Windows Antivirus Master is another clone of the rogue anti-virus software deceiving strategy that pretends to be a legitimate security tool and attempts to make you pay for its upgrade. Windows Antivirus Master is cloned out of Windows Efficiency Master (or vice versa) as the two exhibit similar traits and were unearthed at about the same time. Windows Antivirus Master infects your computer through stealth methods and sets out to disable security utilities to evade detection. Windows Antivirus Master also disrupts the workings of legitimate security software installed on the affected system. After throwing a series of bogus security alerts, Windows Antivirus Master starts pushing its victim to purchase its so-called upgraded version so that the purported security threats may be removed. In reality, the threats are imaginary, and the system scans are mere simulations designed to look like legitimate anti-malware software. The best solution is to use legitimate anti-malware software to delete Windows Antivirus Master.
The Risks Presented by Windows Antivirus Master’s Presence
Besides disrupting a computer’s functionality, Windows Antivirus Master poses several other security risks:
- False sense of security: Windows Antivirus Master continually assures its victims that Windows Antivirus Master is a legitimate security tool that is beneficial from a security perspective.
- Loss of money: If you succumb to the incessant warnings displayed by the rogue anti-virus program and pay for the non-existent upgrade, you will get nothing in return and instead lose your money.
- Loss of personal info: Victims of rogue anti-malware programs may become victims of identity theft as well. Paying for Windows Antivirus Master usually requires you to submit your credit card details, which may eventually be stolen by the perpetrators of Windows Antivirus Master.
- Permanent damage to your computer: When threatening programs such as Windows Antivirus Master infect your computer, they may modify registry entries so as to assume absolute control of the system. Modifying the registry may permanently damage the computer.
Ways to Avoid been Infected by Windows Antivirus Master
Never fall for pop-up alerts from obscure security programs. Sometimes, an infection starts as a free or partially free offer to scan your computer. If you have protection of a trusted security suite, ignore any offers from ‘unknown security software’. Maintain all your PC software in ‘current’ state, including third-party software, operating system software, and the Web browser, among others. Check for available updates regularly. Ideally, you should enable automatic updates for all software on your computer. Be selective with the software you install especially if it is free. Not all free software is harmful, but many harmful programs are distributed freely. You need to install reliable security software on your machine, but merely having it on your computer is not enough. Ensure that it is always up-to-date.
How to Delete Windows Antivirus Master
If you had installed security software on your computer but still got infected, it means that the security software was outdated, or it was not strong enough to detect Windows Antivirus Master. So you need to restart your computer via a bootable device and then download a new security suite to delete Windows Antivirus Master. Change all your login details after removing Windows Antivirus Master.
Are you getting popups from Windows Antivirus Master? Have you identified that you have Windows Antivirus Master installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Windows Antivirus Master completely from your computer?
Why should you remove Windows Antivirus Master?
If Windows Antivirus Master 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 Antivirus Master 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 Antivirus Master removal process.
How can you manually remove Windows Antivirus Master
Manual removal of Windows Antivirus Master may not be for everyone. Each manual Windows Antivirus Master 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 Antivirus Master removal process.
Windows Antivirus Master can be removed manually by following the steps below.
- With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
- Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
- Locate Windows Antivirus Master in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Windows Antivirus Master, you can continue to step 5.
- Restart your computer.
- Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
- Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
- 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.
You may need to return to this removal process for removing Windows Antivirus Master. 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.
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Delete all of the following files that are associated with Windows Antivirus Master from your computer.
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 Antivirus Master, 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"
After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with Windows Antivirus Master by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Windows Antivirus Master 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.
Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed Windows Antivirus Master completely from your computer. If you find that Windows Antivirus Master is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Windows Antivirus Master removal process.