Internet Security 2010

By | December 10, 2009 | 45 Comments

Internet Security 2010 is indeed one useless security program that spreads through the Internet. This malware has more or less infected millions of computer users by means of shady script execution when harmful web site is visited. The malware implants on to the system unknown to victims. It instantly generates bunch of fake security messages after installation that shows phony alerts. These messages can be in form or pop-up warnings, fake web page, taskbar alerts or desktop wallpaper. All of these were produced to mislead you into purchasing the full version of Internet Security 2010.

If you think that having a licensed version of Internet Security 2010 can provide protection as well as remove known threats, then you are already misguided. This potentially unwanted software is deficient of required modules to accomplish what legitimate software does. Thus, you should know by now that Internet Security 2010 is not made as a security tool. This program will only mislead you into buying it.

Never purchase a rogue program such as Internet Security 2010. If you are already infected with it, remove Internet Security 2010 with a known anti-malware solution. Together with anti-virus program, those malware remnants can be easily spotted and eradicate from your PC.

Type Rogue
Sub-Type FakeAV
OS Affected Windows XP, Windows Vista

What are the Symptoms of Internet Security 2010 Infection?

The main task of Internet Security 2010 when Windows starts is to simulate a virus scan.
Then, quite a number of Trojans, viruses and computer worm is presented on false result. This scare tactics may cause panic to some victims and may force them to buy the fake antivirus product.

Internet Security 2010

Follow these Procedures to Remove Internet Security 2010

Procedure 1: Scan Computer in Safe Mode Using Installed Anti-virus Program

1. First, we will try to remove Internet Security 2010 by running a virus scan under Safe Mode with Networking. To perform this task, please complete these procedures.

Start in Safe Mode with Networking (Windows XP/Vista/7 Instruction)

- Please restart the computer and just before Windows start, press F8 on your keyboard repeatedly. You will be presented with Advanced Options Menu.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.


Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode with Networking

- Please restart the computer and as soon as it begins to start, please press Shift+F8 keys.
- Instead of seeing Advance Boot Options, Windows 8 will display Recovery Mode. Continue with the given steps until you reach Safe Mode function.
- Click on 'See advanced repair options'.


- Then, click on Troubleshoot.
- Next, please select Advanced options.
- On the next window, please choose Windows Startup Settings.
- Lastly, click on Restart button. Windows 8 will now restart and boot into Advanced Boot Option wherein you can run the system in Safe Mode with Networking.


2. Open your installed anti-virus programs and update it to the most recent version by automatically downloading necessary updates.

3. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all identified threats. Do not restart or turn off the computer after the scan process. You still need to run another scan. Please follow the next procedure.

Procedure 2: Scan and remove Internet Security 2010 files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove Internet Security 2010, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware by clicking on the button below. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download Internet Security 2010 Removal Tool

1. Save the file on your hard drive or any accessible location.
2. Install the program after downloading. Setup with default configuration, there is no need to change anything.
3. Before the installation completes, please put a check mark on "download update."
4. It will launch on itself after installation. The tool will also initiate an update and will require connection to its server.
5. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program. If it requires you to reboot Windows, please proceed.

Procedure 3: Run Another Scan Using RogueKiller

1. Click the button below to Download the program RogueKiller. This tool is effective in finding malware components left inside your computer.

RogueKiller Download

2. After downloading the file, double-click on it to run the program.

Note: When using Internet Explorer 8 or 9, SmartScreen Filter will alert you that the file is "not commonly downloaded and could harm your computer." To proceed, please click on Actions. Select Run anyway from SmartScreen Filter pop-up.

3. During the first time of launching the software, it will run a scan check the computer for presence of threats. Let the scan to finish.

4. Click on the Scan button on right side of the console. See image below for reference. Be sure that you have check mark on MBR Scan, Check Faked, and AntiRootkit. RogueKiller will scan the computer for infected registry entries, driver, and files.

5. After scanning, the tool will display a list of identified threats. Please look at all the tabs to view infected components associated with Internet Security 2010 and other threats.

RogueKiller Scanner

6. Select infected items and make sure that it has a check mark. Usually, the program will select all malicious items.

7. Click Delete on the Options area to remove selected items. Do the same on all tabs that contains infected elements.

8. Please restart Windows.

Troubleshooting Guides

Removing Internet Security 2010 from an infected PC may not resolve all issues. Most of the time, there are inconsistencies left by the malware like disabled Internet connection, hidden files and folders, and missing shortcut icons. You may solve these errors by performing the following steps.

