If Windows Cleaning Toolkit will tell you that you are infected with the likes of Trojan-GameThief or Porn-Downloader – do not believe a single thing this fake antivirus program says. The thing you need to remove is Windows Cleaning Toolkit itself, as this rogue antispyware application tries to convince you that you need to purchase its license, otherwise you will not be able to operate your computer properly. The application does all it can to stop you from removing it, but you should never succumb to its threats – the only thing Windows Cleaning Toolkit wants is money and you should definitely keep it to yourself.
In reality, there is nothing much new about Windows Cleaning Toolkit. It is practically identical to Windows Expert Console, Windows Secure Workstation, Windows Virtual Firewall and all the other infections from Rogue.VirusDoctor group. Some security experts call this malware family Rogue.FakeVimes, but the bottom line is that there is an extensive list of fake computer security applications out there, that belong to the same group and that want to rip you off.
You most probably got infected with Windows Cleaning Toolkit via Trojan. Trojans are computer threats that pretend to be something else – you may think that you are opening a legal file while in fact you might run an installer file for Windows Cleaning Toolkit without even realizing it. Then the rogue will be programmed to auto-start with each system boot up and the next thing you know there is Windows Cleaning Toolkit interface popping up on your screen, and displaying fake system messages, such as:
Recommended: Activate Antivirus to get full protection against malicious, virus, spyware and unwanted software
Please purchase the full version of the software to ensure the ultimate protection
Please click “Activate button bellow to get full version of our software
Needless to say that, you should never click the “Activate” button as that would only lead you to Windows Cleaning Toolkit’s purchase page, where you will be asked to enter your credit card information, so that the cyber criminals behind this scam would be able to access your bank account and steal your money. What is more, even if you were to pay for the license of this application, all the rogue infection symptoms would be back after a while, and you would have to deal with crippled PC again.
Therefore, if you cannot access your Task Manager or the Internet browser is blocked under the pretense that it is infected with malware – do not panic. That is all Windows Cleaning Toolkit’s doing in attempt to prevent you from removing the infection. You can access the Internet via Safe Mode with Networking, and then download a reliable antimalware scanner which will help you determine which files must be removed from your PC.
If you are not an experienced computer user, you should acquire a legitimate computer safeguard application that would terminate Windows Cleaning Toolkit automatically, and your system would be protected against any other potential threats from the outside.