PC Security 2011

Also Known As: PC Security 2011 Rogue
Distribution: Low
Damage level: High

PC Security 2011 - How to remove it?

What is PC Security 2011?

Programs such as PC Security 2011 are designed to scare people into purchasing a license. If you fall for this trick, your banking information could be at risk. Therefore, if you have already bought this fake security program, contact your credit card company and explain that you have been tricked into buying a fake antivirus program. PC Security 2011 is programmed to launch on each system start up. It will then perform a computer security scan and inform you that your computer is at risk and the only way to fix your computer problems is to buy a full version of this fake scanner.

Pc security 2011 fake antivirus program

Do not buy this program, it is a scam. The following fake security warnings may appear on your screen when your system is infected with PC Security 2011:

“New threads were found. There are 4 undeleted threads. To remove all threads, click ‘Remove All’ at the main window.”
“Scanning is complete. 4 infections were found - Sdbot.add, DvFuCa, Angerfire, FlyAgent.F. Would you like to remove all?”
“A backdoor has been detected on your PC. A Trojan that has backdoor capabilities may perform certain actions based on the commands of a remote attacker and commonly steals user credentials.”
“Stealth intrusion! Infection detected in the background. Your computer is now attacked by spyware and rogue software. Eliminate the infection safely, perform a security scan and deletion now.”

These security warnings are fake. You should remove PC Security 2011 from your computer immediately. PC Security 2011 does not actually scan your computer for security issues - this process is imitated to scare you into believing that your PC is at risk. This is a strategy used by Internet criminals to sell you a license for their rogue program, PC Security 2011. Do not consider buying this program, you will lose your money and your PC will remain infected with this bogus program. Do not hesitate to remove this fake security scanner from your computer using the removal guide provided.

PC Security 2011 removal:

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.

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2. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Select Connections, then click LAN settings, if 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' is checked, uncheck it and press OK.

internet-explorer-options internet explorer internet connections

internet options lan settings internet explorer proxy settings

3. Press ctrl+alt+del (or ctrl+shift+esc), to enter Task Manager. [if this does not work, try clicking Start, selecting Run and typing taskmgr]. Then, select the "Processes" tab.

4. In Task Manager, search for a process named "PC2011.exe". Select this process and click "End Task".

5. You should now be able to access your desktop. Download a legitimate anti-spyware software to fully remove PC Security 2011 from your computer.

6. After downloading anti-spyware software, install it, update it, and then run a full system scan. Remove all infections found.

If you are unable to remove PC Security 2011, 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  PC Security 2011 processes:

PC2011.exe

Delete these  PC Security 2011 files:

%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\PC Security 2011
PC Security 2011.lnk
%AppData%\PC Security 2011
%ProgramFiles%\PC Security 2011
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\PC Security 2011
%AppData%\Uninstall_Security.lnk

Summary:

The fake antivirus programs (also known as "rogue antivirus programs" or "scareware") are applications that tries to lure computer users into paying for their non-existent full versions to remove the supposedly detected security infections (although the computer is actually clean). These bogus programs are created by cyber criminals who design them to look as legitimate antivirus software. Most commonly rogue antivirus programs infiltrate user's computer using poop-up windows or alerts which appear when users surf the Internet. These deceptive messages trick users into downloading a rogue antivirus program on their computers. Other known tactics used to spread scareware include exploit kits, infected email messages, online ad networks, drive-by downloads, or even direct calls to user's offering free support.

A computer that is infected with a fake antivirus program might also have other malware installed on it as rogue antivirus programs often are bundled with Trojans and exploit kits. Noteworthy that additional malware that infiltrates user's operating system remains on victim's computer regardless of whether a payment for a non-existent full version of a fake antivirus program is made. Here are some examples of fake security warning messages that are used in fake antivirus distribution:

Fake pop-up used in rogue antivirus distribution example 1

Fake pop-up used in rogue antivirus distribution example 2

Computer users who are dealing with a rogue security software shouldn't buy it's full version. By paying for a license key of a fake antivirus program users would send their money and banking information to cyber criminals. Users who have already entered their credit card number (or other sensitive information) when asked by such bogus software should inform their credit card company that they have been tricked into buying a rogue security software. Screenshot of a web page used to lure computer users into paying for a non-existent full version of pc security 2011 rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:

example of a webpage used to collect payments for fake antivirus programs

To protect your computer from pc security 2011 rogue and other rogue antivirus programs users should:

  • Keep their operating system and all of the installed programs up-to-date.
  • Use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs.
  • Use caution when clicking on links in social networking websites and email messages.
  • Don't trust online pop-up messages which state that your computer is infected and offers you to download security software.

Symptoms indicating that your operating system is infected with a fake antivirus program:

  • Intrusive security warning pop-up messages.
  • Alerts asking to upgrade to a paid version of a program to remove the supposedly detected malware.
  • Slow computer performance.
  • Disabled Windows updates.
  • Blocked Task Manager.
  • Blocked Internet browsers or inability to visit legitimate antivirus vendor websites.

If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove pc security 2011 rogue from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

If you have additional information on pc security 2011 rogue or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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