Windows Risk Minimizer
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|Threat Level:||100 % (High)|
|First Seen:||March 13, 2012|
|Last Seen:||January 8, 2020|
Windows Risk Minimizer belongs to the FakeVimes family of rogue security programs. Windows Risk Minimizer belongs to a recent batch of clones of the FakeVimes family, a family of rogue security programs that started its activities back to 2009. Windows Risk Minimizer and its clones attempt to scam computer users by inducing them to believe that their PCs are infected with malware and then convincing them to purchase bogus security programs.
Some members of the FakeVimes family of rogue security programs 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.
However, the batch that includes Windows Risk Minimizer is particularly malicious because Windows Risk Minimizer tends to be accompanied by a ZeroAccess rootkit infection, a malware infection designed to prevent removal and detection of Windows Risk Minimizer that is quite difficult to remove. In fact, Windows Risk Minimizer will usually require a specialized rootkit removal tool in order to be cleaned out effectively. Windows Risk Minimizer itself, however, is not particularly difficult to remove. Since PC security researchers have been keeping tabs on the FakeVimes family and its clones for several years, dealing with this malware threat should be within the reach of any competent security application. Members of the FakeVimes family of malware tend to use executable files with names composed of three random letters. This recent batch of clones tends to use executable files named 'protector-xxx', where xxx are three random letters, with an EXE extension.
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Despite Its Age, the Windows Risk Minimizer Scam is Essentially the Same
Although there are slight differences in the interface and names between Windows Risk Minimizer and its many clones, the way Windows Risk Minimizer carries its attack is basically unchanged from versions of this malware threat dating back to 2009. The attack is simple: first, Windows Risk Minimizer makes the necessary changes to the Windows Registry and system settings that allow Windows Risk Minimizer to display error messages that appear authentic as well as starting up automatically whenever the victim starts up Windows. Then, Windows Risk Minimizer will display intrusive bogus error messages and a fake system scan and report claiming the presence of numerous malware threats. Finally, Windows Risk Minimizer will claim that the only way to remove these nonexistent threats is by paying for a license to use Windows Risk Minimizer in its fake 'full version.' Since Windows Risk Minimizer is malware itself, Windows Risk Minimizer should instead be removed with a reliable anti-malware program.
SpyHunter Detects & Remove Windows Risk Minimizer
Windows Risk Minimizer 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.
|4.||%CommonPrograms%\Windows Risk Minimizer.lnk|
|5.||%DesktopDir%\Windows Risk Minimizer.lnk|