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Software Protector Removal

A rogue antivirus application related to Virus Protector, Software Protector uses scare tactics to trick users into purchasing a software license. Software Protector reaches user systems via Trojan viruses that get downloaded from malicious websites advertising fake online scanners and along with fake video codec packs. Once installed, Software Protector proceeds to load itself at startup and to disable essential Windows services such as Task Manager and Registry Editor. Software Protector performs an endless stream of fake security scans on the system and reports that it is under threat from a large number of non-existent viruses. This rogue program also redirects the user’s web browser via a proxy setting to its own promotional website. It also generates fake warning pop-ups from the Windows taskbar. Meanwhile, Software Protector repeatedly requests the user to purchase a license to the ‘full’ version of the software, claiming that the currently installed ‘trial’ version is incapable of removing the detected ‘threats’ properly. However, the so-called ‘full’ version of Software Protector is just as ineffective at removing these ‘threats’ as the ‘trial’ version, therefore, you should never allow yourself to be tricked into paying for it. This site Remove Software Protector has all the infos you need to remove this threat.

Software Protector

It is important to delete Software Protector as soon as you find a copy on your computer. Software Protector removal involves the deletion of files and folders and removal of registry entries.

File Removal Procedures

The first step you must take in order to remove Software Protector is to delete the following files and folders:

Windows XP:

  • %Documents and Settings%\UserName\Application Data\random.exe
  • %Documents and Settings%\UserName\Application Data\random.dll
  • %Documents and Settings%\UserName\Local Settings\Temp\random.exe
  • %Documents and Settings%\UserName\Local Settings\Temp\random.dll
  • %Program Files%\Internet Explorer\random.exe
  • %Program Files%\Internet Explorer\random.dll
  • %WINDOWS%\random.exe
  • %WINDOWS%\random.dll
  • %WINDOWS%\system32\random.exe
  • %WINDOWS%\system32\random.dll
  • %WINDOWS%\system32\drivers\random.exe
  • %WINDOWS%\system32\drivers\random.dll

Windows Vista/7:

  • %Users%\UserName\AppData\random.exe
  • %Users%\UserName\AppData\random.dll
  • %Users%\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\random.exe
  • %Users%\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\random.dll
  • %Program Files%\Internet Explorer\random.exe
  • %Program Files%\Internet Explorer\random.dll
  • %WINDOWS%\random.exe
  • %WINDOWS%\random.dll
  • %WINDOWS%\system32\random.exe
  • %WINDOWS%\system32\random.dll
  • %WINDOWS%\system32\drivers\random.exe
  • %WINDOWS%\system32\drivers\random.dll

Once this step has been completed, Software Protector no longer resides on your hard disk. At this point it is recommended to scan the entire PC using genuine antivirus software such as Spyware Doctor with Antivirus.

Registry Removal Procedures

File removal alone is not sufficient to completely remove Software Protector. It is necessary to delete the following keys and settings from the registry as well:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Software Protector”
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows “LoadAppInit_DLLs” = “1?
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows “AppInit_DLLs” = “random.dll”

Once the above steps are complete, you have successfully completed Software Protector removal.

Conclusion

Manual Software Protector removal is not recommended for inexperienced users as any mistake made due to inexperience could cause damage to the computer. Inexperienced users are advised to use a web-based repair service such as www.onlinecomputerrepair.org or a legitimate antivirus application such as Spyware Doctor with Antivirus for safe and efficient Software Protector removal.

My Security Engine Removal

A relation of the notorious rogue anti-malware applications Cleanup Antivirus and Security Guard, My Security Engine uses scare tactics to trick users into paying for its software license. My Security Engine gets installed on the user’s system via Trojans that get downloaded from malicious websites by exploiting security weaknesses found on user connections. Once installed, My Security Engine proceeds to perform a large number of fake security scans on the system, generating false reports which state that the computer is under threat from malware. It also generates an endless stream of fake warning pop-ups from the Windows taskbar. Meanwhile, My Security Engine repeatedly requests the user to purchase a license to the ‘full’ version of the software, claiming that the currently installed ‘trial’ version is insufficient to remove all the detected ‘threats’. It enforces this request through its GUI, through pop-ups and through the results of fake scans. However, it is important to note that this is fake software, therefore none of its versions are capable of properly scanning or cleaning any system. Here Remove My Security Engine you will get info about removing this virus.

My Security Engine

As soon as you find a copy of this malicious software installed on your computer, you should take steps to delete My Security Engine. My Security Engine removal involves the stopping of processes, the unregistration of DLLs, the deletion of files and folders and the removal of registry entries.

