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If you’re reading this post, it’s most likely because you powered your computer up and noticed a shocking message displayed on your screen from a program called Security Tool.

If you were a bit shaken up by this, I can’t say that I really blame you because this program looks like a very official anti-virus program and it will tell you that your computer is infected with dozens and sometimes hundreds of viruses.

It’s VERY important that you read this article before doing anything, especially before you hand over your credit card information to the scumbags who made this spyware!

If you don’t, you may end up making the same mistake that ends up costing computer users thousands of dollars each and every day. Taking the time to read this article may be just what you need to get your computer back up and running in no time and it won’t cost you a penny.

A Brief Explanation of The Security Tool Virus

The Security Tool virus actually falls into a category of malicious programs affectionately known as “scareware”. These types of programs slip into your computer when you click on a link in an email or you download a file from a shady neighborhood on the Internet. The developers of the Security Tool virus have one goal in mind and that goal is to scare you enough that you’ll give them your credit card information. They want you to think that you’re about to lose all of your precious photo’s and files that you have stored on your computer. Having a virus destroy your data is a very scary thing and that’s why these scareware programs are so effective at separating unsuspecting computer users from their money.

Believe it or not, the reason these types of viruses exist is because they work. Many scareware programs will freeze up your computer and lead you to believe that the only way to regain control of your computer is to purchase the “full version” of their software. They make people believe that their so called antivirus program has done you a huge favor and discovered dozens and dozens of viruses on your computer.

After “pretending” to scan your computer, they show you a huge list of the viruses and spyware that you computer is infected with and display a button that is often labeled “Remove”. If you click the remove button, you’ll soon see a message informing you that if you’ll simply enter your credit card number and purchase the “full version” of this antivirus software, you’ll be able to remove the viruses and spyware that this program falsely reported.

If You’ve Fallen For This Scam Call Your Bank Immediately

Before I go any further, if this has in fact happened to you, before you do anything else, call your credit card company and let them know that you have been tricked out of your money and that your card number has been compromised.

How To Remove Security Tool From Your Computer

A while ago a friend of mine called me up and said that they had a problem with their computer and that they desperately needed help. After finding out that their computer had come down with a case of scareware, I began doing my customary Google searches to find the best course of action to take. I searched for “how to get security tool off my computer” and “how to delete security tool from my computer”. There was lots of helpful information available but it was a bit confusing so I decided to try and simplify this procedure in this article for my readers.

Step One: safe mode photoThis program will automatically restart every time you restart your computer. It will be obnoxious and it often prevents you from downloading legitimate virus removal tools. What you’re going to want to do is restart your computer to a state that is called “Safe Mode With Networking”. When you boot your computer up in safe mode, only the core files that are necessary for windows to function will start up. The way you get into safe mode is to turn your computer off. I actually had to unplug the computer I was working on because Security Tool was preventing me from shutting down or restarting the computer. After your computer has powered down, you’ll want to turn it back on. When it’s booting up, you should continually tap on the F8 key. A black screen with white lettering will then appear. Simply use your arrow keys to select “Safe Mode With Networking” and then press the “Enter” key.

Step Two: If you don’t have a copy of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware installed on your computer, you can get it here: Click Here to Download Malwarebytes. I should point out that I wasn’t actually able to download it from the infected computer that I was working on because the virus was blocking me so I had to download it using another computer and save the setup file to a flash drive.

Then I was able to insert the flash drive into the infected computer and install the program. After installing it, you’ll want to update it. This is why you chose “Safe Mode With Networking” instead of just “Safe Mode”. After the program has been downloaded, installed, and updated, you’ll want to choose the “Perform Quick Scan” option.

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A Trick That I Had To Use

I should point out that one computer I was trying to remove the Security Tool virus from was especially tricky. It seemed that even when I was in safe mode, a portion of the virus was running in the memory of the computer that prevented me from running Malwarebytes. The solution was to find the directory where Malwarebytes was installed and change the name of the program. I found the software in the directory C:\Program Files(x86)\Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and the file name that I had to change was “mbam.exe”. I think I changed it to something like “puppy.exe”.

It seemed like this virus must have a list of the spyware and antivirus tools that people are likely to try and use to disable it. Somehow it prevents these tools from running. Changing the file name to “puppy.exe” must have fooled the virus because after doing so, I was actually able to run the program and was able to find and remove the Security Tool virus from the infected computer.

Step Three: Next, you’re going to want to restart your computer but this time restart it normally. If all went well, you won’t see the Security Tool window this time. Now is a good time to run Malwarebytes again but this time you should select the “Perform Full Scan” option. After this scan has completed, I suggest that you run a scan with your regular antivirus software just to be sure you got all traces of the virus removed from your computer.

Step Four: Here’s a little step that I like to take as an extra precaution after I’ve successfully thwarted a nasty virus. I think many people overlook this step so it’s worth mentioning. I like to create a Windows restore point after the system is clean and name it something that I’ll easily remember such as, “After Removing Security Tool”. This way, if I ever have a problem with my computer and need to restore it to a previously working state, I don’t accidentally restore it to a time when my computer was still infected. I’m not sure that this step is absolutely necessary but doing this calms my nerves so it’s a good use of my time.

Did My Tips Help You?

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If you’re still in the mood to read more. I have several other articles that I have written with the goal of helping people solve their most common computer problems. Some of them are How To Delete Everything On Your Computer And Start Over, How To Remote Desktop Over Internet, and How To Clean My Computer To Make It Run Faster. Maybe one of them will help you with a problem that you are having.

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scareware


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