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.
|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: Manual Removal
For users with technical skills in dealing with computer problems, executing this manual removal is enough to stop the malware. However, we highly recommend running anti-malware scan to remove other hidden files. For users who are not tech-savvy, you must skip this step. Start on Procedure 2 and proceed onwards. Automatic removal takes longer to accomplish but is less difficult to execute.
1. Restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking
- After turning On the power of the computer, just before Windows start, press F8.
- From the selections, choose Safe Mode with Networking. Please use keyboard's arrow up/down to navigate between selections and press Enter to proceed.
2. Remove Registry entries added by Security Essentials 2010. You MUST BACKUP YOUR REGISTRY FIRST.
- Click Start > Run.
- Type in the field, regedit.
- Navigate and look for the registry entries mentioned above and delete if necessary.
3. Delete malicious files that the threat added:
- Base on the given location above, browse and delete the file.
- If no location is given, click Start>Search> and search for the files.
- If cannot be deleted, press Ctrl+Alt+Del to access Task Manager, see if the file is running in the process. If it is, select the file and click End Process. Perform file delete again.
4. Scan computer with Antivirus Program
- Update antivirus program.
- Scan computer and delete all detected threats.
- Restart Windows.
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 Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
Protect your PC from Security Essentials 2010 or Similar Attack
Turn On Security Features of your Internet Browser
For safe browsing, each browser programs have their own features for blocking malicious Internet traffic. This feature is capable of detecting whether the site you are trying to visit is listed as harmful and infected with viruses. Phishing and malware web sites will not escape the filtering applied by your browser if the feature is active. Here are the safety features for corresponding Internet browsers.
- Internet Explorer - Smart Screen Filter
This feature of Internet Explorer will check web pages for harmful entities. SmartScreen Filter immediately alerts you if it found the page suspicious. View complete information from this page.
- Google Chrome - Phishing and Malware Protection
Safe browsing feature of Google Chrome uses a technology that protects the computer against virus and malware attacks that may arise while browsing the web. Click here to activate this feature.
- Mozilla Firefox - Block Attack Site and Web Forgeries