How to remove the Security Suite fake anti-virus

Also Known As: Security Suite Rogue
Damage level: High

What is Security Suite?

Security Suite is a fake computer security scanner derived from the same family of misleading applications as Antivir Solution Pro. Like its previous version, Security Suite is a rogue anti-spyware program created by Cyber criminals with the intention of stealing money from unsuspecting computer users.

Security Suite is designed to scare you into believing that your computer is highly infected with spyware/malware and that the only way to remove these security issues is to purchase a license for the software.

Security Suite fake antivirus program

After the fake security scan, you are asked to purchase a full version of Security Suite in order to remove the 'detected' threats. Do not buy Security Suite - it is worthless software that merely imitates a security scan on your computer.

It is a scam designed to scare you into buying the useless Security Suite program. Ignore the security scans and warning messages displayed by this rogue program and remove Security Suite as soon as you notice it on your computer.

If you have already paid for the license, contact your credit card company and dispute the charges, explaining that you have been tricked into buying a fake computer security program. Use this removal guide to completely remove Security Suite from your computer.

The following fake security warning messages may be displayed while your computer is infected with Security Suite:

"Security warning. Application cannot be executed. The file [file_name].exe is infected. Do you want to activate your antivirus software now?"

"Antivirus software alert. INFILTRATION ALERT. Your computer is being attacked by an internet virus. It could be a password-stealing attack, Trojan Dropper, or similar. Threat: BankerFox.A Do you want to block this attack? Yes or No."

Ignore these security warning pop-ups, since they are fake. Security Suite is simply trying to scare you into purchasing a fake license. Remove it from your computer.

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Quick menu:

Security Suite virus removal guide

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.{jcomments on}


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. 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:\Documents and Settings\Bleeping\Local Settings\Application Data\\shdw.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [] C:\Documents and Settings\Bleeping\Local Settings\Application Data\\shdw.exe

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

(Bear in mind that rogue programs are constantly mutating, and thus entries in the HijackThis log may be different. Look for the similar entries).

5. After this procedure, you should be able to access your desktop. Download legitimate anti-spyware software to fully remove Security Suite from your computer.

Other tools known to remove Security Suite:

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


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 security suite rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:

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

To protect your computer from security suite 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 have additional information on security suite rogue or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Security Suite application?

Security Suite is a fake anti-virus, a type of PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). It "detects" nonexistent threats on users' devices in order to trick them into purchasing this nonfunctional app.

What is the purpose of a fake anti-virus/ unwanted application?

Unwanted software (e.g., fake anti-viruses, adware, browser hijackers, etc.) is created for the sole purpose of generating revenue for its developers. Apps of this kind can do so by requesting activation (purchase) for nonexistent features, promoting in-app purchases, causing redirects, displaying intrusive ads, collecting private data, and so on.

Is Security Suite unwanted application legal?

In most cases, unwanted applications are deemed to be legal, as their End User License Agreements (EULA) usually inform users about any potential behavior.

Is having Security Suite installed on my computer dangerous?

Purchasing Security Suite will result in financial loss, as this is a fake anti-virus incapable of detecting/removing threats. However, this application may pose additional threats. It could potentially generate advertisements, redirects, or gather (and sell) private data.

Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Security Suite application?

Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate detected threats, including fake anti-viruses, PUAs, adware, browser hijackers, etc. Combo Cleaner is also capable of removing nearly all known malware infections.

It is noteworthy that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might be ineffective. Since even after a piece of unwanted software is (manually) removed - various components (files) can remain within the system. These remnants may continue to run and cause issues. Therefore, when removing software - thoroughness is crucial.

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