Do not trust a program called Windows Protection Master. It is unsafe and may endanger the computer when installed. To remove this rogue software, follow the guide on this page and use only trusted anti-malware program.
Windows Protection Master is another addition to the list of programs you should not trust. It came from a large family of rogue anti-virus programs. Expect that this program will enter your computer without asking for permission. Trojans are commonly associated with the operation to spread this thing and drop on systems with weak protection. Other ways to set Windows Protection Master is through security loopholes that Trojan might discover on vulnerable systems. Author behind this product also uses web sites. They are capable to infect legitimate web sites wherein a script is injected to generate a drive-by-download scheme. This process will download and install Windows Protection Master on visitor’s computer automatically.
When the fake security program is already inside the computer, it will edit system settings. It can assign a registry entry to run execute self on every Windows start-up. After completing this process, expect a full scan virus scan from Windows Protection Master every time a PC starts. The rogue software may also configure Internet browser to start with a different homepage. The threat may also affect your browsing by redirecting most of your queries to unknown location. Moreover, it will block access to every valid security web sites and prevent you from obtaining a tool necessary to combat this rogue software.
The real, sure way to delete Windows Protection Master is somehow complicated. There is no add/remove entry for this. You cannot remove the malware with a single click just as any software installed on the computer. To make things easier, we compile a procedure to remove Windows Protection Master. You can find it below.
Technical Details and Additional Information:
Damage Level: Medium
Systems Affected: Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7
How to Remove Windows Protection Master
Systematic procedures to get rid of the threat are presented on this section. Make sure to scan the computer with suggested tools and scanners.
Step 1 : Scan the computer with recommended removal tool
1 First thing you should do is reboot the computer in Safe Mode with Networking to avoid Windows Protection Master from loading at start-up.
NOTE: You will need to PRINT or BOOKMARK this procedure, as we have to restart the computer during the removal process.
Remove all media such as Memory Card, cd, dvd, and USB devices. Then, restart the computer and please do the following:
Boot in Safe Mode on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 system
a Before Windows begins to load, press F8 on your keyboard.
b It will display the Advanced Boot Options menu. Select Safe Mode.
Start computer in Safe Mode using Windows 8 and Windows 10
a Close any running programs on your computer.
b Get ready to Start Windows. On your keyboard, Press and Hold Shift key and then, click on Restart button.
c It will prompt you with options, please click on Troubleshoot icon.
d Under Troubleshoot window, select Advanced Options.
e On next window, click on Startup Settings icon.
f Lastly, click on Restart button on subsequent window.
g When Windows restarts, present startup options with numbers 1 - 9. Select "Enable Safe Mode with Networking" or number 5.
h Windows will now boot on Safe Mode with Networking. Proceed with virus scan as the next step.
2 Download our malware removal tool and save it on your Desktop or any location on your PC.
3 Click on the button to start downloading our recommended anti-virus tool. Save it to an accessible location inside your hard drive or clean USB drive if you are downloading from a different PC.
4 When finished downloading, locate and double-click the file to install the application. Windows' User Account Control will prompt at this point, please click Yes to continue installing the program.
5 Follow the prompts and install as 'default' only. There are no changes needed during the installation process.
6 Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will launch for the first time. It is necessary to proceed with software update.
7 After downloading updates, please click on Scan Now button.
8 The tool willl run Threat Scan to ensure that it thoroughly check the PC for any presence of Windows Protection Master and other forms of threats.
9 Once the scan has completed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will issue a list of identified threats. Mark all threats and click on Quarantine Selected.
10 If it prompts to restart the computer, please reboot Windows.
Step 2 : Ensure that no more files of Windows Protection Master are left inside the computer
11 Click on the button below to download Norton Power Eraser from official web site. Save it to your desktop or any location of your choice.
12 After downloading, navigate its location and double-click on the NPE.exe file to launch the program.
13 Norton Power Eraser will run. If it prompts for End User License Agreement, please click on Accept to proceed.
14 On NPE main window, click on Advanced Scans. We will attempt to remove "Windows Protection Master" by thoroughly scanning your current operating system.
15 On next window, click System Scan to perform standard scan on your computer.
16 NPE will proceed with the scan. It will search for Trojans, viruses, and malware like Windows Protection Master. This may take some time, depending on the number of files currently stored on the computer.
17 When scan is complete. All detected risks are listed. Click on Fix Now to remove Windows Protection Master and other known threats. Then, restart Windows if necessary.
Step 3 : Remove the Rootkit Trojan that installs Windows Protection Master
Rootkit Remover is a stand-alone utility developed by McAfee. It can be used to detect and remove rootkit Trojan that is associated with Windows Protection Master. This tool can detect rootkit that is part of ZeroAccess, Necurs, and TDSS family.
18 Download Rootkit Remover and save it to your desktop or any accessible location. Click the button below to begin the download.
19 Locate the file rootkitremover.exe and double-click to run the program.
20 When User Account Control prompts if you want to allow the program to make changes on the computer, please click Yes.
21 Rootkit Remover instantly scans the computer and look for presence of Trojans, viruses, and rootkit that is related to Windows Protection Master .
22 Once it finishes scanning the computer, the tool will require you to restart Windows.
Alternative Removal Procedures for Windows Protection Master
Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state
During an infection, Windows Protection Master drops various files and registry entries. The threat intentionally hides system files by setting options in the registry. With these rigid changes, the best solution is to return Windows to previous working state is through System Restore.
To verify if System Restore is active on your computer, please follow the instructions below to access this feature.
Access System Restore on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
a Go to Start Menu, then under 'Run' or 'Search Program and Files field, type rstrui.
b Then, press Enter on the keyboard to open System Restore Settings.
c Windows will display list of saved restore points. Select the most recent one to restore Windows to previous working and clean state.
d It may take some time to fully restore back-up files. Restart Windows when done.
Open System Restore on Windows 8 and Windows 10
a For Windows 8 user, go to Start Search, while on Windows 10, use the Start Menu Search and type rstrui.
b Click on the located program to open System Restore window.
c Windows will display list of saved restore points if it is active. Select the most recent one to restore Windows to previous working and clean state.
d It may take a while to fully restore back-up files. Restart Windows when done.
If previous restore point is saved, you may proceed with Windows System Restore.
Option 2 : Windows Protection Master manual uninstall guide
IMPORTANT! Manual removal of Windows Protection Master 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 Protection Master.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard.
- When Windows Task Manager appears, look for Windows Protection Master 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.
- Close registry editor. Changes made will be saved 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.
- Thoroughly scan the computer with your updated antivirus software.
4 Delete all files dropped by Windows Protection Master.
- 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.
Note: Inspector-dfw.exe is the main executable file. The "dfw" in the file name may consist of any random characters.Added Registry Entries:
Did Windows Protection Master blocks your Internet access?
It is usual that rogue program prevents user from downloading removal tools from the Internet. Thus, infected computer may be denied to access the Internet by making changes to computer's proxy, DNS, and Hosts file. To solve Internet connection problem, please see our guide in fixing a virus-blocked Internet access. Also, make sure that your Windows Host File is free from any malicious entries. View steps in cleaning Windows host file.