Remove Security Essentials 2010

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.

What are the Symptoms of Security Essentials 2010 Infection?

Security Essentials 2010 Screen Shot Image

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_CURRENT_USER\Software\SE2010
  • 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:\s
  • c:\Program Files\Securityessentials2010\
  • c:\Program Files\Securityessentials2010\SE2010.exe
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\41.exe
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\helpers32.dll
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\smss32.exe
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\warnings.html
  • c:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon32.exe

Procedures to Remove Security Essentials 2010

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 Security Essentials 2010 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 Security Essentials 2010.

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 Security Essentials 2010, 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 Security Essentials 2010 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 Security Essentials 2010 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 Security Essentials 2010. 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 Security Essentials 2010 files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

To remove Security Essentials 2010, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This tool is effective in getting rid of Trojans, viruses and malware.

Download 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 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.

Download FakeAV Removal 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 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 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.

FakeAVRemover Scan

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

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 Security Essentials 2010 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 - 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 Security Essentials 2010. 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 - 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 Security Essentials 2010. 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 - SmartScreen Filter

SmartScreen filter is a built-in feature in Microsoft Edge browser that can help you deter malicious programs such as Security Essentials 2010. 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

One thought on “Remove Security Essentials 2010

  1. DDS Central says:

    For such parasites, if known antimalware can’t remove them, they can usually be removed by booting the target system to another OS (eg.: a WinPE Live CD or a second Windows installation) and running some antimalware tools from there.
    You can even try mounting the infected system’s registry hives to clean the registry (I’ve never tried this though, but I think it should work).

    Well, of course the easiest way is to reformat and reinstall Windows (if you do not reformat, make sure to run a virus scan after reinstalling Windows to remove malware from your hard drive.

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