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Content is republished with permission from Malwarebytes.

What is Desktop Security 2010?

The Malwarebytes research team has determined that Desktop Security 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 Desktop Security 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 Desktop Security 2010 get on my computer?

Rogue programs use different methods for spreading themselves. This particular one was downloaded from their site.

How do I remove Desktop Security 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 Desktop Security 2010?

  • No, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware removes Desktop Security 2010 completely.

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 Desktop Security 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:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\DesktopSecurity\SecurityInstall.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\Desktop Security 2010.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\securitycenter.exe

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [45cwseuwf8sk] C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\DesktopSecurity\SecurityInstall.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Desktop Security 2010] C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\Desktop Security 2010.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [SecurityCenter] C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\securitycenter.exe

Note: 45cwseuwf8sk is a random name

Alterations made by the installer:
File System
  ===============
	Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010
	  Adds the file taskmgr.dll"="14:59 23/03/10 53760 bytes
	  Adds the file securityhelper.exe"="10:44 04/04/10 3982336 bytes
	  Adds the file securitycenter.exe"="14:58 23/03/10 227328 bytes
	  Adds the file pthreadVC2.dll"="20:29 21/01/10 86070 bytes
	  Adds the file msvcr71.dll"="20:29 21/01/10 348160 bytes
	  Adds the file msvcp71.dll"="20:29 21/01/10 499712 bytes
	  Adds the file MFC71ENU.DLL"="20:29 21/01/10 57344 bytes
	  Adds the file mfc71.dll"="20:29 21/01/10 1060864 bytes
	  Adds the file Desktop Security 2010.exe"="14:59 23/03/10 3235840 bytes
	  Adds the file daily.cvd"="20:29 21/01/10 716327 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
	  Adds the file Desktop Security 2010.lnk"="17:50 04/04/10 1942 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp
	  Adds the file _1.tmp"="17:50 04/04/10 0 bytes
	  Adds the file 02c9c3c35bdx5.exe"="17:53 04/04/10 50176 bytes
	  Adds the file 17dkf.exe"="17:50 04/04/10 103424 bytes
	  Adds the file 1iowieoo.exe"="17:54 04/04/10 43008 bytes
	  Adds the file 8gmsed-bd.exe"="17:51 04/04/10 59392 bytes
	  Adds the file alerfa.exe"="17:53 04/04/10 24576 bytes
	  Adds the file altedf.exe"="17:51 04/04/10 67584 bytes
	  Adds the file aqfitrlxi2.exe"="17:52 04/04/10 46080 bytes
	  Adds the file dc_3.exe"="17:51 04/04/10 66560 bytes
	  Adds the file destroyer.exe"="17:54 04/04/10 98304 bytes
	  Adds the file ds7hw.exe"="17:52 04/04/10 29696 bytes
	  Adds the file eephilpe.exe"="17:51 04/04/10 20480 bytes
	  Adds the file exppdf_w.exe"="17:53 04/04/10 9216 bytes
	  Adds the file fadz43.exe"="17:53 04/04/10 21504 bytes
	  Adds the file fe.exe"="17:53 04/04/10 93184 bytes
	  Adds the file format.exe"="17:52 04/04/10 100352 bytes
	  Adds the file g_dx234.exe"="17:52 04/04/10 11264 bytes
	  Adds the file ggwwef9752.exe"="17:52 04/04/10 22528 bytes
	  Adds the file gpupz2a.exe"="17:53 04/04/10 17408 bytes
	  Adds the file hardwh.exe"="17:51 04/04/10 72704 bytes
	  Adds the file hiphop.exe"="17:51 04/04/10 88064 bytes
	  Adds the file kjh102k3.exe"="17:52 04/04/10 80896 bytes
	  Adds the file lols.exe"="17:52 04/04/10 96256 bytes
	  Adds the file piggena1.exe"="17:53 04/04/10 6144 bytes
	  Adds the file pswwg3c.exe"="17:51 04/04/10 33792 bytes
	  Adds the file puzpup.exe"="17:52 04/04/10 56320 bytes
	  Adds the file qwedvor.exe"="17:51 04/04/10 102400 bytes
	  Adds the file snowif.exe"="17:53 04/04/10 69632 bytes
	  Adds the file test.exe"="17:51 04/04/10 99328 bytes
	  Adds the file warsddd_w.exe"="17:51 04/04/10 15360 bytes
	  Adds the file wdo9rm.exxe"="17:51 04/04/10 38912 bytes
	  Adds the file winlogoff.exe"="17:52 04/04/10 101376 bytes
	  Adds the file wwwsssgen.exe"="17:53 04/04/10 30720 bytes
	In the existing folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs
	  Adds the file Desktop Security 2010.lnk"="17:50 04/04/10 1970 bytes
	Adds the folder C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Desktop Security 2010
	  Adds the file How to Activate Desktop Security 2010.lnk"="17:50 04/04/10 1208 bytes
	  Adds the file Help Desktop Security 2010.lnk"="17:50 04/04/10 1182 bytes
	  Adds the file Desktop Security 2010.lnk"="17:50 04/04/10 1976 bytes
	  Adds the file Activate Desktop Security 2010.lnk"="17:50 04/04/10 1996 bytes

