February 9, 2011

How to Remove Smart Internet Protection 2011

How to Remove Smart Internet Protection 2011

Smart Internet Protection 2011 is a harmful security application that was added in the lists of rogue software that currently spread over the Internet providing problems on computer users. Smart Internet Protection 2011 tries to force users into spending for its licensed program by producing annoyances on the compromised system and will only stop if the registered version is purchased. These annoyances will be in the form of excessive pop-up alerts and, browser redirection and blocking of installed application from executing.

A Trojan is the main culprit how Smart Internet Protection 2011 can get inside the system. Trojan will look for certain software and security vulnerabilities and took advantage of it to penetrate a system. Once inside, a modification will be performed on the registry that will make Smart Internet Protection 2011 more powerful that any installed security product. It will repeatedly run its own virus scan and convince user that computer is infected. At the right timing, it will advise to obtain the registered version of Smart Internet Protection 2011 and extract money from its victims by redirecting them to a fraudulent online payment processing web page.

Steps to Follow
1. Restart your computer in SafeMode
Ø      Press F8 on keyboard as soon as you turn on the computer
Ø      Select SafeMode to start the computer loading only minimal resources

2. Delete Windows registry entries the malware created on Windows Start Menu
Ø      Click Start > Run
Ø      Type in the field, regedit
Ø      Find registry entries mentioned below and delete them
 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Smart Internet Protection 2011”

Note: It is important to BACKUP YOUR REGISTRY FIRST.

3. Files related to Smart Internet Protection 2011 must be deleted:

 Ø      Browse and delete following malicious files
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\[random]\
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\[random]\[random].mof
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\[random]\Smart Internet Protection 2011.exe
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\[random]\[random].exe
%Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\[random]\Quarantine Items
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Smart Internet Protection 2011.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Application Data\Smart Internet Protection 2011\
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Application Data\Smart Internet Protection 2011\Instructions.ini
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Desktop\Smart Internet Protection 2011.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\ANTIGEN.dll
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\ANTIGEN.drv
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\cid.tmp
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\CLSV.exe
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\CLSV.sys
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\DBOLE.drv
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\delfile.sys
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\eb.sys
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\energy.exe
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\exec.exe
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\fan.drv
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\kernel32.dll
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\pal.exe
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\PE.dll
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\ppal.drv
%Documents and Settings%\Recent\tempdoc.tmp
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\StartMenu\Smart Internet Protection 2011.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\StartMenu\Programs\Smart Internet Protection 2011.lnk

Note: Some files cannot be deleted instantly. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to open Windows Task Manager, look for any virus-related files mentioned on this page and highlight it, click End Process. Try to delete the file once more.

4. Run Antivirus Program
 Ø      You must be connected to Internet to be able to update your anti-virus program. This is needed to have the latest database available and detect newer threats.
Ø      Thoroughly scan the computer and clean or delete all detected threats.


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