File Removal Procedures

The first step in My Security Engine removal is to kill the following processes:

  • MS345d.exe
  • PE.exe

The next step in My Security Engine removal is to unregister the following DLL files:

  • pal.dll
  • PE.dll
  • gid.dll
  • exec.dll
  • energy.dll
  • ANTIGEN.dll
  • CLSV.dll
  • mozcrt19.dll
  • sqlite3.dll

Next, it is necessary to remove the following files and folders:

Windows XP:

  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\345d567
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\345d567\2322.mof
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\345d567\mozcrt19.dll
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\345d567\MS345d.exe
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\345d567\MSE.ico
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\345d567\sqlite3.dll
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\345d567\BackUp\
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\345d567\MSESys\
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\345d567\MSESys\vd952342.bd
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\345d567\Quarantine Items
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MSHOLE\
  • c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MSHOLE\MSJKEJCCE.cfg
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\My Security Engine.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\My Security Engine\
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\My Security Engine\cookies.sqlite
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\My Security Engine\Instructions.ini
  • %UserProfile%\Desktop\My Security Engine.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\ANTIGEN.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\CLSV.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\eb.sys
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\energy.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\exec.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\exec.drv
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\exec.tmp
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\gid.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\kernel32.sys
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\kernel32.tmp
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\pal.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\PE.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\PE.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\ppal.drv
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\runddlkey.drv
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\SICKBOY.sys
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\tjd.sys
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\My Security Engine.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\My Security Engine.lnk
  • c:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins\search.xml
  • %Documents and Settings%\All Users\Application Data\e4a12b7
  • %Temp%\del.bat

Windows Vista/7:

  • c:\%User%\ AppData\345d567
  • c:\ %User%\ AppData \345d567\2322.mof
  • c:\ %User%\ AppData \345d567\mozcrt19.dll
  • c:\ %User%\ AppData \345d567\MS345d.exe
  • c:\ %User%\ AppData \345d567\MSE.ico
  • c:\ %User%\ AppData \345d567\sqlite3.dll
  • c:\ %User%\ AppData \345d567\BackUp\
  • c:\ %User%\ AppData \345d567\MSESys\
  • c:\ %User%\ AppData \345d567\MSESys\vd952342.bd
  • c:\ %User%\ AppData \345d567\Quarantine Items
  • c:\ %User%\ AppData \MSHOLE\
  • c: %User%\ AppData \MSHOLE\MSJKEJCCE.cfg
  • %User%\ AppData \Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\My Security Engine.lnk
  • %User%\ AppData \My Security Engine\
  • %User%\ AppData \My Security Engine\cookies.sqlite
  • %User%\ AppData \My Security Engine\Instructions.ini
  • %User%\ AppData \My Security Engine.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\ANTIGEN.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\CLSV.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\eb.sys
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\energy.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\exec.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\exec.drv
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\exec.tmp
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\gid.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\kernel32.sys
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\kernel32.tmp
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\pal.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\PE.dll
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\PE.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\ppal.drv
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\runddlkey.drv
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\SICKBOY.sys
  • %UserProfile%\Recent\tjd.sys
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\My Security Engine.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\My Security Engine.lnk
  • c:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins\search.xml
  • %User%\ AppData \e4a12b7
  • %Temp%\del.bat

Once the above files and folders have been removed, My Security Engine no longer resides on your hard disk. While this step has been completed it is recommended to ensure that no other malicious files reside on your disk. In order to do so a complete scan using legitimate antivirus software such as Spyware Doctor with Antivirus may proof to be a good choice.

Registry Removal Procedures

File removal alone is not sufficient to completely remove My Security Engine. In order to ensure complete My Security Engine removal, it is necessary to delete the following keys and settings from the registry as well:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “%CommonAppData%\e4a12b7\MySecurityEngine.exe”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\3
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\3F2BBC05-40DF-11D2-9455-00104BC936FF
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\MS345d.DocHostUIHandler
  • HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes “URL” =”http://findgala.com/?&uid=195&q=searchTerms”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes “URL” = “http://findgala.com/?&uid=195&q=searchTerms”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer “PRS” = “http://127.0.0.1:27777/?inj=%ORIGINAL%”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “RunInvalidSignatures” = “1”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “My Security Engine”
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes “URL” = findgala.com/?&uid=195&q=searchTerms

Once the above steps have been completed you have successfully removed My Security Engine from your system.

Conclusion

Manual My Security Engine removal is not recommended for inexperienced users, as any mistake made during removal could cause damage to the operating system. Inexperienced users are advised to make use of a web-based repair service such as www.onlinecomputerrepair.org or legitimate antivirus software such as Spyware Doctor with Antivirus to ensure safe and complete My Security Engine removal.

