Security Protection Virus
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Security Protection?
Security Protection is a fake computer program propagated via misleading websites. When this bogus security scanner infects your computer, it configures itself to run automatically on system start-up.
You should not trust this program. Your computer can be infected with this misleading program whilst downloading Flash Player updates or video codecs.
This program is created with one intention - to steal money from your credit card. The 'scans' this program supposedly perform are fake.
This fake scanner attempts to scare you into believing that your computer is infected with malware and spyware.
If you click the "Remove All" button, this rogue program encourages you to purchase a license key. You should not buy this program - its purpose is to rip you off.
To further scare you, this program displays various security warning messages. You should ignore the scans and security messages and remove this rogue program from your computer.
If by mistake you have already bought this program, contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. Security Protection has neither a virus definition database, nor a virus scan engine, and thus the program merely imitates an antivirus program in order to coerce you into purchasing a license.
This malicious software 'detects' identical security infections on every PC that it infects, thereby clearly demonstrating that Security Protection is fake and you should not trust it.
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- What is Security Protection?
- STEP 1. Remove Security Protection using a registration key.
- STEP 2. Remove Security Protection using Safe Mode with Networking.
- STEP 3. Remove Security Protection manually by deleting files and registry entries.
Automatic removal of Security Protection virus
Before downloading, enter the Security Protection registration key in the registration window (in the registration window, use a false e-mail address):
NOTE: If you cannot run or download the removal tool, download the registry fix file that enables execution of applications. Click on the link below, and when download completes, click Run, click Yes, and then OK.
If Installation of the remover fails, you can try to download Custom Installer, which was built by our technicians to bypass spyware infections and install the security software regardless.
Security Protection virus removal instructions (manual):
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. Download the fix.reg file. After saving the file to your desktop, double click fix.reg and then click YES to confirm.
3. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Select "Connections".
4.Click LAN settings, if 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' is checked, uncheck it and press OK.
5. Download legitimate anti-spyware software to fully remove fake windows security center from your PC. Download One of the top antivirus apps to remove Security Protection
Other tools known to remove Security Protection:
If you are unable to remove Security Protection, 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 Security Protection processes:
Remove these Security Protection registry entries:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft “adver_id” = “29?
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations “LowRiskFileTypes” = “.exe;”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Security Protection”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “rundll32? = “”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon “Shell” = “%UserProfile%\Application Data\defender.exe” /sn”
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system “EnableLUA” = “0?
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “rundll32? = “”
Delete these Security Protection files:
%Documents and Settings%\[User Name]\asr.dat
%Documents and Settings%\[User Name]\Application Data\1tmp.bat
%Documents and Settings%\[User Name]\Application Data\defender.exe
%Documents and Settings%\[User Name]\Application Data\scan.dll
%Documents and Settings%\[User Name]\Application Data\[random].tmp
%Documents and Settings%\[User Name]\Desktop\Security Protection.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\[User Name]\Start Menu\Security Protection.lnk
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:
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 security protection rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:
To protect your computer from security protection 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.
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