Remove Win 8 Defender 2013

What is Win 8 Defender 2013?

Win 8 Defender 2013 is a rogue antivirus program that was developed to trick users on thinking that their system is being attacked by a virus or any kind of menacing threat. It is from the Win32/FakeRean malware family. Win 8 Defender 2013 will imitate the functions of genuine antivirus software. Win 8 Defender 2013 uses Trojans to sneak into your PC without you knowing it, even without your consent.

Some Win 8 Defender 2013 screenshots:
Win 8 Defender 2013

You will notice that the malware will perform a scan every time you boot your system; it will perform a fake scan and give you fake messages that your PC has to be protected from an impending threat. Win 8 Defender 2013 will advise you to register and purchase the full version of the program and if you ever provide your personal information and credit card information, you have already funded cyber criminal activity.

Some of the Win 8 Defender 2013 fake security alerts and warnings that users may get:
Win 8 Defender 2013 Alert System Integrity Check Warning! Sensitive data may be sent over your internet connection right now! Threat: Trojan-PSW.Win32.Antigen.A
Win 8 Defender 2013 Firewall Alert Win 8 Defender 2013 has blocked a program from accessing the internet Internet Explorer is infected with Trojan-BNK.Win32.Keylogger.gen Private data can be stolen by third parties, including credit card details and passwords.
Win 8 Defender 2013 Alert Security Hole Detected! A program is trying to exploit Windows security holes! Passwords and sensitive data may be stolen. Do you want to block this attack?

The first time you notice Win 8 Defender 2013 scans and messages on your system, you need to remove it right away. A trusted anti malware tool will remove it completely plus you need to perform a full system scan to detect any damaged files or leftover files that the malware has left in your system. It is also very important to use updated antivirus and anti malware software as well.

Associated Win 8 Defender 2013 System Entries and files

Win 8 Defender 2013 Processes

Win 8 Defender 2013 Files

Win 8 Defender 2013 Registry Entries

How to Stop Win 8 Defender 2013 Fake Alerts

To register Win 8 Defender 2013 and stop its fake warnings, use the following fake license key.

Win 8 Defender 2013 registration code: 3425-814615-3990 or 9443-077673-5028

NOTE: this code will NOT remove Win 8 Defender 2013 from your computer, it will JUST stop the annoying alerts and messages.

Win 8 Defender 2013 Removal Instructions

Step 1: Reboot in Safe Mode with Networking

To restart your computer in Safe Mode with networking:

  1. Restart your computer.

  2. When you see the computer manufacturer's logo, press and hold the F8 key.

  3. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Networking, and then press Enter.
    Safe Mode with Networking Screen

  4. Log on to your computer with a user account that has administrator rights.

Step 2: Disable Win 8 Defender 2013 Proxy Server

Win 8 Defender 2013 may add a proxy to its package. Its goal is to get the information through the Web connection (password etc).
It also helps to block the connection to certain sites (eg malware removal help sites) or to block the download of trustworthy antispyware and antivirus programs.

The following steps reset the Internet Explorer proxy settings in the Windows registry so that you can access the Internet again:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (Keyboard Shortcut: Windows logo + R)

  2. Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box:

    Run dialog box

  3. Click OK.

  4. click Start, and then click Run.

  5. Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box:

  6. Click OK.

Now that you have disabled Win 8 Defender 2013 proxy server, you will be able to browse the web again with Internet Explorer.

  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (Keyboard Shortcut: Windows logo + R)

  2. Type in iexplore.exe.
    Run iexplore.exe

Step 3: Stop Win 8 Defender 2013 processes

In order to stop Win 8 Defender 2013 from interfering with our removal procedure, we need to end and kill its processes. For this, we will use a FREE powerful utility called RogueKiller.

RogueKiller (by Tigzy) is a tool written in C++, which scans the running processes, and kills those which are malicious. This tool was developed based on speed execution, which will clean the running processes before being killed.

To terminate Win 8 Defender 2013 process:

  1. Always in Safe Mode Download RogueKiller to your desktop from the following link:

    RogueKiller Download link
    RogueKiller Setup Icon
    RogueKiller is a portable application, so you don't need to install anything.

  2. Win 8 Defender 2013 may block all executable files, so when you launch the RogueKiller file, it will execute itself. So Rename RogueKiller.exe to or winlogon.exe or iexplore.exe

  3. At this point a "pre-scan" will complete and stop any malicious process. Also a list of options will appear along the right-hand side.
    RogueKiller Pre-Scan

Step 4: Remove Win 8 Defender 2013 registry keys

To remove Win 8 Defender 2013 malicious registry entries, we will need RogueKiller again.
RogueKiller also checks for rogue Registry entries, rogue drivers, and Master Boot Record (MBR) issues, so rootkits will be cut.
RogueKiller can also fix and restore a Host file, delete any Proxy entries, repair shortcut problems and unhide files.

CAUTION: This tool is not for beginners. In this step we will ONLY use the Registry tab.

To Delete Win 8 Defender 2013 Registry entries:

  1. Always in Safe Mode run a scan, open RogueKiller and click on Scan.
    RogueKiller Scan Progress

  2. After a while, you should see a screen with scan results like the following one:
    RogueKiller Scan Results

  3. Click on the Registy tab, then click on the Delete button.
    RogueKiller Delete Registry Entries

Don't Reboot you computer yet, please stay in Safe Mode.

Step 5: Remove Win 8 Defender 2013 files

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is simply the best known FREE malware removal tools online.

To remove Win 8 Defender 2013 files:

  1. Download Malwarebytes to your desktop from the following link:
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download link
    MBAM Setup Icon

  2. Just Follow the easy setup process. Do not make any changes to the default settings
    When the setup is finished, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked.
    You can check or uncheck the Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO as the malware removal is FREE.
    Then click on the Finish button. If Malwarebytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard

  3. When Malwarebytes is launched, it will ask you to update the databse. Just click OK.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Updating

  4. On the Scanner tab,select Quick scan and then click on the Scan.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan Screen

  5. When the scan is finished a message box will appear, click OK to continue.
    Then the screen results will show the various malware infections including Win 8 Defender 2013 that Malwarebytes has found on your computer.
    the image below is just an example, your results will be different.
    Click on the Remove Selected button.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan Results Screen

  6. After Malwarebytes has finished the removal of Win 8 Defender 2013, you will get a message stating that you need to reboot your computer.
    Just Do so, and restart your computer in Normal Mode.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Reboot Message

Step 6: Check for any Win 8 Defender 2013 left over

To make sure that your computer is now completely free of Win 8 Defender 2013, redo a Malwarebytes scan in Normal Mode.
After your are finished, Reboot your PC as asked by Malwarebytes anti-malware.


Sarah MelbenchI am Sarah Melbench and I am an Anti-Malware Enthusiast! I created this website to spread the word about the lastest malware infections. I write guides and tutorials about malware removal as well as reviews of anti-malware programs.Follow me on G+

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