|Short Description||Created to hide processes, files, folders, and registry subkeys that begin with the $sys$ string.|
|Symptoms||The processes, files, folders, subkeys beginning with $sys$, are hidden.|
|Distribution Method||Certain Sony CDs bundled with anti-piracy protection software.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By SecurityRisk.First4DRM|
First4DRM, also known as SecurityRisk.First4DRM is an online threat classified as a rootkit. It was first published back in 2007 by First 4 Internet Ltd., but apparently has been exploited for malicious intentions.The rootkit is designed to hide particular processes, files, folders, and registry subkeys that begin with the $sys$ string. The rootkit was originally designed to conceal a legitimate application, but it can be employed to hide various objects, malware included.
First 4 Internet Ltd. Company, Fortium Technologies Ltd. Description
First 4 Internet Ltd. is a British company that changed its name to Fortium Technologies Ltd in 2006. Fortium Technologies is best known as the publisher of Extended Copy Protection (XCP).
XCP is a software package that fits the description of a copy protection or digital rights management (DRM) scheme for Compact Discs (CDs). Sony BMG used the DRM on some of its CDs. The software was later dubbed the Sony rootkit due to the scandal that emerged in 2005.
First4DRM, SecurityRisk.First4DRM Threat Evaluation
According to security research, the First4DRM rootkit affects the following systems:
→Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP
Despite the fact that First4DRM was published as legitimate software, it has brought a lot of scandalous attention. Because of the ways it is distributed onto user computers, First4DRM has been accepted as malicious by both users and security specialists.
In a nutshell, the rootkit is installed by anti-piracy protection software bundled with numerous audio CDs published by Sony BMG. Its purpose is to hide the files and entries that come with the anti-copy system in question. The problem is some malware pieces can take advantage of the rootkit and its capability to hide and remain unnoticed. Hence, many anti-malware solutions and independent researchers have concluded that the impact of the rootkit is quite massive.
How Can I Remove First4DRM from my PC?
The good news is the so-called Sony rootkit can be deleted manually from the PC by deleting the following registry entry:
The file aries.sys will have to be removed, as well as these two directories:
Once this is done, consider performing a full system scan to make sure that your PC is running faultlessly and malware-free.
Finally, we would also like to remind you what a rootkit is in the context of malware. A rootkit is a collection of malicious software developed to grant access to computers or parts of their software. Such access is usually not allowed, especially to unauthorized users. Once the rootkit is on the system, it will hide its existence and the residence of malevolent progtams.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove SecurityRisk.First4DRM from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of SecurityRisk.First4DRM from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove SecurityRisk.First4DRM from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase SecurityRisk.First4DRM from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall SecurityRisk.First4DRM from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove SecurityRisk.First4DRM from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate SecurityRisk.First4DRM from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove SecurityRisk.First4DRM from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove SecurityRisk.First4DRM
Step 2: Uninstall SecurityRisk.First4DRM 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 SecurityRisk.First4DRM 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 SecurityRisk.First4DRM there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of SecurityRisk.First4DRM from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall SecurityRisk.First4DRM 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 SecurityRisk.First4DRM 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 SecurityRisk.First4DRM 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 SecurityRisk.First4DRM 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 SecurityRisk.First4DRM 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 SecurityRisk.First4DRM 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 SecurityRisk.First4DRM will be removed.
Eliminate SecurityRisk.First4DRM 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.