Fix and Restore Internet Connection After Internet Security 2010 Infection

1. Please run RogueKiller once more.

2. Go to Options and click on the following buttons one at a time:

  • Host Fix - The tool will restore the original Windows Hosts file.
  • Proxy Fix - It will remove proxy settings on your Internet browser that was configured by the malware.
  • DNS Fix - Clicking on this button will reverse changes made by the rogue program on your DNS Settings.

Internet Fix

3. You may now restart the computer.

Steps to Restore Shortcut Links and Start Menu Icons

During the presence of Internet Security 2010, it will perform some changes on the registry that will result to missing shortcut links and Start menu icons. The following steps will help you restore these settings back to normal.

1. Open RogueKiller once again. We will use this tool to restore missing items in your Start menu and desktop.

2. Go to Options and click on the ShortcutsFix button. This will restore missing shortcut links and Start Menu icons. The scan would take a few minutes.

RogueKiller Shortcut Fix Button

Run Windows Repair Tool

After removing Internet Security 2010 from your computer, the next move is to fix any damages caused by the infection. Most anti-virus programs are not designed to fix issues and errors initiated by Internet Security 2010. This tool can do many things like repairing of modified winsock, hosts file, proxy, and file associations.

1. Download the program Windows Repair (All-In-One). This is a free tool. Download page will open on a new window.

Windows Repair

2. Once downloaded, double-click on the file to launch the program.
3. When the program is running, please select Start Repairs tab. Then, click on Start button to see a list of repair options.

Start Repair

4. Windows Repair comes with pre-selected options. These are the common functions being affected by viruses and malware like Internet Security 2010.
5. Click to Start to begin the troubleshooting procedure.

Windows Repair

6. Once the repair has finished, the program may prompt you to restart Windows, please reboot the computer.

Protect your PC from Internet Security 2010 or Similar Attack

Turn On Security Features of your Internet Browser

Internet Explorer - Activate SmartScreen Filter

Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 has this feature called SmartScreen Filter. It helps detect phishing web sites and protect you from downloading malicious files online. You may have avoided Internet Security 2010 virus if this has been active on your PC. To turn on SmartScreen Filter, follow these steps:

1. Please open Internet Explorer.
2. On top menu, select Tools (IE 9). For IE 8, please look for Safety menu.
3. Select SmartScreen Filter from the drop-down list and click on Turn on SmartScreen Filter.

IE SmartScreen Filter

4. Please restart Internet Explorer.

SEE MORE : Comprehensive steps to activate SmartScreen Filter

Google Chrome's Enable Phishing and Malware Protection

With Google Chrome's Phishing and Malware Detection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious. To enable Phishing and Malware Protection, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.
2. Click on the Customize and control Google Chrome (3-Bars Icon) located on top right corner of the browser.
3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.
4. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.
5. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Enable phishing and malware protection'.

Chrome Security Settings

6. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.

SEE MORE : Enable Phishing and Malware Protection on Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Sites and Web Forgeries

Phishing and Malware Protection is a built-in feature on Firefox version 3 or later. It warns you when a page you are trying to visit contains phishing content or an attack site designed to drop threats on the computer. To help you keep safe while browsing the Internet using Firefox, please follow this guide:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
2. On top menu, click on Tools. Then select Options from the list.
3. Select Security and put a check mark on the following items:

  • Warn me when sites try to install add-ons
  • Block reported attack sites
  • Block reported web forgeries

Firefox Security Settings

Install a Decent Anti-malware Program

Removing Internet Security 2010 from contracted system does not require obtaining licensed version. Only legitimate and efficient anti-malware program is insisted as to capture this computer parasite. In fact, for advanced users, this malware can be removed with the manual removal instruction on this page. However, that method involves complicated process. For non-technical users, simply download the removal tool and perform a complete scan on the affected unit.

45 thoughts on “Internet Security 2010

  1. Tom

    Ive tried going to safe mode and it wont allow me. it wont allow me to start malwarebytes either

  2. Mike

    I have the same problem as Tom. IS200 disables the Task Manager and will not allow Malwarebytes to install. It also prevents me from entering Safe Mode, in any mode other than the normal user.
    It also has disabled the ability to start regedit.

  3. jeff

    Your IS2010 removal process worked like like a charm, thanks so much.

  4. Chelsey

    My computer gives me an error message when I try to enter safe mode. Also I have run malwarebytes and spybot and it says that it removed bad files/the files that disable me from opening task manager but i still cannot open it.

    I think IS2010 has blocked me from going into safe mode?

    What should i do?

