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.|
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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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Microsoft Securoty Essentials from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Microsoft Securoty Essentials from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Microsoft Securoty Essentials from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Microsoft Securoty Essentials from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Microsoft Securoty Essentials from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Microsoft Securoty Essentials from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Microsoft Securoty Essentials from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Microsoft Securoty Essentials from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Microsoft Securoty Essentials
Step 2: Uninstall Microsoft Securoty Essentials and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Microsoft Securoty Essentials on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Microsoft Securoty Essentials there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Microsoft Securoty Essentials from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Microsoft Securoty Essentials and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Microsoft Securoty Essentials via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Microsoft Securoty Essentials from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Microsoft Securoty Essentials from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Microsoft Securoty Essentials from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Microsoft Securoty Essentials from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Microsoft Securoty Essentials will be removed.
Eliminate Microsoft Securoty Essentials from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.