Smart Engine. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - -   Also known as SmartEngine | Type: Rogue Antispyware
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Smart Engine is a typical rogue anti-spyware which seems to have been created after another dangerous malware called My Security Shield. Just like the earlier its variant, SmartEngine is designed to make you doubt about your computer’s security. In fact, you should become worried because if you start seeing continuous system security notifications of this rogue anti-spyware, it means that your computer was infected by Trojans that distribute it. You may have clicked on some kind of fake system scanner when browsing the Web, or even installed a fake video codec foolishly required for watching something online. Smart Engine seems to be spreading in a pretty aggressive way, because there have been discovered more than 2000 infected websites that redirect users to malicious domains or fake scanner websites. So, run legitimate anti-spyware to remove Smart Engine immediately after you notice its interruptions and never purchase it.

Having infiltrated on the PC’s system successfully, SmartEngine starts persistently reporting that your computer is under the risk of malware. In order to convince its victims, malware firstly drops some fake harmless files and then identifies them as infections, for example:

%UserProfile%RecentANTIGEN.dll
%UserProfile%RecentANTIGEN.drv
%UserProfile%Recentcid.tmp
%UserProfile%RecentCLSV.exe
%UserProfile%RecentCLSV.sys
%UserProfile%RecentDBOLE.drv
%UserProfile%Recentdelfile.sys
%UserProfile%Recenteb.sys
%UserProfile%Recentenergy.exe
%UserProfile%Recentexec.exe
%UserProfile%Recentfan.drv
%UserProfile%Recentkernel32.dll
%UserProfile%Recentpal.exe
%UserProfile%RecentPE.dll
%UserProfile%Recentppal.drv
%UserProfile%Recenttempdoc.tmp

After a while, it starts displaying exaggerated pop up ads and system tray notifications that in fact don’t have anything to do with real state of your computer. Rogueware was also noticed to show fabricated system scanners that have no value because they find the same fake earlier created files. Additionally, it interrupts with numbers of warnings reporting something like this:

System Alert
malicious applications, which may contain Trojans, were found on your computer and are to be removed immediately. Click here to remove these potentially harmful items using Smart Engine.
Warning
Warning! Virus detected
Threat Detected: Trojan-PSW.Win32.Delf.d
System Alert
Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the Internet.
Internet Explorer
C:Program FilesInternet ExplorerIexplore.exe
Lsas.Trojan-Spy.DOS.Keycopy is suspected to have infected your PC. This type of virus intercepts entered data and transmits it to a remote server. Data interception was detected while visiting a website.

As we have written hundreds of times, you should remove Smart Engine as soon as possible. This program tries only to sell its “full” version and asks $49.95 for a 6 Month Guard Subscription, $69.95 for 1 Year Guard Subscription and $89.95 for a Lifetime Guard Subscription. Hopefully, this article has provided important information for you and will help you in a removal of Smart Engine. Please, find more details below.

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Smart Engine

Smart Engine manual removal:

Kill processes:
%Documents and Settings%All UsersApplication Data[random]SmartEngine.exe

%Documents and Settings%All UsersApplication Data[random]SM[random].exe

Delete files:
%Documents and Settings%All UsersApplication Data[random] (e.g. 17acbd)

%Documents and Settings%All UsersApplication Data[random]853.mof

%Documents and Settings%All UsersApplication Data[random]SmartEngine.exe

%Documents and Settings%All UsersApplication Data[random]SM[random].exe

%Documents and Settings%All UsersApplication Data[random]SM[random].exe e.g. SM17a_2211.exe

%Documents and Settings%All UsersApplication Data[random]SME.ico

%Documents and Settings%All UsersApplication Data[random]SMYEFE

%Documents and Settings%All UsersApplication Data[random]SMYEFESMYEFE.cfg

%Documents and Settings%All UsersApplication Data[random]Quarantine Items

%Documents and Settings%[UserName]Application DataMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick LaunchSmart Engine.lnk

%Documents and Settings%[UserName]Application DataSmart Engine

%Documents and Settings%[UserName]Application DataSmart EngineInstructions.ini

%Documents and Settings%[UserName]DesktopSmart Engine.lnk

%Documents and Settings%[UserName]StartMenuSmart Engine.lnk

%Documents and Settings%[UserName]StartMenuProgramsSmart Engine.lnk



on Windows 7 check AppData, AppDataLocal or AppDataRoaming folders instead of Application Data

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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  • Guest

    I have Malwarebytes Anti Malware on my computer, along with McAfee, and neither one of them removed the Smart Engine. It is bold enough to place an icon on the desktop!

  • Guest

    Smart Engine seems to get past Avast Antivirus, interferes with the installation of new antivirus programs, and also stopping Seek & Destroy from installing properly

  • Guest

    norton doesnt find it either, sails right past it – rubbish

  • Ameya Vaidya

    i got the file from

    C:Documents and SettingsAll Users.WINDOWSApplication Datad2d417SMd2d_231.exe

    so i just rename the file & problem has been solve

  • <Guest>farrs09@hotjmail.com

    I have downloaded avg security and my security box says I have one or more antivirus and i know its smart engin. what do I do?

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