Smart Security (designed to protect) Virus

Also Known As: Smart Security Rogue
Distribution: Low
Damage level: High

Smart Security - how to remove?

What is Smart Security?

Smart Security is not a typical antivirus program, it is a scam created by cyber criminals. This rogue security scanner infiltrates users' computers using malicious websites, drive-by downloads, and Trojans. When this bogus program self-installs on users' PCs, it imitates a legitimate security program and reports various security infections that are supposedly 'detected' on the system. Moreover, this misleading program generates security warning messages stating that the PC is at risk, and in order to eliminate the 'detected' security threats, Smart Security advises activation of the full version. Paying for the full version of Smart Security, however, is equivalent to sending your money to cyber criminals. This software is a scam - it mimics the detection of security infections, which in fact do not exist on the PC.

Smart Security fake antivirus program

This misleading strategy is employed to scare PC users into believing that their operating system has acquired various security issues. Cyber criminals hope that unsuspecting PC users will fall for this trickery and purchase a licence key for Smart Security. If you see this program scanning your computer for security infections, your PC has been infiltrated with rogue antivirus software. Do not pay for the full version and eliminate Smart Security from your computer immediately.

Smart Security should not be trusted. This rogue security scanner is merely an imitation of genuine antivirus software. The bogus program uses falsely-generated security warning messages and bogus malware detection lists in order to trick PC users into believing that their computers are infected with high-risk security threats. Fake antivirus programs such as these are often installed on users' PCs by exploiting security vulnerabilities. To prevent these infiltrations, keep all installed software and your operating system up-to-date and use legitimate antivirus and anti-spyware programs. Note that Smart Security disables the operating system's Task Manager, disallowing execution of Internet browsers. This makes the removal process more complicated.  If your PC is infected with Smart Security, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this scam.

A fake security warning pop-up generated by Smart Security:

"Your PC might be at risk. Activate the software to protect it."

"Security Warning! Malicious program has been detected. Click here to protect your computer."

"File is infected by W32/Blaster.worm Please activate to protect your computer."

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Quick menu:

Smart Security removal:

To make the removal process of Smart Security less complicated, try entering the retrieved registry key. Click the "get full time protection now" button located at the bottom left corner of the main window, enter a fake email address and this registry key:

Y78REW-T54FD1-U2VCF4A

Note that by entering these registry keys, you will trick Smart Security into behaving as if you have purchased the full version. This will unblock your Task Manager and you will be able to use your Internet browsers to download legitimate anti-spyware software and eliminate this scam from your computer.

Some variants of Smart Security disables execution of all installed software. This is achieved by mofifying some registry entries within your operating system. If you cannot run or download the recommended malware removal software, download this registry fix file. It enables execution of applications - click on the link below, and when the download is complete, double click it, click "Yes and then "OK".

Smart Security removal using Safe Mode:

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}

safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Video showing how to start Windows 8 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. Download recommended malware removal software and run a full system scan. Remove all infections detected.

Other tools known to remove Smart Security:

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 smart security rogue and other rogue antivirus programs:

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

To protect your computer from smart security 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 smart security rogue from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.

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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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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