System Tool 2011 with an alias SystemTool is a virus that made to look like a legitimate anti-virus program but in reality it was a piece of fake application or commonly known as rogue security software. It will arrive on computers as a recommended virus removal tool from fake online virus scanner web sites. If executed, instead of getting rid of what we thought as system threats, victims will experienced a more disturb computer operation. Continuous pop-up alerts will be displayed accompanied by a promotion to get the licensed version of System Tool 2011. Some Windows functionalities will be rendered unusable like task manager, registry editor and control panel. This was intended to prevent users from removing System Tool 2011 manually.
When finding it hard to remove System Tool 2011, some will resort into purchasing the registered version of this useless software. By doing so, victims will be redirected to an online payment processing web site where credit card information will be requested. Providing these details may cause excessive charges to credit card for other unknown transactions certainly behind user’s awareness. Instead of obtaining this potentially unwanted program, you might instead consider getting free version of an effective anti-malware program that was known for its ability to take out malicious programs from the infected machine.
What are the Symptoms of System Tool 2011 Infection?
Rogue programs are tend to deceive computer users by issuing fake warning messages that will pretend as legitimate Windows alerts. Some of these are:
System Tool Warning
Intercepting programs that may compromise your private and harm your system have been detected on your PC.
Click here to remove them immediately with System Tool.
Security Monitor: WARNING!
Attention: System detected a potential hazard (TrojanSPM/LX) on your computer that may infect executable files. Your private information and PC safety is at risk. To get rid of unwanted spyware and keep your computer safe you need to update your current security software.
CLick Yes to download official intrusion detection system (IDS software).
Warning: Your computer is infected
Windows has detected spyware infection!
Click this message to install the last update of Windows security software…
A modification will be made to desktop and instead of a wall paper, it will placed a fake warning sign stating that:
Your’re in Danger!
Your Computer is infected with Spyware!
The malware will run with the process:
Malicious files created by System Tool are the following:
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\(random)\
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\(random)\c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\(random)\
System Tool 2011 will create the following registry entries:
Follow these Procedures to Remove System Tool 2011
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 System Tool 2011 will run during this mode.
Procedure 2: Scan and remove System Tool 2011 files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
To remove System Tool 2011, 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 System Tool 2011.
As an added help to remove System Tool 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.
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 System Tool 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.
7. Tick all items that are detected by the program, and then click Clean. The tool will start removing System Tool 2011 components from the computer.
8. If it asked you to restart Windows, please do so.
Protect your PC from System Tool 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.
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