Windows Active Defender
Windows Active Defender is another harmful software that targets MS Windows users. This malware is crafted to get into the system through the use of Trojan. As you may know, Trojans these days are more lethal than ever, they can disable your antivirus program to avoid detection. Trojan can also hide the operation of malware by injecting a code into certain Windows processes. With this method, it can control the infected computer and perform harmful tasks.
When Windows Active Defender is running on victim’s computer, it will mimic legitimate antivirus program’s practices. However, never expect rogue software to provide truthful result. In order to mislead user, Windows Active Defender will exhibit a made up detection of various threats. Other than that, the malware will display a diverse kind of alerts stating virus infection, intrusion detection, and other risks that intends to scare user. Authors behind this attack forces user to obtain the paid version of Windows Active Defender via deceptive ways.
If you observe Windows Active Defender inside the computer, remember that if you give in to its demand will lead your machine to a disaster. Moreover, you may give it a chance of stealing your credit card data when you pay for it via their web site. Thus, we highly suggest that you ignore Windows Active Defender and all prompts that it may launch. Immediately run a complete virus scan on the computer to remove this threat.
Technical Details and Additional Information:
Damage Level: Medium
Systems Affected: Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7[cf]regis[/cf] [cf]files[/cf]
How to Remove Windows Active Defender
Boot Windows in Safe Mode With Networking
1. First thing to do is to reboot the computer in Safe Mode with Networking to avoid Windows Active Defender from loading at start-up. You may want to print this procedure as we have to restart the computer to complete the removal process.
- Restart the computer.
- Before Windows begins to load, press F8 on your keyboard.
- It will display an Advanced Boot Options menu. Select Safe Mode with Networking.
- Windows will now start in Safe Mode.
Windows Active Defender Removal Tool
2. Download anti-malware program here and save it on your Desktop or any location on your PC.
3. When finish downloading, double-click on the file to install the application.
4. Follow the prompts and install with default configuration.
5. Before the installation completes, check prompts that software will run and update on itself.
6. Click Finish. Program will run automatically and you will be prompt to update the program before doing a scan. Please update.
7. When finished updating, the tool will run. Select Perform full scan on main screen to check your computer thoroughly.
8. When scanning is finished click on Show Results.
9. Make sure that all detected threats are checked, click on Remove Selected. This will delete all files and registry entries that belongs to Windows Active Defender.
10. Restart your computer.
Note: If Windows Active Defender prevents mbam-setup.exe from downloading. Download the software from another computer. Renaming it to something like 'anything.exe' can help elude the malware.
Alternative Removal Method for Windows Active Defender
Option 1 : Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state
If Windows Active Defender enters the computer, there is a big chance that Windows files, registry entries and other essential components are also infected. System Restore can reinstate clean system files by restoring the configuration to an earlier date. The method also replaces compromised files with a clean version. If you have a saved restore point before Windows Active Defender infiltrates the PC, we highly encourage you to execute this procedure if none of the above works. You may proceed with Windows System Restore, click here to see the full procedure.
Option 2 : Windows Active Defender manual uninstall guide
IMPORTANT! Manual removal of Windows Active Defender requires technical skills. Deleting system files and registry entries by mistake may result to total disability of Windows system. We advise you to perform a backup of registry before proceeding with this guide.
1. Kill any running process that belongs to Windows Active Defender.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard.
- When Windows Task Manager appears, look for Windows Active Defender files (refer to Technical Reference) and click End Process.
2. Delete all registry entries that belong to this malware.
- Press [Windows Key]+R on your keyboard.
- In the 'Open' dialog box, type regedit and press Enter. This will open registry editor.
- Find and delete registry entries as mentioned in Technical Reference section below.
- Close registry editor. Changes made will be save automatically.
3. Scan the computer with antivirus program.
- Connect to Internet and open your antivirus software. Please update to obtain the latest database and necessary files.
- Restart the computer in Safe Mode.
- Just before Windows logo begins to load press F8 on your keyboard.
- On Windows Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode and press Enter.
4. Delete all files dropped by Windows Active Defender.
- While still in Safe Mode, search and delete malicious files. Please refer to 'Technical Reference'. Make sure that you execute 'End Task' first before deleting the file. Otherwise, the system will not let you perform this action.