Security Defender is a rogue anti-spyware program that is closely connected to win32/defmid trojan that usually comes undetected. In addition, after being installed it uses fake scan results and false security alerts as a method to make you think you are infected with viruses. It impersonates Windows Defender which is a legitimate anti-spyware program. The rogue simulates a system scan and reports fake infections. It then prompts to pay for a full version of the program to remove the threats. Actually, it just tries scams you out of your money. If you have paid for the this program already then I suggest you contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. Security Defender is configured to start automatically when you login to Windows. It detects non-existent or harmless files as malware but does not allow you to remove them until you purchase the full version of the program.
While Security Defender is running you will also see many f fake security alerts and warnings on your computer. These warnings will state that your computer is infected or that someone is trying to hack your computer and then suggest you purchase Security Defender to protect yourself. Some of the fake alerts:
External software tries to control variety of your system files. This may lead to breaking of some data in your system. Click here to protect remote access to your PC & delete these programs.
Your system has come under attack of harmful software. Click here to deactivate it.
Remove spyware and other potentially unwanted software
System Defender detected 18 harmful application(s). It is recommended to clean your computer immediately. Click this balloon to fix the problem.
These alerts, like the fake infections, are just another attempt of the program to try and convince you that you are infected. You should ignore anything this program reports to you. If you are infected with Security Defender, please do not purchase it. Instead use the removal guide below to remove this program and related malware manually for free or using our automatic removal tool given below.
UPDATE: There is a new version of Security Defender virus, which is similar to PC Defender Plus. Just like the older variant, this virus is istributed by trojans that can easily be downloaded when downloading unofficial software or simly visiting illegal websites, such as gambling and similar. Once it gets inside the system, it literally bombards its victim with its misleading alerts that announce about spyware, malware or other dangerous viruses detected. Of course, this is done for trying to swindle the money, so Security Defender then suggests to purchase its license and remove infections from the system. Before you pay the money, be aware that all this story is a huge scam, which must be ginored. Here are some of Security Defender's alerts:
System Security Alert!
Background scan for security breaches has been finished. Serious problems have been detected. Safeguard your system against exploits, malware and viruses right now by activating Proactive Defence.
System Security Alert!
Unknown program is scanning your system registry right now! Identify the theft detected!
Please, ignore them and remove Security Defender. For that, run a full system scan with automated anti-malware program. We recommend using updated Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Reimage. Note that you may be blocked from launching your anti-malware. To overcome this problem, follow these steps:
1. Restart your PC
2. Press the F8 key a few times.
3. Select Safe Mode with Networking and press Enter.
4. Now download Reimage and run a full system scan. Don't forget to repeat the scan when on normal mode as well.
Security Defender manual removal:
Delete registry values:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.exe "(Default)" = "
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClasses.exeshellopencommand "(Default)" = ""%CommonAppData%pcdfdata
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun "pcdfsvc" = "%CommonAppData%pcdfdata
%CommonStartMenu%ProgramsSecurity DefenderRemove Security Defender.lnk
%CommonStartMenu%ProgramsSecurity DefenderSecurity Defender Help and Support.lnk
%CommonStartMenu%ProgramsSecurity DefenderSecurity Defender.lnk