Antispyware Soft Removal

Related to Antivirus Live and Antivirus Soft, Antispyware Soft is a rogue antivirus program that manifests itself on user systems and tries to trick users into purchasing its license using various security warnings. Antispyware Soft gets installed on a user’s computer via Trojans that get downloaded from malicious websites. Once installed, Antispyware Soft loads itself at every startup. It will also perform endless fake virus scans on the system and generate reports that state that the system is under heavy threat from a large number of virus infections. Antispyware Soft also displays a large number of fake pop-ups from the Windows taskbar, warning of non-existent virus threats. This malicious program also hijacks your browser and gives false warnings of online security threats. Meanwhile, Antispyware Soft constantly urges the user to purchase a license to the ‘full’ version of the software, claiming that the currently installed ‘trial’ version cannot properly clean the detected ‘threats’. However, it is important to remember that Antispyware Soft is a fake program and therefore none of its versions can scan or clean any computer system. Check here Remove Antispyware Soft to learn how to remove this threat.

Antispyware Soft

As soon as you find a copy of this malicious software on your computer, you should take steps to remove Antispyware Soft. Antispyware Soft removal is a process which involves the stopping of processes, deletion of files and folders and the removal of registry entries.

File Removal Procedures

The first step in Antispyware Soft removal is to kill the following process:

  • [random characters]tssd.exe

The next step in Antispyware Soft removal is to delete the following file:

Windows XP:

  • %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Local Settings\Application Data\[random characters ]\[random characters]tssd.exe

Windows Vista/7:

  • %User%\AppData\Local\[random characters ]\[random characters]tssd.exe

Once the above steps have been completed, Antispyware Soft no longer resides on your file system. In order to make sure of this fact it is recommended to scan your computer using genuine antivirus software such as Spyware Doctor with Antivirus.

Registry Removal Procedures

Removing files and folders alone is not sufficient to completely remove Antispyware Soft. The following keys and settings should also be removed from the Windows registry to complete Antispyware Soft removal:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AvScan
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random characters]“
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random characters]“
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\avsoft
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\avsuite
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\avsoft
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\avsuite
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “RunInvalidSignatures” =”1″
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyOverride” = “”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “ProxyServer” = “http=127.0.0.1:5555″
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations “LowRiskFileTypes” = “.exe”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = “1”

Once the above steps have been completed, it is safe to say that you have completely removed Antispyware Soft.

Conclusion

Manual Antispyware Soft removal is not recommended for inexperienced users, as any mistake made during removal could cause damage to the operating system. Therefore, inexperienced users are advised to use a web-based repair service such as www.onlinecomputerrepair.org or legitimate antivirus software such as Spyware Doctor with Antivirus to ensure complete Antispyware Soft removal.

Migrate Vista to Windows 7

Windows is the most widely used commercial operating system available today and Microsoft releases new versions of it every few years. This means that as soon as a new version of Windows comes out, users will be clamoring to upgrade their computers to it. If you have upgraded your version of Microsoft Windows among different computer systems or within the same system, you will know what a hassle it is to move all your files and settings from the old installation to the new one. It is extremely difficult to manually move all your files and settings into the virtually unknown file system of the new Operating System.

This problem springs up when a user is attempting to move files from Windows Vista to Windows 7 as well. Settings such as registry values, activation keys and user preferences are virtually impossible to move from Windows Vista to Windows 7 for someone who does not have technical expertise. As Windows 7 is the newest operating system and not fully documented, it would be very easy if there were some method to transfer files and settings without having to do it manually.

There are many software solutions available to accomplish this, the first and easiest being to use migration software. A good example for such a migration software application is Laplink PCMover.

Laplink PCMover makes it possible to move files within the same computer to a different hard drive or to a different installation of Windows 7. It also allows file transfer to a brand new computer (which has Windows 7 installed) via USB cable. The process is easy and takes little time, as Laplink PCMover will copy files in increments of 4GB each to maximize speed and minimize data loss. Along with files, Laplink PCMover also transfers registry settings, programs and personal user settings such as browser settings, desktop background, favorites and bookmarks. All network and internet settings which make your computer your own personal workspace will also be migrated to the new installation of Windows 7, along with Media playlists and images. This saves you a large amount of time and hassle, and as Laplink PCMover is available for a minimal fee, it is easy on the budget as well.

However, if you are looking for a free method to migrate from Windows Vista to Windows 7, the best way is to do it is to perform an ‘upgrade’ type installation of Windows 7 on to your computer. This will apply your old settings, software, registry entries and preferences to the new installation of Windows 7. However, only Windows Vista Home Premium can be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium, and the same goes for the Professional versions of these two operating systems.

