Remove Win 8 Security System

What is Win 8 Security System?

Win 8 Security System is a fake antivirus program that belongs to the Rogue:Win32/Winwebsec family. However, this fake program is harder to remove and is very aggressive in alerting and interrupting your system to get you to purchase its full version. Anyone can get the Win 8 Security System from downloading infected data, watching videos from infected sites, downloading from torrents and even from clicking spam email and joining chat sessions.

Some Win 8 Security System screenshots:
Win 8 Security System

And just like any fake antivirus program, Win 8 Security System will imitate scans that will come up usually after you boot plus send you distressing fake messages that there was a threat detected and can infect or remove private data unless you perform a security scan right away.

Some of the Win 8 Security System fake security alerts and warnings that users may get:
Win 8 Security System Warning Spyware.IEMonster activity detected. This is spyware that attempts to steal passwords from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook and other programs. Click here to remove it immediately with Win 8 Security System.
Win 8 Security System Firewall Alert Win 8 Security System Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the internet. Internet Explorer Internet Browser is infected with SVCHOST.Stealth.Keylogger. This worm is trying to send your credit card details using Internet Explorer Internet Browser to connect to remove host.
Win 8 Security System Warning Some critical system files of your computer were modified by malicious program. It may cause system instability and data loss. Click here to block unathorised modification by removing threats. (Recommended)

Removing Win 8 Security System is harder than most malware since it uses its own rootkit to protect its files. There are codes to use to fake register the product and then after you have successfully registered it, you will need to run a reliable anti malware program. After successfully removing Win 8 Security System, you need to scan for malware one more time and then consider using a registry cleaner for your system.

Associated Win 8 Security System System Entries and files

Win 8 Security System Processes

Win 8 Security System Files

Win 8 Security System Registry Entries


How to Stop Win 8 Security System Fake Alerts

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

Win 8 Security System registration code: 8F42D6E3-FD18

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


Win 8 Security System 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 Security System Proxy Server

Win 8 Security System 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 Security System 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: Remove the Win 8 Security System rootkit

Win 8 Security System may be bundled with the TDSS rootkit. A rootkit is a program that hides the presence of malware in the system.
Kaspersky offers a free utility, TDSSKiller, that removes malware belonging to the family Rootkit.Win32.TDSS (aka Tidserv, TDSServ, Alureon).

So to find out if your system is infected with any rootkits that make Win 8 Security System hidden and very difficult to remove, follow the steps below:

  1. Download Kaspersky TDSSKiller to your desktop from the following link:
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Download link

  2. Win 8 Security System may block all executable files, so when you launch the TDSSKiller file, it will execute itself.
    So Rename tdsskiller.exe to tdsskiller.com or winlogon.exe or iexplore.exe
    Rename tdsskiller.exe

  3. After you run TDSSKiller (or the renamed version), in the welcome screen click on Start Scan.
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Start Scan

  4. TDSSKiller will now scan your computer.
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Scan Progress

  5. If any infection was found, TDSSKiller will display a screen results like the following one:
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Scan Results
    Then click on the Continue button and TDSSKiller will clean the infections.

  6. A reboot might require after disinfection. In this case, click on Reboot Computer
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Reboot Computer

  7. After the reboot, start your computer again in Safe Mode with Networking and then disable any Win 8 Security System Proxy Server (See Step 1&2).


Step 4: Stop Win 8 Security System processes

In order to stop Win 8 Security System 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 Security System 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 Security System may block all executable files, so when you launch the RogueKiller file, it will execute itself. So Rename RogueKiller.exe to RogueKiller.com 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 5: Remove Win 8 Security System registry keys

To remove Win 8 Security System 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 Security System 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 6: Remove Win 8 Security System files

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

To remove Win 8 Security System 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 Security System 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 Security System, 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 7: Check for any Win 8 Security System left over

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


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