Windows Passport Utility Virus: Remove The Threat Now

Windows Passport Utility Virus is another addition to fake Microsoft Security Essentials family of viruses. Windows Passport Utility Virus is another scare tactic program used by cyber criminals to trick unsuspecting users into paying for a fake removal software. This bogus software is designed to create security alerts, then fake system scan results, to ultimately frighten users into thinking that their computers are infected with different worms, viruses, Trojans and more.

Windows Passport Utility Virus

Alias: Windows Passport Utility Virus

Damage Level: medium

Systems Affected: Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7

The security alerts generated by the Windows Passport Utility Virus are totally fake and only want to take your money.

The Windows Passport Utility Virus infects a user’s system via a Trojan horse introduced through the internet. Users who have not updated their PC security are at high rick to these kind of Trojan infections that are used to spread the software. The Windows Passport Utility virus is designed to appear as a genuine Microsoft Security Essentials program to fool users into believing that they are using a legitimate program.

The first sign of infection is the appearance a bogus Microsoft Security Essentials pop up. This bogus alert will state that the users’ computer is infected with ‘Unknown Win32/Trojan’ and suggests a computer scan. If the user agrees to scan, a scan is performed and will state that Trojan.Horse.Win32.PAV.64 has been found and must to be eliminated. If the user is misled into believing that the fake Microsoft Security Essentials alert is real, and the user clicks ok, Windows Passport Utility Virus is downloaded and installed immediately.

Once the malicious software is installed into the computer it immediately proceeds to run another fake scan of the entire computer. The virus then proceeds to display fake results from the scan, showing the computer to be infected with numerous infections. The Windows Passport Utility Virus also displays a nevery ending stream of alerts containing warnings of various system compromises.

A Windows Passport Utility Virus fake alert:

Bogus Microsoft Security Essentials Pop Up Warning

Users are bullied into paying for a registered version of Windows Passport Utility in order to fully remove these infections. Users are led into believing that Windows Passport Utility will deliver system security, system privacy, internet security and much more. Individuals who follow the purchase instructions and pay for this useless program are giving up their credit card details to scammers.

Fictional alerts that Windows Passport Utility Virus will display:

System Security Warning
Attempt to modify register key entries is detected. Register entries analysis is recommended.

Name: firefox.exe; Name: c:program filesfirefoxfirefox.exe; Application that seems to be a key-logger is detected. System information security is at risk. It is recommended to enable the security mode and run total System scanning.

As with many other scare tactic programs, Windows Passport Utility Virus removal can be cumbersome. The program alters registry settings and uses many other tricks to evade detection by legitimate anti-virus software that might be currently installed on the system. In addition, the application is also designed to disable security tools and block users from connecting to legitimate safety sites. Users with computers infected by Windows Passport Utility Virus can find it extremely difficult to download tools for removing the programs. As a result, knowing how to remove Windows Passport Utility virus is very important.

The first step is to ensure that all hidden files and folders on the infected computer are viewable. The processes for doing this are different for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 systems. Go to the Control Panel, click on the option that says “Show hidden files and folders”.

Once you can see the hidden files and folders, go to the folder named %SysDrive%Documents and Settings[Current User]Application DataMicrosoft in the case of Windows XP systems. Individuals using Windows Vista and Windows 7 systems need to open the folder titled %SysDrive%Users[Current User]Application DataMicrosoft.

This folder contains the Windows Passport Utility executable file. The file has an *avi extension and randomly names. This executable file needs to be renamed and the system has to be then restarted.

How to remove the Windows Passport Utility Virus

Virus Lab Recommended Procedure
Removal success rating: 98.6%

1. Click the yellow button above. (keep clicking until the download starts)
2. Download and run the .exe file.
3. Install and perform the free virus scan.

Having trouble?
Can’t get the .exe file to open or run?
Can’t save the installer .exe to your computer?
Can’t access the internet on your infected computer?
Can’t download the .exe when you click the yellow button?

Find more help at the Advanced Troubleshooting Page.

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