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25th February 2011

Security Shield - Rogueware

When you have security issues with your computer, it is understandable that you want to resolve them as quickly as possible.  That is why it can be confusing when confronted with rogue antivirus programs like Security Shield.  They promise to protect your computer, but really, they cause more issues than they can ever solve.  When a rogue is downloaded in your system, you will begin to notice telltale symptoms.  When you can recognize these signs, you can take steps to remove the rogue security program manually or automatically, which we will discuss later.  How do you do this?

What is Security Shield?

Security Shield is a rogue antivirus program.  These are also known as scareware, or software that is designed to appear as a legitimate security program but that actually provides little to no security.  What rogue antivirus programs lack in originality, they make up for in persistence and presentation.  By issuing scores of misleading alerts and false security scans, they seek to persuade computer users that there are threats or infections in their systems.  To resolve these issues, the rouges tell worried users, they must purchase the fully licensed version.  Again, though, the rogue cannot scan your computer, resolve threats, or keep your system protected from subsequent risks. 

Security Shield is part of the same family of rogues as System Tool and Security Tool. 

Getting to Know Security Shield

Rogue antivirus programs have one goal:  to persuade computer users that there are threats to their system which can only be fixed by installing the paid version of their software.  And they can be convincing.  When confronted with continual pop-ups, false security warnings, and impaired computer performance, users are persuaded that there are issues that need to be resolved.  What is important to remember, though, is that this rogue, like all others, is not capable of scanning your computer, detecting threats, fixing security issues, or protecting your system from future risks. 

When you boot up your machine, Security Shield launches into a false scan.  It produced a pop-up that mimics those issued by legitimate security programs.  This particular message has a blue shield symbol in top left corner and is clearly labeled with the rogue's name.  It displays a list of "threats," and gives you the option to remove them by installing the full version of the software.  Are these threats real?  No.  In fact, the files listed may be vital for your computer's performance, and deleting them could cause damage.

Other warning messages appear frequently.  Some examples:

  • Harmful software detected:

Security Shield has detected malicious software that may cause PC crash.  Click Remove All button bellow to remove them now.

  • New database updates are available:

Automatic updating is required for real time system protection against new viruses, trojans, and worms.  Regular updating is necessary to guarantee total protection of your system from the latest virus threats that may cause system slowdown, crashes, and possible data loss.

  • Spyware.IEMonster activity detected.  This form of spyware attempts to steal passwords from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook and other commonly used programs.  Click here to immediately remove it with Security Shield.

These are accompanied by options that are worded to urge immediate action or "continue unprotected."

False warning scans and pop-up ads are the most noticeable features of rogue programs, but you may also encounter slowed computer performance, unfamiliar desktop and/or system tray icons (which, if clicked on, lead to more ads), and changed browser settings.  You may be redirected to rogue sites when conducting searches.

It is common for rogue programs for modify your computer's security settings, so it may disable your existing security software.

Methods of Entry

The "free" version of Security Shield is able to access your system via trojan.  This is the vehicle which drives malware like this into your machine.  It is able to do this by disguising itself as a beneficial application.  The trojan Zlob, for instance, appears as a video codec, ActiveX, that is necessary to view an affected online video.  Visiting certain sites puts you at increased risk of allowing access to a trojan: those with adult, pirated, gaming, illegal advertising, free videos, and P2P content are especially vulnerable  Searches for trending topics also yield a significant number of malicious websites that can allow malware to access your computer.   In this way, the rogue program is downloaded into your system without your knowledge.

The "paid" version has to be user-installed.  Because the constant ads can be convincing, many users are persuaded to take immediate action by purchasing the useless software. The paid version is, in fact, no different than the free version, and the issues you are experiencing with your system will not be resolved.

Removing Security Shield

It is important to remove rogue antivirus programs as soon as you can.  There are two options open: automatic and manual removal.  When you choose automatic removal, it is important to choose a program that is updated constantly and is able to thoroughly scan running processes, registry entries, files, and folders.  Programs like Enigma's SpyHunter and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) are designed specifically to detect and remove rouge antivirus programs.  Security Shield and other rogues are not viruses, so they cannot be removed through typical antivirus software.  Automatic removal via a reputable program is the fastest, safest, and more reliable method.

You can also opt for manual removal, though this is difficult if you have little technical experience.  There is the danger of removing necessary files inadvertently or failing to remove every registry key or file associated with the rogue program.  Please email us for more detailed instructions if you want to choose the manual removal option.  With technical support, time, and patience, you can try the following to remove Security Shield:

Stop Process:

[random].exe

Remove Registry Entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce "[random]"

Delete Files:

C:\Documents and Settings\[User]\Local Settings\Application Data\[random].exe



Removing Security Shield 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 Shield 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 Shield 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 Shield 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 Security Shield 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 Security Shield.




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