Security Essentials 2011: Virus or Worm?

Security Essentials 2011 is not affiliated with Microsoft Security Essentials. Security Essentials or “SecurityEssentials” is a fake spyware remover program that is installed on your computer without your permission via faulty virus protection or a website that you may have visited. It may also be installed through a fake Flash message stating that you need to download Flash to view a video online. This Trojan virus immediately begins to send messages and alerts to you stating that you have critical threats on your computer that must be cleaned up. The system will prompt you to clean up the fake threats by downloading and paying for the “full version” of SE. This will only strengthen the virus.

Because Security Essentials 2011 (and 2010 of course) are viruses, you will not be able to get rid of them without performing a number of complicated and oftentimes risky processes. Sadly, this virus will block you from visiting websites that offer malicious software removal tools, it will block all Microsoft sites, and it will even block most of the websites you attempt to visit. For example, you might enter “Amazon.com” but the virus will send you to “BuyMyCoupons.com” or another fake website. These sites are designed to steal your credit card information or any other information you enter. If your computer lacks virus protection, even visiting Google isn’t safe. The virus will automatically send you to other websites while attempting to search through Google. Annoying and often dangerous pop-ups happen at random as well.

Security Essentials, no matter which version, is a very dangerous program because in some cases it can give criminals remote access to your computer where your identity can be stolen and other valuable information. To get rid of Security Essentials, you can try restoring your computer to an earlier date. While this might solve the problem temporarily, you must purchase protection for your computer immediately to avoid another attack. This virus will keep coming back if you do not protect your computer. McAfee, Norton, and Kaspersky are available for download online, but to be on the safe side, purchase the software from an electronics or computer software retailer. To restore your computer to an earlier date, Windows Users should:

1. Click the Start Menu
2. Go to Control Panel
3. Go to System and Security
4. Go to Action Center
5. Click Restore Your Computer to an Earlier Time

You will not lose any saved work , but to be on the safe side, back up your files if at all possible. System restore will delete any changes that were made to your computer.

If this does not work, there are several other options. Please use the following link for details. Scroll all the way through for several methods that may be used to remove this Trojan virus.

Bleeping Computer
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-security-essentials-2010.

In addition to using the methods listed at Bleepingcomputer.com, you can try to download the
Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool. It will check Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 computers for viruses and it may help remove viruses by specific, prevalent malicious software programs. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed. The tool creates a log file named mrt.log in the %WINDIR%\debug folder. Version 1.30 adds Win32/Allaple to the list of malicious software this tool detects.
You can download directly from the Microsoft website or Cnet.com.

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