Privacy Center

Privacy Center is considered as rogue security program developed for MS Windows system. It will attempt to persuade users into obtaining the registered version by providing fake scan results on victim’s computer. This fake anti-virus software comes from a large group of malicious applications that has created various variants of it.

Privacy Center is just a mimic of the other versions and only obvious change is its name. Graphical user interface and method of propagation remains the same. Usually, users can acquire Privacy Center from web sites that disguise either online virus scanner or one that offers free videos. As for fake online scanner sites, it will automatically run a scan on visitor’s machine. Several threats will be identified on the said scan and prompt user to download Privacy Center as a cleaner. While on bogus video sites, user will receive prompt stating that multimedia player is required to view online movies.

Innocent users may think that the endorsed program will help remove a threat that is why so many have fallen into the trick of Privacy Center. Right after it is installed; it will carry another local scan on the computer and detects dozens of threats. An advice to remove these infections follows but can only be performed if the licensed version of Privacy Center is purchased. Users will be brought to an online payment web site where credit card account is needed to complete the transaction.

Privacy Center

More Rogue Program Details

Notable files associated with Privacy Center:

%UserProfile%Application DataPrivacy centerdbasescg.dat
%UserProfile%Application DataPrivacy centerdbasesmw.dat
%UserProfile%Application DataPrivacy centerdbasesrd.dat
%UserProfile%Application DataPrivacy centerdbasessc.dat
%UserProfile%Application DataPrivacy centerdbasessm.dat
%UserProfile%Application DataPrivacy centerdbasessp.dat
%UserProfile%Application DataPrivacy centerkeyscg.key
%UserProfile%Application DataPrivacy centertempsettings.ini
%UserProfile%Application DataPrivacy centertempspfilter
%UserProfile%DesktopPrivacy center.lnk
%UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsPrivacy centerPrivacy center.lnk
c:Program FilesPrivacy centeragent.exe
c:Program FilesPrivacy centerpc.exe
c:Program FilesPrivacy centeruninstall.exe
c:Program FilesPrivacy centertoolsscca.crt
c:Program FilesPrivacy centertoolssclibeay32.dll
c:Program FilesPrivacy centertoolssclibssl32.dll
c:Program FilesPrivacy centertoolsscOemWin2k.inf
c:Program FilesPrivacy centertoolsscopenvpn.exe
c:Program FilesPrivacy centertoolssctap0801.sys
c:Program FilesPrivacy centertoolssctapinstall.exe
c:Program FilesPrivacy centertoolsspspbho.dll

Signs and Symptoms of Privacy Center Infection:

Browser is redirected to Privacy Center web sites
Rogue program is coupled with web site that promotes the full version of it. Also, the same web sites are used for online payment if user has fallen into the trap of this malware.

Exhibits fake pop-ups and security alert
In order to deceive computer users, Privacy Center will exhibit a bunch of fake security alerts and warning messages. It also intends to promote the malware as the sole remover for identified threats.

Privacy Center will detect errors and threats that do not exists
Every rogue programs are made to mislead computer users. Thus, expect that Privacy Center will show scan result that is full of errors and threats. This result is fictitious and you should not follow its recommendation.

Other Functions of Privacy Center:

  • Privacy Center may come with another Trojan or virus
  • It can contact a remote server in order to download more malware
  • This threat will drop malicious files and make changes to the system registry
  • Privacy Center can steal credit card information when you pay for it online
  • The threat can redirect search result link to a malicious web page

How to Remove Privacy Center

1. Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from this link and save it on your Desktop.
2. After downloading, double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
3. Follow the prompts and install as default only.

4. Before the installation completes, check on the following prompts:
- Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
- Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

5. Click Finish. Program will run automatically and you will be prompt to update the program before doing a scan. Please update.
6. Scan your computer thoroughly.
7. When scanning is finished click on the Show Results button.
8. Make sure that all detected threats are marked, click on Remove Selected.
9. Restart your computer.

Note: Some malware may prevent mbam-setup.exe from downloading and running. You can download and rename this program from a different computer before running it on infected system.

46 Comments

  1. Joe

    It has taken over my entire computer. After I login it automatically satrts up and will not allow me to exit out of it. My desk top never loads, and behinh its window is just a black screen. how can i remove it from my computer competely. This is the second time it has coe up on my computer and the first time when I deleted it, it was done. The second time I deleted it, the next day whenI turned my computer on it took over. Plase help.

  2. axel

    THANK you SOOOO muchwebmaster

    this works :)

  3. Jak1190

    hey, i kinda have the same problem as axel had only it stops working and wont let the computer start up in my case. are there ways to circumvent this issue?

