Your Questions About Spyware Removal Windows 7

Posted by softwareguru on August 9, 2014

Sandy asks…

Is ‘Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool’ a virus?

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool pop up from the side of my computer and each time I exit it, I thought it was some sort of virus.
But I kinda doubt it though…

softwareguru answers:

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is a malware removal tool included in Microsoft’s updates each month
Click start>run(For XP-type in search box-mrt)(For Vista,Win 7 just type in mrt in search box after start) and hit enter or ok
this is what you will see
http://imgur.com/x9lpu.jpg
Then click next and this is what you will see
http://imgur.com/VJYH6.jpg
Choose Quick, Full or Customized Scan and then click Scan(Full scan takes a long time to complete)
Use these as a first line defense
Microsoft Security Essentials
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/default.aspx
Introducing Microsoft Security Essentials
http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/msestart/thread/28d93d23-4b5f-4077-9cd3-d90d1f63af98
Checklist for Installing Microsoft Security Essentials
http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/msestart/thread/bf757e6a-e320-4a67-92bc-767e6acb26c4
For anti-malware/anti-spyware protection
Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Malwarebytes’ Tutorial
http://vmsar.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/malwarebytes-tutorial/
SUPERAntiSpyware
http://www.superantispyware.com/
SUPERAntiSpyware Tutorial
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/how-to-use-superantispyware-tutorial

James asks…

Windows Vista Security Spam?

I have Windows Vista, my computer is protected by McAfee already, but everytime I log onto my account, all this spam about Vista Security 2011 pops up, saying “We found 11 trojans in your system” or “Your system is in danger!” But when I performed a scan by McAfee, it said everything was okay. I clicked on the “protect my computer” link just to see what exactly this was, and it was like “Pay $60 for one year, blah blah blah”

how do I get this Vista security stuff to stop popping up?
oh, and it won’t let me go onto any website. A page comes up saying

“Google Chrome Alert. Visiting this site may pose a security threat to your system!……Things you can do: Get a copy of ‘Vista Security 2011 to safeguard your computer (RECOMMENDED) -Continue surfing, without any security measures (DANGEROUS)”

this is really annoying.

softwareguru answers:

That’s a spyware. Download a good anti-spyware and remove it.

Manual Removal:
1. Stop Vista Security 2011 process by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del. Windows Task Manager will open. Look for the following process:
(random characters).exe
winupdate86.exe

2. Update your installed anti-virus program.
3. Run a full system scan and clean/delete all detected infected file(s). A manual removal of virus-related files should also be performed.
4. Edit Windows registry and delete Vista Security 2011 entries as shown below. [how to edit registry]
5. Exit registry editor.
6. Remove Vista Security 2011 start-up entry by going to Start > Run, type msconfig on the “Open” dialog box. System Configuration Utility will open. Go to Startup tab and uncheck the following Startup item(s):
(random characters).exe
winupdate86.exe

7. Click Apply and restart the computer.

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