Total PC Defender 2010
Total PC Defender 2010 is included in the category of rogue security programs that keeps on spreading over the Internet through the use of a Trojan and fake online security websites. Using these methods, Total PC Defender 2010 can be installed on computers without having user’s approval. It will secretly sneak into the system and modifies settings and registry entries to have itself run when Windows starts. When inside the computer, people may see constant security pop-up alter. It declares a number of threats. Total PC Defender 2010 will also run its own virus scan on computer without having to execute the program. This scanner will detect false threats to mislead users into getting the licensed version of this useless program.
You should not waste money in acquiring the registration key for Total PC Defender 2010. It will never provide real protection nor remove viruses from an ailing computer. In fact, you must deal with this malware by scanning the system with genuine anti-malware product. Once it detects that Total PC Defender 2010 is a threat, you have no other choice but to remove this malware.
What are the Symptoms of Total PC Defender 2010 Infection?
You will see the image below if Total PC Defender 2010 is present on your computer. This is the fake scanner that provides questionable results.
It will modify Windows Registry and add the following entries:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Total PC Defender
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Uninstall\Total PC Defender
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Total PC Defender
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run “Total PC Defender.exe”
The threat will drop the following malicious files:
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Total PC Defender.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Total PC Defender
%UserProfile%\Start MenuTotal PC Defender\Total PC Defender.lnk
%Program Files%\Total PC Defender
%Program Files%\Total PC Defender\Total PC Defender.exe
Follow these Procedures to Remove Total PC Defender 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 Total PC Defender 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 Total PC Defender 2010 files with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
To remove Total PC Defender 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 Total PC Defender 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