WiniBlueSoft Removal Guide (Uninstall Instructions)

  • April 17, 2009
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What is WiniBlueSoft?

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WiniBlueSoft is a rogue anti-spyware program that deliberately creates fake malware files on your computer in order to trick you into thinking they are infections. These files, though, are not real executables or programs and therefore cannot harm your computer. These fake infection files are randomly made and created in your C:\Windows and C:\Windows\System32 folders and you can have as many of 600+ of these types of files created. The reason WiniBlueSoft creates these files is so that you think your computer is badly infected and then you purchase the program.

When the program is installed it will also be configured to start automatically on your computer when the you login into Windows. When the program is started it will scan your computer and display all the fake files it created as infections. These files will not be removed by WiniBlueSoft, though, until you first purchase the program. As these files are all fake, and are only being shown to scare you, please do not purchase the software.

  • WiniBlueSoft image
  • Scan results screen
  • Scan summary
  • Fake Windows Security Center
  • Recommendation from security center to purchase WiniBlueSoft
  • Fake alert stating a Spyware Object was detected
  • Fake security alert
  • Internet Explorer Hijacking
  • Infiltration Alert

When WiniBlueSoft is running you will also see a constant barrage of nag screens and fake security alerts. These alerts are being created to make it seem that you have active infections or that your computer is being attacked. In reality, though, these alerts are all scripted and will show regardless of what is running on your computer. Some of the security alerts that you will see are:

Windows Security Alerts
Your computer is infected with spyware. It could damage your critical files or expose your private data on the Internet. Click here to register your copy of WiniBlueSoft and remove spyware threats from your PC.

Infiltration Alert!
Your computer is being attacked by an Internet Virus. It could be a password-stealing attack, a trojan-dropper or similar.

Finally, WiniBlueSoft will also display a window that impersonates the Windows Security Center. This fake security center will contain links and recommendations for you to purchase WiniBlueSoft in order to protect your computer. Everything this fake Windows Security Center shows should be ignored as well. Instead, please use the removal guide below in order to remove this rogue and any of its associated malware.

Self Help Guide

This guide contains advanced information, but has been written in such a way so that anyone can follow it. Please ensure your data is backed up before proceeding. If you are uncomfortable making changes to your computer or following these steps, do not worry! Instead you can get free one-on-one help by asking in the forums.
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This removal guide may appear overwhelming due to the amount of the steps and numerous programs that will be used. It was only written this way to provide clear, detailed, and easy to understand instructions that anyone can use to remove this infection for free. Before using this guide, we suggest that you read it once and download all necessary tools to your desktop. After doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your browser window or reboot your computer.

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To terminate any programs that may interfere with the removal process we must first download the Rkill program. Rkill will search your computer for active malware infections and attempt to terminate them so that they wont interfere with the removal process. To do this, please download RKill to your desktop from the following link.

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Rkill

When at the download page, click on the Download Now button labeled iExplore.exe. When you are prompted where to save it, please save it on your desktop.

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Once it is downloaded, double-click on the iExplore.exe icon in order to automatically attempt to stop any processes associated with WiniBlueSoft and other malware. 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 a log file will open. Please review the log file and then close so you can continue with the next step. If you have 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 start again.

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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:

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
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Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including this one.

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Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup-bc.1878-2.2.1.1043.exe. This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.

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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.

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MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

We now need to enable rootkit scanning to detect the largest amount of malware that is possible with MalwareBytes. To do this, click on the Settings section at the top of the MalwareBytes application and you wil be brought to the general settings section.

Now click on the Detection and Protection settings category on the left sidebar. You will now be shown the settings MalwareBytes will use when scanning your computer.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Detection and Protection Settings Page

At this screen, please put a checkmark in the option labaled Scan for rootkits. If you do not see this option, please make sure you are using the latest version of MalwareBytes.

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Now that you have enabled rootkit scanning, click on the Scan button to go to the scan screen.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Scan Screen

Make sure Threat Scan is selected and then click on the Start Scan button. If there is an update available for Malwarebytes it will automatically download and install it before performing the scan.

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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.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

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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.

MalwareBytes Scan Results

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 steps.

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You can now exit the MBAM program.

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Now you should download HitmanPro from the following location and save it to your desktop:

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HitmanPro

When you visit the above page, please download the version that corresponds to the bit-type of the Windows version you are using.

