Windows Smart Partner

You must remove Windows Smart Partner once a sign is observed in your computer. This unwanted program may download more threats from its server when not taken out right away.

Windows Smart Partner is a virus that is included in the roster of rogue anti-virus programs. It is a member of a group of malware sharing the same skin for all versions. It replaces only the name for each new variant. In fact, one of its members is called Windows Protection Master. This harmful software will attempt to trick computer users like you with a fake online virus scanner. Most of the time it is hosted on their web site and in some instances, a compromised web site are used to spread this virus. You may bump into these sites without their consent. Because the Trojan that infects the system will redirect all the searches and home page of victim’s Internet browser. Once you arrived, the site will initiate a fake virus scan throwing a bunch of fake virus detection. Next, it prompts to download Windows Smart Partner to be able to clean threats found on the computer.

Once this malicious software is installed, you may notice similar scenario. Virus scan by Windows Smart Partner will launch without your command. It is very unusual for program to launch without user’s intervention unless it is fraud software. As Windows Smart Partner runs a virus scan, it is noticeable that more threats are found in a blink of time. No other legal security software can match its speed in detecting computer viruses. This is because, Windows Smart Partner do not really process system check. Its scan process is merely a tactic to bring scary results so that it may convince you to purchase the paid version of the software.

Remove Windows Smart Partner from your computer at once. There is no need to acquire its licensed version, as it will bring no good in your part. Remember that rogue program like the one Windows Smart Partner is created to swindle computer users. Follow the removal guide specifically crafted for this type of malware.

Screenshot Image:

Image of Windows Smart Partner

Technical Details and Additional Information:

Damage Level: Medium

Systems Affected: Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7

How to Remove Windows Smart Partner

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 Smart Partner 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.

Startup Options

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.

Download Tool

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 Smart Partner and other forms of threats.

MBAM Scan

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 Smart Partner 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.

NPE Download

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 Smart Partner" by thoroughly scanning your current operating system.

Advance Scan

15 On next window, click System Scan to perform standard scan on your computer.

Scan the System

16 NPE will proceed with the scan. It will search for Trojans, viruses, and malware like Windows Smart Partner. 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 Smart Partner and other known threats. Then, restart Windows if necessary.

Step 3 : Remove the Rootkit Trojan that installs Windows Smart Partner

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 Smart Partner. 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.

click to 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.

Rootkit Remover Scan

21 Rootkit Remover instantly scans the computer and look for presence of Trojans, viruses, and rootkit that is related to Windows Smart Partner .

22 Once it finishes scanning the computer, the tool will require you to restart Windows.

Alternative Removal Procedures for Windows Smart Partner

Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state

During an infection, Windows Smart Partner 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.

rstrui-win7

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.

rstrui-win8

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 Smart Partner manual uninstall guide

IMPORTANT! Manual removal of Windows Smart Partner 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 Smart Partner.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard.
- When Windows Task Manager appears, look for Windows Smart Partner files (refer to Technical Reference) and click End Process.

End Task

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.

Run Regedit

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 Smart Partner.
- 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.

Associated Files and Folders:Added Registry Entries:

Troubleshooting Guides

Did Windows Smart Partner 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.

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About Marco Mathew

Marco Mathew works as Windows Network administrator before establishing precisesecurity.com. Now, Marco is dedicating full-time to help computer users' fight viruses, malware, trojan, worms, adware, and potentially unwanted programs.

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