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Here is how easily you might get in trouble these days: you visit a web page you deem perfectly trusty, click through and see some luring ad or file to be downloaded. What a whole lot of users do next is click on this attractive thing, and voila – you end up observing something really weird upon the next reboot. Something like Security Defender which you can see on the snapshot below. Do you know what kind of app that is? We’ll tell you in this post. This is a utility that will never provide any genuine computer safety reports, for one very simple cause: it isn’t meant to be informative, in the positive sense. Security Defender says you have viruses, but guess what – those aren’t there. It states that it can help you get rid of those infections, but it certainly won’t because, again, they aren’t there. Imitation of benign activity and good intensions is everything this program is about. The symptoms of this infestation are fake scan results and noxious alerts it keeps displaying over and over, e.g. ones about 66 critical system objects detected, about iexplore.exe being struck by Trojan-Clicker.Js.Agent.op or Trojan.JS.Fraud.ba, about the unknown program named Porn-Tool.Win32.StripDance.d allegedly scanning your registry right now, etc. Once (and if) you happen to fall for this nonsense, chances are you do what the bad app tells you to, i.e. register it online by paying for the product license. Now, make sure you never do a thing as thoughtless as that! Security Defender is not there to help secure your workstation. It’s a money harvesting instrument inspired and designed by criminals who simply strive to get hold of a certain amount from your credit card. Hopefully you now understand how you should treat this disgusting piece of scam.
Malware Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Threat Level: High
Advice: Remove ASAP
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Security Defender Main GUI Screenshot:
How to uninstall this scareware manually:
Manual removal of this rogue anti-spyware is a feasible objective if you have sufficient expertise in dealing with program files, processes, .dll files and registry entries.
The files to be deleted are listed below:
- %AllUsersProfile%\Desktop\Security Defender.lnk
- %CommonStartMenu%\Programs\Security Defender\
- %CommonStartMenu%\Programs\Security Defender\Remove Security Defender.lnk
- %CommonStartMenu%\Programs\Security Defender\Security Defender Help and Support.lnk
- %CommonStartMenu%\Programs\Security Defender\Security Defender.lnk
The registry entries that need to be removed are as follows:
- HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.exe “(Default)” = “[random]“
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe\shell\open\command “(Default)” = “”%CommonAppData%\pcdfdata\[random].exe” /ex “%1″ %*”
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “pcdfsvc” = “%CommonAppData%\pcdfdata\[random].exe /min” e
Please be aware that manual removal of Security Defender is a cumbersome process and does not always ensure complete deletion of the malware, due to the fact that some files might be hidden or may get reanimated automatically afterwards. Moreover, manual interference of this kind may cause damage to the system. That’s why we strongly recommend automatic removal of this rogue, doing which will save your time and enable avoiding any system malfunctions and guarantee the needed result.
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- January 26, 2013
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