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Remove Advanced Security Tool 2010 (Uninstall Guide)

By on August 20, 2010 @ 09:47 PM | Read 14,471 times.
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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
Advanced Security Tool 2010 screen shot
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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.

 

Threat Classification:

 

Advanced information:

View Advanced Security Tool 2010 files.
View Advanced Security Tool 2010 Registry Information.

 

Tools Needed for this fix:

 

Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:

F2 - REG:system.ini: Shell=explorer.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntload.exe
O2 - BHO: BrcWiz Class - {80c10400-59cb-4c79-97ce-cc693103afca} - %UserProfile%\Application Data\scan.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [rundll32] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntload.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [rundll32] %UserProfile%\rundll32.exe
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AdvSecTool] "%UserProfile%\Application Data\asectool.exe"

 

Guide Updates:

08/20/10 - Initial guide creation.

 


Automated Removal Instructions for Advanced Security Tool 2010 using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:

 

  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. Now you should download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, 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 both the Update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and 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 automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program before performing a scan. As MBAM will automatically update itself after the install, you can press the OK button to close that box and you will now be at the main program as shown below.


    MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Screen

  10. On the Scanner tab, make sure the the Perform full scan option is selected and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer for Advanced Security Tool 2010 related files.

  11. MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can take quite a while, so we suggest you go and do something else and periodically check on the status of the scan. When MBAM is scanning it will look like the image below.


    MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Scanning Screen

  12. When the scan is finished a message box will appear as shown in the image below.


    MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Scan Finished Screen

    You should click on the OK button to close the message box and continue with the Advanced Security Tool 2010 removal process.

  13. You will now be back at the main Scanner screen. At this point you should click on the Show Results button.

  14. A screen displaying all the malware that the program found will be shown as seen in the image below. Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.


    MalwareBytes Scan Results


    You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove all the listed 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.

  15. When MBAM has finished removing the malware, it will open the scan log and display it in Notepad. Review the log as desired, and then close the Notepad window.

  16. You can now exit the MBAM program.

  17. 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.

If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below:

Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help

 


 

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

File Location Notes:

%UserProfile% refers to the current user's profile folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User> for Windows 2000/XP, C:\Users\<Current User> for Windows Vista/7/8, and c:\winnt\profiles\<Current User> for Windows NT.

 

Associated Advanced Security Tool 2010 Windows 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.

BleepingComputer.com 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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