MS Removal Tool (MSRemovalTool) Virus Removal Guide
Virus Type: Rogue Security Application
Threat Level: 8 / 10
MS Removal Tool is a fake antivirus / fake antispyware application. MS Removal Tool is part of a family of fake antivirus applications which have been introduced other the past 2-3 years; MS Removal Tool is a exact clone (same look and similar functionality) of System Tool (introduced in October 2018; there was a large released of this fake antivirus program in late February 2018); however, it is also a clone of the similar System Security (introduced in January 2018) and Security Tool (introduced in September 2018). The main difference between MS Removal Tool, System Security, and Security Tool is a slight difference in look and functionality; however, there are also many similarities between the programs. A common feature that is shared across all four fake antivirus programs is that the main executable file is generally a series of random characters; most fake antivirus programs probably create random file names to make it more challenging to find when user is attempting to remove it.
MS Removal Tool claims to provide a system scan, system protection, and system privacy. The comments here for System Security and comments here for Security Tool may provide insight into the successful removal of MS Removal Tool. The two pages have roughly a combined 90 comments. We recommend the user read through all of these comments before attempt to remove MS Removal Tool since the comment should provide important insight into the proper removal of MS Removal Tool. MS Removal Tool is NOT affiliated with Microsoft; it is a fake program. Typically, fake antivirus programs will attempt to associate themselves with real companies to make the user believe that the program is real and trick them into purchasing the program. MS Removal Tool is generally installed without user permission through the use of a trojan horse, which is downloaded through a security flaw. The security flaw can be in any application using the web. MS Removal Tool also uses a variety of fake scanner pages to scare the user into downloading MS Removal Tool.
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MS Removal Tool Removal Tip: MS Removal Tool will only allow the user to run programs with the file name iexplore.exe. This is done in order to allow the computer to be able to run Internet Explorer. Therefore, the file name on the program must be iexplore.exe in order to run the program; otherwise, MS Removal Tool will not allow the program to run.
MS Removal Tool will block programs from running. Therefore, the processes associated with MS Removal Tool will need to be stopped with task manager. If task manager has been blocked by MS Removal Tool, try using Process Explorer and rename the program to iexplore.exe. If MS Removal Tool has blocked internet explorer, boot in safe mode to download the removal tool.
MS Removal Tool Removal Tip #2: The user will generally be able to open programs before MS Removal Tool starts up in Windows. Therefore, if the user moves quickly, they can open task manager and end the process associated with MS Removal Tool. In order to quickly open task manager, press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys simultaneously. The process for MS Removal Tool will be [random].exe. To clarify, the executable will be a series of random characters. For example, Ji16645dAdEk16645.exe would be an example of a executable used by MS Removal Tool. The executable changes from computer to computer.
MS Removal Tool will generally modify the internet connection settings to not allow the user to access all websites on the web. The settings will generally be modified so that the user can only visit specific websites such as the website for MS Removal Tool. Generally, most fake antivirus programs will modify internet connection settings; they generally do this to convince the user that the system is infected. In order to fix the issue, go to your Internet Explorer browser and click on Tools, Internet Options, Connections tab, and LAN settings. Next, uncheck the box by “Use a proxy server for your LAN (These settings will not apply to dail-up or VPN connections).”
Below are some warnings and pop ups from MS Removal Tool. These warnings are created to make MS Removal tool look like a legitimate antivirus application. However, MS Removal Tool is not legitimate and it not made by Microsoft. MS Removal Tool is not part of Windows and should be removed.
“MS Removal Tool Firewall Alert
MS Removal Tool Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the internet.
Internet Explorer Internet Browser in infected with worm Lsas.Blaster.Keyloger. This work is trying to send your credit card details using Internet Explorer Internet Browser to connect to remote host.”
MS Removal Tool will not load in safe mode with networking since it is not a necessary program for Windows. To enter safe mode with networking, restart the computer and press F8 multiple times before the Windows screen to bring up the boot options.
Stop MS Removal Tool Processes (Learn How To Do This)
Remove MS Removal Tool Files (Learn How To Do This)
Windows XP – C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\[random]\[random].exe
Windows Vista & Windows 7 – C:\ProgramData\[random]\[random].exe
Remove MS Removal Tool Registry Keys (Learn How To Do This)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\MS Removal Tool
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MS Removal Tool
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\MS Removal Tool
Remove MS Removal Tool Startup Entry (Learn How To Do This)
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