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XP to Windows 7 File Transfer

Every few years, a newer version of the most widely used operating system, Microsoft Windows, hits the market. This means that as soon as a new version of Windows comes out, users will be clamoring to upgrade their computers to it. If you have upgraded your version of Microsoft Windows among different computer systems or within the same system, you will know what a hassle it is to move all your files from the old installation to the new one. It is extremely difficult to manually move all the files into the virtually unknown file system of the new Operating System. This problem springs up when a user is attempting to move files from Windows XP to Windows 7 as well. As Windows 7 is the newest operating system and not fully documented, it would be very easy if there were some method to transfer files without having to do it manually.

There are software tools available to perform the ardent task of file transfer across operating systems for you. One such tool is the well-known PC Mover, which can complete the transfer for you in an easy-to-use, quick manner that will completely remove the burden of moving files. For a minimal fee, you will be able to download and install Laplink PC Mover from its homepage: www.laplink.com/.

PC Mover makes it possible to move files within the same computer to a different hard drive or to a different installation of Windows 7. It also allows file transfer to a brand new computer (which has Windows 7 installed) via USB cable. The process is easy and takes little time, as PC Mover will copy files in increments of 4GB each to maximize speed and minimize data loss. Along with files, PC Mover also transfers registry settings, programs and personal user settings such as browser settings, desktop background, favorites and bookmarks. All network and internet settings which make your computer your own personal workspace will also be migrated to the new installation of Windows 7, along with Media playlists and images.

PC users may be hesitant to upgrade to a new operating system such as Windows 7 from their old installation of Windows XP due to fears of losing files and personal data. However, with applications such as PC Mover being available, this fear becomes irrelevant.

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Paladin Antivirus Removal

Related to the well-known fake anti-spyware Malware Defense, Paladin Antivirus is a rogue antivirus program that tries to lure users into buying its software license. It reaches a user’s computer through Trojan viruses and other malware programs. Once installed, it tries to get the user to uninstall any legitimate antivirus programs that are on the system by giving the user a fake warning of an unauthorized antivirus program being present on the user’s system. Paladin Antivirus also performs fake scans of the user’s system, generating false reports stating that a myriad of invented viruses are present on the computer. It also gives false warnings that the computer is about to be attacked by a remote host. Paladin Antivirus repeatedly urges the user to purchase the ‘full’ version of the software, claiming that the currently installed ‘trial’ version is insufficient to remove all the detected ‘threats’. It is important not to fall for this trick as the ‘full’ version of this rogue software is just as incapable of scanning any system as the ‘trial’ version.

Paladin Antivirus

The process of Paladin Antivirus removal involves the killing of processes, unregistering of DLLs, deletion of files and folders and removal of registry entries.

File Removal Procedures

The first step in Paladin Antivirus removal is to kill the following processes:

  • pav.exe
  • uninstall.exe

Next, it is necessary to unregister the following DLL files:

  • pavext.dll
  • phook.dll

As the final step of file removal, delete the following files and folders:

  • c:\Program Files\Paladin Antivirus
  • c:\Program Files\Paladin Antivirus\help.ico
  • c:\Program Files\Paladin Antivirus\pav.db
  • c:\Program Files\Paladin Antivirus\pav.exe
  • c:\Program Files\Paladin Antivirus\pavext.dll
  • c:\Program Files\Paladin Antivirus\phook.dll
  • c:\Program Files\Paladin Antivirus\uninstall.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Paladin Antivirus.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Desktop\Paladin Antivirus Support.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Desktop\Paladin Antivirus.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Paladin Antivirus
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Paladin Antivirus\Paladin Antivirus Support.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Paladin Antivirus\Paladin Antivirus.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Paladin Antivirus\Uninstall Paladin Antivirus.lnk

Once you have completed these steps, Paladin Antivirus no longer resides on your file system.

Registry Removal Procedures

As the final step in Paladin Antivirus removal, the following keys and settings should also be deleted from the registry:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Paladin Antivirus
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Paladin Antivirus

Once the registry is clean, Paladin Antivirus removal is complete. At this moment it is recommended to conduct a full system scan using legitimate antivirus software such as Spyware Doctor with Antivirus in order to avoid the risk of letting additional malware infections reside on your system.

Conclusion

Manual Paladin Antivirus removal is not recommended for inexperienced users, as any mistake on your part during removal could cause damage to the system. The best route to take for inexperienced users to get rid of this rouge software is to use a web-based repair service such as www.onlinecomputerrepair.org.