Remove Smart Protection 2012

What is Smart Protection 2012?

Smart Protection 2012 is malware.  These type of scam products are considered rogues.  Basically once the user is infected with Smart Protection 2012 a system scan will be done showing bogus scan results.  All error messages and warnings this virus gives off are false and not to be trusted.

This Win 7 Security 2012 Removal Guide Contains

1. A Manual Smart Protection 2012 Guide with plenty of Tips

2. A Video showing you how to Re-set Your Web browser

3. A Working Smart Protection 2012 Removal Video

 How Did I get infected with Smart Protection 2012?

The short answer here is your computer did not have an active antivirus client that could block the virus from installing on your computer.  If you were using a free based security client, that is the reason you were infected.  Free antivirus clients are great but should not be relied on to stop the latest virus threats out there like Smart Protection 2012 including System Progressive Protection

It's not uncommon for users to get tricked into installing malware like Smart Protection 2012.  The end user may want to watch a video online or they follow a social link from a trusted website.  They then are prompted to install an update or video codec but really it's a virus.  Once installed the virus goes to work and then the user is infected with clients like Smart Protection 2012.

What is Smart Protection 2012 Doing to My Computer Right Now?

Smart Protection 2012 disables many executables.  This means you may not be able to even run programs on your computer.  It will often times hijack your internet search results as well and block security products from running, installing and updating.

At this time we found it is not stealing personal data.  So if you bank online or enter in your credit card information you are safe.  This does not mean there is not another virus behind the scenes passing on secure information.

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What Do I Do To Remove Smart Protection 2012?

The best thing to get started it continue reading below.  We feature a few videos showing you how to remove Smart Protection 2012.  We also recommend Spyware Doctor with Antivirus and a computer repair shop that can remote into your computer and remove this virus for you.  The video and Smart Protection 2012 removal guide below should really help you out.  You can always ask questions as well.

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Smart Protection 2012 Removal Video (Take note it's System Tool but it's the same basic threat)

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Remove System Tool

NEW XP Guide. Works the same as the above. Just different file paths. The above video shows more insight.

Remove System Tool 2011 XP

 

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Smart Protection 2012 Manual Removal Procedures

The first step you must take in order to remove Smart Protection 2012 is to stop the following process. Watch the video for guidance.

  • [random].exe ( Example is gAoGm02900.exe ) Your file trace will be named different.

To Stop this process you can either browse to the file location shown below and re-name the file first and then restart your computer. Then browse to that file location again and delete the file.

The next step in System Tool 2011 removal is to delete the following file:

Windows XP:

  • C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication Data[random][random].exe
  • New Path C:Documents and SettingsUSER NAMELocal SettingsApplication Data

Windows Vista/7:

  • C:ProgramData[random characters ][random characters].exe
  • New Path C:UsersUSER NAMEAppDataLocal

Once you have deleted the above executable, Smart Protection 2012 will no longer be running. At this time you need to run a full virus scan. RUN A SCAN. We recommend Spyware Doctor with Antivirus. You need to ensure no other viruses are on your computer.

If you find this threat too hard to remove yourself and need an expert we recommend www.pcninja.com . They charge far less than others and are great at what they do.

To Stop this process you can

A. You can use the above folder paths to find this file. It should be hiding in one of them. You may need to show hidden files and folders. If that is the case you can read this guide http://www.removevirus.org/show-hidden-files-and-folders. Once you are in the folder you can sort the files by date. This helps to reduce the possibilities down to like 2-3 files. From there pick the date you became infected and re-name the file then re-boot and delete the file the next time you log-in.

B.  Boot into Safe Mode and delete the file. Same as the above but only the process should not be running so you can just delete it.

C:  Use the Task Manager  to find the location of the file and re-name it then delete after re-boot. Most people will have this disabled and not working. However some users can use it the very second you log into the operating system. You have about 10 seconds to locate the file before the Task Manager will close.

D:  Log-into another users account and see if you can delete the file.

E:  Start the Task Manager the very second you login and terminate the process that way.

The next step in Smart Protection 2012 removal is to delete the following file. You NEED to re-boot your computer first if you re-named the file as you can not remove a file that is running.

If you are unable to find the Executable you need to delete then you should boot into safe mode with Networking and install the Spyware Doctor with Antivirus Client and run a full scan.

KNOWN LOCATIONS OF THIS VIRUS

XP

  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\local\

Vista / Windows 7:

  • c:\users\[username]\AppData\local\

Be sure to run a full virus scan once you are done. This ensures you have gotten all the virus traces and that you have no other malware on your computer.

If you find this threat too hard to remove yourself and need an expert we recommend this remote computer repair. They charge far less than others and are great at what they do.

Smart Protection 2012 Registry Removal Procedures

Editing the Windows Registry is not recommended for most users. One little slip and you can kiss your operating system good by. It's better to just let antivirus software repair and edit the registry. You may also want to consider using the PC Health Advisor Trial Here to clean out the registry and scan for other malware.

There are keys that need to be changed due to Smart Protection 2012 changing .exe associated settings. Because there are many that need to be changed I recommend you use the exe-fix-for-win-7. You only need to use this if you can not run .exe files.

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Conclusion

Smart Protection 2012 has it's challenges. It blocks executables and many websites while the program is running so this makes it very hard to stop. The best thing to do is find the file and re-name it and then re-boot your computer and delete it. You may also have some luck using the System Restore to send your computer back in time to when it was not infected. We do recommend you run a full virus scan using Spyware Doctor with Antivirus and if you have troubles removing this virus from your computer and need a true expert we recommend PC Ninja

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4CZCDI4UUGGECG5FSOO67JQKSA Hansy

    Very Informative.

  • JS

    smart protection would not allow renaming of the .exe file, Help!

    • Anonymous

      It did for me when I tested the threat. what is the error message you are getting when you try to re-name it? Also what is the folder path to the file?

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