PcsSecure is a rogue anti-spyware program from the Wini family of malware. This rogue is promoted and installed through the use of Trojans that pretend to be programs necessary to view certain online videos. When you download and install this Trojan it will install the rogue and configure it to start automatically when your computer starts. This same Trojan will also create fake malware files on your computer with random filenames that are then detected as viruses when PcsSecure scans your computer. The program, though, will state that it will not remove these files until you first purchase it. This is obviously a scam as the program is only detecting the files it created in the first place. In reality, these files are harmless and do not pose any risk to your computer. Thus this programs scan results should be ignored.
Please note, this variant of Wini rogues has been bundling a rootkit infection called TDL3. Therefore, though MalwareByte's may remove the rogue infection, you may still have problems with pop-ups or redirections when you click on search engine results. If this type of behavior is occurring on your computer you should also follow the steps in this guide: How to remove the TDSS, TDL3, or Alureon rootkit using TDSSKiller.
The Trojan that installed PcsSecure will also display fake security alerts and messages on your desktop. These alerts will state that active malware has been found, that your being attacked by a remote computer, or that you are sending sensitive data to a remote location. The titles of these alerts will be Spyware Alert!, Infiltration Alert!, or Security Center Alert!. The current text of one of the alerts is:
Ihr Computer ist mit Spionprogramm infektioniert. Das kann Ihren Dateien und die im Internet zugänglich machen. Klicken bitte hier, um Ihre Kopie von PcsSecure zu registrieren und Ihr PC von Spyprogramm frei zu machen.
Your computer is infected with spyware. It could damage your critical files or expose your private data on the Internet. Click here to register your copy of PcsSecure and remove spyware threats from your PC.
Votre ordinateur est infecté de spyware. Il pourrait endommager vos fichiers critiques ou exposer vos données prives sur 'Internet. Cliquez ici pour enregistrer votre copie de PcsSecure et enléver des menaces spyware de votre OP.
Il suo computer è infetto di spyware. Puo dannegiare i suoi files criticali rivelare i suoi dati personali nell'Internet. Clicca qui per registrare la sua coppia di PcsSecure e rimouvere le minacce di spyware dal suo computer.
The Trojan will also display a fake Windows Security Center screen that will suggest that you purchase PcsSecure to protect yourself. PcsSecure will also hijack Internet Explorer so that it randomly displays a security warning when you browse the web. This security warning will state that the site you are visiting is infected or malicious and that you should purchase PcsSecure to protect yourself. Just like the scan results, these fake warnings and messages should be ignored as they are just another attempt to make you think your computer has a security problem.
As you can see, you should not purchase this program regardless of what it may state. If you have already purchased the program, then please contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. Finally, please use the guide below to remove this infection and any related malware for free.
Self Help Guide
- Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that
is open later in the fix.
- 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)
- Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including
- Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe.
This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.
- 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.
- MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- You can now exit the MBAM program.
Your computer should now be free of the PcsSecure 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.