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Once downloaded, double-click on the file named HitmanPro.exe (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or HitmanPro_x64.exe (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.

HitmanPro Start Screen

Now click on the Next button to continue with the scan process.

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You will now be at the HitmanPro setup screen. If you would like to install the 30 day trial for HitmanPro, select the Yes, create a copy of HitmanPro so I can regularly scan this computer (recommended) option. Otherwise, if you just want to scan the computer this one time, please select the No, I only want to perform a one-time scan to check this computer option.

Kickstart Setup Options

Once you have selected one of the options, please click on the Next button.

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HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for infections. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.

MalwareBytes Scan Results

You should now click on the Next button to have HitmanPro remove the detected infections. When it is done you will be shown a Removal Results screen that shows the status of the various infections that were removed. At this screen you should click on the Next button and then if prompted you should click on the Reboot button. If HitmanPro does not prompt you to reboot, please just click on the Close button.

Once your computer has has restarted or you pressed the Close button, you should now be at your Windows desktop.

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As many malware and unwanted programs 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:

How to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector

 

Your computer should now be free of the WiniBlueSoft program. If your current security solution allowed this program on your computer, you may want to consider purchasing the full-featured 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 link ed below:

Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help
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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Purchase the full-featured version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, which includes real-time protection, scheduled scanning, and website filtering, to protect yourself against these types of threats in the future!

View Associated WiniBlueSoft Files

c:\Program Files\WiniBlueSoft Software c:\Program Files\WiniBlueSoft Software\WiniBlueSoft c:\Program Files\WiniBlueSoft Software\WiniBlueSoft\always_skip.xml c:\Program Files\WiniBlueSoft Software\WiniBlueSoft\data.bin c:\Program Files\WiniBlueSoft Software\WiniBlueSoft\License.txt c:\Program Files\WiniBlueSoft Software\WiniBlueSoft\main_config.xml c:\Program Files\WiniBlueSoft Software\WiniBlueSoft\uninstall.exe c:\Program Files\WiniBlueSoft Software\WiniBlueSoft\WiniBlueSoft.exe c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\WiniBlueSoft.lnk c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\WiniBlueSoft c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\WiniBlueSoft\Homepage.lnk c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\WiniBlueSoft\Uninstall.lnk c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\WiniBlueSoft\WiniBlueSoft.lnk c:\WINDOWS\102959roz2b45.ocx c:\WINDOWS\10325virusz955.ocx c:\WINDOWS\10355h9eat227z2.cpl c:\WINDOWS\111znot-a-v5rus998.dll c:\WINDOWS\115z1vi9us3e85.ocx c:\WINDOWS\11797tzoj595.dll c:\WINDOWS\1197addwaze16915.ocx c:\WINDOWS\127b95ief305z.ocx c:\WINDOWS\12946sz5mbot79c.dll c:\WINDOWS\129cvir1z58.dll c:\WINDOWS\12bbszy5ar91941.dll c:\WINDOWS\13323w95mz1b.ocx c:\WINDOWS\135zvir1929.cpl c:\WINDOWS\1393z5or9df.ocx c:\WINDOWS\13951spzmb9t5a2.exe c:\WINDOWS\14041hackt5zl99.exe c:\WINDOWS\system32\19199hackt5zl7a1.bin c:\WINDOWS\system32\19524spyze9.exe c:\WINDOWS\system32\19544spy6fbz.ocx c:\WINDOWS\system32\19945hzcktool65b.dll c:\WINDOWS\system32\19991not-a-v5rzs1c9.exe c:\WINDOWS\system32\19z43hacktoo965f.exe c:\WINDOWS\system32\1a59dow9lozder1735.ocx c:\WINDOWS\system32\1b20z9a5se2186.bin

View Associated WiniBlueSoft Registry Information

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\WiniBlueSoft HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WiniBlueSoft HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WiniBlueSoft HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "setup2.exe" HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "WiniBlueSoft"

This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.

BleepingComputer.com can not be held responsible for problems that may occur by using this information. If you would like help with any of these fixes, you can ask for malware removal assistance in our Virus,Trojan,Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum.

If you have any questions about this self-help guide then please post those questions in our Am I infected? What do I do? and someone will help you.

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