Remove Windows Antivirus Release

What is Windows Antivirus Release?

Windows Antivirus Release 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 Rogue:Win32/FakeVimes malware family. Windows Antivirus Release will imitate the functions of genuine antivirus software. Windows Antivirus Release uses Trojans to sneak into your PC without you knowing it, even without your consent.

Some Windows Antivirus Release screenshots:
Windows Antivirus Release
Windows Antivirus Release

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. Windows Antivirus Release 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 Windows Antivirus Release 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.
Warning Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the Internet C:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe is suspected to have infected your PC. This type of virus intercepts entered data and transmits them to a remote server.

The first time you notice Windows Antivirus Release 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 Windows Antivirus Release System Entries and files

Windows Antivirus Release Processes

Windows Antivirus Release Files

Windows Antivirus Release Registry Entries


How to Stop Windows Antivirus Release Fake Alerts

To register Windows Antivirus Release and stop its fake warnings, use the following fake license key.

Windows Antivirus Release registration code: 0W000-000B0-00T00-E0020

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


Windows Antivirus Release 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 Antivirus Release Proxy Server

Windows Antivirus Release 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 Antivirus Release 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 Antivirus Release processes

In order to stop Windows Antivirus Release 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 Antivirus Release 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 Antivirus Release 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 Antivirus Release registry keys

To remove Windows Antivirus Release 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 Antivirus Release 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 Antivirus Release files

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

To remove Windows Antivirus Release 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 Antivirus Release 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 Antivirus Release, 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 Antivirus Release left over

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


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