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Windows Cleaning Toolkit Rogue Removal Instructions

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The Emsisoft malware research team has discovered a new outbreak of the Windows Cleaning Toolkit. Emsisoft Anti-Malware detects this malware as Rogue.Win32.CleaningToolkit.


Windows Cleaning Toolkit is a rogue scanner application. A rogue application tries to trick you by displaying false positive or misleading scan results report, which says that your computer has a problem, or infected with viruses or trojan, but you will not be able to fix it before you purchase this fake program.


Created files:

  • %AppData%\guard-[random].exe
  • %AppData%\result1.db
  • %UserProfile%\Desktop\Windows Cleaning Toolkit.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Cleaning Toolkit.lnk

Created/modified registry entries:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    GuardSoftware= %AppData%\guard-[random].exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\msmpeng.exe
    Debugger = svchost.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\msseces.exe
    Debugger = svchost.exe
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations
    LowRiskFileTypes = zip;.rar;.nfo;.txt;.exe;.bat;.com;.cmd;.reg;.msi;.htm;.html;.gif;.bmp;.jpg;.avi;.mpg;.mpeg;.mov;.mp3;.m3u;.wav;
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings
    UID = [data]
    ip = [data]
    net = [data]
    Config = [data]




Once infected this rogue will restart the machine automatically and try to lock the Windows, so you cannot open any other applications unless you activate it. To activate, click on question mark button, and select Register. Enter one of the following serial number:






How to remove the infection of Windows Cleaning Toolkit (Rogue.Win32.CleaningToolkit)?


To delete this malware infection, please download and install Emsisoft Anti-Malware. Run a full scan on all drives and move all detected items to the quarantine.

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