  5. Kristy

    I also have the same problem opening task manager and such. the safe mode won’t work either. help?

  6. Mark

    I have the Internet Security 2010 virus in my notebook. After the scan with AVG, nothing. I reboot my PC but it doesn’t start, but it ever reboot itself, in everything start mode (normal, safe), what can i do? Help please (and sorry for my English)

  7. Colin

    Try this (worked for me running Vista)

    Click on Start and then bring up the Run dialog box. Enter the following

    REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    Now use Cntl+Alt+Del to access the task manager (don’t try clicking the task bar it will get blocked)

    Stop the IS2010 process and winupdate86.exe and then from the file menu go to new task and enter regedit.

    Fingers crossed you should now have access.

  8. Ringo

    Alright I try the method above
    u must stop the file from using in the task manager first, I am still trying it. I will tell you guys what happen later.

  9. Ringo

    Alright, I try it. However, whenever I type regedit in the run menu it do not allow me to show up. For some reason it said it does not allow me to perform such task there.

  10. John

    Problem is that IS2101 blocks everything – task manager, regedit, control panel, etc

  11. Josh

    I’m in the same boat as john
    can’t get to task manager, not even through running “taskmgr”.

  12. Bernadette

    I have had similar problems with IS2010. It has disabled my Task Manager and my desktop wallpaper. I solved the task manager by doing the following:
    Open a run command and type in:
    regedit.exe click [OK] and locate this Key:
    I found a registry key alone the lines of “Disable Task Manager”. I deleted this key and I have my Task Manager back. Still working on the desktop wallpaper problem

  13. Rowan

    Wow I just had this and it was a nasty one. I managed to get it by visiting dodgy proxy websites. I’m not sure how it managed to inject itself into my computer. I didn’t think this was possible unless I executed something but I have been proven wrong. Anyway I managed to get rid of it by running downloading and running malwarebytes. I ran a program called first because it was suggested on some forum. I’m not sure if that program did anything.
    Afterwards there appears to be a small remnant remaining. Firefox redirects to a web page once in a while. I’m running Superantispyware now and it has found something remaining on Internet security rogue. I think this will fix it.

  14. Adrian

    “Colin says:
    January 2, 2010 at 1:46 pm”

    I followed Colin’s tip with the registry entry and that allowed me to access regedit which was previously blocked. Thanks.

  15. tiffany

    OMG i just found the internet security file finally!!!!!

    go to start, then click run, then type regedit!

    then click:
    inside the run folder is that file!
    I still can’t find how to unfreeze my desktop wall paper.

    I had to ctrl+alt+del a bunch of times to finally fool IS2010 to let me delete it from running in the task manager. this is SUCH bullthing! does anyone know how this gets into your computer?

  16. Andy

    I tried Colin’s solution and it didn’t work…maybe I did it wrong. I typed in the command and hit okay. For a second something looking like a dos box opened up and then shut down again. I tried SHIFT ALT DELETE and was still locked up by this bloody thing!

    Help please.

  17. crissy

    all of this to complicated for me so i found an easy way to get rid of virus keep on clicking on system restore it’ll keep telling you file damaged but keep clicking and it will appear, click a date on the left side the virus pop-up will be blocking right hand side dates do not get rid of virus pop-up just click next on system restore then next again and as easy as that virus gone system restore.

  18. Jim

    I had the same problem and downloaded the patch from, the exact link as hxxp:// Ran the removal program and fixed the IS2010. I can access task manager, regedit, etc. However, my desktop is still blocked by the worm, and both firefox and IE could not start. I ran NAV and found nothing, then ran Housecall from Trend Micro and found a Trojan named FAKEINT.JA. After HouseCall removed the Trojan, the desktop wall paper returned to its original setting after reboot the OS but still not able to run Firefox and IE.

  19. Brian

    I just wanted to let everyone know.

    I was reading on this forum about the virus as my father had the same thing on his computer. It had disabled regedit, system restore, desktop, taskmgr as well as other things.

    Here’s what I did.

    I hit ctrl+alt+delete several times in a row and it literally bypassed the block that was put on by IS2010. I then went through and ended the process trees of any process (local and system) that I did not recognize or were not needed by windows to run the computer. After I did this, I went into the program files folder, deleted the Internet Security 2010 folder, deleted it from the recycling bin, and then I was able to access my regedit. At this point I still am not able to access my desktop settings, but I am working on that. Now that I can use regedit and taskmgr, its a start. And all them dang pop ups have stopped.

