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Personal Security. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as PersonalSecurity, PSecurity | Type: Rogue Antispyware

Personal Security is a misleading anti-spyware application that displays fake security alerts/pop-ups and reports false system security threats or infections to scare you into thinking that your computer is infected with malicious software. PersonalSecurity is a clone of widely spread Cyber Security and Total Security malware. The rogue program simulates a system scan and asks to pay for a full version of Personal Security in order to remove non-exist infections. In fact, the reported security threats or infections are actually either non-existing/harmless files or legitimate software. This malware will likely block real security software to protect itself from being deleted. Most importantly, do not purchase this bogus application and uninstall Personal Security from your computer as soon as possible.

Personal Security graphical user interface
[Figure 1. Personal Security graphical user interface]

Personal Security must be manually installed. Its distribution channels include e-mail, malicious or hacked Web pages, peer-to-peer networks and etc. The scammers also use social engineering to distribute Personal Security infection. Please note that Personal Security disguises itself and usually comes as flash player update/video codec or other supposedly useful software. You shouldn’t install anything from suspicious websites. Otherwise, you can infect your PC with Personal Security or other malware.

To make this scam look more realistic, Personal Security impersonates Windows Security Center. It states that your computer is not protected and that you should activate PersonalSecurity to ensure full system protection. As you may know, the legitimate one does not promote particular anti-virus software. That’s the main difference. The rogue application displays the same infections on every computer randomly. If your computer is infected, you will likely see one of the following: Zlob.PornAdvertiser.ba, Trojan.BAT.Adduser.t, Spyware.IMMonitor, Win32.Rbot.fm, Infostealer.Banker.E, Spyware.IEMoster.d, Trojan.Tooso, Trojan.MailGrabber.s, Trojan.Alg.t, TrsutedAntivirus, SecurePCCleaner, Spyware.007SpySoftware, Spyware.KnownBadSites and etc.

To make things even more complicated, Personal Security will hijack Internet Explorer and displays fake notifications [Figure 2] about possible threats or unsafe websites.

Personal Security - fake IE warning
[Figure 2. Personal Security – fake IE warning]

The fake warning states:

This website has been reported as unsafe
We strongly recommend to discontinue the use of this website.
Register your computer’s security software
This website has been report to Microsoft for containing threats that might steal personal or financial information from your computer.

However, that’s not all. You will be also flooded will fake security alerts about serious security and privacy issues. Personal Security will displays a fake screen saver that looks like Blue Screen of Death window and stat that SPYWARE.MONSTER.FX_WILD_0x00000000 infection crashed your PC. More fake security alerts read:

Spyware activity alert!
Spyware.IEMonster is a popular spyware that attempts to steal passwords from Web browsers, e-mail clients and other programs, including login information from online banking sessions, billing pages, CC transactions, etc. It may also create special tracking files to log your activity and compromise your Internet privacy. It is strongly recommended to prevent this threat immediately. Click here to get protection against Spyware.IEMonster.

Spyware activity alert!
Spyware.IEMonster activity detected. It is spyware that attempts to steal passwords from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook and other programs, including logins and passwords from online banking sessions, eBay, PayPal. It may also create special tracking files to log your activity and compromise your Internet privacy. It’s strongly recommended to remove this threat as soon as possible. Click here to remove Spyware.IEMonster.

System files modification alert!
Some critical system files of your computer were modified by malicious program. It may cause system instability and data loss. Click here to block unauthorized modification by removing threats (Recommended).

If your computer is infected with Personal Security, please use the removal guide below or an automatic removal tool and remove Personal Security from the system manually for free. Do not purchase it! If you have already purchased it, contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. Last, but not least, run a full system scan with a legitimate anti-spyware application to remove the remains or additionally installed malware.

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Note: Manual assistance required means that one or all of removers were unable to remove parasite without some manual intervention, please read manual removal instructions below.

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Personal Security manual removal:

Kill processes:
psecurity.exe

Delete registry values:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{35A5B43B-CB8A-49CA-A9F4-D3B308D2E3CC}

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE5FFB10D58FFCF482208906E6A889FD56

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "PSecurity"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings5.0User Agentpost platform "WinTSI 01.12.2009"

Unregister DLLs:
win32extension.dll

Delete files:
psecurity.exe

Uninstall.lnk

win32extension.dll

Computer Scan.lnk

Help.lnk

Personal Security.lnk

Registration.lnk

Settings.lnk

Update.lnk

Delete directories:
C:Program FilesPSecurity

C:Program FilesCommon FilesPSecurityUninstall

C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuPSecurity

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