Windows Optimization Center Removal

Description: Windows Optimization Center is NOT a Real Microsoft product. While it uses the Windows name and Microsoft's logo, this is a rogue security client. The purpose of this client is to trick and scare the user into making a purchase.

Windows Optimization Center can be one of the harder rogues to remove. However our guide includes a manual Windows Optimization Center removal guide as well a a video to help guide you.

Windows Optimization Center can be installed via a trojan virus already on your computer or from a drive by download. You may of been infected with a virus for weeks before this threat pop-ed up.

Once installed this threat attempts to lock the user out of being able to access their computer. Locking a user out and showing false scan data is what this client does to try and force the computer user into making a purchase. Whatever route you follow, don't purchase this false client.

Windows Optimization Center

Windows Optimization Center Removal

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Windows Optimization Center

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You need to remove Windows Optimization Center as soon as you become infected with it. We show you how to remove Windows Optimization Center below in both a manual guide and a Windows Optimization Center removal VIDEO guide. The video should help shine some light on things for you.

Windows Optimization Center Removal Video

Windows Optimization Center Removal Video

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Windows Optimization Center Manual Removal Procedures

The first step you must take in order to remove Windows Optimization Center is to stop the following processes. Watch the video above for guidance.

  • protect.exe ( Your trace may be named different.  Look below for the folder paths)

How to stop the above process

Option 1. To Stop this process you can either browse to the file location shown below and re-name the file and then restart your computer. Now browse to that file location again and delete the file.

Option 2. Boot into safe mode and browse to the below folder for you Operating System

Option 3. Log into a different user account and either browse to the file below and delete it or use your antivirus client to remove it by running a scan.

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

Windows XP:

  • C:\Documents and Settings\USER NAME\Application Data\protect.exe

  • C:\Documents and Settings\USER NAME\Application Data\Temp\updatecheck.dll

Windows Vista/7:

  • c:\Users\USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\protect.exe
  • c:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Temp\updatecheck.dll

Windows Optimization Center Registry Removal Procedures

Delete the below Keys: We do not recommend manualy deleting these keys. Antivirus software should be used.

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\JP595IR86O ( May be unique file name to your infection )
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\ Protect.exe

You should now run a full security scan to ensure no other threats are installed on your computer. We recommend you download a copy of Spyware Doctor with Antivirus.

Windows Optimization Center Directories:


  • NA

Windows 7 / Windows Vista

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