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April 28, 2010 at 7:01 am

How To Remove Fake Security Software

Hello everyone,

In my last post I told you how not to be fooled by any of the many rogue viruses (phony antivirus/security software) that are currently plaguing computers everywhere.

If however you do get infected, don’t panic. Today I would like to show you how to remove these malicious programs:

1) Download, update, and run Malwarebytes (in normal mode if you can).

2) If that doesn’t work, reboot your PC into safe mode with networking (to get into safe mode: press and hold the F8 key right before Windows starts to load).

3) Download, update, and run Malwarebytes (now in safe mode).

4) Reboot your PC and go back into safe mode with networking.

5) If that doesn’t work, and safe mode is blocked, try running ComboFix (run it from a flash drive if necessary).

6) Download, update and run SUPERAntiSpyware (run a full system scan).

7) Reboot your PC again, and run a full scan using your normal Antivirus application (I always use Microsoft Security Essentials).

8) Just for good measure, run the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Start>Run>MRT>OK).

NOTE: You may need to replace Malwarebytes in steps #1, #2, #3 with the portable version of SuperAntiSpyware and then run Malwarebytes in step #6. If no internet connection is available, running an updated portable version of SuperAntiSpyware may be the only possible option initially.

That should take care of these nasty, deceiving, worthless pieces of malicious software. Good riddance!!

Professor Randy says: These rogue programs look impressive and imposing but they’re not! If you follow the above procedures you will knock them out “in no time”.



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