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Remove Windows Police PRO (Virus Removal Guide) - Dec 2019 update

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Malware

Windows Police Pro – a misleading security application that seeks to make profits from scam alerts

Windows Police Pro virusWindows Police Pro is a fake anti-virus tool that shows fake scan results to make users purchase its licensed version

Windows Police Pro is a rogue anti-malware[1] application that belongs to the same family of malicious programs like  Windows Antivirus Pro – to be exact, it is a clone of the latter. In most of the cases, these apps access users' computers during the installation of freeware (software bundling) or after they get tricked by a scam message, as well as a fake update. In rare cases, some might believe that Windows Police Pro is indeed a good solution for their computer security – they could not be more wrong than that.

As soon as the Windows Police Pro virus is installed, it performs an alleged system scan that returns hundreds of false-positives.[2] Some of these “detections” are named after real malware samples, while others are completely bogus. Once users try to get rid of the issues, they will be asked to purchase a full version of the program. In other words, Windows Police Pro is a scam and is actually malicious, as it will also block users from running a real security program.

Name Windows Police Pro
Type Rogue anti-spyware, malware
Infection means  Users might install the app deliberately (unlikely) or get tricked by freeware bundles, deceptive ads, scam sites, or fake updates 
Symptoms 
  • The installed security software stops working
  • Intrusive pop-up messages show up regularly warning about fake threats
  • Scan results return hundreds of entries of alleged malware
  • Internet Explorer shows fake notifications about virus infections
Termination  Access Safe Mode and attempt to remove the app manually; if not successful, run a full system scan with anti-malware software (in Safe Mode) 
Recovery  Windows Police Pro sets several new registries and tampers with other Windows settings. In some cases, this intrusion can lead to errors, system crashes, slowdowns on the computer, even after malware is eliminated. To remediate your Windows computer after the infections, we recommend scanning it with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Besides showing fake scan results that claim that your computer is infected with spyware, adware, Trojans, or other malware, Windows Police Pro will continuously try to show false pop-up warnings. These messages work the same way: they will spam you with fake alerts about virus infections and ask you to purchase full versions of the app. Buying it would be the worst possible solution, as you will not only pay for a malicious program but will also disclose your credit card details to unknown parties (likely, cybercriminals).

The obtained information can be sold on the underground forums for profit,[3] resulting in money loss, targeted phishing attacks, or even identity fraud/theft. Therefore, please never purchase Windows Police Pro, as you will be paying for malware that compromises your security and leaks your personal information to malicious actors. Instead, make sure you remove Windows Police Pro as soon as possible.

Here are some of quite ridiculously-sounding alerts from Windows Police Pro:

Windows Police Pro Alert
Infiltration Alert
Your computer is being attacked by an Internet Virus. It could be password-stealing attack, a trojan-dropper or similar.

Your computer continues to be infected with harmful viruses. In order to prevent permanent loss of your information and credit card data theft please activate your anti-virus software.

Another reason this program can be called Windows Police Pro malware is because it acts like it. It runs several background processes, including:

  • svchast.exe;
  • svchasts.exe;
  • svohost.exe;
  • minix32.exe;
  • pump.exe, etc.

Some of these processes are placed into Windows and System32 directories. Also, note how the names of these processes try to mimic legitimate ones, such as svchost.exe – this a typical malware behavior. With the help of these background tasks, Windows Police Pro spams users with malicious messages in order to make them purchase the license.

Windows Police Pro malwareWindows Police Pro is a virus that disables legitimate anti-malware software

Another reason for Windows Police Pro removal is the fact that it compromises your online security, as well as computer safety. As long as the malicious app is installed, it will not allow for a reputable and a working security tool to be installed on the system or will shut down the existing anti-malware apps, claiming that they are infected and need to be removed. Windows Police Pro cannot protect you – it will only damage your operating system and leave security holes that might lead to further malware infections.

To uninstall Windows Police Pro rogue, you might have to access Safe Mode, as these types of apps are known to be persistent and hard to remove – follow our guide below. After that, we also recommend a scan with a reputable security application, as well as a PC repair tool Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for a clean and error-free computer.

Select a correct anti-malware and avoid rogue programs

There are numerous anti-malware products available on the market, and sometimes it becomes difficult to determine which apps are the better ones and which are straight out useless. Due to the rising online threats, the demand increases, and so does the supply. Unfortunately, the supply is filled with software that is actually malicious itself and would not protect users from malware whatsoever. Therefore, how do you pick a decent security tool for your computer?

Well, there are several factors to look for, for example, a company's reputation, online user reviews, as well as independent lab tests. We can guarantee that any application picked from AV-test or AV-comparatives[4] will be sufficient and not a scam.

Please disregard any pop-ups or other messages coming from your browser that claim your machine is infected with malware, as these are all fake. Additionally, watch out for fake Flash and Java updates – if you use this software, download the updates from official sites only. Finally, during the installation of freeware acquired from third-party websites, always pick Advanced/Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick one and remove all the optional components before they enter your machine.

