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Personal Shield Pro Rogue Security Program

If you have a computer, you need security.  It is that simple.  But here’s where it gets more complicated: how do you know you are getting the protection you need?  How do you know that the program you have chosen will keep your data and machine safe?  Because of the proliferation of rogue antivirus programs, like Personal Shield Pro, it is more important than ever that you have the right answers.  A rogue program can waste your money, fail to provide protection, and put your machine at risk from future threats.

What is Personal Shield Pro?

A rogue antivirus program is a form of scareware; rogues like Personal Shield Pro create the illusion that a computer is infected with a variety of security risks in order to persuade the owner to purchase the “fully licensed version” of their software.  The fully licensed version, however, is no different than the free version; neither can scan your system, detect threats, nor remove risks.  Rogues use a variety of tools in order to convince users that a system is at risk, the most common of which are popups and false security scans.  These can be very alarming for users, but it is essential that we remember that these threats are empty.  In fact, it is very likely that the only thing amiss in your system is the presence of Personal Shield Pro.

Personal Shield Pro belongs to the same family as rogues Antivirus Scan, Antivirus .NET, and Antivirus Action.

How Personal Shield Pro Gains Access

There are hundreds of rogue antivirus programs, and while names are different, they typically behave in identical manners.  Their mode of entry to a computer system tends to be very similar. Personal Shield Pro is installed via Trojans, which tend to lurk on sites with gaming, adult, warez, pirated, file-sharing, freeware, and trending content.  They can reside on normally safe sites that have been infiltrated by malicious code.  Typically, a user is urged to update a particular program, such as Flash, Shockwave, or a video codec; when they do, the Trojans are allowed to enter.  As they do, they deposit malware, including rogue antivirus programs.  This gives the user the “free version” of Personal Shield Pro.

The full or licensed version is installed by users directly.  This can happen in a few different ways; a user may be looking for a security program and click on an ad for Personal Shield Pro, or, the rogue may already be in his system courtesy of a Trojan.  When he is confronted with a flurry of popups and false warning scans, he is convinced that he needs to purchase the software.  While an understandable reaction, it is ultimately a waste of money because the rogue can provide no protection.

Symptoms of Personal Shield Pro

Regardless of how the rogue antivirus program is installed in a system, it typically behaves the same way once there.  Initially, it goes through a dormant period, and you will likely not notice anything amiss.  During this time, though, the rogue is changing your security settings to allow it to launch itself immediately on startup and to remain undetected by your legitimate security software.  After it does this, Personal Shield Pro begins its campaign to convince users that there are severe risks present in the system.  Its most important tools in this effort are popup ads and false security scans.

Popups can occur while you are browsing, but they can also appear when you are offline.  You may notice unfamiliar icons in your system tray or on your desktop.  When you click on these, a message may appear or you may be redirected to a rogue website.  The “warnings” appear as follows:

Application cannot be executed.  The file taskmgr.exe is infected. Please activate your antivirus software.

Warning: Your computer is infected

Windows has detected spyware infection. Click this message to install the last update of Windows security software…

 

And:

Personal Shield Pro Firewall Alert

Personal Shield Pro Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the internet.  Internet Explorer Internet Browser is infected with worm Lsas.Blaster.Keylogger.  This worm is trying to send your credit card details using Internet Explorer Internet Browser to connect to remove host.

By using legitimate programs, like Internet Explorer, in the warnings, the developers hope to convey the message of authenticity.

Another common ploy is to issue false security scans. These mimic those of legitimate security programs, but if you look carefully, you will be able to spot a rogue.  The name “Personal Shield Pro” appears in the top left corner, accompanied by a shield symbol.  On the left side, there are tabs with options, such as “System Scan”, “Protection”, "Privacy", “Update”, and “Settings”.  In the center, the rogue indicates that it has run a scan (which it is unable to do) and has found a list of threats.  These are typically very serious, such as worms or spyware, which is designed to spur immediate action.

Example Screen Shot - Personal Shield Pro's Fake Scan

Personal Shield Pro

Users are urged to upgrade to the full protection of Personal Shield Pro in order to remove these threats.  It cannot be emphasized enough, though, that there are no worms, no spyware, and no viruses.  The rogue has created the illusion of security threats in order to persuade users to purchase ineffectual software that can neither detect nor remove threats.

Users may also notice that their computer system is running more slowly than usual; because Personal Shield Pro launches itself at startup and remains running in the background, it diverts system resources away from legitimate programs.  Even simple tasks, like switching between browser windows or opening a file, can take much longer.

Removing Personal Shield Pro

Personal Shield Pro cannot remove threats from your computer, but it can leave your system vulnerable to future threats.  In order to return to optimal functioning and keep your computer safe, it is important to remove the rogue antivirus program as soon as possible.  Running your current antivirus software is not going to be the quick, easy fix you are hoping for; these programs are not designed to handle rogue antivirus programs, which are not classified as viruses.  Simply uninstalling the rogue will not work either because it has a host of related files, registry keys, and DLLs that must each be removed in order to eradicate the program.

Manual removal of Personal Shield Pro is the process of painstakingly removing each of these associated files by hand.  It requires extensive knowledge and experience with the system registry.  If a necessary file is inadvertently deleted, it can impact performance, and if an associated file is not removed, it can cause Personal Shield Pro to replicate and continue operating.  Because of the difficulty, automatic removal is recommended for all but technicians.  If you do want to try, though, we have provided directions below; please contact us if you need assistance.

Automatic removal is much easier and faster.  It requires only minimal know-how, and your computer can be thoroughly cleaned and returned to normal operation quickly.  A program like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) is designed specifically for rogue antivirus programs and will reliably detect and remove this threat. 

Stop Processes:

%Temp%\[random]\[random].exe

Delete Registry Entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\[random]

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “RunInvalidSignatures” = ’1?

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\PhishingFilter “Enabled” = ’0?

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyOverride” = ”

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyServer” = ’127.0.0.1:33554?

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyEnable” = ’1?

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations “LowRiskFileTypes” = ‘.exe’

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random]“

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = ‘no’

Remove Files:

%Temp%\[random]\

%Temp%\[random]\[random].exe



Removing Personal Shield Pro 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 Shield Pro 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 Shield Pro 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 Shield Pro 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 Shield Pro 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 Shield Pro.






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