My Security Shield is a program that has nothing to do with computer’s protection and virus removal. It may only cause annoyances and disruption on systems operation and Internet community. This Security Master Av-inspired program belongs to a list of malicious program that spreads on the Internet and is used as a money-making activity for its authors. It can also spread via Trojan that can easily get into the computer from its various security exploits and software weaknesses. It can also arrived on PC as an attached file to a spam email messages that contains tempting contents so that users may execute the attached file. My Security Shield virus was also found embedded to different programs hosted on peer-to-peer networks waiting for innocent users to download them.
When successfully installed on the computer, My Security Shield will issue various alerts and warning messages stating that computer is infected by a virus. Each time Windows is started, My Security Shield will perform a virus scan and present untrue results to deceive users and persuade them to purchase the full version of this fake program in order to remove threats. If followed, you will end up losing your money and having a useless and rogue program in return. So remove My Security Shield as soon as you observe any symptoms inside your PC. There are free and effective anti-malware program that will get rid of this fake antivirus instantly.
|OS Affected||Windows XP, Windows Vista|
What are the Symptoms of My Security Shield Infection?
Its graphical user interface will display an activate button. It will always advise you to purchase the registration key to have ultimate protection.
Update: May 23, 2012
There are new observations about this malware. It is making another round again. However, this time, it is more harmful due to the rootkit Trojan that comes with it. Only way to avoid My Security Shield and Rootkit Trojan is to stay away from unknown or suspicious web sites. Do not click right away on links you can find on facebook and instant messengers. Be cautious when using the Internet.
Follow these Procedures to Remove My Security Shield
Procedure 1: Start Windows in Safe Mode with Networking
1. Restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking
- Turn on the computer and immediately press F8 on the keyboard to enter Windows Advanced Options screen. Make sure to hit the F8 button before Windows logo appears on the screen. Failure to do this will boot Windows normally. If that happens, please repeat the process until you successfully boot into Windows Advanced Options. Please see image below for reference.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.Safe mode loads minimal driver and processes, thus, there is no chance that My Security Shield will run during this mode.
Procedure 2: Scan and remove My Security Shield files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
To remove My Security Shield, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware by clicking on the button below. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.
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 My Security Shield.
As an added help to remove My Security Shield, 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.
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.
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.
6. Click on Scan Now. This operation will scan all My Security Shield files and processes in your computer and display a list of result for possible Fake Antivirus program and malware that needs to be removed.
7. Tick all items that are detected by the program, and then click Clean. The tool will start removing My Security Shield components from the computer.
8. If it asked you to restart Windows, please do so.
Protect your PC from My Security Shield 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.
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'.
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