  20. Donald8274

    When you install MalwareBytes’ right as the folder is made in your program files folder go into it and when “mbam.exe” pops up quickly change the name to anything you can. you then will be able to use malware bytes

  21. Darrin42005

    I have run MalwareBytes twice and it doesn’t get rid of it. Additionally I get some kind of error when I try to hit run.

    Whoever makes these viruses is a waste of talent, but more importantly, a waste of semen.

  22. willing2pay

    what an inconvenience…having to do all of this to get rid of this stupid waste of crap! I’d be gladly willing to pay the $50 to a collection that would be gathered into a bounty reward to have the person(s) (and their immediate family) that came up with these stupid fake antivirus programs tortured then executed. I’m sure that I am not alone on this matter and there are a lot of people who would pay to see/have these virus makers hung dead on a rope.

  23. willing2pay

    I believe that malware does not work until you get rid of the processes that are disabling task manager, regedit, & etc. so going by what Brian said about hitting alt control delete repeatedly so much that it bypasses it’s disabling. instead of doing that I repeatedly tried to open rkill (even though it would come up as being infected) after a couple times of hitting rkill (while in safe mode) it disabled Internet security 2010’s disabling of task manager, plus rkill killed all of the processes. run malware after and it should be good. ran malware before without killing processes and pop ups would keep popping up even while malware was running scan.

  24. mikeywilly

    I have had the same problem with/ a couple machines. Malwarebytes worked fine EXCEPT, Internet Explorer no longer will access web pages. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

  25. stevan

    mikeywilly, try the following:

    Open IE, click Tools … Internet Options … Connections, click LAN settings, then uncheck the Proxy server box (if checked)

    If that did not work (or even apply), click Windows Start button … Run (XP only) … type “netsh winsock reset catalog” and click OK; reboot the PC

  26. tom

    I recently had this virus, last weekend 1-15-10, and after running several antivirus programs had no luck. When I heard about malware bytes working, I tried it and it got rid of everything on the first quick scan (lucky me).

    My only concern now, is whether or not something is “hidden” that will worm it’s way through the windows registry and make my computer become slower over more time. Has anyone that got rid of the virus noticed any aftermath effects? Or better yet, found a way to totally get rid of them if there are any?

    I’ve noticed that my Internet has gotten progressively slower over the past few days since the virus was removed. I’ve had a few of my games crash now as well… sigh… I too would gladly pay $50, $100, and maybe more to have these idiots who devise these retarded master plan viruses to be beaten severely.

    I caught a similar virus to this one about 5 or 6 months back, that would not let me use any antivirus program, nor malware bytes. A total meltdown of sorts… I wound up never being able to find a solution and wiping everything and starting from scratch… blasted viruses…

  27. David J

    I tricked it. I installed Malwarebytes on my other desktop and copied the .exe file to my flash drive along with the setup exe. After I ran the install, I copied the .exe to the program file and was able to run Malwarebytes.

  28. glc

    Download comodo firewall and comodo virus scan both are 100% free. This is how I got rid of Internet Security 2010.

  29. Andy

    I used, then Malwarebytes to remove the is2010 virus and it seemed to fix everything, but now some sort of phishing/redirection thing is running in my Firefox browser. When I use the search engine in the tool bar it opens a copy of the Google results then misdirects you. Appears to be trying to get bank passwords, etc. Very dangerous stuff! I looked at the history and it seems to be visiting multiple sites from one click, including some called redirect?, and others with incredibly long addresses. I am going to uninstall Firefox and install a fresh version after another round of rkill and Malwarebytes.

  30. DWH

    Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt

    “RightClick” > Run as administrator

    Type: start taskmgr
    Kill unwanted process

    Type: start regedit
    Delete unwanted keys

    You can navigate to system32 directory and delete all unwanted files also…

    You can initiate install of any software from this command prompt in case access to install is still being blocked…

    Good Luck

  31. Peter

    I’ve been trying to get rid of this virus for 3 days now and nothing has worked. I downloaded many antiviruses and Avast was the only one that worked. But once I ran the scan, the Internet security thing was still there. I tried to put the computer in safe mode but the Internet security still opened. I tried everything that everyone wrote above me but nothing seemed to work. PLEASE REPLY IF YOU KNOW EXACTLY HOW TO GET RID OF THIS THING.

  32. Jenna

    I had this nasty virus today (at least I assumed I got it today – maybe it was lurking in the background beforehand).

