Windows Advanced Security Center Virus is another addition to the rogue malware application of FakeVimes family. We at FixPCYourself has classified it as a fake security program. Windows Advanced Security Center similar GUI like its older version. On Surface Windows Advanced Security Center appears to be good internet security providing software but it reality it fake program intended to still your money. This application does not remove any Trojan or malware from your computer. Like any other fake program Windows Advanced Security Center displays security issues and system errors to make you to think that your computer is at risk. Windows Advanced Security Center program also shows different type scan option, antiphising and firewall option. But none of them are really present in the program itself. Rather Windows Advanced Security Center will just show you fake scan and system errors. Once the free scan is completed Windows Advanced Security Center will ask to you buy paid version of its software so that all the infected files can be moved. Do not become victim of this fake software. Windows Advanced Security Center will keep displaying alert and security warning until you remove Windows Advanced Security Center infection from your machine.
Typically Windows Advanced Security Center is spread via peer to peer applications, free movie download site, software sharing program, email attachments, social networking sites and other many malicious web sites. Sometime it hacks other good website and use it bait. Normal users thinks it Microsoft Windows product and it provides some short of Firewall protection. Most of rogue Anti-Spyware like Windows Advanced Security Center are nearly impossible to remove manually by normal user as it creates hidden and encrypted files in your machine. Normally Windows Advanced Security Center virus does not get detected by normal user unless they use reputable Antivirus software or consult with technicians. To fix your pc yourself and remove infection program like Windows Advanced Security Center simply follow these steps.


How to remove Windows Advanced Security Center Steps :

Step 1:Print out these instructions as you will need to shutdown the computer in next step.

Step 2:Now power down the Windows Advanced Security Center infected computer. And wait for 30 Seconds before you turn on

Step 3:Now please turn ON the computer and immediately keep hitting F8 until you see WINDOWS ADVANCED OPTIONS MENU as shown below.
Windows Advanced Security Center - F8 Key

Step 4:In the WINDOWS ADVANCED OPTIONS MENU, go down to the SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING using the arrow keys on the board. Then press ENTER on the keyboard. This will take your computer to Safe mode. Safe Mode will cause the display and desktop icons to appear changed. This is normal. No need to Panic as it is due to Windows Advanced Security Center.
Windows Advanced Security Center - Safe mode Option

Step 5:This, Windows Advanced Security Center, infection may change computer windows settings to use a proxy server that will not allow you to browse any pages on the Internet with Internet Explorer. We will first need to fix this as we will need to download malware removal utilities. They are safe and very reputed in Computer Industry. Now hold down the WINDOWS key and then press the R key.
Windows Advanced Security Center - Run command Prompt

Step 6:The RUN dialog box will appear. Type iexplore.exe In the RUN dialog and click OK button.
Windows Advanced Security Center - Run command Prompt

Step 7:You will see Internet Explorer. On the top navigation click TOOLS then under the sub-menu of TOOLS choose INTERNET OPTIONS as shown below.
Windows Advanced Security Center - IE Option

Step 8: Now find the CONNECTIONS tab within the INTERNET OPTIONS dialog box and click on it. Then click the LAN SETTINGS button.
Windows Advanced Security Center - LAN settings

Step 9:If there is a check-mark in the box named “Use a proxy server for your LAN”, under the PROXY SERVER section, then uncheck the box. If there is not a check mark located in the box then you can skip this step and move on to next step.
Windows Advanced Security Center - proxy

Step 10:Now hit the OK button to close the LOCAL AREA NETWORK dialog box. Then press the OK button to close the INTERNET OPTIONS dialog box.

Step 11Now we must end all the processes that belong to Windows Advanced Security Center so that it does not interfere with your ability clear your computer. Inspector-[random char].exe and Protector-[ random char].exe are the processed that needs to be stopped. To do this we need to download Rkill, developed by Bleepingcomputer to help stop the computer process of Windows Advanced Security Center. Now please hold down the WINDOWS key and the R key simultaneously to open RUN dialog box.
Windows Advanced Security Center - Run command Prompt

Step 12Now type “iexplore.exe http://www.fixpcyourself.com/rkill.com” and hit the OK button.
Windows Advanced Security Center - Rkill

Step 13:Save the Rkill.exe on your desktop. Double-click the Rkill icon and run Rkill.exe. You will see a black MS DOS dialog box. Now it will kill all the processes of Windows Advanced Security Center. It will take several minute before a Notepad file containing log information on what Rkill found will open. You may review it and close notepad file.

