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Windows Universal Tools Adware Removal Instructions

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The Emsisoft malware research team has discovered a new outbreak of the  Windows Universal Tools adware. Emsisoft Anti-Malware detects this malware as Adware.Win32.WindowsUniversalTools.

Windows Universal Tools is a rogue application. This is another variant of Windows Risk Eliminator, Windows Security & Control, Windows Utility Tool, Windows Optimization & Security, Windows Optimization Center and Privacy Guard 2010. A rogue application tries to trick you by displaying false positive/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.

Create new file:

  • %UserProfile%Application Data%random%.exe

Create/modify registry entries:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem
    (DWORD) EnableLUA = 0×00000000 (0)
    (DWORD) ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin = 0×00000000 (0)
    (DWORD) ConsentPromptBehaviorUser = 0×00000000 (0)
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon
    (String) Shell = %UserProfile%Application Data%random%.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionSystemRestore
    (DWORD) DisableSR = 0×00000001 (1)











How to remove the infection of Windows Universal Tools (Adware.Win32.WindowsUniversalTools)?

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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