Remove Windows Active Defender

What is Windows Active Defender?

Windows Active Defender is a fake software application that is categorized as a bogus anti-spyware. It belongs to the Rogue:Win32/FakeVimes family. And just like any other bogus anti-spyware applications, it gets in your PC via Trojans or from visiting corrupted web sites and downloading malicious software programs. A user can also manually set up a free unregistered version of Windows Active Defender as a free trial but once it has been set up will wreck havoc in your registry. It will make up corrupted files and will notify you of phony risks.

Some Windows Active Defender screenshots:
Windows Active Defender
Windows Active Defender

Windows Active Defender will run fraud scans and provide alerts that it has successfully gotten rid of or stopped an attack just to make you feel confident about the software program. Windows Active Defender will also recommend you to buy the complete registered version every time it leaves a notification that your system is infected by viruses, hackers, malwares and many more.

Some of the Windows Active Defender fake security alerts and warnings that users may get:
Error Attempt to run a potentially dangerous script detected. Full system scan is highly recommended.
Error Attempt to modify registry key entries detected. Registry entry analysis is recommended.

When you have set up Windows Active Defender free trial version ignore all warnings and threat messages that it provides. If you have used your credit card to buy Windows Active Defender, you need to contact your credit card company to inform them of this fake buy.

Associated Windows Active Defender System Entries and files

Windows Active Defender Processes

Windows Active Defender Files

Windows Active Defender Registry Entries


How to Stop Windows Active Defender Fake Alerts

To register Windows Active Defender and stop its fake warnings, use the following fake license key.

Windows Active Defender registration code: 0W000-000B0-00T00-E0020

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


Windows Active Defender 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 Windows Active Defender Proxy Server

Windows Active Defender 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 Windows Active Defender 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 Windows Active Defender processes

In order to stop Windows Active Defender 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 Windows Active Defender 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. Windows Active Defender 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 4: Remove Windows Active Defender registry keys

To remove Windows Active Defender 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 Windows Active Defender 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 Windows Active Defender files

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

To remove Windows Active Defender 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 Windows Active Defender 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 Windows Active Defender, 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 Windows Active Defender left over

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


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