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Windows Attacks Defender Removal Process (remove WindowsAttacksDefender)

March 2, 2012 – 10:16 am
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Windows Attacks Defender is a bogus security application for the PC. The avenues of Windows Attacks Defender end with a computer user falling for its tricks and wasting money on a registered version of Windows Attacks Defender. Registering Windows Attacks Defender is a big mistake and will not enable Windows Attacks Defender to detect and remove malware from a PC despite its claim. Windows Attacks Defender is not a good choice for defending your PC against malware attacks no matter how enticing the interface of Windows Attacks Defender may look. It is best to just remove Windows Attacks Defender with an antimalware program.

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

Why should you remove Windows Attacks Defender?

If Windows Attacks Defender 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 Attacks Defender 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 Attacks Defender removal process.

How can you manually remove Windows Attacks Defender

Manual removal of Windows Attacks Defender may not be for everyone. Each manual Windows Attacks Defender 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 Attacks Defender removal process.

Windows Attacks Defender 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 Attacks Defender in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Windows Attacks Defender, 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\Run!Inspector
  8. You may need to return to this removal process for removing Windows Attacks Defender. 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 Attacks Defender from your computer.

    %AppData%\NPSWF32.dll
    %AppData%\Protector-oak.exe
    %CommonPrograms%\Windows Attacks Defender.lnk
    %DesktopDir%\Windows Attacks Defender.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 Attacks Defender, 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 Attacks Defender by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Windows Attacks Defender 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 Attacks Defender completely from your computer. If you find that Windows Attacks Defender is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Windows Attacks Defender removal process.

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