Monday, February 21, 2011

Remove Internet Security Essentials virus

Internet Security Essentials is a new fake security program from the same family of rogues as Personal Internet Security 2011, Internet Antivirus 2011, Smart Engine, Smart Security , My Security Shield, Security Master AV, etc. It looks like a real security application, but unlike it, can not remove viruses and trojans, as well as protect your computer from possible infections. This parasite is created with one purpose, to force you to buy its full version.

HijackThis shows Internet Security Essentials infection:

O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [Internet Security Essentials] “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\0ab12\AB123.exe” /s /d

What Internet Security Essentials does

Internet Security Essentials infiltrate computers through the use of trojans. When the trojan is started, it will download and install the rogue onto your computer.

When Internet Security Essentials is installed, it will register itself in the Windows registry to run automatically. Further, the program will begin a system scan and list a lot of trojans, viruses and other malicious programs. Of course, the scan and its results are a fake. The rogue uses the false scan results as method to trick you into purchase the full version of this program. So you can freely ignore all that Internet Security Essentials will show you.

Screen shoot of Internet Security Essentials from Siri-urz blog

While Internet Security Essentials is running, it will display various misleading notifications and fake security alerts from Windows taskbar. However, all of these alerts and notifications is a fake and like false scan result should be ignored.

What is more, Internet Security Essentials can block Windows task manager and the work of antivirus software, redirect you to the malicious web sites, and much more.

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

How to remove Internet Security Essentials

1. Reboot your computer in Safe mode with networking.

2. Run Internet Explorer, Click Tools and select Internet Options. Select Connections Tab and click to Lan Settings button.

3. Uncheck “Use a proxy server” box. Click OK and click OK again.

4. 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.

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

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

6. 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

7. 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.

8. Download OTM by OldTimer from here and save it to your desktop.

9. Run OTM, then paste the following text in “Paste Instructions for Items to be Moved” window (under the yellow bar):
10. Click the red Moveit! button. Close OTM.

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

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