Remove Advanced Security Tool 2010 (Uninstall Guide)

  • March 19, 2015
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What is Advanced Security Tool 2010?

Advanced Security Tool 2010 is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Security Central. This program is distributed through Trojans that install it onto your computer without your permission or knowledge. Once installed Advanced Security Tool 2010 will be configured to start automatically when Windows loads. Once started it will scan your computer and display a list of infections, but will not remove anything until you purchase the program. The reality is that all of the infections it states are on your computer are not real and can be ignored.

  • Advanced Security Tool 2010 screen shot
  • Scan results
  • Firewall warning
  • Privacy alert

While Advanced Security Tool 2010 is running you will also see fake security alerts appear on your desktop and from your Windows taskbar. These alerts will state that your privacy is at risk or that malicious software was found running on your computer. The text of these alerts are:

Firewall Warning
Hidden file transfer to remote host was detected
Advanced Security Tool 2010 has detected that somebody is trying to transfer your private data via Internet. We strongly recommend you to block the attack immediately.

Privacy Alert
Your system was found to be infected with itercepting programs. These can log your activity and damage your privacy. Click here for Advanced Security Tool 2010 spyware removal.

Like the scan results, these alerts are all fake and can be ignored.

Without a doubt, Advanced Security Tool 2010 was created to scare you into purchasing the programs by making it appear as if your computer is infected. It goes without saying that you should not purchase this program, and if you have, you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charges stating that the program is a scam and a computer infection. To remove this infection and any related malware, please use the removal guide below.

Advanced Security Tool 2010 Removal Options

Self Help Guide

This guide is intended for advanced computer users only. Please ensure your data is backed up before proceeding. If you’re uncomfortable making changes to your computer, consider having a professional help clean your computer.
  1. Print out these instructions as we may need to close every window that is open later in the fix.

  2. It is possible that the infection you are trying to remove will not allow you to download files on the infected computer. If this is the case, then you will need to download the files requested in this guide on another computer and then transfer them to the infected computer. You can transfer the files via a CD/DVD, external drive, or USB flash drive.

  3. Before we can do anything we must first end the processes that belong to Advanced Security Tool 2010 so that it does not interfere with the cleaning procedure. To do this, please download RKill to your desktop from the following link.

    RKill Download Link - (Download page will open in a new tab or browser window.)

    When at the download page, click on the Download Now button labeled iExplore.exe download link. When you are prompted where to save it, please save it on your desktop.

  4. Once it is downloaded, double-click on the iExplore.exe icon in order to automatically attempt to stop any processes associated with Advanced Security Tool 2010 and other Rogue programs. Please be patient while the program looks for various malware programs and ends them. When it has finished, the black window will automatically close and you can continue with the next step. If you get a message that RKill is an infection, do not be concerned. This message is just a fake warning given by Advanced Security Tool 2010 when it terminates programs that may potentially remove it. If you run into these infections warnings that close RKill, a trick is to leave the warning on the screen and then run RKill again. By not closing the warning, this typically will allow you to bypass the malware trying to protect itself so that rkill can terminate Advanced Security Tool 2010 . So, please try running RKill until the malware is no longer running. You will then be able to proceed with the rest of the guide. If you continue having problems running RKill, you can download the other renamed versions of RKill from the rkill download page. All of the files are renamed copies of RKill, which you can try instead. Please note that the download page will open in a new browser window or tab.

    Do not reboot your computer after running RKill as the malware programs will start again.

  5. At this point you should download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, to scan your computer for any any infections or adware that may be present. Please download Malwarebytes from the following location and save it to your desktop:

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (Download page will open in a new window)

  6. Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including this one.

  7. Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe. This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.

  8. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button. If MalwareBytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.

  9. MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    Please click on the Scan Now button to start the scan. If there is an update available for Malwarebytes it will automatically download and install it before performing the scan.

  10. MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can take quite a while, so we suggest you do something else and periodically check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  11. When MBAM is finished scanning it will display a screen that displays any malware that it has detected. Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image below due to the guide being updated for newer versions of MBAM.

    MalwareBytes Scan Results

    You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove all the seleted malware. MBAM will now delete all of the files and registry keys and add them to the programs quarantine. When removing the files, MBAM may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot, please allow it to do so. Once your computer has rebooted, and you are logged in, please continue with the rest of the steps.

  12. You can now exit the MBAM program.

  13. As many rogues and other malware are installed through vulnerabilities found in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer. A tutorial on how to use Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs can be found here:

    How to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector


Your computer should now be free of the Advanced Security Tool 2010 program. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.

View Associated Advanced Security Tool 2010 Files

%UserProfile%\asr.dat %UserProfile%\Application Data\1tmp.bat %UserProfile%\Application Data\asectool.exe %UserProfile%\Application Data\scan.dll %UserProfile%\Application Data\secmof.tmp %UserProfile%\Desktop\Advanced Security Tool 2010.LNK %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Advanced Security Tool 2010.LNK

View Associated Advanced Security Tool 2010 Registry Information

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Advanced Security HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\BrcWizApp.BrcWiz HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\BrcWizApp.BrcWiz.1 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{80c10400-59cb-4c79-97ce-cc693103afca} HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{4B66E1DF-4DE3-4CDA-83B5-11673EADAB0B} HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{9692BE2F-EB8F-49D9-A11C-C24C1EF734D5} HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{58B4E0F5-F122-4C02-B038-C482D998486A} HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{80c10400-59cb-4c79-97ce-cc693103afca} HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft "adver_id" = "29" HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations "LowRiskFileTypes" = ".exe;" HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "AdvSecTool" HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "rundll32" = "" HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "Shell" = "%UserProfile%\Application Data\asectool.exe" /sn" HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system "EnableLUA" = "0" HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "rundll32" = "" HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "Shell" = "explorer.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntload.exe"

This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk. can not be held responsible for problems that may occur by using this information. If you would like help with any of these fixes, you can ask for malware removal assistance in our Virus,Trojan,Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum.

If you have any questions about this self-help guide then please post those questions in our Am I infected? What do I do? and someone will help you.

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