Step 14:Now you are ready to removal all the infection related to Windows Advanced Security Center. For the you need to Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is a very popular malware and spyware removal application. Now please hold down the WINDOWS key and the R key simultaneously to open RUN dialog box. Type “iexplore.exe http://www.fixpcyourself.com/mbam.exe” and hit the OK button.
Windows Advanced Security Center - Malwarebytes

Step 15:Save the mbam.exe on your desktop. Double-click the Malwarebytes icon and run mbam.exe. Now the SELECT SETUP LANGUAGE dialog box will appear. Select your preferred language and hit press OK button.
Windows Advanced Security Center - Malwarebytes Language

Step 16:The Malwarebytes SETUP WIZARD will show blow screen Hit the NEXT button to continue.
Windows Advanced Security Center - Malwarebytes Wizard

Step 17:Now the LICENSE AGREEMENT screen will appear as shown. Accept the agreement and hit NEXT button.
How to remove Windows Advanced Security Center - Malwarebytes License Agreement

Step 18:Now the Information screen will appear. Click on next button and continue following the steps.
How to remove Windows Advanced Security Center - Malwarebytes Information

Step 19:SELECT DESTINATION LOCATION screen will appear now. You can choose the location where Malwarebytes can be install. We recommend to choose the default location as shown then click NEXT button.
How to remove Windows Advanced Security Center - Malwarebytes Install path

Step 20:Now the SELECT START MENU FOLDER screen will appear. Let the default as it is and click NEXT button.
How to remove Windows Advanced Security Center - Malwarebytes Folder

Step 21:Now the SELECT ADDITIONAL TASKS screen will appear. If you want a Desktop Icon or Quick Launch icon then check appropriate boxes.
How to remove Windows Advanced Security Center - shortcut

Step 22:READY TO INSTALL screen will come next. Hit the INSTALL button to install Malwarebytes.
Remove Windows Advanced Security Center - Ready to Install

Step 23:In this step let the UPDATE and LAUNCH checked as it is to update the application with latest malware definition to capture all the malwares then click FINISH button.
How to remove Windows Advanced Security Center - Updates

Step 24:Once update is done then Scanner screen will launch. Make sure to select PERFORM FULL SCAN is selected to clean up Windows Advanced Security Center infection. Click on SCAN button to start the scan.
How to remove Windows Advanced Security Center - full scan

Step 25:Now choose the local drives that you want to scan from the dialog box and click SCAN button.
How to remove Windows Advanced Security Center - drive

Step 26:Be patient as the scan will take several minutes before it cleans up Windows Advanced Security Center infection. Once the scan is finished, a message box saying the scan is complete will appear. Click OK button to close the box then click SHOW RESULTS button.
How to remove Windows Advanced Security Center - drive

Step 27:From results dialog box choose REMOVE SELECTED button to remove all the infections found. Malwarebytes will also delete all of the files and registry keys affected by Windows Advanced Security Center and add them to the quarantine.
Windows Advanced Security Center - quarantine

Step 28:Malwarebytes may required you to reboot the PC to complete the removal of Windows Advanced Security Center. After completion reboot your computer Malwarebytes will be relaunched, please follow the instructions on the screen and continue the removal process. Once everything is clean out a log will be open created by Malwarebytes. Please reviewed it and closed it. Now your computer should be free of Windows Advanced Security Center. Enjoy.
Windows Advanced Security Center - Complete

Technical Details of Windows Advanced Security Center files :
You need to delete following Windows Advanced Security Center files:

%appdata%\npswf32.dll
%appdata%\Inspector-[rnd].exe
%desktopdir%\ Windows Advanced Security Center.lnk
%commonprograms%\ Windows Advanced Security Center.lnk
%CommonStartMenu%\Programs\ Windows Advanced Security Center.lnk

Also please delete Windows Advanced Security Center registry file:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_ERROR_PAGE_BYPASS_ZONE_CHECK_FOR_HTTPS_KB954312
Options\platin.exeHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System ‘DisableRegistryTools’ = 0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\_avp32.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\zapsetup3001.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Settings “ID” = 0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Windows Advanced Security Center
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\tapinstall.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\_avpcc.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run ‘Inspector’
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Windows Advanced Security Center
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\mostat.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System ‘DisableRegedit’= 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings ‘WarnOnHTTPSToHTTPRedirect’ = 0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System ‘DisableTaskMgr’ = 0
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\ashDisp.exe
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\divx.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Windows Advanced Security Center

Windows Advanced Security Center Symptoms:

Some unknown process running in background like inspector.exe and protector.exe
Inability launch browser and redirect to payment page of Windows Advanced Security Center site.
Slower PC performance PC caused by Windows Advanced Security Center Virus.
Infection Alert Messages reflecting presence of Windows Advanced Security Center virus.

