How to Manually Identify Rogue Antivirus Programs in Windows

October 7, 2010, By Fouad Bajwa

The Windows Management Instrumentation Tester is a really handy tool that we use on our computers every now and then as part of physical desktop and server monitoring to identify any rogue malware or anti-virus programs attempting to slow down our machines.

We though it would be useful to share it with you in order to attempt searching for any malicious application or trojan activity before attempting to install any anti-virus programs.

With this how-to, you cna manually identify any rogue applications or malware on Microsoft Windows operating systems.

  1. Click Start and hit run Run.
  2. Type in “wbemtest”, then press Enter to open the Windows Management Instrumentation Tester window.
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  4. Now on the upper right corner, click on the Connect button.
  5. In the first text box where you see “root\”, type in “root\SecurityCenter” and press Enter.
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  7. Now click the Query button and type “SELECT * FROM AntiVirusProduct” and click on the Apply button.
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    How-to manually identify Rogue Anti-Virus Programs in Microsoft Windows

  9. If you see more than an one result,  there is more than one Antivirus program installed therefore you should double click on each of these results to view the properties for that particular Antivirus product.
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  11. Identify the product(s) installed and DELETE any records for an Antivirus software (or rogue security program) that may no longer installed on your computer and finally we are done!
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