Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011

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.

Type Rogue
Sub-Type FakeAV
OS Affected Windows

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

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

Removal steps on this page will help you get rid of the threat effectively using tools and virus scanners. Please make sure that you will carry out the guide in exact order.

Procedure 1: Uninstall Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011 from Windows Control Panel

1. Begin the removal process by uninstalling the rogue program from Windows. To do this, we need to open Control Panel. Please ensure that you are logon with the Administrative privilege to access this function.

Accessing Control Panel in Windows 8 and Windows 10

- On your keyboard, Press Windows Key + X.
- Once Quick Access Menu appears on the screen, please click on Control Panel.
- Control Panel window will open. Please proceed to the next step which is uninstalling Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011.

How to access Control Panel in Windows XP, Windows Vista / 7

- Click on Start button that can be found on bottom left corner of the screen.
- From the list, choose Control Panel to access settings of Windows and make the needed changes.

Cpanel Win7

2. To uninstall Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011, click on Uninstall a program under Programs Section. It will open a Program and Features window where-in you can uninstall, change, or repair installed software.

3. Look for Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011 title or any suspicious name that was installed recently. To do this, you need to arrange the items chronologically. Click on Installed On to display recently installed programs.

Uninstall Item

4. Select Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011 or any suspicious items and then Click on Uninstall button to remove it from Windows.

5. If it prompts for confirmation, please click OK button to proceed.

Procedure 2: Scan Computer in Safe Mode Using Installed Anti-virus Program

1. When troubleshooting a PC, one common step is to boot operating system into Safe Mode with Networking. The same approach will be used in the removal of Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011. Please execute instructions based on your Windows OS version.

Start Windows 8 / Windows 10 in Safe Mode with Networking

- Close all running programs on your computer because we will need to restart Windows on this procedure.
- Press and Hold Shift key on your keyboard while clicking on Restart.
- You will then be presented with Troubleshooting Options.
- Click on Troubleshoot icon.
- Then, Click on Advanced Options icon.
- Select Startup Settings icon and then, Click on Restart button.
- When Windows restarts, it will prompt to choose number from the list of options. Press the number on your keyboard that corresponds to Safe Mode with Networking, commonly number 5.
- Once in Safe Mode, please proceed to the next step which is running a virus scan on the computer.

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

2. Once your Windows is running in Safe Mode, 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 3: 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. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011 Removal 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, MBAM will launch.

MBAM Scanner

4. Select SCAN from the top menu. Then, click on Threat Scan (Recommended) section.

5. Click on Start Scan to thoroughly scan the computer. Remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program after the process.

Procedure 4: 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 supportcustomizedpackage 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

Google Chrome

Google Chrome's Protection from Dangerous Sites

With Google Chrome's Dangerous Site Protection feature, you will have lesser risks browsing the web. It will display a warning when the site you are trying to visit is suspicious, thus, you can prevent Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011 infection. To enable protection from dangerous sites, please do these steps:

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. In the address bar, type this: chrome://settings/ and then, Press Enter.

3. Once on the settings page, click on Show advanced settings... at the bottom of the page to see the rest of the Chrome setup.

4. Locate Privacy section and mark 'Protect you and your device from dangerous sites'.

Chrome Security Settings

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

SEE MORE : Enable Google Chrome's protection from dangerous sites

Internet Explorer

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 programs including Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011. 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

Mozilla Firefox

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 such as Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011. 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 Open Menu. 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

Edge Browser

Edge Browser - SmartScreen Filter

SmartScreen filter is a built-in feature in Microsoft Edge browser that can help you deter malicious programs such as Microsoft Security Center 2011 or MS Security Center 2011. It can block malicious web sites and downloads.

1. Open Microsoft Edge browser.

2. Click on More Actions button located at top right corner of the screen.

3. Select Settings from the drop-down list.

4. Under Settings menu, go to Advanced Settings section and click on View Advanced Settings.

5. Scroll down to "help protect my PC from malicious sites and downloads with SmartScreen Filter". Turn it to ON.

6.You may now restart Microsoft Edge browser.

Edge SmartScreen Filter

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