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Security Monitor 2012


6th January 2012 

Security Monitor 2012 Removal Guide 

Security is the single most important concern of computer professionals, but it is no less important for individuals.  Having secure, safe, and private access to the Internet is essential so we can work, research, shop, and bank with confidence.  The need for security has created a host of great software solutions for consumers, but it has also created a thriving subculture of rogue antivirus programs.  Rogues like Security Monitor 2012 promise to provide protection for owners; unfortunately, they cannot deliver on their claims and may lead to greater vulnerability.  How can you spot these rogues and protect your systems?

What is Security Monitor 2012?

New rogue antivirus programs tend to be more like a paintjob on an old car than an entirely new vehicle.  Like its predecessors, including family member Security Solution 2011, this rogue presents itself as a security program.  Its goal is two-fold: to convince computer users that there are severe threats to their systems, and to persuade them to purchase the “fully licensed” protection that they offer.  There are just two flaws here:

·         There are likely no security threats, except the presence of the rogue itself.

·         Rogue antivirus programs cannot scan, detect, or remove any threat.

With popups, false warning scans, and other tactics, these programs seek to create the illusion of threats.  It is important to remember that this is nothing but an intensive ad campaign designed to part you with your money.

Signs of Security Monitor 2012

No one wants a rogue antivirus program to take up residence in their system, but the good news is that if you can spot one such rogue, you can spot most of them.  They typically behave in the same ways, and Security Monitor 2012 is no exception.  The most noticeable sign that this rogue has accessed your system is the influx of popup ads you will see.  These appear while you are browsing, and they may also pop up on the screen when you are offline.  Here are some examples:

Security Center Alert

To help protect your computer, Security Center has blocked some features of this program.  Do you want to block this suspicious software?

Name: Screen.Grab.J.exe

Risk: High

 

Security Center

Unauthorized remote connection!

Your system is making an unauthorized personal data transfer to a remote computer!  Warning!  Unauthorized personal data transfer is detected! It may be your personal credit card details, logins and passwords, browsing habits or information about files you have downloaded. 

To protect your private data, please click “Prevent Connection” button below.

Insecurity Internet activity.  Threat of virus attack

Due to insecure browsing your PC can easily get infected with viruses, worms, and trojans without knowledge, and that can lead to system slowdown, freezes and crashes.  Also insecure Internet activity can result in revealing your personal information. To get full advanced real-time protection for PC and Internet activity, register your antivirus software.

The rogues hope to convey the message that you are not protected, that your current antivirus program is inactive or ineffective, and that you must take action now.  These are false claims.

 

Another favorite tool of rogue antivirus programs is the false security scan.  Remember, these rogues cannot scan your computer, but that doesn’t stop them from displaying results and warnings.  These are designed to mimic the legitimate scans from security programs and Windows. 

The ones created by Security Monitor 2012, for instance, feature a red, green, blue, and yellow icon that is nearly identical to Windows.  Again, the hope is that you will see this and immediately act.  Take a moment and note the name in the top left and right corners.  The rogue’s name is clearly printed and accompanied by the logo, “Your online guard.” 

The false scan results state that several, sometimes as many as hundreds, of infections have been found and quarantined.  At the bottom of the screen is the reminder, “’Trial Version’ means a version of the Software to be used only to review, demonstrate and evaluate the Software for an unlimited time period. Converting to a full license is easy!”  And, ultimately, useless.  There is no difference between the paid and free versions; save the money you waste.

If a rogue antivirus program has become downloaded into your system, you may notice other changes as well.  These include:

·         Slower performance.

·         Unfamiliar and/or flashing icons on your system tray or desktop.

·         Blocked programs.  When you try to run certain applications or navigate to a legitimate security website, you may see the following message:

Security Monitor 2012

The application [excel.exe, for instance] was launched successfully but it was forced to shut down due to security reasons.  This application is infected by a malicious software program which might present damage for the PC.  It is highly recommended to make a full scan of your computer to exterminate the malicious programs from it.

How Do Rogue Antivirus Programs Access Computers?

The “free” or “trial” version of rogue antivirus programs depends on Trojans to access computer systems.  If, for instance, you are downloading a free video, a Trojan may disguise itself as a video codec.  When you download the codec to watch the video, the Trojan can enter. Once in, it can deposit malware.  There are certain sites that are magnets for Trojans and these include those with trending, gaming, P2P, shareware, freeware, adult, and pirated content.