  4. DanBrazil

    I have the same problem as Jak. I cant use my computer…I cant even see my desktop, only this Privacy Center. is there a way to remove it by safe mode as i tried before?

  5. John Davis

    First thing you should know is that this virus/trogan comes from PRIVACY-CENTR.ORG so I would recommend sending many complaints to their backbone providers to get them shut down.

    I was able to CTRL ALT DEL and shut the process down. I then went to RUN and typed MSCONFIG then in the “startup” tab, uncheck Privacy Center (PC.exe) and I have no problem. My machine works fine now.

  6. Matt Ivey

    I have the same problem; I can’t get past the Privacy Center on start-up with the Admin account. I am on here with the Guest account. Unfortunetly I can’t do much with this account; I can’t even install the program recommended above. When I CTRL-ALT-DELETE and end the “PC.exe” process it just closes the Privacy Center and goes to a blue screen. Any suggestions?

  7. LB

    CTRL + ALT + DEL and then go to RUN and type: “explorer” without the “”.

  8. zonamojo

    I caught this malware as well. I used malwarebytes and it fixed me right up.

    Thanks for the help.

  9. zorex

    how can u start the run on a blank screen??

  10. zorex

    thanks. instructions for vista.
    1.when the privacy center starts press ctrl+alt+del
    2.click start task manager and end process on the Processes tab (pc.exe)
    3.click file, and select new task(Run)
    4. type on the run explorer
    5. you will see your desktop on your screen.

    thanks again

  11. LB

    My pleasure friend! ^^

  12. mattandbenny

    I have the exact same problem but cant get rid of it. After I login it automatically starts up and will not allow me to exit out of it. My desk top never loads, and behind its window is just a black screen.

    I’ve tried control-alt-delete but when i do that the whole screen just goes black. Any ideas on what i can do?

  13. jcg

    LB & John Davis thanks so much for the info. I was starting to get pretty annoyed. Appreciate it guys.

  14. Lozrenzo

    Remove Privacy Center manually – kill processes pc.exe and agent.exe using Windows Task Manager and then delete C:Program FilesPCenter
    That should do the trick!

  15. BRiCE

    OMG thank you guys for the help! worked perfectly! My girlfriend is sooooo happy that her computer could be saved! you guys rock!

  16. KE

    Am I the only one experiencing this issue ALONG WITH two or three sentences in a foreign female voice upon login? (Sounds Swedish, German)

  17. AF

    I cannot thank you guys enough.

  18. tn

    I had the same thing with my computer. I paid 129 to this privacy center and it didn’t do anything. Does anyone know how can i get my money back from that company? I couldn’t find a contact info?

    thanks

  19. John

    tn,

    Just call your credit card company and have them stop payment. I would also have a new card issued so whoever created the virus can’t use the info you gave them.

  20. rose

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! Just helped my boyfriends mom fix her computer. Your website and the tips were a big help! I Just used the task manager and the run function!!!!

  21. mike

    thanks a lot really helped!

  22. kyle

    I have the problem of Privacy Center starting right at startup, and it leaves me with a blank screen, cept I cant access Task Manager to kill the program and get to everything to delete it. Am I in trouble?

  23. Pam

    I have the problem of Privacy Center starting when i turn on my computer. I cannot access my desktop, or the task manager, as it is ‘disabled’. Also, that means that the Control- Alt – Delete is also not accessible. Please tell me how i can get rid of this. It’s driving me mad.

    Thanks.

  24. Jim

    I had the same problem, hit F8 to go into safe mode during startup. Then access the administrator acct and perform system restore to a previous date. I downloaded CCCleaner. It found Privacy Center and removed it.

    Good luck.

  25. Arnold

    very, very, very thanks to you Webmaster. It solved the problem

  26. Aerys

    i hate them. thx for the tips guys, you are honorable.

    (sry iam still very wrath coz of this evil, i hate them.)

  27. computer-illiterate

    Thanks webmaster – totally worked.

  28. Penny R

    Thank you so much!!!!!!! I did what Lozrenzo said to do and it worked perfectly!!!!

  29. Steve T

    For those with the black screen issue, just restart in safe mode with networking (press F8 before Windows begins to load). Once it boots up, install Malwarebytes and perform the updates. Once you’ve gotten it up to date, go ahead and run the full scan. Remove the infected files and reboot. After rebooting, download CCleaner and have it clean up your temp files. Then turn off system restore and turn it back on. This will remove your restore points, some of which are infected. If you have trouble connecting to the network wirelessly, plug in a network cable instead, those drivers tend to work in safe mode where wireless drivers don’t.

