Monday, June 6, 2011

Remove Security Central virus

Security Central is a new fake security program from the same family of malware as Antivirus Center. It pretend to be a virus and malware removal tool, but unlike it, can not detect and remove any infections. This malware is created with one purpose, to trick you into purchasing so-called full version.

What Security Central does

Security Central infiltrate computers through the use of trojans. When the program is installed, it configures itself to run every time when you start Windows.

Once started, Security Central will imitate a scan and list a lot of infected files. It states that your computer is infected with adware, trojans, worms or malware and that you should purchase SecurityCentral to remove these infections. Obviously, such results are a fraud, the program want to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected with malicious software.

While Security Central is running, it will stop Windows legitimate programs from running, display various misleading alerts, nag screens and notifications. Some of these notifications are:

Your system has come under attack of harmful software. Click here to deactivate it.

Spyware.IEMonster process is found. The virus is going to send your passwords from Internet browser (Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook & others) to the third-parties. Click here for further protection of your data with Security Central.

Of course, all of these alerts and notifications are a fake and like a fake scan should be ignored.

As you can see, Security Central is absolutely useless and what is more, even dangerous software.  The program isn't able to detect, nor to remove any infections from your PC. Thus, do not purchase its full version! Instead, please use the Security Central virus removal guide or the instructions below to remove this malware from your computer for free.

How to remove Security Central

1. Reboot your computer in Safe mode with networking.

2. 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.

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

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

4. 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

5. 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.

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

1 comment:

  1. After having my system hijacked by this virus, I thought I was doomed and had much trouble trying to open a browser looking for information to get rid of it.
    Finally, I opened the downloads folder, limited it to only the files I had downloaded that day, found two unfamiliar ones which I renamed to sick *%&*$, renamed the shortcut likewise, then rebooted windows. Please note you can rename it anything you want. I used a rude word to express my frustration at the time. :)
    It worked great! Then I downloaded a recently released anti-malware from windows:
    and ran a scan of the whole system which took a couple of hours but found 13 infections and removed them. Magic! I don't usually post but was so excited that a novice like me could get rid of this monster that I have to share my good news with the world!