What is WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK?
WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK actively resists detection and employs a number of techniques to ensure that you cannot remove WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK from infected computers.
How WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK got on your computer?
Phishing is the most common way for malware to infect computers.
It could be a fake email message that appears to be originated from Microsoft Customer Service, eBay, PayPal, Amazon, or even your bank or insurance company.
Fake emails that appear to come from the police, the FBI and other government entities were also reported.
WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK could also infect your computer by exploiting a security vulnerability of your Web browser or one of its plugins.
If this is the case, WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK would be injected into a Web page, and could get to your PC when you visited a malicious or hacked Web site.
WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK can be distributed with legitimate software that is repackaged by the scammers.
It could be downloaded from warez Web sites or download archives.
How do you know you have WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK on my computer?
WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK works in background. It does not appear as a window, does not have a shortcut.
WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK hides its existence from your eyes.
You have 2 ways to remove WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK:
Why I recommend you to use an automatic way?
- You know only one virus name: "WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK", but usually you have infected by a bunch of viruses.
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Here’s how to remove WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK virus automatically:
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How to remove WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK manually:
STEP 1: Check all shortcuts of your browsers on your desktop, taskbar and in the Start menu. Right click on your shortcut and change it's properties.
You can see WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK at the end of shortcut target (command line). Remove it and save changes.
In addition, check this command line for fake browser's trick.
For example, if a shortcut points to Google Chrome, it must have the path:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe.
Fake browser may be: …\Appdata\Roaming\HPReyos\ReyosStarter3.exe.
Also the file name may be: “chromium.exe” instead of chrome.exe.
STEP 2: Investigate the list of installed programs and uninstall all unknown recently installed programs.
STEP 3: Open Task Manager and close all processes, related to WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK in their description. Discover the directories where such processes start. Search for random or strange file names.
STEP 4: Inspect the Windows services. Press Win+R, type in: services.msc and press OK.
Disable the services with random names or contains WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK in it's name or description.
STEP 5: After that press Win+R, type in: taskschd.msc and press OK to open Windows Task Scheduler.
Delete any task related to WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK. Disable unknown tasks with random names.
STEP 6: Clear the Windows registry from WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK virus.
Press Win+R, type in: regedit.exe and press OK.
Find and delete all keys/values contains WINDOWSUPDATE.LNK.
STEP 10: And at the end, clear your basket, temporal files, browser's cache.
But if you miss any of these steps and only one part of virus remains – it will come back again immediately or after reboot.
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