Win 7 Defender 2013 is a computer infection from the
family of rogue
programs. This program is classified as a rogue because it appears to be a legitimate anti-virus program, but in reality displays fake scan results, hijacks your computer so that you unable to run your normal applications, and displays a constant barrage of fake security warnings from your Windows taskbar. Win 7 Defender 2013 is spread via web sites that pretend to be online anti-malware scanners that prompt you to download and install this infection. It is also spread through hacked web sites that install this malware on your computer by exploiting vulnerabilities in your installed programs.
When installed, Win 7 Defender 2013 does not automatically start when you login to Windows. Instead it makes changes to the Windows Registry so that when you launch any executable on your computer, the rogue will be started instead. When the rogue is started it will then terminate any known security programs in order to protect itself from being removed.
Win 7 Defender 2013 screen shot
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While running, this rogue will also display fake security warnings from the Windows taskbar. These warnings are meant to scare you into thinking your computer is severely infected or under attack so that you will then purchase the program. Some of the warnings that you may see include:
Tracking software found!
Your PC activity is being monitored. Possible spyware infection. Your data security may be compromised. Sensitive data can be stolen. Prevent damage now by completing a security scan.
Beware! Spyware infection was found. Your system security is at risk. Private information may get stolen, and your PC activity may get monitored. Click for an anti-spyware scan.
Win 7 Defender 2013 Alert
Unknown programs is scanning your system registry right now! Identity theft detected!
Just like the fake scan results, these security warnings are all fake and should be ignored.
Without a doubt, Win 7 Defender 2013 was created to scare you into thinking you are infected so that you will then purchase the program. For no reason should you purchase Win 7 Defender 2013, and if you already have,
please contact your credit card company and dispute the charges stating that
the program is fraudulent and a computer virus. To remove Win 7 Defender 2013 and other
related malware, please use the free removal guide below.
View Win 7 Defender 2013 files.
View Win 7 Defender 2013 Registry Information.
Tools Needed for this fix:
10/01/12 - Initial guide creation.
Automated Removal Instructions for Win 7 Defender 2013 using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:
- Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that
is open later in the fix.
- Reboot your computer into Safe Mode with Networking. To
do this, turn your computer off and then back on and immediately when you
see anything on the screen, start tapping the F8 key on your
keyboard. Eventually you will be brought to a menu similar to the one below:
Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, select Safe Mode with Networking
and press Enter on your keyboard. If you are having trouble
entering safe mode, then please use the following tutorial: How
to start Windows in Safe Mode
Windows will now boot into safe mode with networking and prompt you to login
as a user. Please login as the same user you were previously logged in with
in the normal Windows mode. Then proceed with the rest of the steps.
- Now we must first end the processes that belong to
Win 7 Defender 2013
and clean up some Registry settings so they do not interfere with the cleaning
procedure. To do this, please download RKill to your desktop from the following
Download Link - (Download page will open in a new tab or browser window.)
When at the download page, scroll down and click on the click on the link labeled Rkill.com download link. When you are prompted where to save it, please save it on your desktop.
- Once it is downloaded, double-click on the
icon in order to automatically attempt to stop any processes associated
Win 7 Defender 2013
and other Rogue programs. Please be patient while the program looks for various
malware programs and ends them. When it has finished, the black window will
automatically close and you can continue with the next step. If you get a
message that RKill is an infection, do not be concerned. This message is just
a fake warning given by
Win 7 Defender 2013
when it terminates programs that may potentially remove it. If you run into
these infections warnings that close RKill, a trick is to leave the warning
on the screen and then run RKill again. By not closing the warning, this typically
will allow you to bypass the malware trying to protect itself so that rkill
Win 7 Defender 2013
. So, please try running RKill until the malware is no longer running. You
will then be able to proceed with the rest of the guide. If you continue
having problems running RKill, you can download the other renamed versions
of RKill from the rkill
download page. All of the files are renamed copies of RKill, which you
can try instead. Please note that the download page will open in a new browser
window or tab.
Do not reboot your computer after running RKill as the malware programs will
- At this point you should download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, to scan your computer for any any infections or adware that may be present. Please download Malwarebytes from the following
location and save it to your desktop:
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (Download page will open in a new window)
- Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including
- Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe.
This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.
- When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue
with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings
and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave Launch
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button. If MalwareBytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.
- MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.
Please click on the Scan Now button to start the scan. If there is an update available for Malwarebytes it will automatically download and install it before performing the scan.
- MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can
take quite a while, so we suggest you do something else and periodically
check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.
- When MBAM is finished scanning it will display a screen that displays any malware that it has detected. Please note that the infections found may be different
than what is shown in the image below due to the guide being updated for newer versions of MBAM.
You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove
all the seleted malware. MBAM will now delete all of the files and registry
keys and add them to the programs quarantine. When removing the files, MBAM
may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message
stating that it needs to reboot, please allow it to do so. Once your computer
has rebooted, and you are logged in, please continue with the rest of the
- You can now exit the MBAM program.
- As many rogues and other malware are installed through vulnerabilities found
in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use
Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer. A tutorial on
how to use Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs can be found here:
detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector
Your computer should now be free of the Win 7 Defender 2013 program. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.
If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below:
Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help
View Associated Win 7 Defender 2013 Files
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe "(Default)" = "<random characters>"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "%LocalAppData%\<random 3 characters>.exe" -a "%1" %*"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command "IsolatedCommand" = ""%1" %*"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\runas\command "(Default)" = ""%1" %*"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\runas\command "IsolatedCommand" = ""%1" %*"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\<random characters> "(Default)" = "Application"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\<random characters> "Content Type" = "application/x-msdownload"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\<random characters>\DefaultIcon "(Default)" = "%1"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\<random characters>\shell\open\command "(Default)" = ""%LocalAppData%\<random 3 characters>.exe" -a "%1" %*"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\<random characters>\shell\open\command "IsolatedCommand" = ""%1" %*"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\<random characters>\shell\runas\command "(Default)" = ""%1" %*"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\<random characters>\shell\runas\command "IsolatedCommand" = ""%1" %*"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "%LocalAppData%\<random 3 characters>.exe" -a "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\safemode\command "(Default)" = "%LocalAppData%\<random 3 characters>.exe" -a "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -safe-mode
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "%LocalAppData%\<random 3 characters>.exe" -a "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"
File Location Notes:
%LocalAppData% refers to the current users Local settings Application Data folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Local Settings\Application Data for Windows 2000/XP. For Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 it is C:\Users\<Current User>\AppData\Local.
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