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Remove System Security (Removal Guide) - Tutorial

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System Security might trick users that their computers are infected with viruses

Examples of System Security

System Security is the name used for describing three different cyber threats: rogue anti-spyware software,[1] adware programs, and technical support scam. All of these malicious applications might be distributed with freeware or shareware and enter the system without asking user’s permission.

Nevertheless, these cyber parasites are different, all of them targets Windows OS. Any versions of the operating system are immune to them. However, it doesn’t matter which variant of the malware affected your PC or laptop; you should remove System Security immediately. The best way to eliminate cyber threats is to use malware removal tools, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

System Security virus pretends to be a legit anti-spyware

System Security is a shady anti-spyware program that acts like a scareware.[2] This rogue software is spreading in freeware packages and questionable file-sharing sites since 2008. Once it gets into the system, it starts running system scans and providing fake results.

The purpose of the System Security virus is to trick users into purchasing program’s license. The free version of the software works as a scanner that detects numerous cyber threats on the computer. However, the program might identify legit system process, such as C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe dangerous.

Additionally, it might provide numerous security alerts that warn about detected viruses, such as Spyware.IEMonster or Lsas.Blaster.Keyloger. These notifications redirects to the website that offers to obtain program’s key to clean the computer. However, it’s not needed because detected infections are not real.

If suspicious security alerts started popping up on the screen out of nowhere, you should uninstall System Security. It’s a useless program that does not bring any benefits to the users and cannot protect or clean your PC.

Nasty adware program delivers fake system security alters

Another version of the virus works as an adware that displays fake security alerts in pop-ups. System Security tool also spreads in software packages and can get inside inattentive users’ computers unnoticed.

On the affected device, System Security redirect virus makes several changes to Windows OS and targeted web browsers in order to display misleading pop-ups. The message tells that computer has been infected. As a result user’s device and privacy are at risk. Victims are supposed to call fake technical support staff via 1-800-754-3403 and tell the error code 0x000007c.

Cybercriminals might trick users into purchasing useless security software, trick them into revealing personal and banking information or install remote access tools. Therefore, making this call might not only increase your phone’s bill but lead to malware attack, money loss or identity theft.

The picture of System Security
System Security is a cyber threat that might show up on your PC in the form of rough security software or technical support scam.

Do not get tricked by Microsoft-themed System Security scam

Similarly to the previously discussed version of the System Security malware, this one also operates as technical support scam. Redirect to “Microsoft System Security Alert” scam website might be triggered by an adware program or potentially dangerous sites, for instance, adult-themed or gaming.

The “Microsoft System Security Alert” virus delivers a pop-up that tells that one of the recent visits to a particular website may have ended up with malware installation:
Microsoft System Security Alert
Oops!! Something went wrong with your Windows
Dear Windows User,
The Website you have recently visited may have downloaded the Malware and Virus on your Windows system.
Microsoft Defender is Suspicious about your Windows System Security.
Your TCP Connection was blocked by Your Windows Security System. Your Windows and Chrome has been locked until we may hear from you to immediately fix this issue. Please contact Microsoft Windows Help Desk Customer Support: +1-866-317-8835 (TOLL-FREE)

Computer users are advised not to fall for such scams and bear in mind that Windows Defender does not deliver security alerts in the browser, and Microsoft does not have phone support line for Windows users. However, if you are repeatedly redirected to technical support scam website, you should scan the device with anti-malware to remove System Security notification created by cybercriminals.

Distribution methods of the malware

Even though System Security has several version, all of them spread using the same bundling method. This software marketing strategy is widely used by developers of potentially unwanted or dangerous programs. It allows taking advantage of inattentive computer users.

The malicious application might be included as an optional component in software packages and hidden under Quick or Standard installation settings. These setups do not openly disclose about third-party apps. However, if you rely on them, you give indirect permission to additional apps to get installed.

To avoid System Security hijack and other undesired apps, you should always opt for Advanced or Custom setup and follow the instructions carefully. If you see pre-selected programs, unmark them all. Security experts from Bedynet[3] point out that most of them will not do any good to you and your PC.

Uninstall System Security entirely

The best way to remove System Security is to obtain a reputable security program and run a full system scan. It will identify if you are dealing with rough anti-spyware, adware or other suspicious application and stop its activities.

Of course, you can try manual System Security removal too. However, you will have to investigate the system and uninstall malicious programs, files and other components yourself. Virus-related entries might be not only installed to the system, but web browser’s as well. For this reason, you should reset them too.

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To remove System Security, follow these steps:

Uninstall System Security from Windows systems

Manual removal requires checking the sysem for suspicious components. If you receive System Security scan results, you should look up for this program and uninstall it:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to Add/Remove programs (or Uninstall a Program).
  3. In the list find System Security and choose Uninstall option.
  4. Wait until the program is uninstalled.

However, you should also look up for other malware-related files and components by following the steps below. If you have been infected with an adware version of the virus and often encounter technical support scam page, you should also check each of the web browsers installed on your PC and reset them.

  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 System Security and related programs
    Here, look for System Security 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'

Erase System Security from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for System Security or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete System Security 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 System Security 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 System Security removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove System Security 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, System Security should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of System Security 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 System Security 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 System Security removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate System Security from Google Chrome

  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 System Security 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 System Security removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall System Security 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 System Security 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 System Security removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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