Windows Proprietary Advisor
Since early 2012, ESG security analysts have observed a resurgence in malware infections related to the FakeVimes family of malware. This is probably due to the fact that criminals have started to bundle malware in the FakeVimes family with dangerous rootkits in the Sirefef family. Working together, these fake security programs are considerably more difficult to remove than rogue security programs belonging to previous versions of the FakeVimes family of malware. Windows Proprietary Advisor is one of the many bogus security tools released in 2012. Like its predecessors, Windows Proprietary Advisor will try to trick its victims that their machine is severely infected with malware in order to fool them into purchasing fake security applications.
The FakeVimes family of malware has been around since July of 2009 (at the very least), so there are dozens – if not hundreds – of clones of Windows Proprietary Advisor. They all tend to follow similar naming conventions and have evolved little since the first manifestation of this family of malware. However, the criminals behind the FakeVimes family of malware have evolved the social engineering tactics used to deliver these fake security programs, as well as bundling other malicious applications along with the rogue security program infection. This means that, over the years, FakeVimes-related infections have become increasingly more difficult to remove. Today, removing Windows Proprietary Advisor or any of its clones will usually require the use of a specialized anti-rootkit application in order to remove its associated rootkit component. Examples of clones of Windows Proprietary Advisor also released in 2012 include 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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Dealing with a Windows Proprietary Advisor Infection
Windows Proprietary Advisor will try to convince you that you need to 'upgrade' to a supposed full version by purchasing a registration code. While entering this registration code will stop Windows Proprietary Advisor from causing many annoying symptoms on your computer system, the infection will remain on your computer system, potentially endangering your data. You can 'register' Windows Proprietary Advisor with the code 0W000-000B0-00T00-E0020. However, you should remove Windows Proprietary Advisor entirely with the help of reliable anti-spyware software to ensure that your machine is safe. To prevent future Windows Proprietary Advisor infections, ESG security analysts recommend using a strong anti-malware scanner and being careful when browsing the Internet.
Windows Proprietary Advisor Video
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File System Details
Detections: The number of confirmed and suspected cases of a particular threat detected on infected computers as reported by SpyHunter.
|2.||%AppData%\Windows Proprietary Advisor\ScanDisk_.exe|
|3.||%Desktop%\Windows Proprietary Advisor.lnk|
|5.||%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Windows Proprietary Advisor.lnk|
|6.||%StartMenu%\Windows Proprietary Advisor.lnk|
|7.||%AppData%\Windows Proprietary Advisor\Instructions.ini|
|8.||%Programs%\Windows Proprietary Advisor.lnk|