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Windows Optimal Settings Adware Removal Instructions

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The Emsisoft malware research team has discovered a new outbreak of the Windows Optimal Settings adware. Emsisoft Anti-Malware detects this malware as Adware.Win32.WindowsOptimalSettings.

Windows Optimal Settings is a rogue application. This is another variant of Windows Optimal Solution, Windows Care Tool, Windows Software Guard, Windows Wise Protection, Windows Software Protection, Windows Problems Protector, Windows Shield Center, Windows Problems Remover, Windows Health Center, Windows Antispyware Solution, Windows Universal Tools, Windows Risk Eliminator, Windows Security & Control, Windows Utility Tool, Windows Optimization & Security, Windows Optimization Center and Privacy Guard 2010. 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_CURRENT_USERsoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon
    (String) Shell = %UserProfile%Application Data%random%.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionSystemRestore
    (DWORD) DisableSR = 0×00000001 (1)
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftwindows ntcurrentversionImage File Execution Optionsegui.exe
    (String) Debugger = svchost.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftwindows ntcurrentversionImage File Execution Optionsekrn.exe
    (String) Debugger = svchost.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftwindows ntcurrentversionImage File Execution Optionsmsascui.exe
    (String) Debugger = svchost.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftwindows ntcurrentversionImage File Execution Optionsmsmpeng.exe
    (String) Debugger = svchost.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftwindows ntcurrentversionImage File Execution Optionsmsseces.exe
    (String) Debugger = svchost.exe

Screenshots:

Adware.Win32.WindowsOptimalSettings_1-40

Adware.Win32.WindowsOptimalSettings_2-40

Adware.Win32.WindowsOptimalSettings_3-40

Adware.Win32.WindowsOptimalSettings_4-40

Adware.Win32.WindowsOptimalSettings_5-40

Adware.Win32.WindowsOptimalSettings_6.pn

Adware.Win32.WindowsOptimalSettings_7-40

How to remove the infection of Windows Optimal Settings (Adware.Win32.WindowsOptimalSettings)?

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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