Sometimes, you may install and run fake anti-virus programs which can be free downloaded from certain insecure websites. Smart Security is one of fake security programs that display fake scan results and trick innocent people into purchasing it to make illegal money. If you have this program installed on the PC, please get rid of it as soon as possible. It is simply a scam. If you have trouble deleting it, follow the solutions in this post to deal with it effectively.
What is Smart Security virus?
Smart Security is a program that pretends to be a security tool for removing the potential threats from the Internet. It shows false various cyber infections in the scan results after scanning your PC. Cyber criminals who created this malware aim at deceiving computer users by displaying numerous nonexistent viruses or Trojans.
A screenshot of the rogue program:
Once the rogue is installed on your computer it will be configured to start automatically when Windows starts. Once started, it performs a fake scan and then states that there are numerous infections found on your PC. If you attempt to use the program to remove these infections, you will be asked first to purchase it before it can do so. This is a money-making scam as the scan results are not true. They do not even exist on your computer.
The rogue program not only shows fictitious security alerts to cheat users, but also stop some programs installed on the infected PC from running properly.
Furthermore, the malware will block the Windows Task Manager and Registry editor so that you cannot kill its running process and delete its related processes and files. To protect your computer, please remove Smart Security instantly once you notice its existence.
How does the rogue program spread?
Generally, the rogue program makes use of hacked web sites that exploit visitor’s vulnerable programs to invade their machines without permission. It also utilizes websites to display fake online anti-malware scanners in order to trick you into downloading and installing it. Thus, you should be cautious when surfing the Internet and keep away from malicious websites.
How to manually get rid of Smart Security step by step?
Method1: Manually kill the processes and delete the files of the rogue program.
Step 1. Open Windows Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete together on your keyboard.
Step 2. Highlight the unknown and nasty processes like SMae0_289.exe in Process tab, and click “End Process” button.
Step 3. Exit task manager, click “Start” -> “Shut down” -> “Restart Computer”.
Step 4. Before computer launches, constantly to press F8 key.
Step 5. Then you will access the Windows Advanced Options Menu, use the arrow keys to highlight “Safe Mode With Networking” option, and press Enter.
Step 6. Download and run a trusted anti-virus program like Kapersky, fully scan and clean up system
Step 7. Open My Computer, navigate to delete the malicious files:
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\[rogue program name].lnk
%UserProfile%\Application Data\[rogue program name]\cookies.sqlite
%UserProfile%\Application Data\[rogue program name]\Instructions.ini
%UserProfile%\Desktop\[rogue program name].lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\[rogue program name].lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\[rogue program name].lnk
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\er41ss\SMae0_289.exe
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\er41ss\SMS.ico
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\er41ss\sqlite3.dll
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\er41ss\SMSSys\vd952342.bd
c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\SMUVZICOS\SMSYYTICS.cfg
(Note: %UserProfile% for Vista/7 user is C:\Users\, for C:\Documents and Settings\ in Windows XP/2000)
Step 8. Click Start -> Open Run box, type in “regedit” and press Enter
Step 9. Locate and delete the malicious entries in registry editor:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer “PRS” = “http://127.0.0.1:27777/?inj=%ORIGINAL%”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “RunInvalidSignatures” = “1″
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyServer” = “http=127.0.0.1:25567″
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer “DisallowRun” =”1″
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Smart Security”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = “no”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyEnable” = “1″
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run | [rogue program name]
Method 2. Restore computer to the date before getting infected with the fake antivirus program.
Step 1. Log in computer as an administrator.
Step 2. Click on Start button, Select All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Restore.
Step 3. In the new window named Welcome to System Restore, select the “Restore my computer to an earlier time” option and click Next button.
Stpe 4. Then you will see a calendar, just select the most recent system restore point and click Next.
Step 5. Navigate to click Next in the “Confirm restore point selection” box.
Step 6. Wait for the system restore to complete.
How to automatically get rid of Smart Security within minutes?
Are you not sure that you can correctly delete the registry entries and files of the rogue program? Do you wonder if there is a third-party tool to uninstall Smart Security automatically? In fact, you don’t need to clear the rogue program by yourself step by step as the above mentioned. A professional removal program can help you effectively delete the malware. It is specially designed to remove all unwanted programs and files easily and totally. The malicious files and registry information created by the rogue security files can be fully deleted by the tool when the malware is erased. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that you use a third-party malware removal tool to deal with the threat.
Download and install a reliable malware removal tool on your computer.
Run the program and search for the fake security software.
Click Delete or Uninstall button to remove the malware completely.