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Remove Spartan Sentinel (Virus Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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Spartan Sentinel is a potentially unwanted program that is advertised as a suite for protecting one's privacy

Spartan Sentinel

Spartan Sentinel is an application that users can download from its official website. However, the app can also be spread with the help of software bundling – a deceptive technique used by freeware developers, which abuses the fact that users do not pay much attention to the installation process of new programs. Spartan Sentinel app is advertised as a Privacy Shield that can protect users' identities and also allegedly inserts dummy data into the history files. While it sounds fantastic, the program uses several techniques that are often employed by scareware[1] – software that focuses on deceiving users by showing false positives and trying to make people buy its full version.

Spartan Sentinel is capable of reading all personal information on the computer, such as profile information, all passwords, and similar sensitive data. It is unclear how this information is processed and protected, so the app may pose a significant risk of a data leak. Besides showing fake scan results and potentially putting your privacy at risk, Spartan Sentinel also tracks a variety of information related to your online activities for marketing purposes – this activity is closely related to adware.[2] All in all, the app is suspicious, and even potentially dangerous – remove Spartan Sentinel from your device as soon as possible and never pay for the licensed version of the software.

Name Spartan Sentinel
Type Potentially unwanted program, scareware
Developer Urbs disseny i comunicacio S.L.
Installation means  Users may install the app via the the official website, although it is also spread through software bundles – so users may install the app without intending to
Symptoms  An app showed up on the PC without warning and started performing scans, claiming fake issues and asking to pay up for the full version of the program in order to fix these problems 
Advertised features  Spartan Sentinel is advertised as an app which is capable of comprehensively protect one's privacy
Risks involved  Sensitive details exposure to unknown parties, money loss, deletion of accounts or passwords that are needed, installation of other unwanted apps, etc.
Detection  Virus Total reveals that the app is recognized as unwanted/malicious by several vendors:

  • PUA:Win32/LittleRegClean
  • PUA/SpartanSentinel.ME.2
  • Application.Deceptor.UL (B)
  • A Variant Of MSIL/PrivacyEngine.A Potentia
  • PUP.Optional.SpartanSentinel
  • Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.guv
  • PotentialRisk.PUA/SpartanSentinel.ME, etc.
Removal You can delete the PUP manually (check for instructions at the bottom section) or automatically (install reputable anti-malware software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and perform a full system scan)

Spartan Sentinel may become an attractive offer to those who are looking for an application that can help them erase cookies, saved passwords, and other information can is sometimes stored on web browsers and devices. However, be aware that such data is encrypted[3], and neither Google or Microsoft can access such data, even if they would want to. 

On the official website, Spartan Sentinel developers claim that the software is packed on various privacy-focused features:

  • Profile protection
  • Login detail removal
  • Threat scanner
  • Real-time protection
  • Cookie removal
  • Browser history removal, etc.

Regardless of how attractive the offer may sound, Spartan Sentinel may not deliver what it promises due to its deceptive tactics. Once installed on the targeted system, the app starts an immediate scan – this usually finds thousands of issues. Our investigation showed that our machine has 23,460 triggers in total – such a number would make everybody think that their identity is most likely stolen by now.

However, it is not the case; please do not believe these fake claims. This is a typical social engineering technique in order to make users panic and proceed with the purchase of Spartan Sentinel's full version. Please do not waste your time and money – you will get scammed.

While online privacy is a really hot topic due to continual data breaches and mishandling users' private data, Spartan Sentinel virus is trying to imply that a login to Microsoft account is also unsafe, and should be deleted. Microsoft, as well as Apple, enables users to log in to their accounts across all platforms, which makes everything just so much more convenient.

Spartan Sentinel hoaxSpartan Sentinel is a hoax program that claims to protects users privacy, although engages in unfair practices that may expose users' information to unknown patries

Unlike Spartan Sentinel, Microsoft is a reputable company that implements adequate procedures to guard users' information and is not interested in promotional offers during web browsing on Google Chrome, Safari, MS Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and other browsers. In other words, the app is trying to make you delete data that is established for your own convenience.

Besides, those users who indeed skeptical about giant corporations tracking their data, they can remove all of it without using Spartan Sentinel PUP. This method will not include you exposing the sensitive data to unknown parties and handing your browsing information directly to the app's developers for their own benefits.

If you noticed the app seemingly out of nowhere or even if you downloaded the trial versions, please proceed with Spartan Sentinel removal – you can find all the relevant details and instructions below (you can either uninstall the app manually or use security software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego).

Do not get tricked by scareware apps – avoid installing them in the first place

Social engineering is a term that describes a set of deceptive procedures that cybercriminals use to make users execute actions they normally would not. For example, an email that includes a malicious executable often comes with a bogus message inside which claims that the user's account got suspended, and account verification via the attached form is required. Other social engineering techniques include tech support scams that claim fake virus infections in order to make users download useless software or pay for alleged technical support services.

Scareware uses exactly the same tactic, and it is simply unfair to trick users just because they are not that educated in the IT field. Unfortunately, that is how dishonest companies make money, and they do not care about end-users' interests at all. Thus, they need to take care of themselves and make sue that such potentially unwanted programs do not get installed on the system in the first place.

First of all, expertsp[4] believe that good web browsing practices can prevent many cybersecurity incidents. Thus, avoid visiting high-risk websites and never download pirated programs. You should also equip your PC with security software to prevent several infiltrations not only of malware by also PUPs. Most importantly, pay attention to the installation process of new applications you download from third-party sites. Do not rush through steps, decline all the deals and offers, and always opt for Advanced/Recommended settings in order to get rid of pre-ticked markers. Finally, do not trust an app that is offered to you via software bundles.

Spartan Sentinel PUPUpon the scan completion, Spartan Sentinel provides users with thousands of alleged issues that need to be fixed - only after purchasing the full version of the app of course

Get rid of Spartan Sentinel virus

For a quick Spartan Sentinel removal, you can scan your computer with reputable anti-malware software. It would be able to find all the components of the potentially unwanted program and eliminate them in just a few minutes. Alternatively, you can also get rid of the PUP manually – check the guidelines below. Nevertheless, be aware that the first method is more recommended simply because PUPs are often spread along with other unwanted apps or even malware, so it is always worth checking your system with a security tool.

It is worth mentioning that the app plants cookies on all the installed browsers and may be tracking your online activities. Therefore, we highly advise you to reset each of the installed browsers as soon as you remove Spartan Sentinel virus from your machine.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Spartan Sentinel, follow these steps:

Delete Spartan Sentinel from Windows systems

To remove Spartan Sentinel from Windows OS, you should check the installed program list via the Control Panel:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Spartan Sentinel and related programs
    Here, look for Spartan Sentinel or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Remove Spartan Sentinel from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Spartan Sentinel and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Spartan Sentinel removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of Spartan Sentinel from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Spartan Sentinel should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall Spartan Sentinel from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Spartan Sentinel and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Spartan Sentinel removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Spartan Sentinel from Google Chrome

Reset Google Chrome after PUP elimination in order to get rid of implanted cookies:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Spartan Sentinel and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Spartan Sentinel removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Spartan Sentinel from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Spartan Sentinel or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Spartan Sentinel removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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