This article aims to explain what is the Microsoft Securoty Essentials fake antivirus and how to remove it from your computer system.
A fake copy of Microsoft Security Essentials has appeared on the web, aiming to lead victims to web pages that may be dangerous for their computer. The antivirus claims that the computer is heavily infected with malware and the victim should download antivirus by visiting a third-party website. It displays fake pop-ups when you click on each button and most of them give errors and scareware messages that the computer of the victim is infected. If you see the fake Microsoft Securoty Essentials program on your computer, we advise you to read the following article and learn how to remove this program from your computer.
|Name||Microsoft Securoty Essentials|
|Short Description||Aims to get you to visit a website that may infect your computer with malware or adware|
|Symptoms||You may see a fake copy of Security Essentials, named “Microsoft Securoty Essentials”.|
|Distribution Method||Malware preinstalled on your computer or fake executables.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Microsoft Securoty Essentials |
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Microsoft Securoty Essentials – How Did I Get It
The main malicious file of this unwanted program has been reported to be the following executable, named MadarchodLocker.exe:
Once this fake antivirus is on your computer it is automatically ran and begins it’s malicious activity. The main method by which it could have ended up on your computer is if you have clicked on a malicious URL online that may have triggered a script causing the file to be downloaded and hidden somewhere on your computer.
Another way by which you may have ended up with this Microsoft Securoty Essentials program is if your PC has been compromised by an ad-supported program. Such programs, often referred to as PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) aim to install fake programs or cause browser redirects to different websites, most of which may download and install such programs automatically on your PC and even infect your computer with malware. Programs, like there ad-supported software often spread via bundled setups posing “as free extra” to your current installation, but there is nothing free in them and the only extra you get is the advertisements they come with. In addition to this, users do believe that this program may have been installed as a result of a misleading page, claiming that your system is damaged, similar to the “Your Windows OS is damaged” misleading pop-up.
Microsoft Securoty Essentials Fake AV – More Information and Purpose
The program, which badly imitates Microsoft Security Essentials, runs automatically when it’s executed on your computer. It’s main executable file, may reside in the following Windows directories:
Once the file has been executed, the victim begins to see the following fake antivirus program.
When you click on Start Scan now, the program returns a pop-up with a message stating that the computer of the victim is heavily infected and it cannot scan and remove viruses. The victim is then advised to download an anti-virus from example.com. This likely suggests that the program is in development mode and can be sold to lead victims to absolutely any website. These websites may be either scamming sites or malicious ones and infect your computer with malware.
So if you encounter Microsoft Securoty Essentials we recommend that you immediately remove it from your computer system.
Remove Microsoft Securoty Essentials Fake Antivirus
Before actually starting to remove this program we advise you to make sure that the program is fake, by checking your System Tray icons (the icons on bottom right next to the clock). If the program is legitimate it will display a tray icon there with the official Microsoft Security Essentials logo. And if the program is ran on Windows 10 machines, be advised that Windows 10 comes with an embedded Windows Defender and does not support Microsoft Security Essentials at all. Another important factor is that the second word “Securoty” is written wrong and this is the most evident fact that the software is a fraud.
Once you have detected this program, you should remove it and it’s malicious files from your computer. You can do that either manually or automatically, by following the removal instructions underneath this article. They are created in order to help you to delete this program based on how much malware removal experience you have. For maximum effectiveness, be advised that security researchers recommend to delete this software automatically by downloading and scanning your computer by using an advanced anti-malware software. Such program will help you to remove all malicious and unwanted objects from your computer and protect it against intrusive software in the future as well.