Smart Security Removal Guide

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Fake AV applications mimicking Windows programs are exceptionally dangerous. Smart Security is one of them, and if you are not experienced with malware you may be tricked into thinking that this program has appeared on your screen for a valid purpose. In reality, this clandestine application is infiltrated onto your operating Windows system through security backdoors. Schemers who stand behind the infection know unprotected system vulnerabilities and could utilize spam email attachments, bundled downloads or even social engineering scams to drop the rogue onto your personal computer. Needless to say, it is dangerous to have your PC infected with malware; therefore, you should delete Smart Security virus without any hesitations.

Smart Security derives from the Rogue.WinPCDefender family which is known for such clandestine fake anti-virus tools as Internet Security, Privacy Protection and Spyware Protection. Infections from this group of malware can remove access to Task Manager and Registry Editor or even block the running of many executable files, which is why you should delete them immediately. Unfortunately, it is these symptoms that may aggravate the manual removal of Smart Security virus and its clones. As a matter of fact, you may not even understand that you need to delete the rogue because its legitimate-looking interface does not raise much suspicion.

The malicious program may offer you to use Full PC Scan, Firewall, Update Settings and Global Settings features; however, once you try to activate them – you are asked to “get full time protection”. It is important to ignore any purchase recommendations because spending $59.95 or $88.95 on fictitious full version tool will not delete supposedly existing malware or guard you against cyber threats in the future. Additionally to the deceitful interface, you should also ignore fake pop-up alerts which will be removed only if you delete Smart Security or purchase the fake product, which you should not do. Please see a few examples:

Security Warning
Malicious program has been detected. Click here to protect your computer.

iexplore.exe can not start
File iexplore.exe is infected by W32/Blaster.worm. Please activate Smart Security to protect your computer.

It has been brought to attention that this Rogue.WinPCDefender family is not the only rogue that uses the name “Smart Security”. The name-sharing infections from Rogue.VirusDoctor (or FakeVimes) and WinWebSe factions are equally as dangerous and you should remove them without further delay. So how should you delete rogue anti-spyware programs?

Unfortunately, manual Smart Security removal is not the easiest task, especially if you are not experienced with Windows security and malware removal tasks. Not many PC users will be able to delete the rogue manually because of the symptoms. You can disable them by applying a special registration code (try Y86REW-T75FD5-U9VBF4A) into the area dedicated to already registered users. This, however, does not mean that you will be able to conduct manual removal. It is strongly recommended that you install automatic removal tools in order to have all running infections deleted at once. Do you want some Trojan stealing your digital data? Then install SpyHunter and have all malware removed now.

How to remove Smart Security automatically?

Windows XP:

  1. Open the Start menu and launch RUN.
  2. Type in “taskkill.exe /F /IM smart.exe” and hit Enter.
  3. Go to http://www.411-spyware.com/download-sph and download SpyHunter.
  4. Install the tool, run the full system scan and have detected malware deleted.

Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  1. Click on the Start menu found on the left of the Task Bar.
  2. In the Search box type in “taskkill.exe /F /IM smart.exe” and hit Enter.
  3. Now launch the browser and visit http://www.411-spyware.com/download-sph .
  4. Follow on-screen instructions to download and install the automatic malware removal tool SpyHunter.

Windows 8:

  1. Navigate to the bottom-left corner of the screen and right-click on the minimized version of the desktop/Metro UI.
  2. From the appeared menu click on Run.
  3. Type “taskkill.exe /F /IM smart.exe” into the box and click OK.
  4. Launch the browser and go to http://www.411-spyware.com/download-sph .
  5. Using the provided instructions install the automatic malware removal tool SpyHunter.
Download Remover for Smart Security *
*SpyHunter scanner, published on this site, is intended to be used only as a detection tool. To use the removal functionality, you will need to purchase the full version of SpyHunter.

Smart Security technical info for manual removal:

Files Modified/Created on the system:

# File Name File Size (Bytes) File Hash
1SMbb1_2140.exe3919872 bytesMD5: 1d54559ec450849c6861bb129036ab74
2SearchSettingsProtection.exe94208 bytesMD5: e876d68113a2f546f516dd84d34c0877
3SMbce_2140.exe4176896 bytesMD5: 1accd10762c7351dc6800d3c3d74fb89
4SMbe7_2140.exe4052992 bytesMD5: 1da30d1974cbbe64b25c029db3588f62
5%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\??????
6SMfb8_2140.exe3919872 bytesMD5: a20c2217cc6473ebdb2cb4b548b0174e

Files in the following directories were modified:

  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data

Memory Processes Created:

# Process Name Process Filename Main module size
1SMbb1_2140.exeSMbb1_2140.exe3919872 bytes
2SearchSettingsProtection.exeSearchSettingsProtection.exe94208 bytes
3SMbce_2140.exeSMbce_2140.exe4176896 bytes
4SMbe7_2140.exeSMbe7_2140.exe4052992 bytes
5SMfb8_2140.exeSMfb8_2140.exe3919872 bytes

Registry Modifications:

The following Registry Keys were created:

  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\??????
  • %AllUsersProfile%Application Data??????

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