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Microsoft Security Intelligence
Published May 17, 2010 | Updated Sep 15, 2017


Detected by Microsoft Defender Antivirus

Aliases: Fake_AntiSpyware.BKN (AVG) Win32/FakeAV.ACR (CA) Win32/Adware.PrivacyComponents (ESET) not-a-virus:FraudTool.Win32.PrivacyCenter (other) not-a-virus:FraudTool.Win32.Agent.jn (Kaspersky) FakeAlert-CP (McAfee) Troj/PrvCnt-Gen (Sophos) SpywareGuard2008 (Symantec) Control Center (other) Privacy Center (other)


Windows Defender detects and removes this threat.

Rogue:Win32/PrivacyCenter is a family of rogues that claims to scan for malware and displays fake warnings of “malicious programs and viruses”. They then inform the user that they need to pay money to register the software in order to remove these non-existent threats.

Find out more about rogues from our Rogue information page.

Find out ways that malware can get on your PC.

The following free Microsoft software detects and removes this threat:

Even if we've already detected and removed this particular threat, running a full scan might find other malware that is hiding on your PC.

Get more help

You can also see our advanced troubleshooting page for more help.

If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.

Additional remediation instructions for this threat

This threat might make lasting changes to your PC's settings that won't be restored when it's cleaned. The following steps can help change these settings back to what you want: