Windows Crucial Scanner

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Windows Crucial Scanner Information
Type: Spyware
Analysis: Installs & gathers info from a PC without user permission.
Infection: By downloading freeware & shareware.
Symptoms: Changes PC settings, excessive popups & slow PC performance.
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Windows Crucial Scanner is a rogue anti-virus program distributed by the FakeVimes family and designed to target Windows computers. Windows Crucial Scanner takes on the look and functionality of a legitimate PC security application, without any of its useful features or virus scanning and virus removal capabilities. Normally picked up through web searches or installed secretly via a Trojan drive-by download, Windows Crucial Scanner can be difficult to detect at the outset. With its familiar graphical user interface moreover, which resembles that of Windows Security Center, Windows Crucial Scanner can be mistaken for a legitimate application. However, Windows Crucial Scanner is a form of extortionware that has to be eliminated from any PC once Windows Crucial Scanner has already been detected.

There are several ways with which to detect an existing Windows Crucial Scanner infection. Like the rest of its already-released variants, Windows Crucial Scanner makes use of imitation scans and displays fake warnings, which all point to a highly serious virus infection. This scamware does this so as to cultivate fear and compel the PC user to pay for the licensed version of Windows Crucial Scanner. As a scamware, however, Windows Crucial Scanner does not have a virus-scanning database nor does Windows Crucial Scanner have any real capability at eliminating infections. Simply put, paying for Windows Crucial Scanner will cause more harm than being a solution. The most familiar clones of Windows Crucial Scanner are Windows Efficiency Reservoir, Windows Foolproof Protector, Windows Defence Counsel and Windows Safety Manager.

Catastrophic Consequences When Infected with Windows Crucial Scanner

The fact that Windows Crucial Scanner will attempt to steal money from you is not even the worse of the consequences of this malware. Since a rogue anti-virus application is created to lower security settings in a PC, its continued presence will expose the computer to more serious security threats. PC threat researchers have discovered how this malware will modify the system, specifically the Windows Registry so that you can't access or update PC applications. Furthermore, downloading any security software will be a challenge, given that the Windows Crucial Scanner malware will install a malicious proxy server. These will all sound very alarming to PC users who are uninitiated with the workings of rogue anti-virus programs. Yet, Windows Crucial Scanner will purposely carry out all of these in order to achieve its profit objectives.

The truth is that your PC may not even harbor any infectious files at all. Either that or Windows Crucial Scanner will intentionally install malware in your PC. Whatever the case is, you need to remove Windows Crucial Scanner from your PC immediately and completely. While Windows Crucial Scanner employs scanners as one of its tools in virus detection, these scanners are far from reliable. If you need an anti-virus application that truly scans for viruses and other threats, don't settle for Windows Crucial Scanner. Don't pay for this rogueware or any of its variants. To protect yourself from infections in the future, you need to invest in legitimate PC security software. Get rid of Windows Crucial Scanner now, before it's too late!

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Detection of Windows Crucial Scanner (Recommended)

Windows Crucial Scanner is difficult to detect and remove. Windows Crucial Scanner is not likely to be removed through a convenient "uninstall" feature. Windows Crucial Scanner, as well as other spyware, can re-install itself even after it appears to have been removed.

You also run the risk of damaging your computer since you're required to find and delete sensitive files in your system such as DLL files and registry keys. It is recommended you use a good spyware remover to remove Windows Crucial Scanner and other spyware, adware, trojans and viruses on your computer.

Run a Windows Crucial Scanner scan/check to successfully detect all Windows Crucial Scanner files with the SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool. If you wish to remove Windows Crucial Scanner, you can either purchase the SpyHunter spyware removal tool to remove Windows Crucial Scanner or follow the Windows Crucial Scanner manual removal method provided in the "Remedies and Prevention" section.

Method of Infection

There are many ways your computer could get infected with Windows Crucial Scanner. Windows Crucial Scanner can come bundled with shareware or other downloadable software.

Another method of distributing Windows Crucial Scanner involves tricking you by displaying deceptive pop-up ads that may appear as regular Windows notifications with links which look like buttons reading Yes and No. No matter which "button" that you click on, a download starts, installing Windows Crucial Scanner on your system. Windows Crucial Scanner installs on your computer through a trojan and may infect your system without your knowledge or consent.

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Windows Crucial Scanner may attempt to change your computer's desktop, hijack your browser, monitor your Internet browsing activities, change system files, and can do this without your knowledge or permission. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to remove all traces of Windows Crucial Scanner from your computer.

Remedies and Prevention

Windows Crucial Scanner, as well as other Spyware, are constantly evolving and becoming more advanced to avoid detection. Windows Crucial Scanner along with its variants can install in different locations and even when you try to uninstall it you find they reappear when you reboot your computer.

Install a good anti-spyware software

When there's a large number of traces of Spyware, for example Windows Crucial Scanner, that have infected a computer, the only remedy may be to automatically run a Spyware scan from a good anti-spyware software designed to detect Windows Crucial Scanner and other types of spyware.

Remove Windows Crucial Scanner manually

Another method to remove Windows Crucial Scanner is to manually delete Windows Crucial Scanner files in your system. Detect and remove the following Windows Crucial Scanner files:


  • %AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM 3 CHARACTERS].exe


  • %AppData%\NPSWF32.dll

Other Files

  • %AppData%\result.db
  • %CommonStartMenu%\Programs\Windows Crucial Scanner.lnk
  • %Desktop%\Windows Crucial Scanner.lnk

Registry Keys

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegedit" = 0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = 0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegistryTools" = 0
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system "EnableLUA" = 0
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system "ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin" = 0
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system "ConsentPromptBehaviorUser" = 0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect" = 0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Inspector"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "net" = "2012-4-7_2"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "UID" = "ahwohainwk"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\aswUpdSv.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\rtvscn95.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\ozn695m5.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\atcon.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\tds-3.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\MSASCui.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\advxdwin.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\dvp95.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\inetlnfo.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\aswRunDll.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\winupdate.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\bidef.exe

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