July 22, 2011

Microsoft Security Essentials.

Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert is nothing else but Trojan, which tries to convince PC users that they have viruses on their computers and now they need to increase machines’ protection to get rid of the scams detected.
For that, users are suggested 35 different anti-spywares where 5 of them are not legitimate ones: Red Cross Antivirus, Peak Protection 2010, Pest Detector 4.1, Major Defense Kit and AntiSpySafeguard.

All this tricky technique starts as soon as Trojan gets inside the system. It begins to display alerts that look very similar to legitimate Windows Microsoft Security Essentials program and then declares that there was a Trojan (Unknown Win32/Trojan) detected. Then, program starts telling that it has no capabilities to remove this Trojan. Users are usually prompted to do an online scan which shows this supposed Trojan as infection with a reason to make them click on a Free Install button.

After clicking, these rogues automatically repeat a “full” system scan which was done earlier. People are similarly told that there is a great variety of viruses detected and now the program needs to be purchased if user wants to eliminate them. This Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert starts reporting its alerts as soon as computer reboots and to make you scared reports many legitimate system files.
You should remember that Major Defense Kit, AntiSpySafeguard, Red Cross Antivirus, Peak Protection 2010, Pest Detector 4.1 and AntiSpy Safeguard are perfectly similar to each other, only their names and GUI are different. You should ignore all its alerts and if you have already been tricked by fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert, do NOT purchase Major Defense Kit. You MUST remove this scam, just like you must get rid of AntiSpySafeguard, Red Cross Antivirus, Peak Protection 2010, Pest Detector 4.1 or AntiSpy Safeguard.

Kill malicious Processes from Task Manager: 
  • <random>.exe
 Location of the infection:
  1. %UserProfile%\Application Data\[random].exe
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “RunInvalidSignatures” = ’1?
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\PhishingFilter “Enabled” = ’0?
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = ‘no’
Although it is possible to manually remove fake Microsoft Security Essentials, 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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