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Windows Ultimate Safeguard

Posted: August 4, 2012

Threat Metric

Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 5
First Seen: August 4, 2012
Last Seen: January 8, 2020
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Windows Ultimate Safeguard Screenshot 1Windows Ultimate Safeguard is marketed as an anti-malware program that clears out viruses, spyware and all other sorts of high-level PC threats, but SpywareRemove.com malware analysts have been unable to find any such functions in Windows Ultimate Safeguard's code. In fact, all of Windows Ultimate Safeguard's traits are indicative of Windows Ultimate Safeguard being the next in a very long series of fake anti-malware scanners that are identified by the label FakeVimes. Although these PC threats have gone by many names, recent members of FakeVimes (such as Windows Ultimate Safeguard) are identifiable by their shares Windows Security Center-cloned interfaces and their standard naming pattern of 'Windows [Adjective] [Noun].'. Besides its traditional fake alerts and fraudulent system scans, Windows Ultimate Safeguard may also change your browser's settings or block other programs, which should be plain evidence of the need to delete Windows Ultimate Safeguard with a real anti-malware product ASAP.

Why the Only Thing Ultimate About Windows Ultimate Safeguard is Its Scam

Windows Ultimate Safeguard may be unable to detect or remove malicious software as Windows Ultimate Safeguard claims, but, in spite of this, Windows Ultimate Safeguard always will display a wide range of fake warnings regarding PC threats. Alerts from Windows Ultimate Safeguard can take the form of taskbar balloons, browser error pages, Windows system errors, scans that display nonexistent infections or even fake pop-ups that claim that an attacker is trying to steal your identity. All of these alerts should, naturally, be ignored, since attempting to delete the fake PC threats that Windows Ultimate Safeguard detects can harm your PC or the files therein.

Besides its fake security messages, Windows Ultimate Safeguard will also prompt you to acquire a full version of itself to remove said PC threats. Since this act accomplishes nothing besides spending your money on a fraudulent anti-malware program that doesn't work, SpywareRemove.com malware experts advise against it, and recommend that you communicate with your bank or credit card provider if you've already given financial information to Windows Ultimate Safeguard's criminal company.

However, using freely-distributes registration codes to fake registration for Windows Ultimate Safeguard is safe, although it should be considered a preliminary step in (rather than an alternative to) removing Windows Ultimate Safeguard from your computer.

Making Sure You Never Have to Worry About a Windows Ultimate Safeguard Infection

Windows Ultimate Safeguard and related PC threats from the FakeVimes family (such as 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.) are often distributed by Trojan downloaders – including variants of Zlob. Trojans that install Windows Ultimate Safeguard are particularly likely to be distributed in fraudulent media updates for movie players, codec packages and related products, and such updates should be downloaded from reputable sources as insurance your PC's safety against Windows Ultimate Safeguard.

Because Windows Ultimate Safeguard may also block other programs (by monitoring memory processes or deleting Registry entries), hijack your browser's settings to expose you to hostile sites or change your system's default security settings, Windows Ultimate Safeguard is rated as a genuine danger to your computer's security. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers recommend that you use appropriate anti-malware programs to remove Windows Ultimate Safeguard and related PC threats with a minimum of trouble.

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Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Windows Ultimate Safeguard 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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Note: SpyHunter's free version is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware tool to remove the malware threats. Learn more on SpyHunter. If you would like to uninstall SpyHunter for any reason, please follow these uninstall instructions. To learn more about our policies and practices, visit our EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria .

Why can't I open any program including SpyHunter? You may have a malware file running in memory that kills any programs that you try to launch on your PC. Tip: Download SpyHunter from a clean computer, copy it to a USB thumb drive, DVD or CD, then install it on the infected PC and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.

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-wwic.exe File name: Protector-wwic.exe
Size: 2.95 MB (2955264 bytes)
MD5: f684d4f64ce72902123e55374bff1667
Detection count: 85
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %APPDATA%\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: January 8, 2020
%AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM].exe File name: %AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM].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\Settings "UID" = "[RANDOM]"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "ID" = "4"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_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AVCare.exe\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY_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\AVENGINE.EXE\"Debugger" = "svchost.exe"HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AVCare.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AAWTray.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AVENGINE.EXEHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "net" = "[DATE OF INSTALLATION]"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\..{RunKeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "%AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM].exe"