Windows Secure Web Patch

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Windows Secure Web Patch 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 Secure Web Patch is a rogue anti-virus program designed to take on the appearance of legitimate anti-virus software. This software is considered as scamware since Windows Secure Web Patch is essentially a scam proliferated by scam artists and uses extortion in order to realize its objectives. The primary objective of Windows Secure Web Patch, as a fake PC security application, is to profit off from the anxiety of PC users who think their computers require paid anti-virus software, due to alleged infections. Released by the notorious FakeVimes family of malicious software, Windows Secure Web Patch, has many familiar clones. A few of the highly-identical variants of Windows Secure Web Patch include Windows Instant Scanner, Windows Privacy Counsel, Windows PC Aid, Windows Antivirus Rampart and Windows Malware Firewall.

The Scam Artists Behind Windows Secure Web Patch

Rogue anti-virus programs such as Windows Secure Web Patch have existed online for several years, but it was in 2009 that these types of malicious software began to circulate more rapidly. These rogue anti-virus programs are released online almost on a daily basis mainly by the same Internet criminals who designed them. These cyber criminals also employ affiliates who help distribute these rogue anti-virus programs and install them in as many PCs as possible. If you are a PC user, it's possible for you to pick up a Windows Secure Web Patch infection through a fake online scanner or through a Trojan-bundled file that looks harmless enough – a screensaver, multimedia program or an email attachment. Running the scan will download the fake anti-virus program almost instantaneously, even if you hit the cancel button. Installing any file bundled with a Trojan will result in Windows Secure Web Patch downloaded through a backdoor. This installs the malware secretly but surely.

There are easy ways for anyone to detect a computer already compromised by Windows Secure Web Patch. First off, this rogue anti-virus software will rely on simulated scans and erratic scan results as a way to convince the PC user to 'clean' the computer of non-existing infections. Misleading security alerts are also common. The truth of the matter is that Windows Secure Web Patch, like its many clones, is not a legitimate tool for detecting or removing virus infections. As software used primarily for scam operations, Windows Secure Web Patch is not worth anything.

Deleting Windows Secure Web Patch should be your only course of action in case of an infection. Any request to download the paid software should be ignored, since paying for the rogue anti-virus software will not eliminate the infection nor optimize your computer. security researchers have discovered, in fact, that the presence of a rogue anti-virus application like Windows Secure Web Patch in a computer will expose it further to worse security risks. Buying the software will not eliminate the infection. This means that paying for Windows Secure Web Patch is tantamount to wasting money. Remove the Windows Secure Web Patch malware by using licensed security software, now!

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SpyHunter spyware detection tool is only a scanner meant to assist you in detecting Windows Secure Web Patch and other threats. If you detect the presence of Windows Secure Web Patch on your PC, you have the opportunity to purchase the SpyHunter removal tool to remove any traces of Windows Secure Web Patch.


Detection of Windows Secure Web Patch (Recommended)

Windows Secure Web Patch is difficult to detect and remove. Windows Secure Web Patch is not likely to be removed through a convenient "uninstall" feature. Windows Secure Web Patch, 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 Secure Web Patch and other spyware, adware, trojans and viruses on your computer.

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

Method of Infection

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

Another method of distributing Windows Secure Web Patch 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 Secure Web Patch on your system. Windows Secure Web Patch installs on your computer through a trojan and may infect your system without your knowledge or consent.

If you think you may already be infected with Windows Secure Web Patch, use this SpyHunter Spyware dectection tool to detect Windows Secure Web Patch and other common Spyware infections. After detection of Windows Secure Web Patch, the next advised step is to remove Windows Secure Web Patch with the purchase of the SpyHunter Spyware removal tool.


Windows Secure Web Patch 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 Secure Web Patch from your computer.

Remedies and Prevention

Windows Secure Web Patch, as well as other Spyware, are constantly evolving and becoming more advanced to avoid detection. Windows Secure Web Patch 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 Secure Web Patch, 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 Secure Web Patch and other types of spyware.

Remove Windows Secure Web Patch manually

Another method to remove Windows Secure Web Patch is to manually delete Windows Secure Web Patch files in your system. Detect and remove the following Windows Secure Web Patch files:


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

Registry Keys

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegistryTools" = 0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = 0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect" = 0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegedit" = 0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Inspector"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "UID" = "rudbxijemb"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "ID" = 0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "net" = "2012-2-17_2"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\ashDisp.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\divx.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\_avp32.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\_avpcc.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\tapinstall.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\zapsetup3001.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\mostat.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\platin.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_ERROR_PAGE_BYPASS_ZONE_CHECK_FOR_HTTPS_KB954312

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