Remove Windows Home Patron

What is Windows Home Patron?

Windows Home Patron 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 by using Trojans or from visiting corrupted sites and downloading malicious software programs. A user can also manually set up a free unregistered version of Windows Home Patron 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 Home Patron screenshots:
Windows Home Patron
Windows Home Patron

Windows Home Patron will run fraud scans and provide alerts that it has successfully eliminated or stopped an attack just to make you feel confident about the application. Windows Home Patron will also recommend you to pay for the total registered version every time it leaves a notification that your system is infected by viruses, hackers, malwares and many more.

Some of the Windows Home Patron fake security alerts and warnings that users may get:
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.
Error Trojan activity detected. System data security is at risk. It is recommended to activate protection and run a full system scan.

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

Associated Windows Home Patron System Entries and files

Windows Home Patron Processes

Windows Home Patron Files

Windows Home Patron Registry Entries


How to Stop Windows Home Patron Fake Alerts

To register Windows Home Patron and stop its fake warnings, use the following fake license key.

Windows Home Patron registration code: 0W000-000B0-00T00-E0020

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


Windows Home Patron 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 Home Patron Proxy Server

Windows Home Patron 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 Home Patron 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 Home Patron processes

In order to stop Windows Home Patron 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 Home Patron 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 Home Patron 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 Home Patron registry keys

To remove Windows Home Patron 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 Home Patron 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 Home Patron files

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

To remove Windows Home Patron 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 Home Patron 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 Home Patron, 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 Home Patron left over

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


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