My computer is getting Windows Security Master warning messages and telling me that my computer is infected with spyware. What’s wrong with my computer? How to get rid of these messages?
“Spyware Alert! Your computer is infected with spyware. It could damage your critical files or expose your private data on the Internet. Click here to remove spyware threats from your PC.” If you receive a message like this, then your PC has been compromised by Windows Security Master virus which tries to frighten you into purchasing fake antivirus software with a deceivable security warning.Once you attempt to close out of the warning messages, the fake scans start, and you won’t have a chance to use your PC normally ever again, until you uninstall Windows Security Master. You will encounter plenty of alerts such as ‘Critical Error’ and ‘spyware alerts’.
Windows Security Master will not protect your PC from anything, because it is malware.The inventors of this fake antivirus program uses notorious botnets—networks of compromised computers under their control—to push out the fake software and the criminal also masquerades as legitimate Internet security companies and buy ads on other websites, but when you click on the ads to purchase the products, you will be redirected to websites controlled by the bad guys. The virus will also change the appearance of the contents of your folders, and will make your PC appear to start in safe mode. It will do whatever it can to spoil your system. Your legitimate programs will not run the way they used to, and you will be bombarded with serious-looking warnings.The same crooks who created this virus also created Windows Security Master, a fake antimalware program.that has attacked thousands of computers across the country. The reason these guys are so successful destroying thousands of PCs every day is that their fake software appears super realistic. The Microsoft graphics, the logo, and the scary warnings lead a lot of users to spend their hard-earned money on buying what is, in actuality, a virus.When Windows Security Master is installed on your system, it will mess up your system in many other ways:
- It displays unwanted pop-ups and alerts;
- It changes desktop settings;
- It modifies browser homepage settings;
- It hijacks Internet Explorer, Mozilla and other web browser;
- It redirects browser to some malicious website;
- It stops you from using various system application;
- It triggers slow Internet connection.
To avoid these problems, you have to get this bug off of your system.To get rid of Windows Security Master, we can do so manually or automatically.
Windows Security Master Manual Removal
Manual removal means you will have to edit your HKCU folder for corrupt registry values associated with the virus.Then you will have to delete DLL and LNK files left behind by the malware install. After that you will remove related files and folders, and cancel any processes running in the background associated with the virus.
Note: Manual removal is only recommended for advanced users, because it involves editing the central area of our PC, our registry. If a mistake is made there, then fixing our PC becomes a much more expensive, drawn-out process.
Step 1: Access to Safe Mode
For Windows 7, Windows Vista & Windows XP
Remove all external media such as cd-r, dvd-r, and USB devices.
Reboot infectious machine.
But before Windows launches on, constantly press F8 key.
Windows Advanced Options reveals out.
Highlight Safe Mode with Networking and Press Enter key.
Access to the Desktop.
For Windows 8
For Windows 8, access to desktop first.
Press Ctrl+ Alt+ Del combination key.
Reach the Switch User page, type “Shift” key and choose “Shut down” button.
Choose Restart option. Choose Troubleshoot from next page.
Choose ‘Advanced Options’ and choose Startup setting.
Press F5/5 key to boot into Safe Mode with Networking.
Step 2: Access to control panel
Open Control Panel from the Start button.
Windows 8 user should go to Metro.
And then right click anywhere around the applications.
Get All Apps icon and click on it.
Locate at the Applications Menu.
Search Control Panel and open it there.
Step 3: Uninstall Windows Security Master Virus
1. On the Control Panel Interface, choose Add/Remove option or Uninstall a Program. For Windows XP users, refer to the below screenshot.
2. For other Windows versions, click the “Programs and Features” option. Also you may click Uninstall a program immediately.
3. From the pop-up page, you need choose the malicious program called Windows Security Master, and then click Remove or Uninstall button.
4. After that, you still need confirm the removal process, click Uninstall or Remove option again.
Step 4: Delete Windows Security Master Files
1. Click the start button and access to control panel
2. From the pop-up page, click on the Appearance and Personalization link.
3. Double click on Files and Folder Option.
4. Choose Folder Options category and click on the Show hidden files and folders option.
From the next window, select the “View” tab.
6. Check “Show hidden files, folders and drives.”
7. Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended). Click Ok.
Now double click My Computer on the desktop and open local drives. Search and delete the Windows Security Master virus files there. To incase of any virus left files, you’d better confirm all hidden files have been showed.
Step 5: Delete Windows Security Master Virus Entries
Press Windows + R.
Type regedit in Run box and press Ok.
Reach the Registry Editor.
You need remove all entries related with the rogue program.
MS-SEC = %AppData%\svc-[random].exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\MpCmdRun.exe
Debugger = svchost.exe
Step 6: Check Windows Firewall
If Windows firewall can’t work normally, you may follow the below tips.
1. Choose Control Panel, for Windows 8, right-click at the bottom left corner of screen, and then choose Control Panel.
Choose security applet (System and Security) and open it. Now you can see the Restore defaults link, click on it.
From the next window, you can restore the defaults firewall settings. Choose the Restore Defaults button now.
You then confirm and you need click Yes to continue. And then the Windows Firewall on Windows 8 will be restored to the default values.
Step 7: Reboot computer.
The Best Way to Remove Windows Security Master
As mentioned above, Windows Security Master may cause a series of problems if you don’t remove it from your system in time.The best way to get rid of the rogue program from your PC is to first of all download and run a system and registry scanner. This will scan your computer and help you get rid of any malware on it and any errors caused by malware and make your computer faster and safer