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Danger level 9
Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Slow internet connection
  • System crashes
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Slow Computer

Windows Privacy Agent

In order for developers of rogue security tools to remain relevant and competitive they need to continuously improve on their applications and approach, and Windows Privacy Agent takes its attack against the system to a whole new level. Windows Privacy Agent, a direct clone of Windows Safety Protection, Windows Utility Tool, Windows Security & Control and Windows System Optimizator, enters the system without the knowledge of the user, and will remain hidden until such time that it deems it appropriate to start its attack on the system. Despite what it would like its prospective victims to believe Windows Privacy Agent does not have the inclination or the ability to identify or delete any type of threat.

Windows Privacy Agent makes use of Trojans to root itself in the system, and because its infiltration of the system is virtually undetectable it’s that much harder to detect and remove Windows Privacy Agent from the system. Seditious browser hijacking websites and bogus online malware scanners are the most popular way Windows Privacy Agent chooses to spread its Trojan horse infections to its host PCs.

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The first inclination the user will have as to the presence of Windows Privacy Agent on his system will come from the many false security threats generated by Windows Privacy Agent. These fake security messages are generated in an effort to panic the user into mistakenly thinking his system is under attack and that Windows Privacy Agent has the ability to take care of the threats. Some of the more notorious fake alerts generated by Windows Privacy Agent to be on the lookout for include:

Microsoft Security Essentials Alert
Potential Threat Details
Microsoft Security Essentials detected potential threats that might compromise your private or damage your computer. Your access to these items may be suspended until you take an action. Click 'show details' to learn more.

Threat prevention solution found
Security system analysis has revealed critical file system vulnerability caused by severe malware attacks.
Risk of system files infection:
The detected vulnerability may result in unauthorized access to private information and hard drive data with a seriuos possibility of irreversible data loss and unstable PC performance. To remove the malware please run a full system scan. Press 'OK' to install the software necessary to initiate system files check. To complete the installation process please reboot your computer.

System Security Warning
Attempt to modify register key entries is detected. Register entries analysis is recommended.

System component corrupted!
System reboot error has occurred due to lsass.exe system process failure.
This may be caused by severe malware infections.
Automatic restore of lsass.exe backup copy completed.
The correct system performance can not be resumed without eliminating the cause of lsass.exe corruption.

Name: firefox.exe
Name: c:program filesfirefoxfirefox.exe
Application that seems to be a key-logger is detected. System information security is at risk. It is recommended to enable the security mode and run total System scanning.

Users who did not manage to destroy Windows Privacy Agent in time complained about being unable to connect to the Internet, as well as not being able to run any type of program on the system. This is done in an effort to prevent the user from running or downloading an application that will detect and erase Windows Privacy Agent from the system. Other common symptoms associated with the Windows Privacy Agent rogue security tool include denied access to the user’s Desktop and increased erratic system behavior. Although these symptoms are all distressing, there is a way to circumvent these annoying symptoms. Follow these instructions to restore access to your Desktop:

1. Reboot your system. You will find the Windows Privacy Agent startup screen blocking access to your Desktop. Click the “OK” button to make it go away. The malware will start a fake system scan.
2. Wait until the scan is done. Once the scan is finished you will see another fake security notice. Click “OK” one more time.
3. Make the notification go away by clicking on the red “X” at the right top of it.
4. It should now disappear and you will be able to access your desktop again.

Do not think that by merely following the above steps that you have successfully annihilated the threat; you still need to obliterate Windows Privacy Agent from the PC in order to regain full control of it back. Do this by making use of the removal power of a genuine security tool which will not only eliminate Windows Privacy Agent from the system but also offer adequate protection against similar attacks in the future.

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How to manually remove Windows Privacy Agent

Files associated with Windows Privacy Agent infection:


Windows Privacy Agent processes to kill:


Remove Windows Privacy Agent registry entries:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell “%AppData%\[random].exe”

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