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Windows Advanced Security Center Removal Process (remove WindowsAdvancedSecurityCenter)

May 22, 2012 – 8:36 am
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Windows Advanced Security Center is far from being advanced especially when it is taxed with the task of removing malware from a Windows PC. Windows Advanced Security Center is a fake security program that attempts to mimic the operation of known malware removers on the software market. Windows Advanced Security Center should not be trusted even though it looks as if it has found all types of threats on a system. Windows Advanced Security Center will even go as far as to offer a solution to remove the so-called detected threats only if a PC user purchases a registered copy of the Windows Advanced Security Center program. PC users might as well throw away about $60 or more if they purchase Windows Advanced Security Center because it is nothing more than a scam laden program. Windows Advanced Security Center wont remove malware under any conditions.

Are you getting popups from Windows Advanced Security Center? Have you identified that you have Windows Advanced Security Center installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Windows Advanced Security Center completely from your computer?

Why should you remove Windows Advanced Security Center?

If Windows Advanced Security Center resides on your computer, it can potentially damage your personal files or you may end up losing data stored on your system. Research has shown that Windows Advanced Security Center may have the ability to make your computer vulnerable to remote attacks which could result, initially, in loss of money, possibly identity theft, and, eventually, a painstaking Windows Advanced Security Center removal process.

How can you manually remove Windows Advanced Security Center

Manual removal of Windows Advanced Security Center may not be for everyone. Each manual Windows Advanced Security Center removal step must be followed delicately to completely remove all related files and registry entries from your computer. If you are unsure or have doubts about editing your system registry, then we recommend that you use the automatic Windows Advanced Security Center removal process.

Windows Advanced Security Center can be removed manually by following the steps below.

  1. With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
  2. Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
  3. Locate Windows Advanced Security Center in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Windows Advanced Security Center, you can continue to step 5.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
  6. Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
  7. Find all of the following registry entries and delete them. If you do not know how to do this, then you can read how to edit the registry in Windows.

    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
  8. You may need to return to this removal process for removing Windows Advanced Security Center. You can do this easily by bookmarking or adding a favorite to this page by clicking here. If you are using the FireFox web browser you can press the keys Ctrl and D simultaneously to bookmark this page.

    Image 1. Bookmark PCHubs removal process

    bookmark-add-favorite

  9. Delete all of the following files that are associated with Windows Advanced Security Center from your computer.

    %AppData%\NPSWF32.dll
    %AppData%\Protector-{RANDOM 3 CHARACTERS}.exe
    %AppData%\Protector-{RANDOM 4 CHARACTERS}.exe
    %StartMenu%\Windows Advanced Security Center.lnk

    If you need a better understanding on how to search for these files then you can read how to find and search for files and folders here.

    If you have issues deleting any of the previously listed files that are associated with Windows Advanced Security Center, you can try rebooting your computer into safe mode. Booting into safe mode may allow certain malicious files to be deleted. If you are wondering how to boot into safe mode, you can read our process for starting a computer in safe mode here.

    Image 2. Select "Safe Mode with Networking"

    safe-mode

  10. After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with Windows Advanced Security Center by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Windows Advanced Security Center folder, select it, and delete it. In some cases you may not be able to find this directory. You can still continue to the next step.

  11. Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed Windows Advanced Security Center completely from your computer. If you find that Windows Advanced Security Center is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Windows Advanced Security Center removal process.

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