Windows Efficiency Kit

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 100 % (High)
Infected Computers: 1
First Seen: January 25, 2014
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Windows Efficiency Kit is a rogue security program that belongs to the FakeVimes family of threats. There are dozens of variants of Windows Efficiency Kit, all belonging to this threat family. Rogue security applications like Windows Efficiency Kit carry out a well known online strategy that consists in tricking computer users into purchasing a bogus license for a fake security application. Windows Efficiency Kit is designed to resemble a legitimate security program but actually has no way of detecting or removing threats. This is all part of a dishonest tactic which objective is to steal your money. If Windows Efficiency Kit is installed on your computer, PC security researchers recommend the use of a real anti-malware application that is fully up-to-date to remove Windows Efficiency Kit and any potentially threatening components associated with Windows Efficiency Kit.

Windows Efficiency Kit isn’t Capable of Offering Any Benefit to Your PC

Most rogue security programs from the FakeVimes family follow a similar process when infecting a computer and Windows Efficiency Kit is no exception. A typical Windows Efficiency Kit tactic may have the following steps:

  1. Windows Efficiency Kit is usually installed using threat-distribution methods such as attack websites or social engineering.
  2. Once Windows Efficiency Kit is installed, Windows Efficiency Kit makes harmful changes to the affected computer's settings that allow Windows Efficiency Kit to take over the infected computer.
  3. Windows Efficiency Kit runs automatically as soon as the computer user logs into Windows, displaying a bogus threat scan of the infected computer. This 'scan' will always claim that Windows Efficiency Kit found a large number of threats on the victim's computer.
  4. Windows Efficiency Kit will also pester computer users with a large number of pop-up messages, browser notifications and fake error messages, all claiming that the victim's computer is infected with threats.
  5. Windows Efficiency Kit may also cause numerous problems that are commonly associated with threats, such as poor system performance and blocked access to the infected computer's files.
  6. When the computer user tries to use Windows Efficiency Kit to fix these supposed threats, Windows Efficiency Kit will claim that it is necessary to pay for a 'full version' of Windows Efficiency Kit, which is equally useless as the 'free version'.

There are countless variants of rogue security programs on the FakeVimes family and among them are Virus Melt, Presto TuneUp, Fast Antivirus 2009, Extra Antivirus, Windows Security Suite, Smart Virus Eliminator, Packed.Generic.245, Volcano Security Suite, Windows Enterprise Suite, Enterprise Suite, Additional Guard, PC Live Guard, Live PC Care, Live Enterprise Suite, Security Antivirus, My Security Wall, CleanUp Antivirus, Smart Security, Windows Protection Suite, Windows Work Catalyst.

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File System Details

Windows Efficiency Kit may create the following file(s):
# File Name MD5 Detections
1. svc-ikwl.exe ebf8174ef1d03c19f74930a1230cee77 1


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