Remove Windows Secure Workstation

What is Windows Secure Workstation?

Windows Secure Workstation is a fake antivirus program that will look and act like genuine Microsoft Security Software. This rogue program belongs to the Rogue:Win32/FakeVimes family. It infects your system through opening spam emails and through gaps in your security system as you visit malicious websites and download infected programs and files.

Some Windows Secure Workstation screenshots:
Windows Secure Workstation
Windows Secure Workstation

Windows Secure Workstation will sometimes be undetected but will soon come up as a message that your computer currently has infected files and countless threats. Windows Secure Workstation is common in PCs who have no security software installed but as you choose to purchase this fake program, it will do nothing to protect you at all. It will send you fake messages that it has detected, contained and even killed fake infections.

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

Windows Secure Workstation will also stop the activity of legit antivirus programs and may even disable Task Manager and registry to prevent you from removing it from your system. You need dependable anti-spyware tools to remove it immediately and after complete removal, a full system scan is recommended. If you have purchased Windows Secure Workstation, you need to contact your credit card company and inform them of this fake purchase and to note any suspicious activity using your credit card account.

Associated Windows Secure Workstation System Entries and files

Windows Secure Workstation Processes

Windows Secure Workstation Files

Windows Secure Workstation Registry Entries


How to Stop Windows Secure Workstation Fake Alerts

To register Windows Secure Workstation and stop its fake warnings, use the following fake license key.

Windows Secure Workstation registration code: 0W000-000B0-00T00-E0020

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


Windows Secure Workstation 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 Secure Workstation Proxy Server

Windows Secure Workstation 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 Secure Workstation 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 Secure Workstation processes

In order to stop Windows Secure Workstation 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 Secure Workstation 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 Secure Workstation 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 Secure Workstation registry keys

To remove Windows Secure Workstation 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 Secure Workstation 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 Secure Workstation files

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

To remove Windows Secure Workstation 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 Secure Workstation 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 Secure Workstation, 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 Secure Workstation left over

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


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