Windows Tool is another release of fake antivirus optimization programs from Defragger family. This family of rogues was inactive for a while, and now we start to see fresh versions of these parasites again. They have partially new design, however the internals remained pretty much the same. Windows Tool simulates various hardware and OS problems instead of fake malware problems to convince user to purchase full version of the malware.
Windows Tool infects PC using trojans. Infected websites are used, or users are convinced to download some free “update” or “codec” to see some movies. This is enough for malware to enter one’s PC. Typically, Windows Tool tries to prevent its removal, so it will disable some useful windows functions like task manager as well. Trojans, distributing this malware might disable legitimate security programs like antiviruses or anti-malware programs. However, it is still possible to overcome its defenses.
After Windows Tool is in the system, the PC will start behave weirdly. Some folders will look empty, while opening others will show content of completely different folder. This malware will simulate other hardware problems, however it will not do something that would make PC completely bricked – Windows Tools makers still want you to pay for this scareware. Disk problems are convenient, as prohibiting legitimate programs from starting sometimes might look more realistic. Windows Tool alerts will look scarier. If they were true, your PC would not boot, and you would have to replace broken parts. They claim that around 1/3 of your hard drive is inaccessible, everything is overheating and so on. As these problems are hardware based, software like Windows Tool could not fix it for real.
If you click on Windows Tool alerts, you are recommended to scan for problems. Each time same problems are detected, and they are the same as in alerts. If you try to “fix” them, you are asked to buy full license of Windows Tool, which is way too expensive for software that does nothing except displaying misleading alerts.
Good news is that Windows Tool family parasites can be disabled with their registration code: 8475082234984902023718742058948 . We are thankful to S!ri for this information. This would stop some of the popups, but it will not remove Windows Tool and trojans from PC. Windows Tool installs in All User Application data folder. This might be C:\ProgramData on windows 7 or C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data on older windows. I would recommend using automated Windows Tool removal procedure using either spyhunter, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or other good anti-malware program. This would help identifying the trojan process and preventing additional infections. If you decide to get rid of Windows tool manually, make sure you remove all trojans comming with it.
If you can’t launch removal software, try downloading Process Explorer using this link : explorer.exe. Launch it, and stop processes that look like random letter and number combo. also, stop processes from weird locations. Whatever method of removal you choose, do not forget to run full system scan for Windows Tool leftovers and remaining trojans. Having full versions of spyhunter, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or decent internet security would have reduced chances of Windows Tool infection.
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