Windows Efficiency Console
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: High
Windows Efficiency Console removal instructions
Windows Efficiency Console is a fake antivirus program that reports nonexistent security infections to scare PC users into believing that their computers are infected with high risk malware. Cyber criminals who are responsible for creating this scam are hoping that computer user will fall for such trickery and will "activate ultimate protection" (purchase a license key) for this bogus software. PC users should know that paying for this program would equal to sending one's money to Cyber criminals - users would lose their money, and their computers would still be infected with a fake antivirus program. This rogue antivirus program is being distributed using fake online security scanners which state that user's operating system is infected and prompt users into downloading Windows Efficiency Console to remove the supposedly detected malware. In reality, none of such online scanners are capable of scanning one's operating system for security infections - it's a scam used by Cyber criminals to trick PC users into downloading rogue security programs.
After successful infiltration this bogus software completely blocks user's desktop and performs fake security scans which always end up in detection of various viruses, Trojans and malware. PC users shouldn't trust this program - it's just an imitation of a legitimate antivirus software; it pretends to detect identical security threats on every computer that it infiltrates. The fact that this rogue program blocks user's desktop makes it similar to ransomware infections; this shows that fake antivirus business is profitable and Cyber criminals are constantly working to improve their fake security scanners. Users who see Windows Efficiency Console scanning their computers for security infections can be sure that their computers are infected with a fake antivirus program - don't trust this program, it's a scam.
This fake antivirus program originates from a family of rogue security scanners called FakeVimes, previous it's variants were named Windows Activity Booster, Windows Warding Module and Windows Active Hotspot. Computer users who have already purchased a license key for this bogus software should contact their credit card companies and dispute the charges explaining that they have been tricked into buying a fake antivirus program. To avoid getting one's computer infected with Windows Efficiency Console or any other bogus software, computer users should keep their installed programs up-to-date, use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs and don't trust online pop-ups that demands downloading antivirus programs to remove the supposedly identified malware. If you already see this program scanning your computer for security threats, you should ignore it's fake warning messages and use the provided removal instructions to eliminate this scam from one's operating system.
Windows Efficiency Console removal:
Before downloading the removal software for this rogue antivirus program complete these steps:
1. Wait until this rogue antivirus program finishes its fake security scan and click "Settings" (at the top of the main window).
2. Select "Allow unprotected Startup."
3. After selecting "Allow unprotected Startup," close Windows Efficiency Console. Notification will appear "Unprotected startup is unsafe for your private data!" Click "OK".
4. Windows 7 users: Click on a Windows logo, in the "Search programs and files" field type "Command Prompt." In the opened list click, the right mouse button over "Command Prompt" entry and select "Run as administrator."
Windows XP users: Click Start and navigate to Accessories menu - Start > All Programs > Accessories. Select Command Prompt.
5. In the opened windows (command prompt) type: taskkill /IM guard* and press Enter.
6. After killing the process of Windows Efficiency Console download legitimate anti-spyware software to completely remove this rogue antivirus program from your computer.
If you can't download or run the 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.
Windows Efficiency Console removal using Safe Mode with Networking:
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: 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.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Video showing how to start Windows XP in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Remove proxy settings from Internet Explorer. This rogue antivirus adds a proxy to user's Internet connection settings to show various errors when user tries accessing the Internet. To remove proxy settings: Open Internet Explorer and click on the gear icon. In the opened menu select "Internet Options."
In the opened window select "Connections" tab.
In the "Connections" tab, click on "LAN settings".
If "Use a proxy server for your LAN" is checked, uncheck it and click OK.
Download legitimate anti-spyware software to completely remove this fake antivirus program from your computer.
After removing this rogue software, you should reset one's Hosts file. Don't skip this step, Windows Efficiency Console modifies your Hosts files, and you will encounter browser redirect problems if malicious entries will not be eliminated.
Hosts file is used to resolve some canonical names of websites to IP addresses. When it's modified users may be redirected to malicious websites while still seeing a good URL in the address bar. To fix this, please download Microsoft Fix It tool, it restores one's hosts file to Windows default. Run this tool when downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions. Download link below:
Other tools known to remove Windows Efficiency Console: