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Monday, November 8, 2010

How to remove Security Inspector 2010 (Uninstall Guide)

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Security Inspector 2010 is yet another fake anti-spyware program. This one is a clone of the Antivirus Studio 2010 rogue. If you somehow ended up with this rogue program then you will notice that it's really annoying. You will get a lot of pop ups and fake security warnings that might scare you into buying Security Inspector 2010, so you have to resist it. You also might notice that your internet is blocked and that you get error messages for some executables. The rogue program will claim that these executables are infected with spyware or some other malicious software. Once Security Inspector 2010 is installed, it will pretend to scan your computer for malware. And, of course, it will find a bunch of infections that your real anti-virus software didn't detect somehow. Strange, isn't it? Well, not really. Security Inspector 2010 will always find malware because it has a single purpose to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected and to make you buy the rogue program. Do not fall victim to this bogus software. Due to it being incredibly annoying and invasive, you will want to remove this malware from your computer as quickly as possible. Thankfully, we've got the removal instructions to help you to remove the Security Inspector 2010 for free. Please follow the removal instructions below.

Security Inspector 2010 GUI
Some users install such rogue programs as SecurityInspector2010 without even knowing that it's a virus. Such rogue programs masquerade as flash player, video codec or system updates. You can also get such rogue program from fake online anti-malware scanners and misleading/infected websites. If your computer is a part of a botnet then there is a good chance that you will get a rogue program onto your computer as well. That's why you should update Windows and other software regularly. And, of course, you should use solid anti-virus software, e.g. ESET NOD32. The home page of Security Inspector 2010 is securityinspector2010.com. You shouldn't download anything from it.

A screenshot of Security Inspector 2010
While Security Inspector 2010 is running, it will constantly display fake security alerts about serious security problems. Examples of some of the fake security alerts you will see:
Warning!
Your computer is being used as spamming machine. You can get sued for spam.
Your computer WILL BE DISCONNECTED FORM INTERNET BECAUSE SPAMMING OTHER PCs
Your computer might be at risk
Antivirus detects viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. They can (and do) destroy data, format your hard disk or can destroy the BIOS. By destroying the BIOS many times you end up buying a new motherboard or if the bios chip is removable then that chip would need replacing.




Security Inspector 2010 will also hijack Internet Explorer and randomly display warnings instead the actual web page that you requested. The text of the web browser alert is:
Reported Insecure Browsing: Navigation Blocked
Insecure Internet Activity. Threat of virus attack
Due to insecure Internet browsing your PC can easily get infected with viruses, worms, and trojans without your knowledge, and that can lead to system slowdown, freezes and crashes. Also insecure Internet activity can result in revealing your personal information.
As you can see, Security Inspector 2010 is a scam. Do not buy it. If you have already purchased this bogus program then you should contact your credit card company, dispute the charges and cancel your credit card. Then you should remove Security Inspector 2010 and any related malware from your computer using legitimate anti-malware software listed below. If you have any questions or additional information about this malware, please leave a comment. Good luck and be safe online!


Security Inspector 2010 removal instructions (in Safe Mode with Networking):

1. Reboot your computer is "Safe Mode with Networking". As the computer is booting tap the "F8 key" continuously which should bring up the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" as shown below. Use your arrow keys to move to "Safe Mode with Networking" and press Enter key. Read more detailed instructions here: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/chsafe.htm


NOTE: Login as the same user you were previously logged in with in the normal Windows mode.

2. Download free anti-malware software from the list below and run a full system scan.
NOTE: in some cases the rogue program may block anti-malware software. Before saving the selected program onto your computer, you may have to rename the installer to iexplore.exe or winlogon.exe With all of these tools, if running Windows 7 or Vista they MUST be run as administrator. Launch the program and follow the prompts. Don't forget to update the installed program before scanning.

3. New threats appear every day. In order to protect your PC from such (new) infections we strongly recommend you to use ESET Smart Security.


Security Inspector 2010 removal instructions using HijackThis or Process Explorer (in Normal mode):

1. Download iexplore.exe (NOTE: iexplore.exe file is renamed HijackThis tool from TrendMicro).
Launch the iexplore.exe and click "Do a system scan only" button.
If you can't open iexplore.exe file then download explorer.scr and run it.

2. Search for such entry in the scan results:
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [3wrdkpwsr2lr] C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Desktop\securetystudio\securetystudio.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Security Inspector 2010] "C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\Security Inspector 2010\Security_Inspector_2010.exe" /STARTUP
Select all similar entries and click once on the "Fix checked" button. Close HijackThis tool.

OR you may download Process Explorer and end Security Inspector 2010 processeses:
  • Security_Inspector_2010.exe
  • securetystudio.exe
3. Download free anti-malware software from the list below and run a full system scan.
NOTE: in some cases the rogue program may block anti-malware software. Before saving the selected program onto your computer, you may have to rename the installer to iexplore.exe or winlogon.exe With all of these tools, if running Windows 7 or Vista they MUST be run as administrator. Launch the program and follow the prompts. Don't forget to update the installed program before scanning.

4. New threats appear every day. In order to protect your PC from such (new) infections we strongly recommend you to use ESET Smart Security.


Security Inspector 2010 associated files and registry values:

Files:
  • %Temp%\_3.tmp
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Security Inspector 2010.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Security Inspector 2010\
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Security Inspector 2010\Security_Inspector_2010.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Security Inspector 2010\securitycenter.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Security Inspector 2010\securityhelper.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Security Inspector 2010\taskmgr.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Security Inspector 2010\
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Security Inspector 2010\Activate Security Inspector 2010.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Security Inspector 2010\Help Security Inspector 2010.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Security Inspector 2010\How to Activate Security Inspector 2010.lnk
%UserProfile% refers to:
C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\ (in Windows 2000/XP)
C:\Users\[UserName]\ (in Windows Vista & Windows 7)

%Temp% refers to:
C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\Local Settings\Temp (for Windows 2000/XP)
C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData\Local\Temp (for Windows Vista & Windows 7)

Registry values:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Security Inspector 2010
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Security Inspector 2010
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "3wrdkpwsr2lr"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Security Inspector 2010"
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