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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I am not Immune

How to remove Windows Police Pro, how to remove Spyware, How to remove Malware, How to remove Ransomeware, How to remove Virus

How to remove Windows Police Pro
or
How to clean up Windows Police Pro SpyWare, anti-spyware, ransomeware, virus, malware.


As the title implies, I am not immune to any of these issues be it SpyWare, anti-spyware, ransomeware, virus, or malware threats.

** Scroll to the bottom for the Video I mention later in the post **

I am the system administrator (among other titles) for a small company that requires computers for their daily business, as well I have been in the computer industry since before the dreaded year 2000 issues. I have also been using and configuring computers from the TRS-80 days (some of you may remember they were called Radio Shack Trash 80’s) and the 8088 days.

With all of this in mind I still have

problems.


I keep being reminded of the Apple computer ad’s: “I want a PC with out all of the issues of spyware and virus’s” and PC walks away.


Unfortunately every time I see the ad’s they make me laugh and cry at the same time.


I have been using Mac’s for the last 8 months starting out with the old iBook’s quickly moving up to finally what I have now currently which is a MacBook Pro.


The biggest reason I have found a final use for the MacBook Pro is due to the capabilities of running OS X (a Unix variant Very Stable) and Windows XP Pro side by side with BootCamp and Paralles.


This has given me the best of both world’s.


Back to the issue at hand just like any normal day I walk in to work plop my work laptop (a Windows based computer… still can’t get away form multiple computer systems ;) ) on its docking station and proceed to wake it up from hibernation.


And up pops “Your Computer is infected!!!!” in all the Anti-Virus mannerisms of McAffe or Norton’s Symantec Endpoint Protection.


Kudos to the folks that have written this very malicious software (not in a good way!) they have put a considerable amount of time and effort in to the coding and appearance of the ransomeware to make a person think that it is truly a good antivirus software.


But don’t be fooled this is a very bad piece of software.


I am not sure exactly where or when I have picked this up, as I surf the internet all of the time, from Craigslist (picking up parts or pieces and cheap computers) to looking for code for web design.


This crafty software not only embeds itself in to the operating system but also disables various items that would allow even the savviest of users the capability stopping the application and its processes.


Once it popped up my first jerk reaction is to three finger salute (ctrl-alt-delete) to bring up the task manager (taskmgr.exe) and kill the Processes that were associated with this nasty little program.


But there has been a registry change that has disabled Task Manager as well as MalwareBytes and McAffe from ever running again.


This is all to force you in to purchasing the software that caused the problem in the first place.


The first course of action is to enable Task Manager this will be a task in it self due to the fact that regedit.exe has also been disabled.


But here is the registry key that has been modified:


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System] Data Type DWORD “DisableTaskMgr”=1


The DWORD =1 disables the Task Manager if you can change it to 0 (zero) then you will be able to use the Task Manager.


There are 2 ways to get around this issue.


Copy the following in to note pad and save as fixPolice.reg


REGEDIT4


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]


“DisableTaskMgr”=-


then right click the file and select Merge.


This will replace the entries in your registry to allow the use of task manager.


Or your second option is to go to right click save as to your desktop fixtm.reg


Thank you bleepingcomputer.com.


And do the same right click Merge.


Then either crtl – alt – delete or open the run and type “taskmgr” with out the quotes.


Once in Task Manager you will need to find under the


Processes tab:


Find: Windows Police Pro.exe highlight it and End Process this will kill the process


And Svchast.exe or svchasts.exe and end that process as well


***BE CARFULL***


There are svchost.exe processes that are real system processes that are required to run the operating system don’t end these make sure it matches the above svchasts.exe or svchast.exe


Now that you can use your system again I use MalwareBytes it can be downloaded from cnet’s www.download.com here is the direct link MalwareBytes and save to you desktop.


Once that is done double click the mbam-setup.exe (MalwareBytes) and install the software let it do its updates and run..


This will take awhile to run and will ask you to reboot to finish cleaning up your system.


On the first reboot it is recommended to run it again (I know this is tedious and time consuming but it is for your benefit) and if it asks let your system reboot once again.


This should effectively clean up your computer and you should be back on your way happily surfing again.




Thank you APPLE for the Video's






Actualy this one is more fitting and funny as hell






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