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Windows Interactive Security. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as WindowsInteractiveSecurity | Type: Rogue Antispyware
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Windows Interactive Security will do its best in trying to make you think it is legitimate. However, while it may look as 'good' anti-spyware for you, in reality it belongs to 'rogue' category and Fakevimes family. That means, it's almost impossible for the user to notice the moment of its infiltration and then it becomes hard to ignore its alerts and scanners reporting about numerous viruses detected. Keep in mind that no matter that this application looks OK from the first sight, Windows Interactive Security is capable to warn its victims only about invented viruses. Of course, it does that for the serious aim – this program tries to make them purchase its fake license. If you have also been surprised by Windows Interactive Security alerts, you are highly recommended to remove Windows Interactive Security from your computer without any delay.

Windows Interactive Security distribution methods

Windows Interactive Security comes from a trojan virus that can easily be downloaded together with fake flash updates or other downloads that are infected. Note that the only way to prevent such intruders is installing reputable anti-spyware program, so do that without any delay if you have no anti-malware on board. In addition, this trojan sets rogueware to start as soon as PC is rebooted and then also uploads some harmful files on the system that additionally are detected as malware. As a result, when inside your machine, Windows Interactive Security keeps on displaying false spyware detection alerts and fake scanner ads telling that you are dangerously infected. These bogus messages interrupt victims every time they start using their computers and pop up as soon as they open the search window.

Some of these alerts from Windows Interactive Security look like that:

Warning!
Location: c:\windows\system32\taskmgr.exe
Viruses: Backdoor.Win32.Rbot

Microsoft Security Essentials Alert
Potential Threat Details
Microsoft Security Essentials detected potential threats that might compromise your private or damage your computer. Your access to these items may be suspended until you take an action. Click ‘show details’ to learn more.

By scaring you about the problems found on your computer, Windows Interactive Security wants you to go further and purchase its licensed version. However, filling payment details and eventually purchasing this version means giving your money for scammers. So, make sure you don't believe Windows Interactive Security ads and ignore its offers pushing you into purchasing its license. If you have already paid for this scam, you must contact your credit card company to dispute the charges and, of course, you are highly recommended to remove Windows Interactive Security from your PC.

How to remove Windows Interactive Security?

We recommend using Spyhunter or STOPzilla anti-malware tools that will find and remove all infected files for you.

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Note: Manual assistance required means that one or all of removers were unable to remove parasite without some manual intervention, please read manual removal instructions below.

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Windows Interactive Security snapshot
Windows Interactive Security

Windows Interactive Security manual removal:

Kill processes:
Protector-[3 random characters].exe

Protector-[4 random characters].exe

Delete registry values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMainFeatureControlFEATURE_ERROR_PAGE_BYPASS_ZONE_CHECK_FOR_HTTPS_KB954312

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings "WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect" = 0

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem "DisableRegedit" = 0

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem "DisableRegistryTools" = 0

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem "DisableTaskMgr" = 0

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "Inspector"

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSettings "ID" = 0

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSettings "net" = "2012-2-17_2"

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSettings "UID" = "rudbxijemb"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Options_avp32.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Options_avpcc.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution OptionsashDisp.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionsdivx.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionsmostat.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionsplatin.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionstapinstall.exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Optionszapsetup3001.exe

There are more similar entries, you should let spyware Doctor to identify them.

Unregister DLLs:
npswf32.dll

Delete files:
%AppData%Protector-[rnd].exe

%AppData%NPSWF32.dll

%AppData%Protector-[3 random characters].exe

%AppData%Protector-[4 random characters].exe

%AppData%result.db

%AppData%1st$0l3th1s.cnf

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