Windows Security 2011

By | April 7, 2011 | 1 Comment

Windows Security 2011 is a program that is included in the list of rogue software. This malware uses false-positive virus detection to elude users that it was legitimate software. It will always alert computer users of possible infection and presence of Trojan, viruses and malware. A prompt to obtain the Windows Security 2011 registration key always reminds user. This was the only solution it provided to remove detected computer parasites. This rogue program manages to manipulate system operation by dropping system files and modifying Windows registry. In fact, its presence on the computer may lead to a greater damage. Windows Security 2011 will disable any installed anti-virus programs and prevent running of existing software. Internet browser will be modified to redirect search page to unknown and malicious web sites.

This useless program can be prevented from infecting the computer if only a legal and effective security program is defending the PC. Full version of anti-malware software can provide real-time scan to protect computer from unwanted Internet traffic that may cause Windows Security 2011 virus infection. If in case you spot this program on the computer, remove it by following the systematic instructions provided on this page.

Type Rogue
Sub-Type FakeAV
OS Affected Windows

What are the Symptoms of Windows Security 2011 Infection?

It will modify Windows Registry and add the following entries:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Windows Security 2011
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Windows Security 2011
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Windows Security 2011”

The threat will drop the following malicious file/files:
Windows Security 2011.exe

Follow these Procedures to Remove Windows Security 2011

Procedure 1: Start Computer in Safe Mode

Restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking

- After turning On the power of the computer, just before Windows start, press F8. This is a quick process, so you must press F8 button very timely. Failure to enter this mode will start Windows normally. In that case, you need to turn off the PC again and repeat the process.

- 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 boots slower than normal and your screen will be in low-resolution format. If it prompts you at boot-up, please proceed to Safe Mode. Loaded driver and processes are minimal so expect that other devices on the computer will not be available during this mode.

SafeMode Networking

Procedure 2: Scan and remove Windows Security 2011 files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

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

Download Windows Security 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. The tool will launch.
4. Thoroughly scan the computer and remove all threats detected by this anti-malware program.

Procedure 3: Run TrendMicro's Fake Antivirus Remover (ATTK) to check and delete any remnants of Windows Security 2011.

As an added help to remove Windows Security 2011, you can scan the computer with Fake Antivirus Removal Tool. 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 Windows Security 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 Windows Security 2011 components from the computer.
8. If it asked you to restart Windows, please do so.

Procedure 4: Remove Rootkit Trojan with Avast aswMBR

A Trojan often drops malware using an advance technology known as rootkit. It hides the installation of Windows Security 2011 from your anti-virus program and injects malicious code to running Windows processes. To complete the clean-up process, you also need to scan and remove rootkit Trojan.

1. Download aswMBR from Avast server. Save it to your computer.

Avast Rootkit Scanner

2. Double-click on the file aswMBR.exe to run the program.
3. If it prompts you to download the latest Avast! virus definition, please click Yes. This is necessary to identify most recent version of the Trojan as well as hidden files of Windows Security 2011.

Updating aswMBR

4. Click on Scan button to start checking your computer for presence of rootkit Trojan and other viruses. It will display a message "Scan finished successfully" when done.

aswMBR Scan

5. Click Fix or FixMBR to start removing infection. If aswMBR contains the latest Avast! virus definition file, it will automatically clean infected files on your PC.

Protect your PC from Windows Security 2011 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 Windows Security 2011 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

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One thought on “Windows Security 2011

  1. DocRam

    I got my computer infected by this nasty virus. And I am an idiot with computers. I took it to my IT department at my job and they fixed it right away. Basically this virus hides itself in an “.exe” file somewhere in your computer, and your job is to find it and erase it. Problem is that most of your searching devices are blocked by the virus. So what you have to do is manually search through your computer for all files that were installed on the date you got the virus. Once you find a file that you do not recognize (it will hide itself as any name), erase it. Note there may be more than one file, so that when you erase it, the other one will take over. Once you erase it, run your antivirus software (if you don’t have one, download Comodo, its free) and erase the rest of the junk. Now my computer is back to tip top shape and I couldn’t be happier! Thanks to those guys in IT, they are real geniuses.

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