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Danger level 9
Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Block exe files from running
  • 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 Optimal Settings

Despite the best efforts of the online security industry to educate consumers about the perils surrounding the dangers of allowing rogue security tools on their systems, many PC owners still fall victim to the insidious lies spread by rogue applications such as Windows Optimal Settings. Windows Optimal Settings, which finds its roots in the same family of rogues such as Windows Software Guard, Windows Safety Protection, Windows Problems Protector and Windows Optimization & Security, is not a real security tool but was designed exclusively to rip consumers off. Despite what Windows Optimal Settings would like its victims to believe, it has no ability to detect, quarantine or remove any type of threat or infection from a system. Nor does it have any interest to, either.

Windows Optimal Settings makes use of established forms of infiltration and distribution. The most popular way Windows Optimal Settings enters its victims’ PCs undetected remains through the use of browser hijacking web domains designed exclusively for this purpose. These dangerous websites forcefully redirect users’ browsing and search sessions to their compromised landing pages. Once the user lands on these compromised homepages his system vulnerabilities and weaknesses will be exploited in order to deliver the Windows Optimal Settings Trojans and malware to his system. Windows Optimal Settings also makes use of other methods as part of its distribution. Fake codec downloads and security updates obtained from third party websites form an integral part of Windows Optimal Settings’s online marketing campaign and should not be underestimated.

What makes it even harder to detect and remove Windows Optimal Settings is the fact that its infiltration into a PC remains virtually undetectable. The first inclination that the PC owner will have of Windows Optimal Settings’s presence on the system will come from various fake security alerts bombarding him. These false security alerts were designed with the exclusive goal of creating panic in Windows Optimal Settings’s victims. All of the security alerts generated by Windows Optimal Settings is completely without merit and should enjoy no attention from the PC owner. Some of the false alerts to be on the lookout for read as follows:

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.

Windows Safety Protection will then prompt the PC owner to scan his system. This will start a fake scan of the PC which ultimately states that a particular file is infected with Trojan.Horse.Win32.PAV.64.a. Windows Safety Protection then prompts the user to install Windows Safety Protection to remove the virus. The text of this prompt is:

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 files\firefox\firefox.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.

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.

Take note of the many grammatical and spelling mistakes contained in the above fake security alerts. This in itself should cast any correspondence received from Windows Optimal Settings as highly suspicious.

Users who did not get rid of Windows Optimal Settings in time complained about being unable to access their Desktops, as well as being denied access to the Internet. Others experienced it difficult to execute any type of program on their systems, while others complained about increased erratic system behavior and poor system performance. Distressing as these symptoms which follow any Windows Optimal Settings infection are, there does seem to be a way to restore access to the Desktop so as to allow you a way to permanently destroy Windows Optimal Settings from the system. Follow these instructions to access your Desktop and reestablish your Internet connection:

1. Reboot your system. You will find the Windows Optimal Settings 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.

In order to circumvent the damage this incredulous rogue will cause to your system, erase Windows Optimal Settings from the system as soon as possible. Do this by investing in a genuine security tool which will not only obliterate Windows Optimal Settings but also offer future protection against similar future attacks and threats.

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How to manually remove Windows Optimal Settings

Files associated with Windows Optimal Settings infection:


Windows Optimal Settings processes to kill:


Remove Windows Optimal Settings registry entries:

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


  1. Mathew J Feb 12, 2011

    Thank you sooo much…..u saved me the trouble and time of taking my pc to the store……thnks a million….all ur steps work and did fix my problem!!

  2. Mathew J Feb 12, 2011

    Thank you sooo much…..u saved me the trouble and time of taking my pc to the store……thnks a million….all ur steps work and did fix my

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