Security Defender firewall alert keeps coming up on your computer? Is it fake or legitimate? How to stop the crazy popups and completely uninstall Security Defender program even though you can’t find it in control panel?
Security Defender virus is a rogue program that is published in 2011. However, the same criminals have created a new variant of this virus at the beginning of this year. They change the interface of this virus and make it do more and more damages on a targeted computer. The virus can invade a computer secretly and without any permission. And in most cases, users may get the virus by clicking malicious code or distribute unsafe advertising pop-ups, visiting pornographic website or downloading attachment from spam emails.
Once it is running, it will affect many functions of your infected computer. This virus works as similar as other rogue software by changing your registry and then forcing users to run a bogus scan every time the system boots up. It displays many fake messages and alerts saying your computer is at risk. Security Defender pretends itself as a helpful software helping you detect a number of critical system objects. And then it scares you that your personal files, photos, document and passwords may get stolen or your computer is used for criminal activity behind your back with all kinds of infections inside. In fact, this rogue program does not reveal any true facts about how your system is functioning for the moment and whether or not it has spyware on board. Scammers just want to make money by charging users for this useless program. Even worse, they can steal user’s information for identify theft. Therefore, uninstall Security Defender virus immediately once you detect it on your computer to secure your machine now.
a. This fake application uses a potent combination of misleading attacks against your PC to encourage you to spend money on a fake ‘full’ version of its software.
b. After being infected, your computer will be bombarded with numerous fake security warnings or errors.
c. This rogue program will try its best to convince you it is a helpful software and ask you to pay for its full version which is without any virus detection or removal feature.
It blocks task manager and registry editor to prevent users from removing it manually.
It may cause browser redirection or even disable internet access as a result.
It uses Trojans to infiltrate your computer and will start its attack automatically each time you log in Windows.
It displays lots of false positives with annoying pop ups that you couldn’t stop it.
It occupies much of your CPU and opens up new gateways for other malware.
We kindly remind you that system restore is not a wise choice to remove such rogue program. Many computer users found that after they did a system restore, things are going to be worse. Not only did the computers freeze, but also lose their precious data. Furthermore, the virus may be still in the computer and made chaos secretly. Hence, it is recommended that using the manual approach below to get rid of New Security Defender malware as soon as possible.
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:
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\
Security Defender is a renewed version of a widely spread fake computer scanner. It pretends itself as a legitimate security program to detect and remove all the threats detected from your computer. Generally it will list a variety of legitimate or nonexistent files as infections that cannot be removed unless you purchase the Security Defender full version first. Thus, you will detect each time when you log in Windows, Security Defender pops up automatically and it says your computer is highly infected with various malware. If after a scan you click “Remove” button you will be redirected to payment site. Don’t enter your banking information. Or you will lose your money and your computer will still be infected. This is a hoax aiming to steal money from your pocket. All you need to do is to uninstall Security Defender virus and get rid of those fake security firewall alert as quickly as you can.
Published by Sarah Poehler & last updated on June 8, 2013 10:10 am