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We tend to get a little nervous when we start seeing programs that start ‘Win’ anything and the ‘win’ doesn’t mean we’ve hit the lottery. So when we came across WinAntiSpyware, we figured be better take a look and see what was going on with it. This one, dear readers, is a doozy of a program as there are at least four versions of it floating around the Internet dating back to 2005.
Nagware, extortionware, badware, naughtyware…it doesn’t matter what you want to call WinAntiSpyware, the fact of the matter comes down to the program is a rogue anti-spyware program that throws up false and exaggerated information in a report to make you think your computer is grossly infected with viruses and other junk in an effort to make you buy the licensed version to fix your computer. The unregistered version of this program seems to be the worst culprit as it simply does its thing in the background, like launch on start up, download updates without asking, and chomp up megabytes worth of memory.
Wait my friends, there’s more! Pop-ups galore start happening as soon as the program wiggles it way onto your system and the bad part about them is that this parasitic program launches itself into scan mode ever time you ‘X’ out the box. Oh, and this program is advanced: it makes annoying siren noises when the pop up appears. Talk about rude and disturbing. The downloading of updates is a backdoor for the downloading of more malware programs. Hey, misery loves company, right? You cannot disable it when it automatically starts up and it definitely has had a hand in rewriting registry files. You may wish to check your Internet settings too. These rogue anti-spyware program love tools and toolbars and cluttering up the area with useless things.
Obviously the first thing you are going to want to do upon confirmation that you have this program on your computer – we’re going to assume here that you used a legitimate anti-spyware program like ZookaWare PC Cleaner to confirm this – is allow your anti-spyware program to remove the WinAntiSpyware program from your computer. There may some extraneous files left that you will need to remove by hand, but whatever anti-spyware program you use will tell you where to find these files on your hard drive.
Once you’ve got this off your computer, run your anti-virus program. Ten to one says WinAntiSpyware got onto your system piggybacking a Trojan virus like Zlob. That one seems to be virus of choice for these programmers who think creating rogue anti-spyware software is fun. Make sure you delete or quarantine anything you find.
If you’re an advanced user, you can take the list of files that need to be removed and hand remove them from your system and your directory. Take care when doing it because deleting on wrong registry file and you’re going to be in big trouble. Always back up your registry just in case and make sure that your anti-virus and anti-spyware programs are always kept up to date to keep WinAntiSpyware from coming back.