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Posted 26 July 2009 - 02:25 PM

System Security Removal Guide – Written by Seth Hall
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Figure 1-System Security Scan
Section 1 – The System Security “scareware” program is a malicious program written to get you to believe your system is infected by tons of other Viruses and Spyware/Malware. When actually the program itself installs and then makes your system to where you cannot open any programs, install anything, uninstall anything except for this program. You’re able to open the System Security program and since it has fooled you into believing something is wrong by disabling your programs, you naturally would think if you bought it your problems would go away, well they don’t. Its fooled you into buying something and you’re still in the same boat you were. This walkthrough will show you how to uninstall this program and offer other programs and steps to protect yourself in the future.

Section 2 – (If able to still download and run programs, skip to Section 2.1) Since this program has mostly made it impossible for you to open an Internet Browser we need to get into Safe Mode. You can do this by restarting the computer and repeatedly hitting F5, F8 or Delete(it varies by manufacturer.) After that it should bring up a list like “Safe Mode”, “Safe Mode with Networking”, or “Safe Mode with Command Prompt.” For now we will choose Safe Mode. After it boots and you’re logged into the machine, we should now be able to open Control Panel. Open Control Panel and goto Add/Remove Programs and browse through the list till you see System Security and/or the black and yellow shield. When you remove that, it should remove it from the list and you’re almost there. There is a Registry Key we should try to delete. Most people aren’t comfortable messing with their Registry but if you are then goto Start > Run > regedit > Ok.
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Figure 2-Start > Run > regedit > Ok

This should popup the Registry Editor. We need to go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "1632575944" The string of numbers may be different. Highlight that entry and click Delete and that entry should disappear.
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Figure 3-Registry Editor

Now reboot the machine and go into your normal Windows Desktop. Hopefully System Security hasn’t started and you’re able to open your programs. If you are, then you need to download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and CCleaner. If the links here don’t work, just use Google and you should be able to find them. Run a full system scan with Malwarebytes first and remove anything it finds, then setup CCleaner on what to scan and then hit Analyze. You should be all set to go now.
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Figure 4-Performing a Full System Scan with MalwareBytes
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Figure 5-Configuring and running CCleaner

Section 2.1 – If you’re still able to download programs and run them then we have a simpler fix for you. You will need to download Process Explorer and rename it to explorer.exe it will display a list of running processes and the “1632575944.exe” with the shield beside it, should be running. Highlight that and towards the top there will be a red X. Just click that and it should stop that process.
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Figure 6-System Security in Process Explorer

You will still need to delete the Registry Key “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "1632575944" and now we can delete the folder the exe is in which is “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\538654387” just delete everything in this folder. At this point you will want to download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware -Figure 4 and CCleaner -Figure 5 and run them. You should also be able to open Control Panel and Add/Remove Programs to uninstall the System Security program. These processes should get the System Security program uninstalled and youre computer useable again. Now as for ways to protect yourself from other programs like this one.

Section 3 – Antivirus software and Firewall software today is a must for any computer with an Internet connection. As you’ve had experience with programs like these can be a headache. Antivirus and firewall software coupled with safe browsing techniques can ensure your data, financial information, and your computers are safe. For Antivirus and Firewall software, we recommend either Kaspersky or AVG. Both have free trials and both catch a lot more then most do. They have 30 day trials and then you are encouraged to upgrade to ensure you have all the protection you can. Both are straight forward to use and are simple to setup and maintain. If your browser has a Phishing Filter be sure it is enabled and if you see ads on websites about “Free PC Scan” or “Spyware Scan” stay away from those. They are usually exactly like that we just removed and another big headache for you.

Now that you have the experience and tools you should be protected as long as you practice safe browsing. If something looks too good to be true then it most likely is. Only use programs that have many good reviews and from trusted and well established names. CNet for example is one to bring you the most dependable reviews.

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