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Metallica

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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Security essentials 2010?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Security essentials 2010 is a fake anti-malware application. These so-called "rogues" use intentional false positives to convince users that their systems have been compromised. Then they try to sell you their software, claiming it will remove these threats. In extreme cases the false threats are actually the very trojans that advertise or even directly install the rogue. You are strongly advised to follow our removal instructions below.

How do I know if I am infected with Security essentials 2010?

This is how the main screen of the rogue application looks:

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You will find these icons on your desktop and in your taskbar:

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And see these warnings:

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How did Security essentials 2010 get on my computer?

Rogue programs use different methods for spreading themselves. This particular one uses dubious marketing tactics, among others.

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How do I remove Security essentials 2010?

Our program Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove this rogue application.
  • Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  • Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  • At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:

    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
  • Once the program has loaded, select Perform quick scan, then click Scan.
  • When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
  • Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected. Reboot your computer if prompted.
  • When completed, a log will open in Notepad. The rogue application should now be gone.

Is there anything else I need to do to get rid of Security essentials 2010?
  • The shortcut called Security essentials 2010 on the desktop can be deleted if it belonged to the rogue.

How would the full version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware help protect me?

We hope our application has helped you eradicate this malicious software. If your current security solution let this infection through, you might please consider purchasing the FULL version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware for additional protection.

As you can see below the full version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware would have protected you against the Security essentials 2010 rogue. It would have warned you before the rogue could install itself, giving you a chance to stop it before it became too late.

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Technical details for experts

Signs in a HijackThis log:
C:\Program Files\Securityessentials2010\SE2010.exe

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Security essentials 2010] C:\Program Files\Securityessentials2010\SE2010.exe

Alterations made by the installer:
File System
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	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
	  Adds the file Security essentials 2010.lnk"="19:29 18/02/10 788 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop
	  Adds the file Security essentials 2010.lnk"="19:29 18/02/10 770 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu
	  Adds the file Security essentials 2010.lnk"="19:29 18/02/10 770 bytes
	Adds the folder C:\Program Files\Securityessentials2010
	  Adds the file SE2010.exe"="06:35 17/02/10 1506816 bytes

  Registry
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	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SE2010]
	  "LastScan"="'18.02.2010 19:30'"
	  "LastD"="'18'"
	  "VirList"="'4|32|13|30|21|28|56|12|22|12|14|3|27|0|9|22|18|7|48|35|29|34|40|9|46|29'"
	  "LastVFC"="'25'"

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44
Database version: 3756
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180

2/18/2010 7:55:18 PM
mbam-log-2010-02-18 (19-55-18).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 100748
Time elapsed: 3 minute(s), 36 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 1
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 1
Registry Values Infected: 1
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 1
Files Infected: 3

Memory Processes Infected:
C:\Program Files\Securityessentials2010\SE2010.exe (Rogue.SecurityEssentials) -> Unloaded process successfully.

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\SE2010 (Rogue.Securityessentials2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\security essentials 2010 (Rogue.SecurityEssentials) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
C:\Program Files\Securityessentials2010 (Rogue.SecurityEssentials2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
C:\Program Files\Securityessentials2010\SE2010.exe (Rogue.SecurityEssentials) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Security essentials 2010.lnk (Rogue.SecurityEssentials2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Security essentials 2010.lnk (Rogue.SecurityEssentials2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

As mentioned before the full version of Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware could have protected your computer against this threat.
We use different ways of protecting your computer(s):
  • Dynamically Blocks Malware Sites & Servers
  • Malware Execution Prevention
Save yourself the hassle and get protected.
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I downloaded and installed the malware program that you suggested, but it wouldn't launch. I get Error code 730. so, I still have Seccurity Essentials 2010 and now have a malware app that won't run.
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Error code 730 usually means MBAM can not connect out to get the updates.
Sometimes this variant adds a file to your LSP stack and breaks your connection.

  • Please download LSPFix from here.
  • Run the LSPFix.exe that you have just finished downloading.
  • Check the I know what I'm doing box.
  • In the Keep box you should see one or more instances of helpers32.dll.
  • Select every instance of helpers32.dll and move each one to the Remove box by clicking the >> button.
  • When you are done click Finish>>.

If you are seeing another file, please leave it alone, you could need it. Post the required logs here:
http://www.geekstogo...uide-t2852.html
and what you have tried and wait for one of our experts to help you.
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