Windows Advanced Security Center Description and Removal Instructions

Windows Advanced Security Center Description (Scan your PC to Detect Windows Advanced Security Center with SpyHunter)

Windows Advanced Security Center may represent the fake screenshot and service associated with a running list of rogue security programs pestering the Internet looking for new victims to scam or Windows Advanced Security Center could also represent the rogue security program itself. Malware makers fashion many rogue security program models off of legitimate tools or programs and love to impersonate reputable vendors to gain the trust of consumers, aka victims or PC users.

Rogue security programs are engineered by Trojans and plant fictitious files and components that help display or mimic the behaviors of legitimate Internet security tools. For example, Windows Advanced Security Center is meant to impersonate the Microsoft Security Essentials tool. The Trojan uses guises to present its program as a helpful and innocent tool and relies on proven distribution vectors to gain deceptive entry. A well-used strategy hides the Trojan behind the face of a fake Adobe Flash update or video codec component. Trojans and other malware tools also exploit programming flaws in firmware or software programs and tools, including browsers, plugins or applets, which is why it is ever so important to stay atop of updates and patches.

If Windows Advanced Security Center is acting as a module of some rogue security program, it will be highlighted in the left panel. The Windows Advanced Security Center will cover details about the rogue security program’s Home Page, Firewall, Automatic Updates and Antivirus Protection. Even if this happens to be the actual name of the rogue security program itself, most likely the interface will also feature a security center and module of the same name.

When scheduled to appear, the rogue security program will attempt to explain or justify the fake alerts that precede it and get the victim to buy the full version of its program. Even though the explosive but fake alerts and the interface of Windows Advanced Security Center will seem to appear out of nowhere, actually the Trojan slipped inside earlier and staged everything. If a computer system has little or no Internet security to block malicious attacks, Trojans and other viral warheads can slip inside, bypass firewalls, deactivate weaker security measures and operate without fanfare or alert. The Trojan is quite stealth and is able to make system changes that rival an expert computer administrator or PC user. For example:

  • The Windows Registry will be edited to run the malicious executable every time that Windows is started.
  • An algorithm will be unleashed to search for and destroy all files updating or running security programs.
  • The firewall will be made to accept the malicious executable as non-threatening.
  • The browser will be hijacked to:
    • Block visits to helpful websites and forums offering a malware removal solution.
    • Route traffic to malicious websites promoting the purchase of Windows Advanced Security Center or another rogue security program or fake online scanner.
    • Reverse browser settings and allow an assault of annoying pop-up or pop-under advertisements.
    • Administrative controls will be disabled, blocking the use of tools like Task Manager to interrupt the malicious process of Windows Advanced Security Center.
Until the victim reboots their system, the Trojan will gladly rob them blind of vital data stored in the browser cache or on the hard drive. A two-way port will be opened to transmit stolen data and intercept the download of more malicious programs or new instructions to counter definition updates.

Malware can shake up your operating system and slow down your system, or cause a wealth of system errors and negative behaviors. If you happen to ignore the subtle hints of an intrusion or attack, on the next boot an overwhelming amount of scary but fake alerts will surely command your full attention.

Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the Internet
C:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe
is suspected to have infected your PC. This type of virus intercepts entered data and transmits them to a remote server.

Trojan activity detected. System data security is at risk.
It is recommended to activate protection and run a full system scan.

Warning! Identity theft attempt Detected
Hidden connection IP:
Target: Your passwords for sites

Critical Warning!
Critical System Warning! Your system is probably infected with a version of Trojan-Spy.HTML.Visafraud.a. This may result in website access passwords being stolen from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook etc. Click Yes to scan and remove threats. (recommended) System warning!

Hidden behind the lies of a Trojan and its fake alerts is the truth – the Trojan is crying wolf but while he secretly attacks. The enemy is not the fake errors, alerts, scans or reporting but a Trojan named Windows Advanced Security Center that stages a security breach to scare you into buying useless software. If you play along and enter your credit card number, you are blindly handing this vital data over to a hacker.

The longer you play games with the fake interface and prompts of Windows Advanced Security Center, the more time the Trojan has to install a keylogger that captures keystrokes from future online banking or purchasing sessions or a backdoor that gives a hacker remote access. Remote access could allow the hacker to add the infected system to a botnet and continuously violate system resources to wage a DNS strike or distribute spam.

Removing Windows Advanced Security Center may be challenging if the Trojan is infused with rootkit technology that helps mask file names and bury components in the root of the infected system. The Trojan may have hooked legitimate running processes to circumvent malicious activity and hamper removal attempts. You could attempt to remove the infectious files manually, but need be cautious not to delete the wrong ones and shutdown your system or corrupt the hard drive or you could take aggressive measures and rely on a professional anti-malware solution already proven to combat Windows Advanced Security Center successfully and restore full order without harming your hard drive or erasing your data.

If you don’t fortify your system with a better guard and anti-malware program, it will remain a revolving door for malware attempts and may run into clones Windows Daily Adviser, Windows No-Risk Agent, Windows Recovery Series, Windows Performance Adviser, Windows Debug Center, Windows High-End Protection, Windows Software Saver, Windows AntiHazard Helper, Windows AntiHazard Center, and an infinite list of fake online scanners.

Automatically Detect Windows Advanced Security Center

  1. Download SpyHunter* Scanner to Detect Windows Advanced Security Center
  2. Run a full system scan to detect Vista Home Security 2012 files.
  3. Once you've detected Windows Advanced Security Center on your PC, you will then need to purchase SpyHunter to start the removal process.
  4. Reboot your PC and rerun the scan for any remaining traces of Windows Advanced Security Center.

Remove Windows Advanced Security Center Manually

Stop the following Windows Advanced Security Center processes:
%AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM 3 CHARACTERS].exe
%AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM 4 CHARACTERS].exe

Unregister the following Windows Advanced Security Center DLL files:

Remove the following Windows Advanced Security Center registry keys:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect" = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegedit" = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableRegistryTools" = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "ID" = 4
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings "net" = 2012-2-20_1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Inspector"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\{RANDOM CHARACTERS}.exe

Locate and delete the following Windows Advanced Security Center files:
%AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM 3 CHARACTERS].exe
%AppData%\Protector-[RANDOM 4 CHARACTERS].exe
%StartMenu%\Windows Advanced Security Center.lnk

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