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Personal Internet Security 2011

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25th February 2011

Personal Internet Security 2011 - Rogueware

Scareware is a $34.58 million a month business, and there are millions of rogue antivirus programs in circulation.  It is estimated that five percent of the world's computers are affected; this makes security more important than ever.  And this, ironically, makes it easier for scarware designers to spread their rogue programs.  How do you recognize the real from the rogue?  And more importantly, how do you remove them? 

Introduction to Personal Internet Security 2011

Rogue antivirus programs operate under the same goal, which is to convince users that they need to purchase their software to rid their computers of security threats.  And they largely use the same techniques.  Pop-ups and false scans are favored tools; while they can be convincing, it is important to know that these are only ads, and that Personal Internet Security 2011 cannot provide any protection for your computer.

 

This scareware program is related to Personal Security Sentinel, Internet Security Suite, and Internet Antivirus 2011.

 

Signs and Signals

When it first enters your machine, this rogue antivirus program modifies your security settings so it is allowed to run uninterrupted.  During this time, it also creates a list of fake files that it will use later in false scans.   After this, it launches itself every time you boot up your computer and begins its "scan." Remember, it cannot really scan your system, and the files it finds and claims are "infected" are, in fact, those files it has created itself. These are harmless.  But Personal Internet Security 2011 hopes that you will see this long list of threats and be spurred into action. 

A typical scan result window closely mimics those of legitimate security programs.  You will notice a set of keys in the right corner and the "Advanced Security Center" in the left.  This imitates the security center in Windows, and at first glance, it can be very convincing.  The scan claims that your firewall, antivirus, and automatic updating are turned off and that there are infections that need to be fixed.  The recommendation at the top reads, "Activate Internet Security 2011 to get ultimate protection against Identity Theft, Viruses, Malware, and other threats."

Pop-ups are also common, and you will notice them on your taskbar and while you are browsing.  These are usually red in color with a bold X in the corner.  These are designed to convey urgency.  The text of typical "warnings" read:

Warning!  Identity Theft attempt detected

Hidden Connection IP:

Security Risk (High)

Target:  Microsoft Corporation keys

Your IP:

 

Recommended:

Please click "Remove all" button to erase all infected files and protect your PC

And:

 

System Alert

Personal Internet Security 2011 has detected potentially harmful software in your system.  It is strongly recommended that you register Personal Internet Security 2011 to remove all found threats immediately.

Because scareware runs resident in the background, you may notice that your computer is running more slowly than usual because your system resources are being diverted to the rogue program.

 

Methods of Entry

Scareware creators typically design ads for their programs that appear online, especially when people are searching for antivirus protection.  When clicked on, these ads will download Personal Internet Security 2011 without the user's knowledge.  Ads are not the only method of entry, however.  It is also common for trojans to carry the malware into your system.  Hotspots for trojans include sites with:

  • Adult content or other "questionable" content which can include gaming, warez, pirated, P2P, and illegal advertising.
  • Freeware. In exchange for being free, third-party vendors often agree to bundle other software with their products. This is known as "crapware."
  • Applications and ad-ons. Social networking applications and games, chat and instant messaging applications, and free taskbars, screen savers, and other ad-on are also often bundled with crapware.
  • Trending content. Some scareware creators design websites that use trending topic keywords (such as Haiti Earthquake, royal engagement, or the current event of the moment). These make it to the top search results pages but offer no content. Instead, they offer ads and malware.

User installation is also a possibility.  After the "free" version has been downloaded via one of the above methods, some users are convinced they have severe security risks and opt to purchase and install Personal Internet Security 2011.  Unfortunately, this does not resolve any of the issues they have been experiening.

Remove Personal Internet Security 2011

Why don't you just run your current antivirus program and get rid of rogue antivirus programs.  There are two good reasons for this:  first, rogue antivirus programs are not classified as viruses, and second,  they are able to modify security settings in order to run undetected.  This makes your current virus scan program ineffective at detecting them, much less removing them.  The sophisticated design also makes using the Uninstall option ineffective as well.  What does work then?

Automatic removal.  This is the fastest, easiest, and most effective way to remove Personal Internet Security 2011 from your system.  When you choose a reputable program that has been designed specifically for scareware, that is, not a typical antivirus program, you can simply run the software to restore your computer to top functioning.  Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) and Enigma's SpyHunter are both excellent options.  They update their databases on a continuous basis, offer clear interfaces, and are able to run thorough scans.

Manual removal.  This option can also be quite effective, but it comes at greater risk.  These programs survive because they are so difficult to detect; removing them is difficult because they invade every recess of your system registry, and you must delete each and every registry key, DLL, and file associated with them.  The risk is that you'll miss one, and the rogue will remain in your system, or that you will accidentally remove a necessary program. 

Because some of the files will be hidden, you will have to "unhide" them.  In Windows Explorer, change the settings in Tools>Folder Options>View> and check 'show hidden files and folders.  Un-check 'hide protected operating system files."  After you complete the removal process, make sure to go back and reverse this setting.  If you need help, don't hesitate to email us for more detailed instructions.

Stop Processes:

PersonalIS2011.exe

wksra_249.exe

Delete Files:

%commonprograms%\Personal Internet Security 2011.lnk

%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\ec3a\PersonalIS2011.exe

%appdata%\personal internet security 2011\instructions.ini

%commonappdata%\smeyfe

%commonappdata%\sqhdr5\35.mof

%startmenu%\Personal Internet Security 2011.lnk

%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\242510\PersonalIS2011.exe

%appdata%\personal internet security 2011\cookies.sqlite

%commonappdata%\sqhdr5\wksra_249.exe

%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\df30\PersonalIS2011.exe

 

Delete DLL Files:

hkcu\Software\3

hkcrPersonalSS.DocHostUIHandler

hkcr\CLSID\{3F2BBC05-40DF-11D2-9455-00104BC936FF} hkcu\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Personal Internet Security 2011″



Removing Personal Internet Security 2011 Automatically/Safely

For free automatic removal we recommend using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This program is widely recommended by reputable third-party sites, so you can be reasonably confident of its ability to safely get rid of Personal Internet Security 2011 and any hidden Trojans. As a precaution we recommend double checking your system with SpyHunter. This program requires paid registration to enable deletions, however it has a money back guaranteed and is the top of the line in malware removal. It should catch malware that evades Malwarebytes and block anything that tries to reinstal itself.

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Remove Personal Internet Security 2011 Now:

  1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SpyHunter Download  
  2. Run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
  3. Remove all the detected infections (free).
  4. Run a scan with SpyHunter
  5. Remove any remaining infections
  6. Reboot and rescan with SpyHunter. Your computer should now be clean.

Important note: If Malwarebytes is blocked by malware then run Chameleon (Start Menu → All Programs → MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware → Tools → Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Chameleon). If you need further help removing Personal Internet Security 2011 please email us at info@removeadware.com.au or call for personal assistance on toll-free number 888-655-3453, within the USA and Canada.


Disclaimer: This webpage was created to provide information on Personal Internet Security 2011 and how to uninstall it. Manual removal instructions are intended for use by technical experts and should be used at your own risk. We do not own or endorse Personal Internet Security 2011.




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