Personal Shield Pro
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: High
Personal Shield Pro removal instructions
Personal Shield Pro is a fake security scanner created by Internet criminals to scare you into believing that your computer is being attacked by viruses. This fake computer security program is distributed though Trojans, fake video codec downloads, and fake Adobe Flash Player updates.
When you enter a rogue website, you will often observe a black screen of video with a 'Play' button. When you click this button, you are notified that you do not have a compatible video codec to view the movie, and in this way, a Trojan infects your computer. When Personal Shield Pro installs on your system, it will configure itself to run automatically on system start-up. Each time you start your PC, you will observe the main window of this rogue scanner performing an imaginary security check-up. This fake scanner will deliver a large list of infections and state that you need to remove them. If you choose to remove the 'detected' malware, you will be asked to purchase a full version of this program. You should not buy this program, it is a scam. Fake security warning messages are displayed to further scare you into purchasing the fake software. If you have already bought this fake scanner, contact your credit card company and explain that you have been tricked into purchasing a fake computer antivirus program. Personal Shield Pro is capable of infecting Windows 9x, 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7.
The following fake security warning messages will be shown:
"Your computer is being attacked by an Internet Virus. It could be a password-stealing attack, a Trojan Dropper, or similar. Threat: Wind32/Nuqel.E"
Screenshot of Personal Shield Pro virus:
Remove Personal Shield Pro virus automatically:
Personal Shield Pro disables execution of any executable file. Before downloading the remover, you need to fake-register Personal Shield Pro. Enter this registration key: 8945315-6548431 in the registration window. Entering registration key does not remove the infection, however, it enables execution of programs and you can download and run removal software.
NOTE: Some spyware can block the downloading of spyware removers. If you cannot download it using the default location, try one of the alternative download locations below:
- Location 1 (the file is renamed to "iexplore.exe", since most spyware does not block this file)
- Location 2
If you still cannot download or install the spyware removal software, you can try the Custom installer designed by our technicians to break through malware infections.
Personal Shield Pro virus manual removal instructions:
1. Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer starting process press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows in "Safe Mode with Networking":
2. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Select "Connections".
3.Click LAN settings, if 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' is checked, uncheck it and press OK.
4. Download and install the spyware remover to completely remove the infection.
NOTE: Some spyware can block the downloading spyware removers. If you cannot download it using the default location, try one of the alternative download locations below:
- Location 1 (the file is renamed to "iexplore.exe", since most of spyware does not block this file)
- Location 2
If you are unable to remove Personal Shield Pro, you can use these manual removal instructions. Use them at your own risk, since if you do not have strong computer knowledge, you could harm your operating system. Use them only if you are an experienced computer user. (Instructions on how to end processes, remove registry entries...)
End these Personal Shield Pro processes:
Remove these Personal Shield Pro registry entries:
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\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyOverride” = ”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyServer” = ’127.0.0.1:33554?
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyEnable” = ’1?
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations “LowRiskFileTypes” = ‘.exe’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = ‘no’
Delete these Personal Shield Pro files: