July 1, 2011

Active Security.



Active Security is a rogue anti-spyware program. This parasite has all the arsenal demonstrated by most modern rogues, included a sophisticated self-defense mechanism.
Active Security typically enters the system by using downloader trojans or drive-by downloads, but it can also be downloaded manually. Like most rogues, Active Security relies on misleading advertising to trick users into purchasing it’s so-called “licensed version”.
Once inside and active, Active Security will perform numerous actions, including, but not limited to blocking security programs, disabling Task Manager, Safe Mode and Registry Editor. It is also known to alter browser settings – this manifests in redirections to various websites of dubious nature, as well as a block on on some websites, particularly those dealing with computer security.
Active Security displays popups and fake system notifications, supposedly to inform the user on the presence of an infection or multiple infections on the system. The rogue backs-up this claim by performing fake system scans, which produce falsified results by marking harmless files as threats. The plan here is to create the illusion that the user’s system is infected so Active Security can then urge him to purchase the “licensed version” of the program to dispose of these “threats”. The reality, however, is far different, and the real threat to remove here is Active Security.
This program is malware and should be treated as such: do NOT download or buy it and remove Active Security immediately upon detection.
Removal:

Kill malicious Processes from Task Manager: 
  • asecurity.exe
 Location of the infection:
  1. %User Profile%\Local Settings\Temp\asecurity.exe
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Active Security”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Active Security
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Active Security
Although it is possible to manually remove Active Security, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend  malware and spyware removal applications.

After removing all these files, restart your computer and the issue will be fixed. And don’t forget to do update your Security Software, check the Firewall Settings and the Operating System and finally do a full system scan with the Security Software.

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