Security Sphere 2012 is a rogue anti-spyware program that pretends to be a legitimate security application in order to scare unsuspecting computer users into buying the fake full version of their product. This rogue anti-spyware program, as with any other malware, was created by cybercriminals for the sole purpose of making a profit. However, knowing that Security Sphere 2012 has no capability at all in detecting and removing malware and other kinds of viruses, it would be best to ignore all warnings and marketing that this Security Sphere 2012 makes just to entice you into buying their software. The user interface and display features of Security Sphere 2012 also looks a lot like genuine anti-spyware programs, so a lot of people get confused and are misled into purchasing it. However, you should never divulge your credit card information to the Security Sphere 2012 website unless you want to end up losing your money because of this good-for-nothing software.
Security Sphere 2012 Modes and Signs of Infection
Security Sphere 2012 gets distributed all over the web through a Trojan which can be acquired from malicious websites, infected files via P2P networks, spam emails, black hat SEO methods, fake security online scanners, and even as part of social engineering attacks. Once the Trojan installs Security Sphere 2012 on your PC without your permission, it would perform fake scans, display misleading security alerts and report notifications of non-existent infections to scare the computer user to purchase the full version of the rogue anti-spyware program in order to remove the alleged infections. These are all fake claims as the alleged viruses and infections are actually created and caused by Security Sphere 2012.
In addition to displaying these fake alerts and notifications, Security Sphere 2012 may make your computer almost impossible to use. The presence of Security Sphere 2012 on your PC causes some of your legitimate security tools and Windows applications, such as antivirus programs and Task Manager, to be blocked. Your web browser can also be hijacked, which makes it almost impossible for you to surf the internet since you will always be redirected to the Security Sphere 2012 purchase page. Our malware researchers have also confirmed that Security Sphere 2012 is a variant of Security Shield and Security Tool, which are both from the same family of rogue anti-spyware program.
How to Fight Back Against Security Sphere 2012
Security Sphere 2012 makes your computer more vulnerable to remote attacks, which can lead to identity and information theft. Indeed, Security Sphere 2012 does nothing good for your computer, so it is highly encouraged to remove this application from your PC as soon as possible. If, by some unfortunate chance, you were able to divulge your credit card information to this site, you must file a stop payment procedure to your bank as soon as possible.
In order to remove Security Sphere 2012 effectively from your PC, you must reboot your computer in Safe Mode with Networking in order to stop the rogue anti-spyware program from executing removal countermeasures while still able to stay online. You must download and install a genuine anti-malware application on the infected PC and update it with the latest signature database in order to remove the Security Sphere 2012 infection completely.
Are you getting popups from Security Sphere 2012? Have you identified that you have Security Sphere 2012 installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Security Sphere 2012 completely from your computer?
Why should you remove Security Sphere 2012?
If Security Sphere 2012 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 Sphere 2012 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 Sphere 2012 removal process.
How can you manually remove Security Sphere 2012
Manual removal of Security Sphere 2012 may not be for everyone. Each manual Security Sphere 2012 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 Sphere 2012 removal process.
Security Sphere 2012 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 Sphere 2012 in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Security Sphere 2012, 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\Internet Explorer\PhishingFilte "Enabled" = "0"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "ProxyEnable" = "1"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings "ProxyOverride" = ""HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]
You may need to return to this removal process for removing Security Sphere 2012. 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.
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Delete all of the following files that are associated with Security Sphere 2012 from your computer.%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Application Data\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Desktop\Security Sphere 2012.lnk%Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Local Settings\Temp\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].tmp%Temp%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\%Temp%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[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 Sphere 2012, 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 Sphere 2012 by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Security Sphere 2012 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 Sphere 2012 completely from your computer. If you find that Security Sphere 2012 is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Security Sphere 2012 removal process.