System Security 2011 is a program that every computer users must beware. This is not ordinary software neither a usual security application. System Security 2011 is closely connected with a Trojan that it uses to gain an access on target computer. There are no indications that the Trojan is executing changes on the system, not even your antivirus may detect its activities.
If System Security 2011 is successfully loaded inside your PC, it starts producing a bunch of security alerts situating danger on the system. This fake antivirus also simulates a virus scan that identifies a number of Trojans and viruses. Employing such fake alerts and manufactured scan results are scare devices to trick users in order to induce them into acquiring the paid version of System Security 2011.
Supplementary impairment it can cause to infected computer are the following:
- The malware can disable Windows system tools like task manager and registry editor. Purpose of this execution is to prevent manual removal and to avoid ending process that links to System Security 2011.
- It attempts to block access to executable files. Running installed program produces warning alerts announcing that the file is infected. The alert will arise from system tray pretending to be a legitimate Windows security pop-up.
- System Security 2011 will come up with a warning about successive intrusion attempts. This alarm masks as Windows Firewall Alert to mislead its prey.
As you may observe, System Security 2011 makes an effort to copy what legitimate antivirus program carried out during scan and detect process. However, you may spot rogue ones when concerns about security troubles turns out to be an annoyance.
After the installation, System Security 2011 runs a virus scan on itself. Next, it provides a series of detection and report a number of threats needed to eliminate from the system. It prompts to activate the program by purchasing the registration key from their web site.
The malware mimics Windows start-up process indicating system failure. It shows this message:
System Security 2011 RESTORES Windows after system failure caused my spyware and malware activity.
ACTIVATE System Security 2011 to resume the protection of your computer.
Some more fake warnings and alerts produced by System Security to mislead computer users.
Unwanted software (Malware) or tracking cookies have been found during last scan. It is highly recommended to remove it from your computer.
Keylogger Zeus was detected and put in quarantine.
Keylogger Zeus is a very dangerous software used by criminals to steal personal data such as credit card information, access to banking accounts, passwords to social networks and e-mails.
Windows Security Alert
To help protect your computer, Windows Firewall has blocked some features of this program.
Do you want to keep blocking this program?
Name: Zeus Trojan
Warning! infection found
Unauthorized sending of E-MAIL with subject “Find girl”
to email address
Serious security vulnerabilities were detected on this computer. Your privacy and personal data may be unsafe. Do you want to protect your PC?
Other Detection Name for System Security 2011
AhnLab-V3Trojan/Win32.FakeAVAntiVirTR/Crypt.EPACK.Gen2AvastWin32:Cycbot-NO [Trj]AVGGeneric25.AKCZKasperskyTrojan-FakeAV.Win32.OpenCloud.iMalwareBytes Anti-MalwareBackdoor.BotMcAfeeBackDoor-EXI.gen.xNOD32Win32/Kryptik.UMInProtectGen:Variant.Kazy.40868PCToolsRogueAntiSpyware.AVGuardSophosMal/FakeAV-ISSUPERAntiSpywareMal/FakeAV-ISSymantecTrojan.Gen.2TrendMicroTROJ_GEN.RC1C1JS
The malware will load using the process:
Malicious files created by System Security 2011 are the following:
%AppData%\(random)\System Security 2011.ico
%StartMenu%\Programs\System Security 2011\
%StartMenu%\Programs\System Security 2011\System Security 2011.lnk
%UserProfile%\Desktop\System Security 2011.lnk
System Security 2011 will create the following registry entries:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\System Security 2011
Procedures to Remove System Security 2011
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 System Security 2011 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 System Security 2011.
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.
2. To uninstall System Security 2011, 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 System Security 2011 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.
4. Select System Security 2011 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 System Security 2011. 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.
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 System Security 2011 files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
To remove System Security 2011, download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. 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, MBAM will launch.
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 System Security 2011.
As an added help to remove System Security 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 supportcustomizedpackage 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 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.
7. Tick all items that are detected by the program, and then click Clean. The tool will start removing System Security 2011 components from the computer.
8. If it asked you to restart Windows, please do so.
Protect your PC from System Security 2011 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 System Security 2011 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'.
5. Please restart Google Chrome. New settings keep your browser safe while surfing the web.
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 System Security 2011. 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.
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 System Security 2011. 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
Edge Browser - SmartScreen Filter
SmartScreen filter is a built-in feature in Microsoft Edge browser that can help you deter malicious programs such as System Security 2011. 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.