Security Essentials 2010 is a fake computer anti-virus program that originated from the same developers who created Internet Security 2010. This malware is created primarily not to protect a computer. Instead, it will give its victims only one option to remove threats, and that is to purchase the Security Essentials 2010 registration code.
Since it has no add/remove components during the installation process, Security Essentials 2010 removal is not an instant task through Windows. It will require you to get the full version in order to remove the whole package.
An infection may also reduce capability of the user to remove it manually by disabling some Windows components such as registry editor, task manager and control panel. Access to Internet website that is related to anti-virus and anti-malware will also be blocked. The real on only sure way left to remove Security Essentials 2010 is not to purchase it but to get a legitimate security program as discussed below.
|OS Affected||Windows XP, Windows Vista|
What are the Symptoms of Security Essentials 2010 Infection?
This malware will automatically scan a computer and produce false results trying to mislead people into acquiring the Security Essentials 2010 activation and registration key.
It will modify Windows Registry and add the following entries:
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\buy-security-essentials.com
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\get-key-se10.com
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\ActiveDesktop “NoChangingWallpaper” = “1″
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer “NoActiveDesktopChanges” = “1″
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\Explorer “NoSetActiveDesktop” = “1″
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = “1″
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run “Security essentials 2010″
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run “smss32.exe”
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\policies\ActiveDesktop “NoChangingWallpaper” = “1″
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\policies\Explorer “NoActiveDesktopChanges” = “1″
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\policies\Explorer “NoSetActiveDesktop” = “1″
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run “smss32.exe”
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\buy-security-essentials.com
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\download-soft-package.com
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\download-software-package.com
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\get-key-se10.com
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\is-software-download.com
The threat will drop the following malicious files:
- %UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Security essentials 2010.lnk
- %UserProfile%\Desktop\Security essentials 2010.lnk
- %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Security essentials 2010.lnk
- c:\Program Files\Securityessentials2010\
- c:\Program Files\Securityessentials2010\SE2010.exe
Follow these Procedures to Remove Security Essentials 2010
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 Security Essentials 2010 will run during this mode.
Procedure 2: Scan and remove Security Essentials 2010 files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
To remove Security Essentials 2010, 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 Security Essentials 2010.
As an added help to remove Security Essentials 2010, 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 Security Essentials 2010 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 Security Essentials 2010 components from the computer.
8. If it asked you to restart Windows, please do so.
Protect your PC from Security Essentials 2010 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