14 Thoughts on “How to remove Windows Advanced Security Center

  1. Jens Gudum on February 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm said:

    Beeing a volunteer in the local Municipality helping pensioners who have problems with their PC your instruction guidance has been a great help to me.
    Many thanks
    Greetings from Denmark
    Jens

  2. Stan Miller on February 21, 2014 at 4:59 am said:

    Thanks for your help on the Fake program ” Windows Advanced Security Center “. It sure faked me out, was working on my wife’s PC ( having internet connection problem-installed new Netgear switch ) checking internet speed on bbc.com when the Windows Advanced Security Center popped up. Stupid me I clicked on it thinking it was from Microsoft as a new update for Microsoft Security Essentials. NEVER–NEVER click on any Pop-Up while on the Internet, unless you really know what it is. Need to remember that programs are updated on their own or if you manually check for updates. Thanks Again for all your help, and your instructions were very easy to follow. Only problem I had was using the RUN command: iexplore.exe http://www.fixpcyourself.com/mbam.exe. Download was timing out, went to Malwarebytes.org to get the free download. Otherwise directions and your HELP was fantastic. Will be coming back to check further in your Web Site. Thanks Again, Stan :-)

  3. I was so angry with this scam and the way it blocked my computer.
    Checked Google for a fix and saw your fix it yourself. Got to admit I was skeptical, 12 pages to fix it??!!
    Well now I’m a believer and have to say THANK YOU GUYS!!!
    I took a while for the scan from Malwarebytes but it cleaned up about 145 files of malware adware and every other ware. That some low lifecreeps, with nothing to do, working on their mother computer can come up with. Angry Moi..:)

    Thanks again.

  4. This was so simple and it really worked. Thank you for these instruction you saved me!
    To anyone that is skeptical, this site is real and these instructions are flawless!

  5. Stanley Hutt on February 2, 2014 at 4:37 pm said:

    The best “step by step” instructions I have ever experienced !!!!

    Great site !!!!!

  6. A million thanks! When I was able to get Malwarebytes on the computer, it detected 798 objects! You rock!!

  7. I cannot get past Step 14
    I am met with the following error message:
    “Internet Explorer cannot download mbam.exe from http://www.fixpcyourself.com.

    Internet Explorer was not able to open this Internet site. The requested site is either unavailable or cannot be found. Please try again later.”

    I have tried to repeat the step, and have also tried shutting down my PC and restarting the process from Step 1, but with no joy.

    Any suggestions welcome!

  8. Richard on June 23, 2012 at 8:44 am said:

    Many thanks for these excellent instructions, didn’t take too long

    Wish all PC solutions were as straight forward as this!!

    Well done!!

  9. Paola Totaro on June 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm said:

    BRILLIANT. fixed my little girl’s small samsung. She was so upset by the malaware and I didn’t believe I would be able to fix it for her. THANK YOU!!!! (a not so computer savvy mum/journalist)

  10. CURT STONE on June 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm said:

    Great job!!! It took a little while, but it worked satisfactorily and that’s what counts. Might check the grammer but otherwise it worked great. Thanks.

    Who are the morons that do stuff like this, especially using a time honored name of Windows?

  11. Perry Padro on June 10, 2012 at 10:11 pm said:

    I was infected by Virus and was able to find your site on Google. After following your 22 steps I was able to remove this virus. Thanks for providing this info.

  12. I knew this was trouble when I saw it. Thanks for the easy to find easy fix.

  13. I searched on Bing for this virus and found your site Fixpcyourself.com. Thanks for providing this information. This really worked for me.

  14. Betty Applewhite on May 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm said:

    I had no idea what this was, so I tried rebooting my computer, the first time it was just the same, and my microsoft security essentials told me that there was a threat to my computer. Then i rebooted again (for some reason) then it was all gone. Weird right? So I’m thinking the problem’s not over, I cant find anything on my computer except but still I follow your instructions and removed other files found by the software. Do you think am I safe now?

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