Description of Pw.exe consequences of its residing on your PC
Pw.exe is a system name for so called multi-rogue or fake Windows Update. It is known to replace av.exe that, in its turn, is a system name for similar fake antispyware that takes different names.If you are going to remove Pw.exe, do not forget of other components of the adware. Their deletion is critical for improvement of system performance, no matter that, in general, deleting the executable destroys the tricky software. Click here to run free system examination for rogue executables and other security or privacy issues and delete them as appropriate.
Pw.exe Technical Details
- Full name: Pw.exe
- Version: 2011
- Type: Rogue anti-spyware
- Origin: Russian federation
Signs of being infected with Pw.exe:
There are three basic groups of names that the executable may bear. According to the design of its authors, the name is selected partially randomly and partially to comply with system name. For example, for Win 7 system, the names that include such entries as XP and Vista are not available. That limits random choice to the set of names with Win 7 component only, e.g. Win 7 Antispyware, Win 7 Security, Win 7 Guard, Win 7 Internet Security 2011 etc.
Once the rogue executable is introduced, its first business is to examine host system. The most important info to obtain is system version so that download and installation of the adware with appropriate name could be initiated. In addition to that, system configuration is analyzed and is modified to ensure automatic startup of the adware and its authorization to block other applications. The first notification produced by the executable is the alert informing of successful installation of Windows Update.
Then the adware is ready to annoy users with dozens of different alerts. The alerts name different reasons for system deterioration referring to particular threats, for instance, so and so keylogger, as well as displaying alerts of general meaning, e.g. as follows:
Your system security is in danger…”
The alerts create a background for scan window and nag screens produced by the executable. Nag screens are titled with the name used in the current case with remark that the version is unregistered. In order to get rid of Pw.exe regardless of the name used in the GUI it generates, click here to run free system scan by reliable antivirus software.
Automatic Removal of Pw.exe from your PC:
Without a doubt, introduction of the malicious exe file has made your computer system vulnerable for other viruses. In the other hand, the very fact of its introduction means that the system has already been vulnerable before Pw.exe has been downloaded in more or less tricky way.
Click the link below to fix system vulnerabilities and get rid of Pw.exe.
Manual Removal of Pw.exe:
Subject to the system infected different techniques for files search are to be applied. Manual deletion of Pw.exe implies that a user intending to delete the file manually is, at least, capable of finding files by name. If the file is reported as unavailable for deletion due to running process, launch Task Manager and find Pw.exe process in the Process tab, then end the process.
Remove Pw.exe files and dll’s:
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\opRSK
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\pw.exe
%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\MSASCui.exe
Unregister Pw.exe registry values:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\pw.exe” /START “%1″ %*
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\pezfile\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\pw.exe” /START “%1″ %*
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\pw.exe” /START “%1″ %*
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\pezfile\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\pw.exe” /START “%1″ %*
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\pw.exe” /START “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\FIREFOX.EXE\shell\safemode\command “(Default)” = “%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\pw.exe” /START “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” -safe-mode
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\IEXPLORE.EXE\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\pw.exe” /START “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center “AntiVirusOverride” = “1″
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center “FirewallOverride” = “1″