Internet Security 2014 "designed to protect" removal guide
What is Internet Security 2014?
Internet Security 2014 is a rogue antivirus program which reports non-existent security infections in the hope that PC users will purchase a useless license key. This program is created by cyber criminals and distributed using 'exploit kits' and drive-by downloads. After infiltration, Internet Security 2014 imitates a legitimate antivirus program by performing a 'security scan'. Computer users who negotiate this program should be aware that all security scans, warning pop-ups, and malware detection lists generated by it, are fake. The main purpose of this rogue program is to scare unsuspecting PC users into believing that their computers are infected with high-risk viruses and then to coerce them into activating Internet Security 2014 (by purchasing the 'full version').
This is a scam and information generated by this bogus program is false. The program originates from a family of fake antivirus programs called FakeRean. Previous variants include Win 7 Security Cleaner Pro and Win 8 Antivirus 2013. Deceptive methods used to sell this fake antivirus program include blocking execution of installed programs (including Internet browsers including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla FireFox), disabling the Task Manager, modifying the operating system Registry entries to start automatically on system Startup, etc. Internet Security 2014 is a scam and should not be trusted - it is a fake security scanner, which should be eliminated from your computer.
Commonly, Internet Security 2014 is distributed using 'exploit kits', which infiltrate users' computers using any detected security vulnerabilities. Internet users can prevent such attacks by keeping their operating systems and installed programs up-to-date. PC users should be aware that purchasing this fake program not only sends their money to cyber criminals, but also leaves their banking information at the disposal of the criminals responsible for creating this bogus software. If you have been tricked into buying this program, contact your credit card company and dispute the charges, explaining that you have been tricked into buying a fake antivirus program. If you observe Internet Security 2014 'scanning' your computer for security infections, you are dealing with rogue antivirus software - ignore it and use the removal guide provided to eliminate this scam from your PC.
A fake security warning message generated by Internet Security 2014:
Security Warning! Malicious program has been detected.
iexplore.exe can not start File iexplore.exe is infected by W32/Blaster.worm Please activate Internet Security 2014 to protect your computer.
FIREWALL WARNING Hidden file transfer to remote host has been detected. Internet Security 2014 has detected a leak of your files through the Internet. We strongly recommend that you block the attack immediately.
Internet Security 2014 has found 36 useless and UNWANTED files on your computer! Potentially dangerous files were found on your system during the last scan! It is strongly recommended that you remove them immediately.
Activate Internet Security 2014, make your PC free from all kinds of threats.
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- What is Internet Security 2014?
- STEP 1. Remove Internet Security 2014 using a registration key.
- STEP 2. Remove Internet Security 2014 using Safe Mode with Networking.
- STEP 3. Remove Internet Security 2014 manually by deleting files and registry entries.
Internet Security 2014 removal:
IMPORTANT! Before downloading: Click the "Get full protection now" button, which is located at the bottom left corner of the main window of Internet Security 2014, in the registration window enter a dummy email address, and in the registration key field, enter Y68REW-T76FD1-U3VCF5A, then click "Confirm activation".
When the registration key is entered, Internet Security 2014 behaves as though you have purchased it, and will stop generating fake security warnings pop-ups. It will also allow you to run programs and removers. Note, that registering this program will not remove it from your PC, however, it will make its removal less complicated.
NOTE: If you cannot run anti-spyware software, try right-clicking on it and selecting "Run as administrator". If installation of the remover fails, or you cannot execute .exe files, try running our Customized installer.
If, after or before the removal of this fake antivirus program, you cannot run any installed software, download the registry fix (link below). Save it to your computer, double click, click "Yes" and then click "OK". After rebooting your PC, file associations should be fixed.
If you cannot open your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla FireFox):
In the Search field, enter this link: www.pcrisk.com/installer.com and then press ENTER.
Internet Security 2014 will generate a fake warning after pressing ENTER - please ignore it and click "No, stay unprotected..." in this message.
File download dialogue appears, stating that you are downloading file installer.com. Click "Run", wait for the download process to finish, then follow the on-screen instructions. Windows may warn you that opening unknown files may be unsafe. Please ignore these warnings.
If your Internet browsers are functional, use this button to download anti-spyware software.
If the automatic removal method fails, use these instructions:
Please follow these steps if your Internet browsers are blocked:
When Internet Security 2014 completes its fake security scan, click the "Get full time protection now" button on the bottom-left corner of this program.
In the Registration E-mail field, type: fake (at) email.com
In the Registration Key field enter: Y68REW-T76FD1-U3VCF5A
Screenshot of Internet Security 2014 after entering the registration key:
Internet Security 2014 will thank you for the registration. You will then be able to execute installed software and access the Internet to download the remover for this rogue antivirus program. Notice that registration does not remove this bogus software, and furthermore, in some cases fake antivirus programs are 'bundled' with other malware, which can copy passwords and execute other malicious tasks. To completely remove Internet Security 2014 and other bundled malware, download recommended malware removal software and run a full system scan.
If installation or downloading of anti-spyware software fails:
If you are still unable to run or download the anti-spyware software, download this registry fix file. It enables execution of applications and fixes web browser errors. Click on the link below, after downloading, click "Run", click "Yes" and then "OK".
If the installation of anti-spyware software fails, try downloading and running our Customized installer.
Internet Security 2014 removal using Safe-Mode with Networking:
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 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
2. Download the registry fix for Internet Security 2014. This fix removes registry entries, which disallow execution of programs. Download it, click the link below. After downloading, double click win7_av_fix.reg file, click "Yes" when asked and then click "OK".
3. Download recommended malware removal software, install it and run a full system scan.
Alternative Internet Security 2014 removal guide:
Some malicious programs may disallow downloading of anti-spyware software. If you cannot download it using the default location, try one of these alternative download locations:
- Location 1 (the file is renamed to "iexplore.exe", since most spyware does not block this file)
- Location 2
If you still cannot download or run anti-spyware software, please follow these steps:
Download the registry fix for Internet Security 2014 fake antivirus. This fix removes registry entries, which disallow execution of programs. After downloading, double click win7_av_fix.reg file, click "Yes", when asked and then click "OK".
Some variants of this rogue antivirus modify the system proxy settings to prevent Internet access. To reset the proxy settings to default, download and run this tool:
Internet Security 2014 modifies system hosts file. 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 seeing legitimate URLs in address bar. It is difficult to determine sites are genuine when the Hosts file is modified. To fix this, please download the Microsoft Fix It tool, that restores your Hosts file to the Windows default. Run this tool when downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions. Download link below:
Download the Spyware remover or install and run it if already downloaded.
Other Anti-spyware software known to remove Internet Security 2014:
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 internet security 2014 "designed to protect" and other rogue antivirus programs:
To protect your computer from internet security 2014 "designed to protect" 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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