PC threats, but substitutes fraudulent system information, threat alerts and infection detections for real PC security features. Although Windows Pro Web Helper's appearance is designed to look convincing, none of its many warning messages or malware-filled scan results will ever provide any useful information for protecting your PC, as legitimate anti-malware products can verify. As a member of FakeVimes, Windows Pro Web Helper may also attack your PC's security directly via browser hijacks and other unwanted changes, and SpywareRemove.com malware researchers recommend that you delete Windows Pro Web Helper both hastily and with appropriate anti-malware software for this reason.

Digging Up the Truth Beneath Windows Pro Web Helper's Facade of Safety

Windows Pro Web Helper has the basic look of a real security program, but besides most of Windows Pro Web Helper's template being borrowed from an elderly version of Windows Security Center, its added functions are all entirely fake. System scans, taskbar balloons and other pop-ups only serve to display alerts about PC threats that don't really exist on your computer, while other aspects of Windows Pro Web Helper's features simply will open its website purchase form. Although SpywareRemove.com malware experts see no good coming of spending money on Windows Pro Web Helper, you may optionally choose to register Windows Pro Web Helper with the code '0W000-000B0-00T00-E0020' to simplify its removal (a freely-distributed key that also works for many other members of Win32/FakeVimes).

Besides typical scamware symptoms that attempt to frighten you into spending money, SpywareRemove.com malware experts have found that Windows Pro Web Helper can also include security-debilitating functions such as:

  • Disabling Windows features that block unauthorized system changes.
  • Redirecting your web browser after hijacking it, to unusual and potentially malicious sites, particularly search engines that benefit from PPC traffic.
  • Blocking security and anti-malware programs, as well as some types of competing rogue security software.

Helping Yourself to a Safe Disinfection of Windows Pro Web Helper

As far as your PC's security is concerned, Windows Pro Web Helper is no help at all and an active danger to your computer. As such, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers encourage you to remove Windows Pro Web Helper immediately as soon as you notice Windows Pro Web Helper. While Windows Pro Web Helper's attacks will not leave permanent damage to your PC if reverted by competent software or a PC security expert, casual removal of Windows Pro Web Helper via methods like Control Panel are likely to fail. Hence, it's recommended that you disable Windows Pro Web Helper by one of various methods before deleting Windows Pro Web Helper in a thorough anti-malware scan.

The Windows Safe Mode feature or a system boot that bypasses the Windows Registry (such as booting from a networked drive) will let you launch Windows without Windows Pro Web Helper launching too, which SpywareRemove.com malware researchers also note to be handy solutions to Windows Pro Web Helper's software-blocking attacks. After that, as long as you have appropriate anti-malware products installed, getting rid of Windows Pro Web Helper should be simplicity in itself.

Windows Pro Web Helper's clones include (but aren't limited to) 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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Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Windows Pro Web Helper 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-raub.exe File name: Protector-raub.exe
Size: 2.48 MB (2489856 bytes)
MD5: 0fe04be252ef427ce0eda2d563dcbb82
Detection count: 75
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %APPDATA%\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: May 4, 2012
%APPDATA%\Protector-yjpo.exe File name: Protector-yjpo.exe
Size: 2.48 MB (2489344 bytes)
MD5: a07cb63d362c4d996f6551696c98621c
Detection count: 59
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %APPDATA%\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: May 4, 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
%StartMenu%\Programs\Windows Pro Web Helper.lnk File name: %StartMenu%\Programs\Windows Pro Web Helper.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\Settings "ID" = 4HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "net" = 2012-2-20_1HKEY_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\Internet Settings "WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect" = 0HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = 0HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\{RANDOM CHARACTERS}.exeHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Inspector"

Additional Information

The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1Error Attempt to run a potentially dangerous script detected. Full system scan is a highly recommended.
2Error Keylogger activity detected. System information security is at risk. It is recommended to activate protection and run a full system scan.
3Error Software without a digital signature detected. Your system files are at risk. We strongly advise you to activate your protection.