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Windows Virtual Security

Posted: August 9, 2012

Threat Metric

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

Windows Virtual Security Screenshot 1Windows Virtual Security is a fake anti-malware product that borrows the details of its interface from a combination of Windows Security Center and scamware from the same family as itself. Although Windows Virtual Security looks like a Windows-oriented security product, SpywareRemove.com malware experts have verified that Windows Virtual Security doesn't have any ability to find or remove any type of PC threat, including the Trojans, spyware and worms that Windows Virtual Security will prominently alert you to being on your computer. While there's no need to buy Windows Virtual Security or pay any heed to its fake security warnings, it is recommended that you delete Windows Virtual Security with a legitimate anti-malware program, since other attacks by Windows Virtual Security can cause issues for your operating system and web browser's security.

Why Windows Virtual Security's 'Virtual' More Closely Resembles 'Imaginary'

Windows Virtual Security is a direct clone of other members of the FakeVimesfamily of fake anti-malware products, with similar variants encompassing such titles 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. Most infections by Windows Virtual Security and related PC threats are acquired through fake codec downloads and other forms of fraudulent software updates, although SpywareRemove.com malware experts note that other means (such as drive-by-download exploits) can also be used.

Windows Virtual Security is neither capable of finding nor removing hostile software from your PC. However, Windows Virtual Security's attacks include a heavy variety of fake pop-up alerts to convince you otherwise, by announcing the presence of nonexistent types of spyware and attacks against your computer (including its Registry and other Windows components). To add believability to these claims, Windows Virtual Security may even generate randomly-named junk files that contain no code while looking like the byproduct of poorly-coded PC threats. In spite of this bad marketing ploy, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers can't recommend purchasing Windows Virtual Security, which is never a legitimate security product even in its registered form.

Where Windows Virtual Security's Antisecurity Stopgaps Come In

Besides being a bad security product in and of itself, Windows Virtual Security may also hamper security with respect to your web browser and Windows OS. Attacks that SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have associated with recent versions of Windows Virtual Security's family of rogue anti-malware programs include such issues as:

  • Browser hijacks that block search engine sites, redirect you to unusual websites, alter your browser's error pages or prevent you from accessing PC security domains.
  • Blocked security programs, including firewall utilities, Windows products like Task Manager and some brands of anti-malware scanners.
  • Registry changes that reduce your web-browsing security by disabling alerts against potentially-malicious file downloads and website content.

While spending money on Windows Virtual Security is never safe for your finances or PC, SpywareRemove.com malware analysts can recommend using free codes to fake Windows Virtual Security's registration prior to deleting Windows Virtual Security with anti-malware software.

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Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Windows Virtual Security 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-exsh.exe File name: Protector-exsh.exe
Size: 1.96 MB (1969664 bytes)
MD5: cf08b9819944034d24297131dce44d07
Detection count: 35
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %APPDATA%\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: January 8, 2020
%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..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Inspector %AppData%\Protector-[rnd].exeHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect 0HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings\ID 4HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings\UID [rnd]HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings\net [date of installation]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\AAWTray.exeDebugger svchost.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AVCare.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AVCare.exe\Debugger svchost.exeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AVENGINE.EXEHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AVENGINE.EXE\Debugger svchost.exe

Additional Information

The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1"Error Key-logger activity detected. System information security is at risk. It is recommended to activate protection and run a full system scan"
2"Microsoft Security Essentials detected potential threats that might compromise your privacy or damage your computer. You need to clean your computer immediately to prevent the system crash"
3"Trojan-PSW.Win32.launch Hack Tool:Win32/Welevate.A Adware.Win32.Fraud"
4"Warning! Identity theft attempt Detected Hidden connection IP: 58.82.12.124 Target: Your passwords for sites"
5"Warning! Virus Detected Threat detected: FTP Server Infected file: C:\Windows\System32\dllcache\wmploc.dll"