    I followed the instructions on this page:

    step by step. I am not hugely computer literate; but this helped me through the process, so everyone can use it is what I am saying! It makes use of the Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware program which IS a genuine program. The instructions tell you to use a 2nd computer and a USB stick; you have to download the Malwarebytes software installer and a file that alters your registry in order to suppress the ‘Internet Security 2010’ and allow you to actually install the Malwarebytes software. I appear to be free of the nasty virus now.

    I use Vista so it called itself Vista Internet Security 2010; it’s a chameleon virus, giving itself different names depending on what system you’re running, and blending into your interface almost seamlessly at first (spelling mistakes and non-Windows default windows do come up after a certain point).

    I am still Google-ing about it as I want to know HOW I got it. I am not the sort of person to click ‘OK’ on a random pop-up!

    Follow those instructions step by step and I hope it helps you out. I hope the perpetrators of this are prosecuted. It’s the sneakiest virus I have seen.

  33. Carl

    I had this virus and could not log onto the machine. I was fortunate and have several other computers laying around, so I removed the HD and put it into a different computer where it showed up as the F: drive. I ran some virus scanners which found some errors but I also:
    1) cleaned out the windows\prefetch directory
    2) removed all the files that were modified around the time that the virus showed up.
    3) then the tough part – I snagged a copy of the registry from the system_volume_information from roughly 10 days prior to the virus infestation directory and replaced the current registry with that one (this took care of a LOT of issues).

    If you don’t have a 2nd computer laying around, you can do most of this by booting into the recovery console and taking care of the registry stuff first and remove many of the virus files, then, reboot and run virus scanner(s).

  34. Mark

    So much for anti-virus tools, eh? Cannot get rid of this thing despite spending $$ on anti-virus and operating systems.
    Everyone’s right to complain about the people who do this. But you know what, if someone crashes into another vehicle at normal speed (even deliberately) and the gas tank explodes, people are quick to criticize (and sue) the manufacturers of the vehicle.
    It’s a pity such standards are not applied to the producers and sellers of operating systems!

  35. Ruby

    This thing will not allow me to do ANYTHING after the pop ups come up… I cant get to task manager, I cant run any programs, I downloaded sum stuff on my laptop and attempted to run it on my computer but that’s not working… I don’t want to do a system restore because I have info that I need and cant lose.

  36. John

    Try combofix……
    Hit F8-safe mode with networking.
    Hit combo fix”may have to get it from another
    PC”it will go into cmd-they it will download
    thru cmd Microsoft recovery console.
    Then it will go into stages.
    after it’s gone look thru the other stages
    posted here-do that to make sure…..

  37. Dave

    I had to run MalwareBytes 3 times before it found it. It did remove it though.

  38. A. Singh

    I had the same problem; I ran malwarebytes and removed 2010 vista internet security, however each time I now scan my computer with malwarebytes it finds: Malware.Trace as an infected object. Along with that, I also get the blue screen where it dumps physical memory! Help! I run a vista home premium laptop.

  39. Stormii Sunshyne Collins

    I had the same problem with this damn virus/spyware// I downloaded MalwareBytes did a full scan and it deleted it off my PC. So far so good. I caught the damn thing when i turned off my UAC (UserAccountControl)Windows Vista. So now I have turned it back on although it is annoying as hell but at least I don’t have to worried about getting infected anymore. So try Malwarebytes it works really well. I caught it today and got rid of it today.

  40. DrStrangeLove

    quote “mikeywilly, try the following:

    Open IE, click Tools … Internet Options … Connections, click LAN settings, then uncheck the Proxy server box (if checked)

    If that did not work (or even apply), click Windows Start button … Run (XP only) … type “netsh winsock reset catalog” and click OK; reboot the PC
    ” end quote

    The winsock reset command was what i was looking for. thanks!

    the malwarebyte program works pretty good. but leaves the Internet useless after the removal of those pesky fake antiviral programs. i couldn’t find a fix till i found this site. i always had to resort to reinstalling windows. thanks again!

  41. Kira

    Okay… I have this stupid virus on my computer for over a week and I CANNOT GET RID OF IT!!! I’ve done the rkill & Malwarebytes fix as well as found a site to tell me what files, folders, registries and values to manually delete to remove and NOTHING IS WORKING. Every time I restart it restarts, too. I just don’t get it… Someone please help!

  42. farnaway

    If you have a USB, try the Kaspersky USB Bootable Scanner. With this method you will scan your computer without using the infected operating system. Because it will boot from USB there is no chance for the virus to load.

  43. Kira

    I actually used Malwarebytes from USB… It finds some of the files but apparently not all of them since every time I restart, as stated before, this damn thing comes back. I’ll look in to the other though as well and let you know how it goes. Thanks!

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