  Registry
  ===============
	[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Rpc]
	  "datahash"="'db7715ce-bd47-47f8-a432-2c235bcd76c1'"
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Desktop Security 2010]
	  "LastUpdateDate"="'2010/3/14'"
	  "Signatures"="25622"
	  "BaseVer"="510908645"
	  "LastTimeStamp"="3"
	  "BackgroundScanTimeout"="1"
	  "BackgroundScan"="1"
	  "MinimizeOnStart"="0"
	  "AutomaticallyUpdates"="1"
	  "ScanSystemOnStartup"="1"
	  "SoftID"="'Desktop Security 2010'"
	  "InstallDir"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010'"
	  "ADVid"="'1'"
	  "(Default)"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010'"
	  "BuyUrl"="'098D947..snipped...E223FD0E48CF217DB11B3F387D66D7E5F2616DF5312FD1600E7ABF33F
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	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer]
	  "Download Directory"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\DesktopSecurity'"
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
	  "NotifyDownloadComplete"="'yes'"
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Desktop Security 2010]
	  "DisplayIcon"="'"C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\securityhelper.exe",1'"
	  "UninstallString"="'"C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\securityhelper.exe" /UNINSTALL'"
	  "DisplayName"="'Desktop Security 2010'"
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\User Agent\Post Platform]
	  "Desktop Security 2010"="'Desktop Security 2010'"
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
	  "45cwseuwf8sk"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\DesktopSecurity\SecurityInstall.exe'"
	  "Desktop Security 2010"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\Desktop Security 2010.exe'"
	  "SecurityCenter"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\securitycenter.exe'"
	[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
	  "Shell"="'C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\Desktop Security 2010.exe'"

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware log:
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.45
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: 3953

Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180

4/4/2010 6:05:21 PM
mbam-log-2010-04-04 (18-05-21).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Objects scanned: 95920
Time elapsed: 3 minute(s), 11 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 3
Memory Modules Infected: 5
Registry Keys Infected: 2
Registry Values Infected: 4
Registry Data Items Infected: 1
Folders Infected: 2
Files Infected: 18

Memory Processes Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\DesktopSecurity\SecurityInstall.exe (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Unloaded process successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\Desktop Security 2010.exe (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Unloaded process successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\securitycenter.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Unloaded process successfully.

Memory Modules Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\mfc71.dll (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\MFC71ENU.DLL (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\msvcp71.dll (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\msvcr71.dll (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Delete on reboot.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\pthreadVC2.dll (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Desktop Security 2010 (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Desktop Security 2010 (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\45cwseuwf8sk (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\desktop security 2010 (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\securitycenter (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\shell (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Delete on reboot.

Registry Data Items Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell (Hijack.Shell) -> Bad: (C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\Desktop Security 2010.exe) Good: (Explorer.exe) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Folders Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Desktop Security 2010 (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010 (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Files Infected:
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Desktop\DesktopSecurity\SecurityInstall.exe (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\Desktop Security 2010.exe (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\securitycenter.exe (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Desktop Security 2010\Activate Desktop Security 2010.lnk (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Desktop Security 2010\Desktop Security 2010.lnk (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Desktop Security 2010\Help Desktop Security 2010.lnk (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Desktop Security 2010\How to Activate Desktop Security 2010.lnk (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\daily.cvd (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\mfc71.dll (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\MFC71ENU.DLL (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\msvcp71.dll (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\msvcr71.dll (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\pthreadVC2.dll (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\securityhelper.exe (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Desktop Security 2010\taskmgr.dll (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Start Menu\Programs\Desktop Security 2010.LNK (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Desktop Security 2010.LNK (Rogue.DesktopSecurity2010) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp\test.exe (Trojan.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

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I installed malwarebytes on my computer and desktop security 2010 won't let it run.

what can I do ?
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Rorschach112

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rename the mbam desktop shortcut to a random name, does it run then ?
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Thank you Ralphie

the start did work but I have cleaned it 3 times and desktop security still comes up

what can I do now?
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Please go to the malware forum and follow the instructions at the top....Especially the CLICK HERE.

That will give you several steps that will help you clean up 70 percent of all problems by yourself. If at the end of the process you are still having difficulty--and you may not be-- then post an OTListIt log in THAT forum.
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