Windows Performance Center Removal

Windows Performance Center is a rogue spyware program which is related to the dangerous malicious program Vista Antispyware 2010. Windows Performance Center tries to trick users into purchasing its license. It enters a user’s computer via Trojans or other malicious software that downloads and installs Windows Performance Center. Once installed, this rogue software loads at startup thanks to some fake registry entries. Then it will endlessly perform fake system scans and return results that show that the computer is under threat from malicious software. This rogue software then proceeds to insist that the user should buy a license to the ‘full’ version of Windows Performance Center, claiming that the currently installed ‘trial’ version is inadequate to clean the system of the falsely generated ‘threats’. Whenever the program is run, it will enforce this request through its GUI and through various pop-ups. At all times, Windows Performance Center emulates the legitimate Windows Security Center, adding to the illusion that this is a real program. However, the so-called ‘full’ version has no capability whatsoever to scan or clean your computer, and you should never fall for this trick and buy the software.

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As soon as you find a copy of this malicious software on your computer, you should take steps to remove Windows Performance Center. Windows Performance Center removal is a process which involves the stopping of processes, deletion of files and folders and the removal of registry entries.

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Windows Performance Center Manual Removal Procedures

The first step you need to take in order to remove Windows Performance Center is to stop the following process:

  • %AppData%\ave.exe

The next step in Windows Performance Center removal is to delete the following file:

Windows XP:

  • %Documents and Settings%\User\Application Data\ave.exe

Windows Vista/7:

  • %User%\AppData\ave.exe

Windows Performance Center Registry Removal Procedures

Removing files and folders alone is not sufficient to completely remove Windows Performance Center. The following keys and settings should also be removed from the Windows registry to complete Windows Performance Center removal:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\runas
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\start\command
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\runas
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\start\command
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe | @ = “secfile”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\open\command | IsolatedCommand = “%1? %*
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\DefaultIcon
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\start
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\DefaultIcon
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\open\command
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\start
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command | IsolatedCommand = “%1? %
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\open\command | @ = “%AppData%\ave.exe” /START “%1? %
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\runas\command
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\open
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\secfile\shell\runas\command
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command | @ = “%AppData%\ave.exe” /START “%1? %
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe | Content Type = “application/x-msdownload”

You should now run a full security scan to ensure no other threats are installed on your computer.

Windows Performance Center Directories:

  • None

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