Thursday, August 5, 2010

How to remove My Security Shield rogue antispyware

My Security Shield is a new rogue antispyware from the same family of rogues as Security Master AV, My Security Engine, etc.

HijackThis shows My Security Shield infection:

O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [My Security Shield] “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\ab123c34\MS567.exe”

What My Security Shield does

My Security Shield is not a legitimate security tool. It looks like a normal antispyware tool, but in reality, this program can not remove viruses, trojans, etc., nor will be protect your computer from legitimate future infections. My Security Shield created with one purpose to trick you into purchasing the full version of the software.

Screen shoot of My Security Shield from S!Ri.URZ blog

During installation, My Security Shield will configure itself to run automatically every time when your computer starts. After that, it will create several files on your computer, which later, during the scan, will detect as infections. These fake infection can only be removed with a full version of the program. Obviously, such results are a fraud, the program want to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected with malicious software.

While My Security Shield is running, it will flood your computer with fake security alert and notifications from Windows task bar. Furthermore, the rogue may disable Task Manager, block antivirus and antispyware tools from running and hijack Internet Explorer so, that it will display various misleading notifications.

As you can see, My Security Shield is absolutely useless and what is more, even dangerous software. Most importantly, do not purchase it. Instead, please use the My Security Shield removal guide or the steps below to remove this malware from your computer for free.

How to remove My Security Shield

Download Malwarebytes Anti-malware. Double click mbam-setup.exe to install the application. When installation is complete, make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.

Once the program has loaded you will see a screen like below.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan. When the scan is done, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. You will see a list of malware that  Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware found on your computer. Note: list of malware may be different than what is shown in the screen below.

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware - lists of malicious software

Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. Once disinfection is finished, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.

Note: if you can`t download or run these suggested program above, boot your computer in Safe mode with networking and repeat the above steps once again.

If the instructions does not help you, then ask for help in the Spyware removal forum.

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