How to remove Windows Performance Catalyst?
What is Windows Performance Catalyst?
Windows Performance Catalyst is a fake antivirus program that belongs to a huge family of rogue infections. One of the most infamous infections from this family was Think Point, recently Windows Protection Master has been detected and now it seems that Windows Performance Catalyst will be the next one to infect thousands of computer systems. The application spreads to computers over Trojan viruses. This prevents computer user from noticing the infiltration of the badware. Once inside, the application takes the system over and starts dominating there.
Right when the system is rebooted, Windows Performance Catalyst runs it scanner and imitates looking for infections. After a few minutes of scanning, the application displays a list of supposedly detected threats. In fact, the program displays the same list of infections for every single computer system. This only shows that Windows Performance Catalyst is not able to detect anything. The program only wants to create an illusion that your system is infected and then it offers purchasing a full version of its program in order to get money from you.
Additionally, the application generates fake security notifications in order to scare you even more into thinking your system is at risk. These messages basically warn that some of your programs in your system is infected, spyware infections has been detected, etc. Here’s how they look like:
Warning! Identity theft attempt detected
Hidden connection ip: XXXX
Target: Your bank account details.
Your IP: XXXX
Keylogger activity detected. System information security is at risk.
It is recommended to activate protection and run a full system scan.
Warning! Spambot detected!
Attention! A spambot is sending viruses from your e-mail has been detected on your PC.
Yes, protect my PC and remove spambot now (Recommended)
Recommended: Please use secure encrypted protocol for torrent links.
Torrent link detected!
Receiving this notification means that you have violated the copyright laws. Using Torrent for downloading movies and licensed software shall be prosecuted and you may be sued for cybercrime and breach of law under the SOPA legislation.
Please register your copy of the AV to activate anonymous data transfer and protocol through the torrent link.
Warning! Virus Detected
Threat detected: FTP Server
Infected file: C:\Windows\System32\dllcache\wmploc.dll
Security experts strongly recommend getting rid of Windows Performance Catalyst as soon as possible, using a full version of a reliable antispyware program. What is more, a reputable antispyware program with a real time protection can help you too avoid this type of parasites. Once disabled, reboot to Safe Mode with networking and download Spyhunter, 2012 version of spyware doctor or some other reputable antispyware program. Make sure to have an upgraded version of a program.
Windows Performance Catalyst is Extremely dangerous
Windows Performance Catalyst may spread via Trojans
Windows Performance Catalyst may display fake security messages
Windows Performance Catalyst may install additional spyware to your computer
Windows Performance Catalyst may repair its files, spread or update by itself
Windows Performance Catalyst violates your privacy and compromises your security
for Windows Performance Catalyst detection
Note: Spyhunter trial provides detection of parasite like Windows Performance Catalyst and assists in its removal for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.
Windows Performance Catalyst screenshots
Manual Windows Performance Catalyst removal
Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Windows Performance Catalyst, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Spyhunter or other malware and spyware removal applications found on 2-viruses.com.
Stop these Windows Performance Catalyst processes:
Disable these Windows Performance Catalyst DLL files::
Remove these Windows Performance Catalyst Registry Entries:
Remove these Windows Performance Catalyst files:
It is impossible to list all file names and locations of modern parasites. You can identify remaining parasites, other Windows Performance Catalyst infected files and get help in Windows Performance Catalyst removal by using free Spyhunter scanner. It comes with free real-time protection module that helps preventing Windows Performance Catalyst and similar threats.
Windows Performance Catalyst is classified as Rogue Anti-Spyware. After infecting a user’s system, it proceeds to scare its victim into buying the “product” by displaying fake security messages, stating that your computer is infected with spyware and only Windows Performance Catalyst can help you to remove it after you download the trial version. As soon as the victim downloads Windows Performance Catalyst trial version, it pretends to scan your computer and shows a grossly exaggerated amount of non-existent errors. Then, Windows Performance Catalyst offers to buy the full version to fix these false errors. If the user agrees, Windows Performance Catalyst does not only fix the errors, but it also takes the user’s money and may even install additional spyware into the victim’s computer.
Some Rogue Anti-Spyware, such as Windows Performance Catalyst, may offer users to buy it after the victim clicks on a banner or a pop-up while surfing the internet. Usually, a Trojan is installed to a victim’s computer after clicking on the advertisement. It then proceeds to download or even install Windows Performance Catalyst, which is another way for Rogue Anti-Spyware to spread itself.
Most of rogue Anti-Spyware, such as Windows Performance Catalyst, is nearly impossible to remove manually.