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How To Remove Security Protection Virus / Malware

The Security Protection virus / malware is a fake scanning tool usually downloaded to the system on accident, and without a user knowing this program will install itself and produce a number of warnings indicating a system infection. These warnings are fake and should be ignored. The warnings it produces will inform a user of various security flaws and will do scans that tell a user that they are infected with a serious Trojan virus, Security Protection will then attempt to remove it and then gives a error messages saying the infection can only be removed with the purchase of their software. This is a scam and should never be purchased. If a user attempts to close out of the program it will continue to run in the background taking up system resources causing slow downs. Security Protection will also change internet settings causing browser redirects as well as disables some Windows Utilities.

How To Remove Security Protection

Manual Removal of Security Protection: First to avoid any further infections caused by internet browsing redirects users will need to go to their Internet Options; this can be done by going to the start menu followed by control panel. Once in Internet Options choose the “Connections” tab followed by “LAN Settings” uncheck the “Use a Proxy Server” Option. Once done click “Ok” to save these settings. Next users need to disable the process from running, to do this press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open up the task manager, once opened choose “Processes” and look for .exe, click on the process and then click the “End Process” button. This will disable the program from running and will allow the files to be removed. The following is a list of files that need to be deleted:

  • %AppData%\defender.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Security Protection.lnk

Security Protection Virus / Malware Registry Entries that should be removed:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Security Protection”

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17 Responses to How To Remove Security Protection Virus / Malware

  • Michael Cork says:

    I was wondering if you think I will be able to get my money back for purchasing the fake scanning tool. My computer locked up after it scanned and I ended up wiping my computer clean and starting over fresh. Now I have no idea what their website is and there is no phone # on my bank statement in order to call. I guess I got scammed. I appreciate any information you can assist me with.

    • admin says:

      Unfortunately because most malware is a variation of one another its hard to trace the origin of where one may come from. I suggest calling your credit card company to dispute charges. You won’t be the first person they heard of this happening to and I’m sure they’ll be able to walk you through a process to recover your money.

      • Nick says:

        I would cancel that credit card you paid with as well. Now this “entity” has your personal information… 🙁 Sorry buddy, these things are very convincing! Happens to my parents all the time, very annoying!

  • Holly says:

    I was using this guide to get rid of the virus. I attempted to open task manager like it said, and I am sure that would have worked, but it closes out the task manager due to an alleged trojan infection. Does blocking the virus require speed to get rid of them before it closes, or is there another way to get rid of it now that the first course of action isn’t working?

    • admin says:

      Sometimes speed can help if you can get to it quick enough but most cases will shut it down very quickly. Did you try to do this in safe mode yet? That is the first place I would start if you haven’t tried that. The spyware may not activate while in safe mode. Please feel free to contact us if you need further help.

  • there is so many ways to kill this process.
    **(100% Working)1/ Insert a LINUX LIVE CD In CD/DVD ROM and Simply Run it and Open ur Computer On LINUX OS.
    then Go to [[ C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming ]](In Windows 7)
    and Delete Defender.exe File straightway. then restart ur computer with out the LINUX LIVE CD and See… Magic Works…

    2/ another Thing you can do is just after opening ur Computer [I mean at the first moment when you can see your Desktop] Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc Button all together and quickly go to the Process tab and Click any of the Process and Press ” D ” ( Of course Without Quotes ), and you’ll Find a process Name ” Defender.exe “, Just Right Click onto it And Click END PROCESS TREE, U R Done…………. ^-^ (BUT KEEP IN MIND U HAVE TO B FAST ON THIS TASKS OR ELSE IF ALL THE STARTUP FILES GOT STARTED THEN U WONT B ABLE TO OPEN THE TASKMANAGER ITSELF.)

  • Marina Ace says:

    sooo helpful !!!! i appreciate the act that you posted this!! i followed your steps one by one and everything is back to normal.

  • Sam says:

    Normally it wont let you run Task Manager.

    “Security Protection” virus is easy to remove without downloading any software. This virus got me today. The McAfee and Microsoft Security Essentials totally ignore this virus ( McAfee may welcome it). Here is what I did in Win 7.

    1. Check to see if you can open the “Windows Explorer” which I could. Put cursor on “Start”, right click, and “open windows explorer”.

    2. Go to “C:\Users\yourName\AppData\Local” and/or “C:\Users\yourName\AppData\Roaming”. I had it in “roaming”.

    3. Sort the directory by latest modified.

    4. I found an exe file called “defender.exe” dated today. You can not delete this file because it is being used. But you can rename the file to say “defenderXXX.exe.

    5. Restart.

    6. Run “msconfig.exe” and uncheck defender.exe line item. And/Or you can registry.exe and search for “defender.exe”. It will be in “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run”. Remove this line. Delete the “defenderXXX.exe” file. Close all windows, and restart.

    Good luck…

  • Elyse says:

    I tried doing it and my task manager also closes instantly. I was reading the above comment where you said try doing it in safe mode and I was wondering how I do I put it in safe mode?

    • admin says:

      Hi Elyse, to get into safe mode you need to press the F8 key to get the advance start up options. The best way of doing this when the PC is powering up just tap the F8 button until the screen appears. If Windows loads like normal then you’ll have to restart and try again due to the F8 key not being pressed at the correct time of start up.

  • Joybird91 says:

    I am so thankful for your tip. This is the second time my computer has gotten this virus and it really made me angry and upset. My computer is basically my life and the virus had downloaded itself when i fell asleep at the monitor. Thank you again.

  • Eric says:

    in which folder these files are located, so I can delete them. Is that Win32 Folder?

    %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Security Protection.lnk

  • Martha says:

    Thank you so much! Restarting in Safe Mode and deleting the file with windows explorer helped. If you are not sure where the file is located, the malware will place a shortcut on the desktop -> go to properties and it will show you where it is stored.

  • Craig says:

    Lifesaver, thanks for providing a simple quick way to fix a pain in the ass problem. Saved me from buying software to correct the issue.

  • charly says:

    I tried to follow all the directions that you provided. I even tried to do it on the safe mode. Unfortunately I am still unable to to get rid of the security protection malware. I need help please

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