Windows Police Pro fake alertsWindows Police Pro shows numerous fake alerts about the computer being under attack - these are all a scam

Get rid of Windows Police Pro virus as soon as possible

As previously mentioned, Windows Police Pro removal might be hindered by its persistence techniques, such as background tasks or lack of entries within the Programs & Features section. Besides, the malware also stops reputable security programs from working, so its intrusion level is very high. To bypass this, you should access Safe Mode with Networking and perform a full system scan with security solutions like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. You can find the instructions on how to reach Safe Mode below.

Besides running a system scan, you should also reset your Internet Explorer if you have it installed after you remove Windows Police Pro, as inserts browser helper objects (BHO) into it in order to display fake notifications. In the meantime, keep your machine secure with comprehensive security software that does not spam you with fake alerts and actually stops malware from entering.

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To remove Windows Police PRO, follow these steps:

Remove Windows Police PRO using Safe Mode with Networking

If Windows Police Pro is difficult to uninstall, you should go to Safe Mode with Networking and delete the virus from there:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Windows Police PRO

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Windows Police PRO removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Windows Police PRO and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

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. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

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 server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

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. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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  1. Guest says:
    August 31st, 2009 at 7:08 am

    HElp!! I have the Window police pro virus and i downloaded the program to get rid of it but it wont let me run the program!! What do I do??

  2. Guest says:
    August 31st, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    if u search if in all files and folders and delete the files it makes the spam stop, but whenever i start up my computer now it has a million errors and i can hardly run any programs

  3. Jesse says:
    September 3rd, 2009 at 4:09 am

    Anyone wanna help me with this,please,i got the program to remove this,it wont let me run it,PLEASE someone HELP!

  4. easylaptop.net says:
    May 16th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    If you press F8 at start up and choose Safe Mode . You will need to Edit windows registry.

    in run command enter regedit

    In window search under HKEY_LOCAL-MACHINE UNDER SOFTWARE LOOK FOR winlogon key

    the shell file need to read Explorer.exe it will at present contain various commands whcih will not allow you to boot into normal windows start page.

    Use File & edit and make sure it reads :- Exploer.exe

    http://www.easylaptop.net

    Restar machine and windows will boot as normal.

    use a Anti Virus software and complete a FULL Scan

  5. Guest says:
    September 3rd, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    make sure when you end the tasks listed up there you also end svchast.exe. make sure it is exactly svchast.exe because svchost.exe is a legit windows program….good luck

  6. Guest says:
    September 5th, 2009 at 6:09 am

    What imeadiatly threw me off is that in one of their little “notices”
    They did not spell “trying” correctly.
    I am going to try removing it now.

  7. Guest says:
    September 6th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Even in safe mode I cannot open regedit, command window etc. so I cannot get to the root of the problem. I think I'll take the computer to a shop to have a pro try to fix it. This is the nastiest thing I've ever seen.

  8. Guest says:
    September 7th, 2009 at 7:09 am

    This is making me so angry. Happy I'm not the only one with it, but it keeps on popping up. I can't get into my registry window. The only one that worked was the Windows Task Manager. Geh, could someone please help?

  9. Guest says:
    September 8th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I am posting from the library; my home computer is infected with
    Windows Police Pro. However I can't remove it in the manner you suggest as it won't let me use my computer.
    Any suggestions?

    Jack B

  10. pattiemelt says:
    September 13th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    I got this parasite, too. The only way I could get anything done was do a file search for “police” (you need to search all files on your HD), then quickly close all Windows police pro files via the task manager & delete all the files found in the search. Hope that helps.

  11. airo123 says:
    September 15th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    this program is killing me, i cant get it out no matter what i do. if you want to get into registery just Run it on the start menu and spyware doctor helps a little by not making it pop up and not making it run but it still is there

  12. jamie says:
    September 15th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    My roomates computer has been attacked by Windows Police Pro and she cannot access the internet to download anything to terminate it and she is also unable to open task manager and nothing in her control panel will come up!!!! Please help us ASAP!!!!! Thanks

  13. Guest says:
    September 20th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    does anybody know how this gets on the computer. my computer-helpless parents got this and they're making me get it off

  14. Guest says:
    September 20th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I have found that by going to run, starting services.msc, after having ended the schast.exe process in the tsk mngr, and disabling the AntiPol service, allows you to open all of your normal files, programs and other things used to delete windows police pro. good luck

  15. Guest says:
    September 22nd, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Mozilla Firefox! If you have it uploaded seems to work normally.

  16. Guest says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    My computer was infected with Windows Police Pro. I went into Safe Mode and ran the Windows One Live Care Scan (from MSN security site) which removed the Windows Police Pro virus from my computer. Hope this helps.

  17. Guest says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    This was useful.

  18. Guest says:
    October 16th, 2009 at 6:10 am

    We purchased PC TOOLs virus removal program for $30 and this got rid of it. Had to run in full scan mode however. Intelli-scan did not pick it up.

  19. Guest says:
    May 22nd, 2010 at 1:05 am

    I am a computer tech, windows police pro is the WORST virus I have ever seen. I disables your .exe files there is no way to fix it unless you completely overhaul the operating system… upgrade the os to windows 7 and it should work fine. that is the only thing you can do.

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