    Cheers!

  30. Kishore Patwardhan

    Hi
    I am Using inspiron 1420 Laptop since from one year, yesterday when I on my lap top It went privacy center. I have tried above all methods to resolve my problem.I was unable to solve my problem. I am staying in Bangalore, if some can help me it will be great. I am ready to bring my lap to your place please call me 99802-18814.
    Kishore

  31. Steve M

    The advice to type in ‘explorer’ worked then running my Windows One Care did the rest – Thanks – a great help

  32. Bob

    Newest varient has task manager disabled. You cannot load malwarebyte. Safe mode does not help.

    Where is the pc.exe file located so I can go in at dos prompt to delete?

    Is there any other way out if you have this new variety that does not allow access to task manager or desktop?

  33. Sophie

    I CANNOT BELIEVE IT! IT WORKED INSTANTLY IT GOT RID OF PRIVACY CENTER!!

    I am soo happy and relieved i cannot express how greatful I am to Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware.

    Everytime I turned on my computer my screen went blank black, then privacy center came up, it wouldnt close, it wouldnt let me do anything!!

    This is genuine, I read the first comment on this page and it described the EXACT same problem I had! I thought that this site must b a scam, but i was soo desperate!

    So I clicked on the download link from this page, and carefully followed the instructions as I went along, after instilation, and within aprox 8 mins of scanning, I clicked show results (came up with privacy center and related items) then removed selected, and restarted my computer.

    I didnt keep my hopes up just incase, but I turned on my computer, and omg! thank god!! it was gone!!!! my usual screen appeared after a long two weeks of having privacy center! I couldnt believe it!! im soooo relieved and happy. :)

    I came straight onto here to comment on how thankful I am to this site.
    Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou.
    x

  34. Shawn

    I am having the same problem as everyone else…I can turn the computer on though and get my regular desktop after Xing out of the main privacy screen. When I Ctrl Alt Del I don’t have anything that says PC.exe so I can’t cancel it and the virus keeps blocking me from downloading the Anti Malware software. Is it disguising itself under a different name on the Process screen of the Task manager?

  35. liz

    Is anyone else getting “access denied” when trying to use google or ask after this thing downloads?

  36. lisa

    Yes – I’ve been working all day on this horrible virus. I have no pc.exe.

    I can’t log into the internet anymore. I am working off of another laptop.

    I can’t run any of my scans because my computer shuts down right in the middle of the scan. (this is with Malwarebytes and Spybot)

    ANNNNYYYY help would be appreciated.

  37. Gina

    Just want to let you know this beast got my home computer also. I paid Dell Support $239.00 (since the warranty on my computer had expired) and they couldn’t even remove it! Then talked me into buying Norton Spyware for $69.99 which didnt work either. I call my cable company and the tech had me download their FREE spyware and guess what? Its gone! I just wasted $309.99. I will NEVER buy a DELL COMPUTER AGAIN. HOW CAN I RECOUP THAT $309.99??

  38. Karl

    Same problem as Liz and Shawn. No PC.exe — I think the PrivacyCenter has morphed a bit. How can I get rid of now?

  39. C T

    Hey,

    I did the same, however there was rubbish all through the registry files and temporary internet files were all infected, so i would recommend soughting that out

    Watch out for the process agent.exe to

    Peace Out

  40. DJ

    Apparentley I have the mutated version. Task manager didn’t work. Nothing has worked. I had several support specialists tell me no anti-spyware would remove this pain in the rear. The only fix is to pay $300 to have it professional cleaned. Hackers should be caned . . . . publicly. Any help would be great.

  41. Chris

    wow it works thnx guys my computer is restored from the annoying pest!! :)

  42. Jzekeira

    Thanks a lot guys, it really works.:)

  43. Kristin

    Ok – so I did seem to get rid of most of it but, not all of the effects. It is still preventing me from going to some websites so who knows what else it is still doing on the computer. I can’t go to malwarebytes.org or lavasoft.com. Anything I can do to make sure that all of this stuff is really gone?

  44. Kristin

    Cant get to many other websites as well – yahoo for example.

  45. Justin

    I am having the same problem (including the ctrl+alt+delete being disabled). When I try to reboot in safe mode it goes to blue screen for a few seconds and then reboots. Any suggestions. I know I can get rid of this if I just can get windows to launch in safe mode. Thanks very much for any advice you may have. Starting to loose it.

  46. krystal

    I am having a serious problem! I don’t have the pc.exe or agent.exe in the processes area. Maybe it’s a mutated version and it’s not called Privacy center anymore. It’s called Control Center. Is there any new methods to removing this rogue-ware?

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