Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011

This page is all about malware known as Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011. Also included is step-by-step removal guide as well as tips to protect your computer against this type of harmful threat.

Microsoft Security Center 2011 also known as MS Security Center 2011 is a bogus security software that will be endorse as legitimate one. When analyzed thoroughly, Microsoft Security Center 2011 was found to have no specific components and database to be a legitimate anti-virus program. It was designed specifically to run a scan on itself and produce fabricated results. While inside the computer, Microsoft Security Center 2011 will provide enormous alerts and warning messages attempting to convince its victims that computer is affected with several infections. It will advise to acquire the licensed version before any fix can be done on the system.

Rogue programs such as MS Security Center 2011 must be removed from the compromised system as soon as possible. Otherwise, it may connect to a remote server and download more threats that will further harm the computer. It may disable and Windows function to prevent itself from getting remove manually. Internet browsers will also be redirected to various unknown and harmful web pages. Any installed software will be blocked and declared infected by this malware. It will only allow execution of installed software if user has obtained the MS Security Center 2011 registration key.

TypeRogue
Sub-TypeFakeAV
OS AffectedWindows

What are the Symptoms of Microsoft Security Center 2011 Infection?

It will modify Windows Registry and add the following entry:

MS Security Center 2011 Scanner

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Microsoft Security Center 2011”

The threat will drop the following malicious files:
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Security Center 2011\Microsoft Security Center 2011.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Security Center 2011\Microsoft Security Center 2011.lnk
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Security Center 2011
%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Desktop\Microsoft Security Center 2011.lnk

Follow these Procedures to Remove Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011

Procedure 1 : Run antivirus scan under Safe Mode with Networking

Procedure 2 : Scan the computer with anti-malware program to complete the removal of Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011

Procedure 3 : Use Fake Antivirus scanner and removal tool to make sure that no more remnants of

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

1. First, we will try to remove Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011 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.

win7-safemode

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'.

win8-recovery

- 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.

win8-safemode

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 Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011 files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware by clicking on the button below. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011 Removel Tool

1. After downloading, please install the program using the default settings.
2. At the end of the installation, please make sure that it will download necessary updates.
3. Once update has completed. The tool will launch.
4. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program.

Procedure 3: Run TrendMicro's Anti-Threat Toolkit (ATTK) to check and delete any remnants of Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011.

As an added help to remove Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011, you can scan the computer with Anti-Threat Toolkit. This software is provided and distributed by TrendMicro. Follow this procedure to run a scan with this tool.

1. Download the package by clicking on the button below. This will launch a new browser window that contains further details about the tool.

FakeAVRemover Download Link

2. Save the file to a location on your hard drive.
3. Browse for the location of the file and double-click to run. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, right-click on extracted file attk_far_gui.exe and click on Run as Administrator.

Run FakeAVRemover

4. When program launch, it will run a command prompt to initialize, prepare components, and update the program.
5. Next it will open the graphical user interface (GUI) of Anti-Threat Toolkit.

FakeAVRemover GUI

6. Click on Scan Now. This operation will scan all Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011 files and processes in your computer and display a list of result for possible Fake Antivirus program and malware that needs to be removed.

FakeAVRemover Scan

7. Tick all items that are detected by the program, and then click Clean. The tool will start removing Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011 components from the computer.
8. If it asked you to restart Windows, please do so.

Protect your PC from Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011 or Similar Attack

Turn On Safe Browsing Features

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. 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.

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.

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

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