What is System Protection 2012?
System Protection 2012 is a fake security scanner derived from the same family of rogue anti-spyware as Cloud Protection, Guard Online, System Security 2012, and others. Like its previous version, System Protection 2012 attempts to scare computer users into purchasing a fake license in order to remove non existent security threats.
Internet criminals use various rogue methods to proliferate fake programs such as System Protection 2012 across the Internet. Your computer may be infected with System Protection 2012 if you download Flash Player or other software updates from non legitimate sources.
When System Protection 2012 infects your PC, it modifies the registry of your operating system such that it will start automatically each time you boot your computer. Furthermore, it will display fake security scans and flood your desktop with various fake security warning pop-ups.
Do not attempt to remove files 'detected' as malware manually, as you could harm your operating system (System Protection 2012 does not actually scan your computer for security issues - this process is merely imitated). If you click the 'Remove threats' button in the main window of System Protection 2012, you will be asked to purchase a license for this program in order to remove the 'detected' infection.
Do not buy this program, it is a scam. Remove this fake security scanner from your computer as soon as you notice it on your system. Use this removal guide to remove System Protection 2012 from your PC.
The following fake warning messages are displayed on a PC infected with System Protection 2012:
"Security Warning. Malicious programs that may steal your private information and prevent your system from working properly are detected on your computer. Click here to clean your PC immediately."
"Windows Security Alert. To help protect your computer, Windows Firewall has blocked some features of this program. Do you want to keep blocking this program? Name: Zeus Trojan Publisher: Unauthorized."
"Warning! The file "taskmgr.exe" is infected. Running of application is impossible. Please activate your antivirus software."
"Warning! Infection found. Unwanted software (malware) or tracking cookies have been found during last scan. It is highly recommended to remove them from your computer. Keylogger Zeus was detected and put in quarantine. Keylogger Zeus is very dangerous software used by criminals to steal personal data such as credit card information, access to banking accounts, passwords to social networks and e-mails."
These security warning pop-ups are fake. If you notice that your computer is infected with System Protection 2012, you should remove it immediately.
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- What is System Protection 2012?
- STEP 1. Remove System Protection 2012 using a registration key.
- STEP 2. Remove System Protection 2012 using Safe Mode with Networking.
System Protection 2012 virus removal:
Enter any one of these System Protection 2012 activation keys in the registration window. Click the 'Enter Activation key' button located at the bottom-left corner of the main program window and paste only one of these keys (each key is in separate line):
When the registration key is entered, System Protection 2012 will behave as if you have purchased it and will stop generating fake warnings. It will also enable some previously disabled Windows features.
Note that registering this program will not remove it from your PC. It will simply disable fake warnings.
This infection is known to modify your proxy settings. It intercepts your connection to the Internet and you may be unable to access some Internet resources.
To fix this, download and run the proxy removal tool. This tool runs automatically - just double click it and it will do the job.
The download link is below:
After fixing the proxy settings, you will be able to download the spyware remover.
Download, install and run the spyware removal tool. It will scan your computer for System Protection 2012 and other malware infections.
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.
If installation fails, you can try downloading the customized installer developed by our technicians to bypass the System Protection 2012 spyware infection. Your browser may report that this file is unsafe. Please ignore these warnings. Download customized installer
System Protection 2012 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.
Here is a video demonstrating 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".
3.Click LAN settings, if 'Use a proxy server for your LAN' is checked, uncheck it and press OK.
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 entries (place a tick at the left of the entries):
O4 - HKLM\..\Run:  C:\WINDOWS\system32\.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run:  %AppData%\svhostu.exe
O4 - Startup: crss.exe
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 System Protection 2012 from your computer.
Other tools known to remove System Protection 2012:
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 system protection 2012 rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:
To protect your computer from system protection 2012 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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