Win Antispyware Center is a rogue anti-spyware that aggressively sells itself to users by showing fake threat reports and scan results. Win Antispyware Center gets installed on a user’s computer through fake websites that install a Trojan. Once installed, Win Antispyware Center starts to display fake pop-ups, claiming that the integrity of the system has been compromised due to the presence of dangerous spyware. Its GUI is extremely authentic-looking, and starts conducting fake scans as soon as it is open, flagging legitimate user programs as viruses and spyware. It also tries to convince the user that the currently installed ‘trial’ version is not sufficient to remove these threats, and that the user should pay for ‘activation’ of Win Antispyware Center. It should be noted that the ‘full’ version of Win Antispyware Center, once purchased, has no capability whatsoever to clean your computer and this is a trick that you should never fall for.

AntiSpyware Center

The following sections outline how to remove Win Antispyware Center. In order to delete Win Antispyware Center, you need to stop its processes, delete its files and folders and remove its registry entries.

File Removal Procedures

The first step in the process of Win Antispyware removal is to kill the following process:

  • av.exe

The next step in Win Antispyware Center removal is the deletion of the following files and folders:

  • C:\Program Files\WinAntispywareCenter\
  • C:\Program Files\WinAntispywareCenter\av.exe

After these steps have been completed, your computer’s hard disk no longer contains any instances of Win Antispyware Center. While according to most major antivirus companies it is widely known that rogue security software is distributing as a set of multiple individual components it is recommended to scan the entire PC using legitimate security tools such as Spyware Doctor with Antivirus in order to make sure that there are no additional infections present.

Registry Removal Procedures

File deletion alone is not sufficient to completely remove Win Antispyware Center. The following keys and settings should be removed from the registry for complete Win Antispyware Center removal:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Win Antispyware Center
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\secfile
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “C:\Program Files\WinAntispywareCenter\av.exe” /START “%1″ %*
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Win Antispyware Center”
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Win Antispyware Center”

Now it is safe to say that your computer is completely safe from Win Antispyware Center.

Conclusion

Even if you have a good knowledge on how to remove Win Antispyware Center, you should not attempt to do it manually if you are an inexperienced computer user. Any mistake made during removal could cause untold damage to the operating system. Therefore it is recommended to use a legitimate antivirus application such as Spyware Doctor with Antivirus or web-based repair service such as www.onlinecomputerrepair.org for safe and complete Win Antispyware Center removal.

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