Security Essential 2010 is a rogue anti-spyware program from the family of Internet Security 2010. This malware is installed in PC by Trojans which pretend to be Flash update claiming to be an essential software to view video online. When a user clicks on this so-called ‘Flash Update’ program, instead of helping in watching videos online, it installs other malware and spyware in the PC.
As an example – C:\WINDOWS\system32\smss32.exe is a similar Trojan that hijacks desktop with security warning, displays pop-ups with messages ‘you are infected’ which are actually fake messages. And at last it installs Security Essentials 2010.
While Security Essentials 2010 is running, you will be shown nag screens and fake security warnings from Windows task bar. Some of the warnings:
System warning!Security Essentials 2010 Continue working in unprotected mode is very dangerous. Viruses can damage your confidential data and work on your computer. Click here to protect your computer.
System warning! Intercepting programs that may compromise your privacy and harm your system have been detected on your PC. It`s highly recommended you scan your PC right now.
Security Essentials 2010 Proactive system found several active vulnerabilities on your computer.
Danger quotient – Once Security Essentials 2010 gets installed on your PC, it automatically starts updating itself the moment you logs in. This also shows off pop-ups stating about numerous infections on your PC. When you try to uninstall of remove this program, it flaunts a message that says “you need to purchase the program first in order to remove it.” But all such messages are fraudulent acts which at the end of the day result in your loss.
Security Essentials 2010 files and registry values:
Files: * C:\WINDOWS\system32\warnings.html * C:\WINDOWS\system32\helpers32.dll * C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon32.exe * C:\WINDOWS\system32\smss32.exe * C:\WINDOWS\system32\41.exe * %Temp%\250904.exe * %StartMenu%\Security essentials 2010.lnk * %Desktop%\Security essentials 2010.lnk * C:\ProgramFiles\Securityessentials2010\SE2010.exe
Registry keys and values:
* HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SE2010 * HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run * “Security essentials 2010″ * HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “smss32.exe”
How to remove it – There are many steps that can be conducted to remove security Essentials 2010 from your PC.
1. Reboot your computer is “Safe Mode with Networking”. As the computer is booting tap the “F8 key” continuously which should bring up the “Windows Advanced Options Menu” as shown below. Use your arrow keys to move to “Safe Mode with Networking” and press Enter key.
2. Download one of the good and legitimate anti-malware applications and run a quick system scan. Don’t forget to update it first.