Windows Utility Tool

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Windows Utility Tool 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 Utility Tool is a rogue anti-virus application which began infecting in the middle of January 2011. It is from the same family of rogue anti-virus programs as Windows Optimization & Security and Windows Optimizer. Although Windows Utility Tool tries to make itself appear to be a Microsoft product, it is nothing more than a scam and will try to alarm you into paying money for software that does not exist.

Windows Utility Tool Is a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Hopefully, the name "Windows Utility Tool" is a hint that something sketchy is going on, because no real program would have a name that redundant. It might as well be called "Windows Tool Tool", which means that it has the kind of name that is made to sound good, but which does not actually make any sense. This is in keeping with the way that Windows Utility Tool perpetrates its scam, because it tries to make itself look like a part of Windows, but what it does would not make any sense for a real Windows component. Do not be fooled by its looks, or by its name-dropping – Windows Utility Tool has no legitimate connection to anything.

Windows Utility Tool has a mode of infection that is slightly different from other rogue anti-virus applications. There are three stages in the process, but they work in ways that are less common than the norm. It begins with a malicious website that either claims to run a free “virus scan” and installs the Microsoft Security Essentials Trojan, or which hides the Trojan in something else that you are likely to download. This Trojan generates fake Microsoft Security Essentials alerts that pop-up from the task bar. The alerts will say that a threat has been detected by Microsoft Security Essentials (which is a legitimate thing, but has no part in anything Windows Utility Tool does) has detected a threat. If you click on anything in that box, in order to get "more details" or for whatever reason, the Trojan will start a fake scan of the system and claim that it finds Trojan.Horse.Win32.PAV.64.a. This will be immediately followed by a window that says that Microsoft Security Essentials cannot remove the virus, and it recommends that you download Windows Utility Tool. Downloading Windows Utility Tool at this stage is not a good idea at all.

The download of Windows Utility Tool will restart your computer as soon as the download is complete. Then, instead of showing your desktop, as soon as Windows starts, all you will see is the Windows Utility Tool screen. It will ask if you want to scan your PC for threats, and the only button you can actually click is the one that says "OK". Then Windows Utility Tool will pretend to run a scan, and generate a fake list of results. The results are intended to sound as scary as possible, so that when Windows Utility Tool warns you it cannot remove them unless you pay for the "full" version, your panic compels you to pay up. Unfortunately, if you do pay the money, nothing happens. Windows Utility Tool does not have any functionality that can be bought or unlocked.

Windows Utility Tool always works with the goal of holding your computer for ransom. As hopeless as you can think it is, there is a way out of this ransom situation, and it does not involve giving up money to con artists. Do not let the criminals behind Windows Utility Tool push you around.

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Detection of Windows Utility Tool (Recommended)

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

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

Method of Infection

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

Another method of distributing Windows Utility Tool 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 Utility Tool on your system. Windows Utility Tool 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 Utility Tool, use this SpyHunter Spyware dectection tool to detect Windows Utility Tool and other common Spyware infections. After detection of Windows Utility Tool, the next advised step is to remove Windows Utility Tool with the purchase of the SpyHunter Spyware removal tool.


Windows Utility Tool 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 Utility Tool from your computer.

Remedies and Prevention

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

Remove Windows Utility Tool manually

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


  • %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Application Data\[random].exe

Other Files

  • %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Desktop\Windows Utility Tool.lnk
  • %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Utility Tool
  • %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Utility Tool\Uninstall Windows Utility Tool.lnk

Registry Keys

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Windows Utility Tool"

External links

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