Windows Malware Firewall removal guide
Windows Malware Firewall is a rogue security program which originates from a family of fake anti-viruses called "FakeVimes". These bogus programs shares the same user interface and are promoted by Internet criminals who uses fake online security scans and warning messages to trick unsuspecting PC users into downloading their rogue software. When installed on your PC Windows Malware Firewall will pretend to scan your computer for security infections and after a couple of minutes will come up with a big list of critical risk viruses and spyware supposedly found on your PC.
In order to get rid of these infections this rogue program will ask you to purchase it's full version (ultimate protection). You shouldn't even consider buying Windows Malware Firewall, this program is malicious, it's a scam created to trick you into buying a totally useless software to remove non-existent security infections. This program doesn't have a virus definition database or other features required for a legitimate security product, it relies on generated warning messages hoping that you will fall for this trickery and you will purchase it's full version.
To distribute Windows Malware Firewall Internet criminals are using misleading websites which displays false security warning messages and displays fake online security scans. Don't believe such online scans, also avoid anonymous torrent connection proposals, such pop-ups are used to trick PC users into downloading rogue programs such as Windows Malware Firewall. Previous variants of this malicious software were called Windows Antivirus Rampart, Windows Ultimate Security Patch and many other. If you notice a security program which constantly interrupts your work by showing firewall alerts and looks like the one in the screenshot you can be sure that you are dealing with a fake antivirus program which is trying to trick you. Don't trust it and use this step-by-step removal guide to eliminate it from your computer.
Windows Malware Firewall generates such fake warning messages:
"Warning! Virus Detected Threat detected: FTP Server Infected file: C:\Windows\System32\dllcache\wmploc.dll"
"Warning! Identity theft attempt Detected Hidden connection IP: 184.108.40.206 Target: Your passwords for sites"
"Error Key-logger activity detected. System information security is at risk. It is recommended to activate protection and run a full system scan"
"Microsoft Security Essentials detected potential threats that might compromise your privacy or damage your computer. You need to clean your computer immediately to prevent the system crash"
"Viruses were found on your computer. You need to clean your computer to prevent the system crash"
"Trojan-PSW.Win32.launch Hack Tool:Win32/Welevate.A Adware.Win32.Fraud"
Windows Malware Firewall removal:
Before downloading the remover for Windows Malware Firewall click a question mark icon at the top of the main window of this program, choose "Activate Now" and enter this registration code: 0W000-000B0-00T00-E0020 This will enable blocked Windows functions and will make the further removal process much easier, after entering the activation code continue to downloading the spyware remover.
If you can't download or run spyware remover try running registry fix (link below). It enables execution of programs. download registryfix.reg file, double click it, click YES and then OK.
Manual Windows Malware Firewall removal instructions:
Start your computer in safe mode. Click Start, then click Shut down. Select Restart and click OK. During your computer starting process press F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until Windows Advanced Options menu shows up, then select Safe mode with networking from the list and press ENTER.
Now we need to remove proxy settings. Windows Malware Firewall adds a proxy to your Internet connection settings to show various errors when you try to access Internet. To do this, open Internet explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Then select the "Connections" tab.
In the "Connections" tab, click LAN settings, if a "Use a proxy server for your LAN" is checked, uncheck it and press OK. Sometimes Windows Malware Firewall could hide this setting from you, and you could see that proxy setting is disabled, while actually it could be enabled, but not shown up in these settings. If a "Use a proxy server for your LAN" is unchecked, It is recommended to check it then un-check it and then click OK.
Download HijackThis and save it on your desktop. Some malicious programs are able to block HijackThis so when you click the download link, in the Save dialog rename HijackThis.exe to iexplore.exe and only then click the Save button. After saving the file on your desktop, double click it. In the main HijackThis window click “Do a system scan only” button. Select these entries (place a tick at the left of the entry):
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Inspector] %AppData%\Protector.exe (Protector.exe file may have 3 or more random characters at the end of it's file name like ProtectionGQY.exe)
After selecting required entries, click "Fix Checked" and these entries will be removed. After this procedure you can close HijackThis and proceed to the next removal step.
Download a legitimate anti-spyware software to fully remove Windows Malware Firewall from your computer. We recommend using Spyware Doctor 2012 version
After removing Windows Malware Firewall, you will need to reset your Hosts file. Don't skip this step, this malware modifies your Hosts files, and you will encounter browser redirect problems if malicious entries will not be removed from hosts file.
Hosts file is used to resolve some canonical names of websites to IP addresses. When it is changed, the user may be redirected to malicious site still seeing good URL in address bar. It is very hard to find out if the site is genuine or not, when hosts file is modified. To fix this, please download Microsoft Fix It tool, that restores your hosts file to Windows default. Run this tool when downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions. Download link below:
After doing all these steps your computer should be clean. Windows Malware Firewall will be removed.
Other tools known to remove Windows Malware Firewall:
Manual Windows Malware Firewall removal:
If you were unable to remove Windows Malware Firewall using the steps above, you can use this manual removal instruction. Use it at your own risk. If you don't have strong computer knowledge you could harm your operating system. Be careful and use it only if you are an experienced computer user. (Instructions on how to end processes, remove registry entries...)
End these Windows Malware Firewall processes:
Protector.exe (Protector.exe file may have 3 or more random characters at the end of it's file name like ProtectionGQY.exe)
Remove these Windows Malware Firewall registry entries:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\_avp32.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\ashLogV.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\beagle.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\jedi.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\msa.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\ntvdm.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\rav7.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\spoler.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\vir-help.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\wupdt.exe
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
Delete these Windows Malware Firewall files:
%StartMenu%\Programs\Windows Malware Firewall.lnk
%AppData%\Protector.exe (NOTE: this file may have various symbols at the end of it's name. Look for the similar file name pattern and remove it)
%Desktop%\Windows Malware Firewall.lnk
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