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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Win Security 360?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Win Security 360 is a fake anti-malware application. These so-called "rogues" use intentional false positives to convince users that their systems have been compromised. Then they try to sell you their software, claiming it will remove these threats. In extreme cases the false threats are actually the very trojans that advertise or even directly install the rogue. You are strongly advised to follow our removal instructions below.

How do I know if I am infected with Win Security 360?

This is how the main screen of the rogue application looks:

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You will find these icons on your desktop and in your taskbar:

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And see these warnings:

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How did Win Security 360 get on my computer?

Rogue programs use different methods for spreading themselves. This particular one was installed by a fake on-line scanner.

How do I remove Win Security 360?

Our program Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove this rogue application.
  • Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:

    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
  • If you get this warning:
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    right-click the WinSecurity360 icon in the taskbar, which wil be flashing red and choose Exit.
  • Then you will be able to launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Perform quick scan, then click Scan.
  • When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
  • Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. Reboot your computer if prompted.
  • When completed, a log will open in Notepad. The rogue application should now be gone.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Win Security 360?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Win Security 360 completely.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application has helped you eradicate this malicious software. If your current security solution let this infection through, you might please consider purchasing the FULL version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware for additional protection.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware would have protected you against the Win Security 360 rogue. It would have warned you before the rogue could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:
C:\Program Files\WinSecurity360\WinSecurity360.exe

O4 - Startup: Win Security 360.lnk = C:\Program Files\WinSecurity360\WinSecurity360.exe

Alterations made by the installer:
File System
  ===============
	Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\WinSecurity360
	  Adds the file WinSecurity360.ini"="14:26 17/01/10 354 bytes
	  Adds the file vlc.dat"="14:21 17/01/10 4400 bytes
	  Adds the file rmd.dat"="14:24 17/01/10 247 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop
	  Adds the file Win Security 360.lnk"="14:21 17/01/10 754 bytes
	Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Win Security 360
	  Adds the file Win Security 360.lnk"="14:21 17/01/10 766 bytes
	  Adds the file Win Security 360 Help.lnk"="14:21 17/01/10 801 bytes
	  Adds the file Website.lnk"="14:21 17/01/10 776 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
	  Adds the file Win Security 360.lnk"="14:21 17/01/10 702 bytes
	Adds the folder C:\Program Files\WinSecurity360
	  Adds the file WinSecurity360.exe"="10:29 26/11/09 1916928 bytes
	  Adds the file Win Security 360.url"="14:21 17/01/10 47 bytes
	  Adds the file Win Security 360 Help.url"="14:21 17/01/10 57 bytes
	  Adds the file sk.lst"="14:21 17/01/10 9 bytes

  Registry
  ===============
	[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\WinSecurity360]
	  "(Default)"="'C:\Program Files\WinSecurity360\WinSecurity360.exe'"

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44
Database version: 3609
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180

1/21/2010 8:36:57 PM
mbam-log-2010-01-21 (20-36-57).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 96666
Time elapsed: 2 minute(s), 13 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 1
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 3
Files Infected: 13

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\WinSecurity360 (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\WinSecurity360 (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\WinSecurity360 (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Win Security 360 (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\WinSecurity360\history.dat (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\WinSecurity360\result.dat (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\WinSecurity360\vlc.dat (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\WinSecurity360\WinSecurity360.ini (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\WinSecurity360\sk.lst (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\WinSecurity360\Win Security 360 Help.url (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\WinSecurity360\Win Security 360.url (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Program Files\WinSecurity360\WinSecurity360.exe (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Win Security 360\Website.lnk (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Win Security 360\Win Security 360 Help.lnk (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Win Security 360\Win Security 360.lnk (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\Win Security 360.lnk (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\Win Security 360.lnk (Rogue.WinSecurity360) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware could have protected your
computer against this threat.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):
  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
  • Malware Execution Prevention
Save yourself the hassle and get protected.
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