Home Safety Essentials

Also Known As: Home Safety Essentials Rogue
Distribution: Low
Damage level: High

Home Safety Essentials - how to remove?

What is Home Safety Essentials?

Home Safety Essentials is a fake computer antivirus program created by Internet criminals with the intention of stealing money from your credit card account. After Home Safety Essentials is installed on your computer using misleading methods, it displays various security warning messages and attempts to make you believe that your computer is highly infected with malware. After the fake security scan, you will be asked to activate Home Safety Essentials in order to remove the 'detected' threats. If you click the activate "Ultimate Protection" or "Clean Now" buttons within this bogus program, you are redirected to a website where you will be encouraged to purchase a full version of Home Safety Essentials.

home safety essentials rogue program

You should not buy this program, it is a scam. This rogue security program does not actually scan your computer for security threats, the process is merely imitated. The program creates random files on your hard drive and then 'detects' them as being malware. You should not trust this program, the security scans and security warning messages are completely fake.  This fake security scanner is commonly distributed through misleading websites displaying a fake online security scan. You should not trust online security scanners of this nature, since these websites are created only to scare you into believing that your computer is infected - they then encourage you to download fake security programs such as Home Safety Essentials. Use this removal guide to completely remove Home Safety Essentials from your PC immediately.

 

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Home Safety Essentials removal:

Before downloading, enter the Home Safety Essentials registration key in the registration window:

K7LY-H4KA-SI9D-U2FD

If you cannot download or run the spyware remover, try running the registry fix (link below). It enables execution of programs. Download the registryfix.reg file, double click it, click YES, and then OK.

"Home Safety Essentials" virus removal instructions (on infected computer):

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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Here is a video showing how to start Windows in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows XP users:

Windows Vista / 7 users:

Windows 8 users:

2. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options. Select "Connections".

internet explorer internet options

 

internet explorer internet connections

 

3.Click LAN settings, if 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' is checked, uncheck it and press OK.

internet options lan settings

internet explorer proxy settings

 

 

 

 

 4. Download HijackThis and save it to your desktop. Some malicious programs are able to block HijackThis, so when you click the download link, in the Save dialog, rename HijackThis.exe to iexplore.exe and only then click the Save button. After saving the file to your desktop, double click it. In the main HijackThis window click the “Do a system scan only” button. Select the following entry (place a tick at the left of the entry):

O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [Home Safety Essentials] “%AllUsersProfile%\\_.exe” /s /d

After selecting the required entry, click "Fix Checked". After this procedure, you can close HijackThis and proceed to the next removal step.

5. Download legitimate anti-spyware software to fully remove Home Safety Essentials from your computer.

6. After removing Home Safety Essentials, reset your Hosts file. Do not skip this step, since this malware modifies your Hosts file and you will encounter browser redirect problems.

The Hosts file is used to resolve canonical names of websites to IP addresses. When it is changed, the user may be redirected to malicious sites despite observing valid URLs in address bar. When the Hosts file is modified, it is difficult to determine whether the site is genuine. To fix this, please download the Microsoft FixIt tool that restores your Hosts file to the Windows default. Run this tool when downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions. The download link is below:

Other tools known to remove Home Safety Essentials:

If you are unable to remove Home Safety Essentials, 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 Home Safety Essentials processes:

random.exe

Remove these Home Safety Essentials registry entries:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download\CheckExeSignatures "no"
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin "2"
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\ConsentPromptBehaviorUser "2"
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\EnableLUA "1"
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AAWTray.exe
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AVCare.exe
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AVENGINE.EXE
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AVWEBGRD.EXE
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\About.exe
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\Ad-Aware.exe
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AlphaAV
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AlphaAV.exe
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\AluSchedulerSvc.exe
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\~1.exe
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\~2.exe
HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\91\Shell\{5C4F28B5-F869-4E84-8E60-F11DB97C5CC7}\Vid {137E7700-3573-11CF-AE69-08002B2E1262}
HKCU\Software\Classes\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\URL http://findgala.com/?&uid=231&q={searchTerms}
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download\RunInvalidSignatures 1
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\PRS http://127.0.0.1:27777/?inj=%ORIGINAL%
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\URL http://findgala.com/?&uid=231&q={searchTerms}
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\User Agent\Post Platform\89770803
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\User Agent\Post Platform\lib/5.00231
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\UID 231
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\0 msseces.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\1 MSASCui.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\10 avgscanx.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\11 avgcfgex.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\12 avgemc.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\13 avgchsvx.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\14 avgcmgr.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\15 avgwdsvc.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\2 ekrn.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\3 egui.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\4 avgnt.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\5 avcenter.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\6 avscan.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\7 avgfrw.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\8 avgui.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun\9 avgtray.exe
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\DisallowRun 1
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Home Safety Essentials
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{3F2BBC05-40DF-11D2-9455-00104BC936FF}
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\HS2d7_231.DocHostUIHandler

Delete these Home Safety Essentials files:

%AllUsersProfile%\\
%AllUsersProfile%\\14.mof
%AllUsersProfile%\\3178.mof
%AllUsersProfile%\\46.mof
%AllUsersProfile%\\6113.mof
%AllUsersProfile%\\HS2d7_231.exe
%AllUsersProfile%\\HSE.ico
%AllUsersProfile%\\HSESys
%AllUsersProfile%\\Quarantine Items
%AllUsersProfile%\HSYITSQGE
%AllUsersProfile%\HSYITSQGE\HSLGILTOGE.cfg
%AppData%\Home Safety Essentials\
%AppData%\Home Safety Essentials\Instructions.ini
%AppData%\Home Safety Essentials\ScanDisk_.exe
%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Home Safety Essentials.lnk
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CLSV.tmp
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\DBOLE.dll
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\PE.sys
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\SICKBOY.drv
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\SICKBOY.sys
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\delfile.dll
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\eb.dll
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\eb.sys
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\energy.dll
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\gid.tmp
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\pal.sys
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\ppal.drv
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\runddlkey.exe
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\snl2w.drv
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Home Safety Essentials.lnk
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Home Safety Essentials.lnk
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Home Safety Essentials.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 home safety essentials rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:

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

To protect your computer from home safety essentials 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 home safety essentials rogue from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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