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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
Other mutations known as:

Windows Care Tool

Fake security programs are always right there just behind the corner, lying in an ambush, ready to cause perilous harm to your computer system. Windows Care Tool is a rogue system optimization application, a member of the Fake Microsoft Security Essentials fraud strategy. This pest has also appeared previously under the names of Windows Wise Protection, Windows Safety Protection, Windows Software Protection and Windows Software Guard. The rogue is an evil trickster hankering for your financial funds. It might look absolutely professional and honest on the surface, but make no mistake – it is a computer security threat which is supposed to be eliminated immediately.

If you install it, you will be convinced of Windows Care Tool’s doubtful nature at once. Just like other rogues in the family this parasite limits your access to the desktop. After the contamination you will not be able load your icons or Windows taskbar. In this kind of situation you might feel that your hands are tied, but do not fret. Your desktop is just within your reach. All you have to do is follow these instructions to get it back:

1. You have rebooted your system and there’s only Windows Care Tool application on the screen. Click “OK” button to make it go away. The malware will start a fake system scan.
2. Wait until the scan is done. Once it is over, 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 will disappear and you will be able to access your desktop again.

Just because your desktop is back it doesn’t mean the malware is gone. Windows Care Tool is still residing in your system. And your computer is not the only target of the malware; you are being targeted as well. The rogue is on the hunt for your money, so hesitate no longer and terminate it before it caused great harm. You must strengthen your computer protection, so that other rogues wouldn’t be able to access it via the same channels as Windows Care Tool.

You might be wondering how Windows Care Tool reaches your computer. This rogue spreads with Trojan infection and at first users don’t feel alarmed, because they see the name “Microsoft” on the application and think it is a genuine program. Such experts in deception as fake online scans and browser hijackers can also be responsible for distributing Windows Care Tool. There are many ways for the rogue to reach you, and once it settles down in your system the infection is immediate. It assaults you with such fake alerts as:

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.

Windows Care Tool will greet you with a sleek design and a message that your computer is experiencing severe registry errors. It will “thoughtfully” offer you to purchase a “legitimate” system security tool. This is where you have to stop before clicking anything. The truth is your system is not infected. Windows Care Tool is a parasite itself with one single target – it wants to obtain your credit card information to rip you off. Shut down the application before your bank account experiences a harsh stab. And don’t stop there – terminate Windows Care Tool so it would vanish from your system without a trace.

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How to manually remove Windows Care Tool

Files associated with Windows Care Tool infection:


Windows Care Tool processes to kill:


Remove Windows Care Tool registry entries:

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

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