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How you can use rkill to stop fraud processes from running on your system.

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Problem Overview

Rogue security software(i.e Fake antivirus) is a form of computer malware that deceives or misleads users into paying for the fake or simulated removal of malware. It also blocks important system utilities such as Task Manager(taskmgr.exe), Startup Configuration Utility (msconfig) and Registry Editor (regedit). Something, you definitely want removed!

These fake AV's promt you to buy the program and attempt to take your credit card information. You should never do that!!

Below is an example of a fake antivirus "Security Tool".

fake antivirus example

Solution

Rkill terminates the active malware processes that are blocking your other programs from loading. Here is how you can run rkill:

  1. Download rkill. Below are the links:
    rkill.exe
    rkill.com
    rkill.scr
    rkill.pif
  2. Run anyone of the above programs.
  3. Some malware can cause one version of rkill to not run. In that case, try running it
    more than once. If it still fails, try a different version(i.e either of rkill.exe,rkill.scr, rkill.pif, rkill.com).
    rkill example screen

    If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7 with UAC enabled, you will need to right-click rkill and choose to run as admin.

  4. Now run any of the antispyware scans such as MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware. You can download these from Cnet.

Rkill just stops the fraud malware processes on your computer. You need to run antispyware scans later to remove them.

If problem persists, you can reach ITS Service Centers

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