How To Remove Security Tool Virus
Need to know how to remove the Security Tool virus? Security Tool is a rogue, fake antivirus program that is downloaded to a person's computer when they stumble across a fake website or link. The fake website will notify the user that a scan has been done on their computer and that malicious codes have found. Unfortunately, the only way to stop this program from downloaded on to your computer is to close the browser window and to make sure you don't restore the closed tabs. However, even the best ways of trying to avoid the virus don't always work.
- The first thing you should try to do is run a true scan with your current antivirus program immediately after closing your browser. With luck, you will be able to find it before it starts doing harm.
- In most cases, Security Tool will disable your antivirus program, in order to run unimpeded through your system. The most important factor is to not click on anything in the program, especially not the link to "order it". This is a scam to separate you from your money or worse, your identity.
- Another way to get rid of the virus is to download MalwareBytes, an antispyware program that has been proven to remove many of the rogue antivirus scams.
- Whatever you do, DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER OR RESTART IT. Only do so when prompted by your antivirus or Malwarebytes.
- In the extreme cases, you can manually remove the virus. First start by opening up the task manager. You can do so by either right clicking on the task bar and choosing Task Manager or pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del at the same time.
- Kill or stop the Security Tool process under the processes tab in Task Manager. It will be a string of numbers with .exe at the end - like 689398785897984.exe
- Remove the Security Tool files from the documents file (under Windows Vista or Windows 7) or documents and settings (Windows XP). These files will be under the application data folder and will be folders with a string of numbers. For instance, on XP, the path is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\69909083509485908
- You will then need to remove the Security Tools entry within the registry. Be very be careful when working with the registry and only remove those files that are a part of the virus. Removal of any other file that you aren't aware of course cause your computer to become unstable. The files for removal are HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Security Tool and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Security Tool
- Sometimes, Security Tool will also disengage the task manager, again to prevent it from being removed. To stop this, go to the START menu and either choose RUN from the menu or type it in the search bar (if using Vista or 7). In the RUN box, type 'msconfig' and then enter. Only go to the Start Up tab and then look for Security Tools. Uncheck it and click apply or enter. This will stop it from loading when the computer restarts itself.
- If all else fails, try a System Restore to the recent most saved point or do a complete reformat.
Knowing how to remove the Security Tools virus is something handy and will allow you to rid your computer of a nasty virus that is only intended on stealing your money and even your identity.