Windows 8 Security System Removal Guide
What is Windows 8 Security System?
Windows 8 Security System – a rogue antispyware application that shows falsified virus scan results
Windows 8 Security System is a fake antivirus. It is a very close variant to Windows Ultra Antivirus. Yet, it seems to be much more prepared to prevent its removal and rip its victims off. For that, Windows 8 Security System displays fake alerts and misleading messages that claim that your computer is infected with malware, and now you have to purchase its licensed version to remove them.
Of course, just like any other fake security application, Windows 8 Security System is all about deceiving PC users. All its reported viruses are fake, as well as its paid version. Instead of falling for the tricks of this cyber threat, you MUST remove Windows 8 Security System from your computer.
|name||Windows 8 Security System|
|Type||Rogue antispyware software|
|Main goal||Trick users into believing that their Windows computers are riddled with viruses and the only tool capable of removing them is the fake security tools paid version|
|Risks||Money loss, severe malware infections|
|elimination||Remove any unwelcomed guests from your device with a trustworthy anti-malware tool. If needed, download it and scan your device in Safe Mode with Networking|
|System fix||Undo all the damage caused by the rogue application by performing system optimization with the ReimageIntego system recovery software|
Windows 8 Security System enters computers via infected websites that can be hacked up if they are not looked after properly. The latest Trojan.Maljava!Gen24 can also be involved in distributing this virus, so make sure that you use updated anti-malware versions and have disabled JAVA in your browser.
This scam tool may also be propagated through fraudulent social engineering and other ways that leave no chances for the victim to notice the intrusion. Right after this infiltration, Windows 8 Security System is set to start as soon as the victim reboots the PC.
Typically, that means adding some new entries into the Registry and creating some harmless files in the system that will additionally be reported as viruses. As a result, this rogue anti-spyware starts showing fake notifications such as:
Security Alert! Your computer was found to be infected with privacy-threatening software. Private data may get stolen and system damage may be severe.Recover your PC from the infection right now, perform a security scan.
Here's another example of a deceptive message shown by the fake security tool:
ALERT! System scan for spyware, adware, trojans and viruses is complete. Win 8 Security System detected [xx] critical system objects. These security breaches may be exploited and lead to the following:
Your system becomes a target for span and bulky, intruding ads
Browser crashes frequently and web access speed decreases
Your personalfiles, photos, documents and passwords get stolen
Your computer is used for criminal activity behind your back
Bank details and credit cart information gets disclosed
Click REGISTER to register your copy of Win 8 Security System and perform threat removal on your system. The list of infections and vulnerabilities detected will become available after registration.
Ignore these or any other alerts displayed by Windows 8 Security System because they report nonexistent infections. Note that the rogue antispyware may also find legitimate Windows files on your computer and report them as viruses. After making its victim concerned, it finishes its campaign by offering to install its licensed copy.
Please don't fall for these tricks. The only thing that's wrong with your PC is that it has Windows 8 Security System virus installed on it. Since it can prevent you from removing it by disabling anti-malware software, launch your device in Safe Mode with Networking.
If you're not sure how that's done, we've posted instructions below. Whilst in that mode, download, install, and update a legitimate security tool and perform a full threat scan with it. That will remove the rogue app with all of its associated files. Afterward, run system diagnostics with compatible software to revert any changes the infection has made to core system files and settings.
Getting rid of Windows 8 Security System. Follow these steps
Manual removal using Safe Mode
Manual removal guide might be too complicated for regular computer users. It requires advanced IT knowledge to be performed correctly (if vital system files are removed or damaged, it might result in full Windows compromise), and it also might take hours to complete. Therefore, we highly advise using the automatic method provided above instead.
Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking
Manual malware removal should be best performed in the Safe Mode environment.
Windows 7 / Vista / XP
- Click Start > Shutdown > Restart > OK.
- When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 button (if that does not work, try F2, F12, Del, etc. – it all depends on your motherboard model) multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
- Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Windows 10 / Windows 8
- Right-click on Start button and select Settings.
- Scroll down to pick Update & Security.
- On the left side of the window, pick Recovery.
- Now scroll down to find Advanced Startup section.
- Click Restart now.
- Select Troubleshoot.
- Go to Advanced options.
- Select Startup Settings.
- Press Restart.
- Now press 5 or click 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking.
Step 2. Shut down suspicious processes
Windows Task Manager is a useful tool that shows all the processes running in the background. If malware is running a process, you need to shut it down:
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
- Click on More details.
- Scroll down to Background processes section, and look for anything suspicious.
- Right-click and select Open file location.
- Go back to the process, right-click and pick End Task.
- Delete the contents of the malicious folder.
Step 3. Check program Startup
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
- Go to Startup tab.
- Right-click on the suspicious program and pick Disable.
Step 4. Delete virus files
Malware-related files can be found in various places within your computer. Here are instructions that could help you find them:
- Type in Disk Cleanup in Windows search and press Enter.
- Select the drive you want to clean (C: is your main drive by default and is likely to be the one that has malicious files in).
- Scroll through the Files to delete list and select the following:
Temporary Internet Files
- Pick Clean up system files.
- You can also look for other malicious files hidden in the following folders (type these entries in Windows Search and press Enter):
After you are finished, reboot the PC in normal mode.
Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Windows 8 Security System and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes
How to prevent from getting rogue antispyware
Access your website securely from any location
When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.
If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.
Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks
While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.
Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection.