Recently, another rogue programs named Smart Security has attacked many unwary users. Are you one of the unlucky users who has installed this virus by accident? Are you still looking for a way to uninstall it because you cannot find this program from control panel? This post will show you how to remove Smart Security manually and completely.
Smart Security is a fake anti-malware application that gets installed a target computer without any approval. Users always get the virus by opening spam emails or taking part in surveys that require personal information and even by installing some suspicious add-ons or applications. Don’t trust this software because it is not a legitimate security tool but a virus that can steal sensitive data like passwords, credit card information and other private data.
Once it is running, it can modify system registry to add its own entry that will make itself to run every time Windows is started. By starting a fake scanning through your system and displaying lots of fake security messages during the session, tricky hackers just want to use scare tactics to threaten users, make them thinking their computers are totally messed up and need to be fixed immediately. Actually, all the results showing on this rogue program are fake. Smart Security virus can disable your task manager and registry editor. And it will stop all the exe applications on your PC to prevent you from opening any programs. Under this circumstance, it is impossible for you to run any security tools to remove this pest. Therefore, it is strongly recommended users to get rid of Smart Security Virus manually.
1. Your computer will act slower and slower and annoying pop-ups always occur.
2. Taskbar warnings keep disturbing you.
3. Strange new icons will appear and desktop background will be changed somehow.
4. Your browser will redirect to other websites against your will.
5. System crashes or freezes frequently.
There are so many ways can lead this malware to get inside the computer, but most of the time it is beyond your knowledge.
1> It can be downloaded via malicious drive-by-download scripts from corrupted porn and shareware / freeware websites.
2> It may be installed through spam email attachments, media downloads and social networks.
3> It can get into your system if you have ever clicked some malicious ads or visited some malicious sites, as well as opened unknown downloaded files.
1. Reboot your computer to safe mode with networking. As your computer restarts but before Windows launches, tap “F8” key constantly.
2. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
3. Open Registry entries. Find out the malicious files and entries and then delete all.
Attention: Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
a. Press the “Start” button and then choose the option “Run”. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.
b. All malicious files and registry entries that should be deleted:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\protector.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System ‘DisableTaskMgr’ = 0
Smart Security virus is a hoax so that users should never spend any money on it. Once infected, it takes control your computer completely and blocks many basic system services. Your current antivirus will be ineffective to detect or catch this virus. Most of time, it also blocks your internet as well to prevent you from searching an effective way to remove it online. Smart Security may be installed by a Trojan, come bundled with other software, or install itself through web browser security holes. Half of computer users may get infected with it by visiting some malicious websites. No matter how you get this virus installed, you should realize that this fake antivirus program always reports the things you don’t actually have. It is not a helpful software but a virus. Once detect, ignore what it shows you, all you need to do is to uninstall Smart Security quickly.
Published by & last updated on March 14, 2013 1:45 pm