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Remove Windows Efficiency Master with Tips (Fake Anti-virus Program Removal)

Windows Efficiency Master Is Fake

Windows Efficiency Master comes from Rogue.FakeVimes, playing as one of siblings with Windows Safety Master, the recent released fake anti-virus program. Unlike those previously published rogueware, the number of threats reported by Windows Efficiency Master is in the normal range; coupled with the filched interface from the genuine Windows protection kit, the fake anti-virus program manages to make itself authentic and credible.

Trojan remains the virus type that Windows Efficiency Master always reports. Of course there are other technical computer problems that the rogueware reports to frighten victims into purchasing its so-called licensed version such as .dll issue, error problem as well as loopholes.


Several ways are offered in the following paragraph to help tell the difference between the fake and the genuine so that victims become able to seek timely removal and stop further harms. Efficient way to help remove Windows Efficiency Master is also provided in this article. VilmaTech Online Support would rather suggest a complete reading so as to realize the severity being affected by Windows Efficiency Master and the significance to remove it completely for the sake of computer health and security. On the occurrence of questions or tough nuts, quick answers and on-demand help can always be reached from Global PC Support Center.

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Most PC users are confused by verisimilar fake anti-virus programs like Windows Efficiency Master and thus keep using them to destroy performance and being trapped into spending money for nothing. Patricia Howard with over a decade working experience in this industry would like to share several ways to differentiate the genuine from the fake:

  1. Fake anti-virus program installs itself without permission.
  2. Fake anti-virus program runs scan automatically whenever Windows starts.
  3. Most infections reported by fake anti-virus program cannot be found on the Internet.
  4. An anti-virus program with comprehensive functions like what Windows Efficiency Master has (including Firewall, Automatic updates, anti-phishing, advanced process control, autorun manager, service manager, deep scan, al-in-one suite)should have at least occupied over 100M.

Though Windows Efficiency Master has been identified as virus, anti-virus programs are not able to remove it out of two reasons:

  1. It needs time for anti-virus programs to update virus reservoir.
  2. Windows Efficiency Master adopts Trojan technique and Rootkit technique to erase log and affect some values of installed anti-virus program, resulting in mal-function.

It has been known to all that Trojan technique manages to bring backdoor into being. Such object can be considered as a time bomb as it brings in uncertainties. The formation of backdoor originally aims at assisting in redirecting victims to designated purchase page for money collection. Making an invisible passage to a machine, backdoor has become the favorite tool for infiltration by infections. Therefore, the below listed problems can be anticipated:

  1. Additional web applications or programs might install without your knowledge.
  2. CPU is consumed considerably.
  3. Countless pop-up advertisements emerge to ruin surfing experience.
  4. Redirections happen a lot to reach commercial sites and spam sites.
  5. Computer freezes from time to time and it increases in frequency.
  6. Direct and unauthorized access can be made to control a target machine.
  7. Online whereabouts or, even worse, log-in credentials are recorded without your knowledge to make XSS and to spread vicious codes to a broader range.

It has been made clear that Windows Efficiency Master is a fake anti-virus program that needs to be removed right away. Considering the fact that some functions of anti-virus program have been affected by Windows Efficiency Master, manual removal method is thus recommended. Follow the steps below. Once being stuck in the middle of the removal due to deficient computer skills, you are welcome to resort professional from VilmaTech Online Support by starting a live chat window.

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Manually Remove Windows Efficiency Master – Explicit Instruction

Step One – Make rectifications in Database: the “run” value injected by Windows Efficiency Master should be exterminated so that the removal in the wake will not be hindered by error message.

  • Hold Win key and R key on the keyboard together, which will bring up “Run”
  • Type “regedit” (without quotation) there and hit Enter key, which will prompt to you Database window.registry enditor2
  • Navigate to the following entries respectively to find any key value started with “Run” and remove accordingly.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curren Version
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders Startup=”C:\windows\start menu\programs\startup

  • Navigate to the following entries to remove Windows Efficiency Master.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\ Windows Efficiency Master.
HKCU\Software\ Windows Efficiency Master
HKCU\Software\AppDataLow\Software\ Windows Efficiency Master
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Management\ARPCache\ Windows Efficiency Master

Step Two – Go to Task Manager to end Windows Efficiency Master’s running process.


  • Hold Ctrl+Alt+Delete key combination / Ctrl+Shift+Esc key combination, which will bring up Task Manager.ctrl+alt+del
  • Tap on Process tab to find the running process of Windows Efficiency Master.
  • (tip: should there be WINLOGON.EXE, exterminate it as well)

Windows 8

  • Hover mouse to the bottom, which will bring up Charm bar.
  • Type ‘Task’ or ‘Task Manager’ (without quotation) and hit Enter key, which will prompt to you with Task Manager.
  • Tap on Process tab to find the running process of Windows Efficiency Master.task manager1
  • (tip: should there be WINLOGON.EXE, exterminate it as well)

Step Three – Access Control Panel to uninstall Windows Efficiency Master.

Windows 7/Vista/XP

  • Hit on Start menu start menu, you will find Control Panel among sub-options.
  • Click on Control Panel to access “Add/Remove Programs”.
  • Find Windows Efficiency Master and uninstall it.

Windows 8

  • There’s “Unpin” button in the bottom-right corner of Start Screen.control panel
  • Click on it to choose ‘Control Panel’ in the pop-up sidebar.
  • Next enter into “Programs and Features” to remove Windows Efficiency Master.

Step Four – Unveil all hidden items to thoroughly remove Windows Efficiency Master and its affiliates to retrieve a completely clean and healthy machine.

Windows 7/XP/Vista

  • Access ‘Control Panel’ again to navigate to user accounts and family safety.user accounts and family safety
  • When a new window pops up, hit View tab to tick ‘Show hidden files and folders and non-tick ‘Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)’.
  • Don’t forget to press ‘OK’ button when finish.

Windows 8

  • Back to Start screen to access Windows Explorer.
  • When a new window pops up, hit View tab to tick ‘File name extensions’ and ‘Hidden items’ options.win8 hidden file
  • Don’t forget to press ‘OK’ button when finish.

Files that need to remove:

  1. Remove all folders and files contained “Windows Efficiency Master” letters by searching.
  2. Remove all folders under C:\Program Files and C:\Documents and Settings.
  3. Browse to C:\WINDOWS\Syetem32 to remove all folders and files contained “Windows Efficiency Master” letters.
  4. Remove Temp files under C:\WINDOWS\Syetem32.


Windows Efficiency Master manages to open up an invisible backdoor due to the adoption of Trojan technique. Therefore, one should implement an overall check to contribute to a complete removal; otherwise, Windows Efficiency Master can either survive over the above manual removal method or be brought back by ignored vicious items. Actually, Windows Efficiency Master can be prevented if one uses extra caution when installing a third-party program or updates system and anti-virus program regularly. It is not recommended to remove Windows Efficiency Master with automatic way at all since Trojan technique enables it to affect drivers to cause dysfunctions. The above manual way has been put into practice and has brought success. Be noted failure can also be expected due to various OS and the uncertainty brought in by backdoor, additional steps should be executed accordingly in such case. If you lost your way to remove Windows Efficiency Master, it is advisable to live chat with technicians at VilmaTech Online Support and get back healthy computer in minutes.

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