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Total PC Defender

Because we use our computers for work, school, and financial transactions, it is essential that they are secure and that they run optimally.  Rogue antivirus programs count on people's desire to protect their systems and to do so without taking a few minutes to think about the decision.  Just knowing what a rogue antivirus program is and how to recognize one like Total PC Defender can help you keep your computer secure.

Total PC Defender:  A Rogue Antivirus Program

While abundant, rogue antivirus programs are not necessarily creative.  They typically use the same modes of entry and the same tactics in order to persuade computer users to buy their ineffective software.  Pop-ups and false scan results are just the beginning of the changes you will notice if Total PC Defender has entered your system.  Like its brother rogue program, Desktop Defender 2010, Total PC Defender (also known as Total PC Defender 2010) persists in trying to convince you that the only solution to your security problems is to buy their full versions.

How Does Total PC Defender Gain Access to a Computer?

The free version of Total PC Defender is downloaded through a Trojan, such as Zlob.  This particular Trojan disguises itself as a video codec, and when you download an affected video, Zlob is downloaded right along with it.  After it walks in the door, Zlob unloads its passengers, including Total PC Defender and perhaps other forms of malware as well.  The free version then attempts to persuade you to buy the full version.

And many people do just that.  It is entirely understandable that when confronted by warning after warning of security risks that people opt to buy the program because they just want to fix the problems.  Unfortunately, the protection they were counting on never materializes.  The only difference between the free trial version and the full version is the money you pay for it.  It does not provide protection, and it certainly does not remove the issues it has caused itself.

Recognizing Total PC Defender

If there is a bright spot to having a rogue antivirus program on your computer, it is that it they are generally relatively easy to identify after they have become active.  After an initial period of inaction, during which time Total PC Defender is changing your security settings, the rogue program begins to affect your computer's performance.  Here are some signs that you will notice:

Sluggish operation.  While a slower-than-normal computer can be a signal of any number of issues, it is also characteristic of rogue antivirus programs.  Total PC Defender launches whenever you turn on your computer, and it continues to run in the background.  This causes a slowdown in your legitimate programs.

False scan results. While Total PC Defender is using your system resources in the background, it also feigns scanning your computer.  Remember, though, that no program that you haven't directly installed can actually scan your computer.  These "results" are completely fabricated.  It will, however, tell you that it has found several threats to your computer, while urging you to upgrade your protection.  You will find the following message on your scan results:

"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!

Do not click on any part of this ad because you will be directed to a rogue website urging you to buy Total PC Defender.

Pop-ups.  The favorite, and most irritating, tool of rogue antivirus programs is the pop-up.  These will deliver urgent and dramatic warnings to the computer user, including the following:

Security

Warning!

Malicious programs that may steal your private information and prevent your system from working properly are detected on your computer.  Click here to clean your PC immediately.

Warning! System under attack
Threat detected: Worm
File name: notepad.exe
Threat name: Generic Pup.z!7ec2eb2a

This warning manages to be both urgent and very vague at the same time.  Again, there is no password or information stealing program; Total PC Defender is likely the only risk to your security.

New icons.  You may notice flashing icons on your system tray and/or desktop.  Clicking on these will direct you to a website where you will be urged, of course, to purchase Total PC Defender. 

Removing Total PC Defender

If you can handle a little irritation and a lot of pop-ups, why bother removing Total PC Defender?  If left unchecked, Total PC Defender can make it difficult to navigate because you will be continually redirected to rogue sites.  Another characteristic of Total PC Defender is that it can disable certain system tools or options, including system restore and safe mode.  It may block all .exe (executable) files, which makes it impossible to run antivirus and anti-spyware programs.  This is part of what makes Total PC Defender so difficult to remove.  Also a factor is its ability to evade regular antivirus programs and bury itself in the system registry.

How do you remove Total PC Defender?  Rogue antivirus programs are adept at hiding from regular removal tools and resisting basic removal efforts, including uninstalling or deleting the program or running your antivirus program.  Total PC Defender is not a virus, so you will need to treat it differently.

To effectively remove the rogue antivirus program, you can either attempt manual removal or automatic removal (recommended for everyone).  Total PC Defender and other rogue programs are so tricky to remove because they are very good at hiding and burying themselves in the far corners of your system registry.  Incomplete removal can cause the rogue to replicate itself, while it is also possible to delete a necessary file inadvertently.  To ensure that your computer is thoroughly and safely relieved of Total PC Defender, automatic removal with a program like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) is best.  It is also the quickest and easiest way to rid yourself of the rogue program.

If you have more technical experience, patience, and a good deal of time on your hands, you can try the following directions to remove Total PC Defender:

Block Sites:

dcspyware.com
protective-program.com

Remove Processes:

Total PC Defender.exe

Delete Registry Entries:

 

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystemDisableTaskMgr
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystemDisableTaskMgr
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunTotal PC Defender

 

Delete Files:

 

%UserProfile%Start MenuTotal PC Defender
C:Program FilesTotal PC Defender
%UserProfile%Application DataMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick LaunchTotal PC Defender.lnk
%UserProfile%Start MenuTotal PC DefenderTotal PC Defender.lnk
%UserProfile%DesktopTotal PC Defender.lnk
C:Program FilesTotal PC DefenderTotal PC Defender.exe



Removing Total PC Defender 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 Total PC Defender 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 Total PC Defender 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 Total PC Defender 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 Total PC Defender 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 Total PC Defender.




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