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Security Essentials 2010 - Essentially Useless

Deceptive, misleading information - It doesn't exactly sound like the perfect way to start a relationship with a new security program for your computer, does it? If  you have Security Essentials 2010, however, that's exactly what you'll find at every turn, and perhaps the last thing you may find is a helpful solution designed to truly protect you from online harm. 

Security Essentials 2010 - Rogue Security Software

Like many that have come before it, Security Essentials 2010 is a rogue security program. It's a program designed to use misleading tactics so you'll buy the full version and use it as your only computer scanner. There are a few pretty serious problems with that equation, though, and the biggest is that it has the ability to create more security problems on your computer, which could lead to a variety of malware installations, none of which promise anything good for your system.

There are a number of different ways you could have encountered Security Essentials 2010. In most cases, however, it is disguised as a Trojan that pretends to be a flash update. It often works a bit like this:

1. As you visit a website you're unfamiliar with, you get a pop up message informing you that a Flash update is essential for you to properly view the videos on the page.
2. You click on the message to install the update.
3. Your computer system gets the message that you'd like to install the file associated with the link, and that file turns out to be Security Essentials 2010.

It's important to remember that this program is not a virus. Even if you do have a good antivirus solution, you won't be protected in this case. It's a rogue security application, and that means that no antivirus program can prevent this program from installing itself on your machine.

Noticeable Signs of Security Essentials 2010

If this program has been installed on your computer, you are likely to notice a number of different things. Most people, with any rogue security program, first notice how slowly their computers perform tasks. This is, in part, due to the resources a program like this has the ability to consume. They start with your computer, so as you try to load your browser, instant messenger, or even a simple word processing program, you don't have enough space to run everything at once, and the computer is slower than it might normally be.

In addition to that problem, however, you're quite likely to notice regular security notices. Sometimes, these look like pop up advertisements. In other cases, however, they end up looking like very real notifications from your machine. Either way, the goal is to get you to click on the ad, and that leads you to a spot where you can download the full version of the program for a price. This price, though, will not eliminate any of the symptoms, nor will it provide you with the reliable protection you need. Here are just a few of the ads you might see flash across your screen: 

Attention! System detected a potential hazard (TrojanSPM/LX) on your computer that may infect executable files. You private information and PC safety is at risk. To get rid of unwanted spyware and keep your computer safe you need update your current security software. Click OK to download official intrusion detection system (IDS software)

Critical Warning!
Critical System Warning! Your system is probably infected with a version of Trojan-Spy.HTML.Visafraud.a. This may result in website access passwords being stolen from Interner Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook etc. Click Yes to scan and remove threats. (recommended)

Application Error.The instruction at 0x009a6f9a referenced memory at 0x00000000. The memory could not be written.Click on OK to terminate the program.

Security Warning!
Worm.Win32.NetSky detected on your machine.
This virus is distributed via the Internet through e-mail and Active-x objects.
The worm has its own SMTP engine which means it gathers e-mails from your local computer and re-distributes itself.
In worst cases this worm can allow attachers to access your computer, stealing passwords and personal data.
Viruses can damage your confidential data and work on your computer.
Continue working in unprotected mode is very dangerous.

Your computer is infected! Windows has detected an infection of spyware! It is recommended to use special antispyware tools to prevent data loss. Windows will now download and install the most up-to-date antispyware for you.
Click here to protect your computer from spyware!

System warning!
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.

In addition to those ads, you will also see a scan window appear on your machine from time to time. It looks a lot like any other security program. In the top left corner, you may even see traditional Windows colors along with the Security Essentials logo. Down the left side, the menu bar appears with choices like System Scan, Firewall, Email Protection, and even Updates. The main window says "Security Status" and goes on to suggest that several vulnerabilities have been detected within your system. Clicking anywhere on this program will actually just lead you back to the website where you can purchase the full version of the program. At some point, it may go so far as to display the scan results, and when it does, it's important to remember that the files actually look very malicious. In most cases, however, they've been put there by the program to help convince you to make the purchase.

There are two other things you may notice if Security Essentials 2010 is installed on your computer. First, it has the ability to block your access to Windows update and certain websites. It may show an error message that says something like "Application Cannot Be Executed." It can even add a number of new websites to your "Trusted Websites Zone," to help further convince you to make the purchase. In addition to that, however, the second major thing it can do is change the background of your desktop. It's often switched to a black background that proclaims "Your System is Infected" and goes on to let you know that the only way to remedy the situation is to use a spyware removal tool.

Removing Security Essentials 2010

If you do have this program installed on your machine, eliminating it is your only option. There are two good ways to remove Security Essentials 2010. The first method, however, is probably the best, particularly for new computer users.
One way to handle it is to install a reputable antispyware program on your machine. There are lots of very real security companies that specialize in making certain your machine stays away from programs just like this one. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) and Enigma's SpyHunter are two great choices. Once you've chosen a program that seems to meet your needs, download it, install it, then run the update manager. Once it's ready to go, just scan your machine, and it will remove Security Essentials 2010. As long as you keep the program updated on a regular basis, you shouldn't have to deal with rogue security software in the future.

Your other option is to  a manual removal of Security Essentials 2010. This, however, should only be left to computer users who have deleted program files and registry keys in the past. If you're new to either of these areas, having an other individual handle it is probably the best option, as there is some danger that you could irreversibly damage your machine in the process. If you insist on manual removal, a list of affected registry keys appears at the end of this article.

Security Essentials 2010 works very hard to convince you of a security problem, and no matter what you do, removing it is your best bet.

Affected Files/Registry Keys:
c:\Program Files\Securityessentials2010\
c:\Program Files\Securityessentials2010\SE2010.exe
%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Security essentials 2010.lnk
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Security essentials 2010.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Security essentials 2010.lnk

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\buy-security-essentials.com
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\download-soft-package.com
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\download-software-package.com
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\get-key-se10.com
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\is-software-download.com
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\buy-security-essentials.com
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\ZoneMap\Domains\get-key-se10.com
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop "NoChangingWallpaper" = "1"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer "NoActiveDesktopChanges" = "1"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer "NoSetActiveDesktop" = "1"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System "DisableTaskMgr" = "1"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Security essentials 2010"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "smss32.exe"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\ActiveDesktop "NoChangingWallpaper" = "1"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer "NoActiveDesktopChanges" = "1"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer "NoSetActiveDesktop" = "1"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "smss32.exe"

Removing Security Essentials 2010 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 Security Essentials 2010 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 Security Essentials 2010 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 Security Essentials 2010 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.

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