The “paid” or “full” version has to be user-installed. This happens when a user is inundated with popups and is persuaded to purchase the program to remove the threats.  Unfortunately, Security Monitor 2012 cannot eliminate threats from your system and it is virtually impossible to get your money back.

How To Remove Security Monitor 2012 

No matter which version of the rogue is on your computer, it is important that it is removed as quickly as possible.  This is easier said than done for a few reasons: rogue antivirus programs are not classified as viruses, so you cannot remove them with your standard antivirus program. They are adept at hiding and recreating themselves, so using the “Add/Delete” function is not effective.  The user has two options:

Automatic Removal.  Using a program like Enigma's SpyHunter or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) ensures that every trace of the rogue will be removed and that your computer will return to optimal functioning.  This is recommended for everyone because it is fast and you need only the skills to run a simple software program.

Manual Removal.  This is more difficult and it requires a greater level of technical experience.  The risk is that you will fail to remove every file or registry key associated with the rogue, allowing it to re-launch itself.  It is also possible to accidentally delete necessary files, which can damage your computer.  If you attempt manual removal, make a backup first and feel free to contact us for support.

Stop Processes:

[random].exe

%Temp%\02c9c3c35bdx5.exe

%Temp%\17dkf.exe

%Temp%\1iowieoo.exe

%Temp%\472a10e2ebxd9.exe

%Temp%\56493.exe

%Temp%\8gmsed-bd.exe

%Temp%\ae0965a7157cd.exe

%Temp%\al3erfa3.exe

%Temp%\alerfa.exe

%Temp%\alerfa2.exe

%Temp%\altedf.exe

%Temp%\bzqa43d.exe

%Temp%\cocksucker.exe

%Temp%\cosock.exe

%Temp%\format.exe

%Temp%\g_dx234.exe

%Temp%\ggwwef9752.exe

%Temp%\lkhgg_ea.exe

%Temp%\lols.exe

%Temp%\ploper.exe

%Temp%\timem.exe

%Temp%\tryh-blv.exe

%Temp%\w32-reno-c.exe

%Temp%\wrfwe_di.exe

%Temp%\wwautrsd.exe

%Temp%\wwwsssgen.exe

Delete Registry Entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Security Monitor

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Security Monitor

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Security Monitor"

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Security Monitor 2012 Security"

Delete Files:

%AppData%\Security Monitor\

%AppData%\Security Monitor\IcoActivate.ico

%AppData%\Security Monitor\IcoHelp.ico

%AppData%\Security Monitor\IcoUninstall.ico

%AppData%\Security Monitor\Security Monitor.exe

%AppData%\Security Monitor\securityhelper.exe

%AppData%\Security Monitor\securitymanager.exe

%Desktop%\Security Monitor.lnk

%StartMenu%\Programs\Security Monitor.lnk

%StartMenu%\Programs\Security Monitor\

%StartMenu%\Programs\Security Monitor\Activate Security Monitor.lnk

%StartMenu%\Programs\Security Monitor\Help Security Monitor.lnk

%StartMenu%\Programs\Security Monitor\How to Activate Security Monitor.lnk

%StartMenu%\Programs\Security Monitor\Security Monitor.lnk

%Temp%\02c9c3c35bdx5.exe

%Temp%\17dkf.exe

%Temp%\1iowieoo.exe

%Temp%\472a10e2ebxd9.exe

%Temp%\56493.exe

%Temp%\8gmsed-bd.exe

%Temp%\ae0965a7157cd.exe

%Temp%\al3erfa3.exe

%Temp%\alerfa.exe

%Temp%\alerfa2.exe

%Temp%\altedf.exe

%Temp%\bzqa43d.exe

%Temp%\cocksucker.exe

%Temp%\cosock.exe

%Temp%\format.exe

%Temp%\g_dx234.exe

%Temp%\ggwwef9752.exe

%Temp%\lkhgg_ea.exe

%Temp%\lols.exe

%Temp%\ploper.exe

%Temp%\timem.exe

%Temp%\tryh-blv.exe

%Temp%\w32-reno-c.exe

%Temp%\wrfwe_di.exe

%Temp%\wwautrsd.exe

%Temp%\wwwsssgen.exe



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