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Windows Net Proxy Auto Service (WinNetSvc.exe) – How to Remove It

This article is created in order to help explain what is the Windows Net Proxy Auto Service PUP and hence prevent it from displaying advertisements or collect information on the computers it has been installed on.

The Windows Net Proxy Auto Service, also known as WinNetSvc Is a Windows service which is activated as a result of having adware on your computer and having it is a clear sign of that. One possible use case of this software is to change network settings on the computers it has been installed on in order to allow the free displaying of different types of advertisements on the computers that have been affected. In addition to this, the ad-supported software may also collect different types of information from the victim’s computer. This information may include multiple different types of data, which may even include personal details on the affected computer.

Threat Summary

NameWindows Net Proxy Auto Service
TypeAdware/PUP
Short DescriptionAims to display multiple different advertisements on the computers it has been installed on.
SymptomsYour computer may begin to perform slow and start to display advertisements on the computers of the users.
Distribution MethodBundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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Windows Net Proxy Auto Service – Distribution

The main method by which the unwanted software that installs the Windows Net Proxy Auto Service on the computers of victims has been reported to be via methods, like software bundling which includes the combination of different types of programs, whose purpose in general is to be free and help users. Such freeware are often your favorite media player or any other seemingly useful program of this type. Such software is often provided for free by software download sites or torrent sites and in the name of profit, the providers often bundle the installers by including programs, like the unwanted program which installs the Windows Net Proxy Auto Service onto the victims’ computers.

Windows Net Proxy Auto Service – Analysis

The Windows Net Proxy Auto Service adware aims to act as if it is a legitimate proxy service and is added to Windows Services. At first glance, it looks like a system service:

However, when we take a look at it from another perspective, the program may be able to perform multiple different activities on the users computers, that are related with displaying different types of advertisements on the computers of users, such as:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Banners.
  • Online browser redirects.
  • Ad-supported search results.
  • Highlighted text ads.

These advertisements in general aim to generate money for the cyber-criminals by driving hoax traffic to small sites or sites of the same people who are behind this suspicious Windows Service. However, often this is not the case, since the ads may also lead users to various websites that are malicious or scamming. In fact the dangers, that may await you in the corner if you become redirected to such third-party sites may be various:

  • Scamming sites that may claim there is a problem with your PC.
  • Malicious sites that may infect your computer with malware.
  • Websites that aim to perform different types of activities, like fake surveys which may collect personal information from your.
  • Sites that may pretend to be Facebook, LinkedIn or other social media sites to gather usernames and passwords from you.

These and the possibility that this software may extract different information from your computer via tampering with your network settings are the main reasons to consider removing this unwanted software from your computer.

Remove Windows Net Proxy Auto Service Fully

In order to make sure to delete this program from your computer, you will first need to disable it as an active service. This can happen if you perform the following steps:

1.On your keyboard, press Windows Button + R.
2.In the Run Window type “services.msc” after which click on OK.
3.Locate the Windows Net Service or Windows Net Proxy Auto Service.
4.Right-click it and then click on Properties. From there you can stop it and set it’s startup type to Disable so that it cannot switch on again.

If there is no such service, simply leave it and proceed by deleting WinNetSvc.exe.

To delete WinNetSvc.exe, you should do so by going to the following directory:

→ %Roaming%\WinNetSvc\WinNetSvc.exe

After you see the .exe file, it is strongly reccomended that you delete it immediately. If it is running, you should end it as an active task in Windows Task Manager.

After removing the source of the advertisements that ay be appearing on your computer, it is now time to secure your computer. You can do that by following the manual or automatic removal instructions below. If you do not know how to manually detect any adware applications or malware, be advised that researchers often advise to automatically remove any unwanted and intrusive software with the aid of an advanced anti-malware software. Such program aims to help you to remove the Windows Net Proxy Auto Service and other unwanted programs fully and will secure your computer against any future infections that might occur as well.

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How to Remove Windows Net Proxy Auto Service from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Windows Net Proxy Auto Service

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Windows Net Proxy Auto Service and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Windows Net Proxy Auto Service on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Windows Net Proxy Auto Service there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Windows Net Proxy Auto Service with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Windows Net Proxy Auto Service from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Windows Net Proxy Auto Service and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Windows Net Proxy Auto Service:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Windows Net Proxy Auto Service. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Windows Net Proxy Auto Service. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove Windows Net Proxy Auto Service via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Windows Net Proxy Auto Service. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove Windows Net Proxy Auto Service from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase Windows Net Proxy Auto Service from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall Windows Net Proxy Auto Service from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove Windows Net Proxy Auto Service from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Windows Net Proxy Auto Service will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Windows Net Proxy Auto Service from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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