System Security 2009 (scam) - Removal Guide

System Security 2009 Removal Guide

What is System Security 2009?

System Security 2009 is a fake anti-malware program that creates system issues and diminishes Windows security

System Security 2009Fake taskbar pop-ups is something that the infected users would see on a regular basis

System Security 2009 is just another version of a notorious and rogue anti-spyware application called System Security. Just like its predecessors, the app's distribution and operation principles remain the same – to scam users and make them purchase its full version. However, you should never do that, as not only will you waste your money, but your computer will remain vulnerable to other cyber threats.

System Security 2009 is commonly distributed as an optional component or an ad on third-party websites, although it can also be installed automatically by Trojans already present on the machine. Therefore, if you noticed that the app is running scans on your system or showing you warnings, it is time to clean your device from malware.

Name System Security 2009
Type Malware, rogue anti-spyware
Distribution Online scam messages, Trojans already present on the computer
Dangers Windows system damage, personal data leak, monetary loss
Removal Perform a full system scan with powerful anti-malware software and reset web browsers
System fix Malware greatly modifies Windows OS in order to perform its malicious actions. Once it is eliminated, the damage caused could prevail. In order to fix it, you can either initiate a Windows reinstall or employ ReimageIntego to do the process for you without losing any files

Essentially, System Security 2009 is a virus itself, as it changes the way a Windows computer functions – in a negative way. Here are two examples of malicious actions that the malware engages in as soon as it is installed on the computer:

  • Changes Windows registry in order to start automatically
  • Can not be shut down in a regular way
  • Modifies Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge or Internet Explorer proxy/DNS settings, preventing users from accessing security-related websites;
  • Upon uninstallation, leaves hundreds of processes running in the background
  • Redirects to malicious sites, even after its removal, etc.

These are all the background activities that the virus engages itself with in order to operate as intended. Once installed, the rogue anti-spyware would show various fake pop-ups and notifications, constantly nagging users to purchase its full version; otherwise, the system is allegedly at risk.

The rogue program usually uses frighten methods to inform that the user's PC is infected with spyware, malware, or other similar infections. These notifications are typically displayed from the Windows taskbar, e.g.:

System warning:

Intercepting programs that may compromise your privacy and harm your system have been detected on your PC. Click here to remove them immediately with the latest version of System Security 2009.

Of course, the main goal of this parasite is to offer remediation in exchange for payment. However, this program is a scam. The rogue cannot detect and remove any kind of infection simply because it is an infection itself. It is highly recommended to remove it from the system upon detection.

To make matters worse, those infected would not be able to use the internet properly, even after malware is eliminated with genuine anti-spyware. Therefore, it is important to clean the web browsers accordingly and reset Windows connection settings. For that, either follow the guide below or employ an automatic solution – ReimageIntego.

How to detect deception in ads on the internet

Rogue anti-malware is typically installed by users themselves, typically after they look for security software online or after they are tricked by a fake notification on a random website. Trojans can also install rogue software in the background without users interacting with anything.

Here are the main ways to defend yourself from such attacks:

  • Never believe pop-ups that claim your system is infected or that it requires some type of software update (e.g., Google Chrome, Flash Player, Java, etc.). If in doubt, perform a full system scan with anti-malware software and download all the updates from official program websites or app stores.
  • Equip your system with powerful anti-malware, firewall, and ad-blocking software to prevent automatic intrusions.
  • Always watch the installation process of new programs carefully – pick Advanced/Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones when prompted and remove all the ticks next to optional components.

Delete System Security 2009 from your computer as soon as possible

You should not keep fake security applications installed on your system, as they provide a false sense of security and oftentimes are viruses themselves. In the background, they perform malicious actions in order to make it look like the machine is infected with malware.

Therefore, download security applications from the official sources only and remove System Security 2009 as soon as possible. For that, please follow the guide below. After you uninstall the app manually, perform a full system scan with reputable anti-malware and then clean your browsers accordingly.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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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Getting rid of System Security 2009. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Remove from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom. Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear. Clear Edge browsing data

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running. Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick Delete Advanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose Advanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now. Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset. Reset Chromium Edge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of System Security 2009 registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting rogue antispyware

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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