Windows Passport Utility is a fake rogue anti-spyware program that is part of the Fake Microsoft Security Essentials infection.
When this infection is installed on your computer it will display a fake Microsoft Security Essentials alert that states that it has detected an Unknown Win32/Trojan on your computer. This alert will state:
Microsoft Security Essentials AlertIt will then prompt you to scan your computer, which will start a fake scan of your computer that ultimately states that a particular file is infected with Trojan.Horse.Win32.PAV.64.a. It will then prompt you to install Windows Passport Utility to remove the virus.
Potential Threat Details
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When your computer reboots you will be presented with the Windows Passport Utility screen before your normal Windows desktop is shown. It then prompts you to scan your computer, which will state that your computer is infected with numerous infections. In order to get to your normal Windows desktop, you will need to close the Windows Passport Utility program when it has finished its fake scan. As you can see this program is a scam as it is ransoming the proper operation of your computer until you purchase it. It goes without saying that you should not purchase this program for any reason.
While the program is running it will also display fake security alerts that are further used to scare you into thinking that your computer has a serious problem.
Just like the fake scan results, these alerts are also fake and are only being used to scare you into purchasing the program. Therefore, please ignore them.
As you can see, Windows Passport Utility was created to scare you into thinking your computer has a severe security problem so that you will then purchase this program. For no reason should you purchase Windows Passport Utility , and if you already have, you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charges stating that the program is a computer infection.
Kill malicious Processes from Task Manager:
Location of the infection:
- %UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\<random>.exe
Registry Entries to be removed. (Take a backup of registry, before editing it)
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "<random>.exe"
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\msascui.exe "Debugger" = 'svchost.exe'
Although it is possible to manually remove Windows Passport Utility, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend malware and spyware removal applications.