Security Shield is yet another version of a bogus anti-malware tool that belongs to the WinWeb Security family of rogue security applications. This means that the variants of Security Shield include System Security, Total Security, Windows Smart Security, Security Tool, System Adware Scanner 2010, and Personal Shield Pro. Like its rogueware counterparts, Security Shield was created by cybercriminals with the prime purpose of creating profit. PCHubs malware researchers researched on this program and confirmed that Security Shield is no different from its rogue predecessors and has no functionality at all in being able to detect and remove malware infections. Therefore, Security Shield cannot do anything to protect your computer or increase its security, so it is best to stay away from this rogue security application.
Security Shield Cannot Shield Your Computer from Infections
Contrary to what its name denotes, Security Shield is a rogue security program that does not do your computer any good because it cannot detect or remove any kind of virus infections. Security Shield cannot provide added security to your computer, but could actually make your computer more vulnerable to a remote computer attacks and other security vulnerabilities. It was also noted that the presence of Security Shield slows down your computer’s performance and would make some of your legitimate Windows applications be blocked from running. In addition, you would be bombarded with fake system scans, fabricated scan results, and annoying pop-up alerts and messages saying that your computer is infected with several viruses. You must not be alarmed at all by these displays since it is just a trick to frighten you into thinking that your PC is infected, so that you would be deceived into purchasing the full version of Security Shield.
PCHubs security analysts have also done an examination of the full version of Security Shield and have concluded that the full version is no different from the trial version. Purchasing the full version of Security Shield would surely just be a waste of money since it won’t be able to protect your computer against malware infections. All the malware infections detected are actually bogus reports by the Security Shield application itself in order to scare you into purchasing their fake software. Removing Security Shield from your computer as soon as possible is the sure solution to your PC’s problems.
Removing Security Shield from Your Computer
In order to restore your computer’s security settings back to their normal state, it is highly encouraged to remove Security Shield from your computer as soon as possible. This can be done with the use of a strong, legitimate and updated anti-malware application. You would need to reboot your computer in Safe Mode and make sure that your legitimate anti-malware application is updated with the latest signature database.
Perform a thorough system scan of your computer while it is in Safe Mode and make sure that all the detected infections are removed thoroughly. You can perform the scan more than once to ensure that all traces of Security Shield and all other related rogueware are successfully removed from your computer.
Are you getting popups from Security Shield? Have you identified that you have Security Shield installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Security Shield completely from your computer?
Why should you remove Security Shield?
If Security Shield resides on your computer, it can potentially damage your personal files or you may end up losing data stored on your system. Research has shown that Security Shield may have the ability to make your computer vulnerable to remote attacks which could result, initially, in loss of money, possibly identity theft, and, eventually, a painstaking Security Shield removal process.
How can you manually remove Security Shield
Manual removal of Security Shield may not be for everyone. Each manual Security Shield removal step must be followed delicately to completely remove all related files and registry entries from your computer. If you are unsure or have doubts about editing your system registry, then we recommend that you use the automatic Security Shield removal process.
Security Shield can be removed manually by following the steps below.
- With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
- Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
- Locate Security Shield in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Security Shield, you can continue to step 5.
- Restart your computer.
- Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
- Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
- Find all of the following registry entries and delete them. If you do not know how to do this,
then you can read how to edit the registry in Windows.HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce "[RANDOM CHARACTERS]"
You may need to return to this removal process for removing Security Shield. You can do this easily by bookmarking or adding a favorite to this page by clicking here. If you are using the FireFox web browser you can press the keys Ctrl and D simultaneously to bookmark this page.
Image 1. Bookmark PCHubs removal process
Delete all of the following files that are associated with Security Shield from your computer.%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Security Shield.lnk%LOCALAPPDATA%\ 246950008.exe%LOCALAPPDATA%\ 595230097.exe%LOCALAPPDATA%\ 6323257655.exe%LOCALAPPDATA%\ 663846548.exe%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Security Shield.lnkc:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Local Settings\Application Data\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
If you need a better understanding on how to search for these files then you can read how to find and search for files and folders here.
If you have issues deleting any of the previously listed files that are associated with Security Shield, you can try rebooting your computer into safe mode. Booting into safe mode may allow certain malicious files to be deleted. If you are wondering how to boot into safe mode, you can read our process for starting a computer in safe mode here.
Image 2. Select "Safe Mode with Networking"
After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with Security Shield by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Security Shield folder, select it, and delete it. In some cases you may not be able to find this directory. You can still continue to the next step.
Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed Security Shield completely from your computer. If you find that Security Shield is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Security Shield removal process.