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Remove Security Essentials Ultimate Pack (Uninstall Guide)

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Security Essentials Ultimate Pack is a rogue anti-spyware program from the same family as Security Essentials 2011. This rogue is installed by malware that impersonates Flash updates or video codecs that are required to watch an online video. When you install these Trojans, instead of allowing you to watch the video they will instead download and install Security Essentials Ultimate Pack onto your computer without your permission or knowledge. Once Security Essentials Ultimate Pack is installed, it will be configured to start automatically when you log into Windows. Once started it will scan your computer, and when done, state that there are numerous infections on your computer, but will not allow you to remove any of them until you purchase the program. As the infections it shows are all fake, and as this program is a scam, you should definitely not purchase it. Also note that many of the files it states are infections are legitimate Windows files that if deleted could cause your computer to not operate correctly. Therefore, do not manually delete any of the files it states are infections.

 

Security Essentials Ultimate Pack screen shot
Security Essentials Ultimate Pack screen shot
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While running, Security Essentials will protect itself by not allowing you to run any executables on your computer. When you attempt to run an executable it will display a message that states the executable is infected and then terminate the program. The message that you will see is:

Windows recommends to activate Security Essentials Ultimate Pack software.
A problem has been detected and the application has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. Running of is impossible due to the activity. Perform the full system scan without delay to solve the issue.
Click "Yes, activate..." to register your copy of Security Essentials Ultimate Pack and perform a threat removal on your system.

This alert is fake and should be ignored as your programs are not infected. It is only performing this action this so that you cannot launch any programs that will allow you to remove it from your computer.

While the program is running you will also see a constant barrage of security alerts appear on your desktop. These alerts may be pop-up windows or little balloon alerts from your Windows taskbar that state active infections have been found, that private and personal data is at risk, or that your computer is under attack. Some of the messages that you may see are:

Security Alert!
Your computer is being attacked from a remote machine !
Block Internet access to your computer to prevent system infection.

System warning!
Security Essentials Ultimate Pack software detects programs that may compromise your privacy and harm your systems. It is highly recommended you scan your PC right now. Click here to start.

System warning!
Continue working in unprotected mode is very dangerous. Viruses can damage your confidential data and work on your computer. Click here to protect your computer.

Critical Warning!
Critical System Warning! Your system is probably infected with a version of Trojan-Spy.HTML.Visafraud.a. This may result in website access passwords being stolen from Interner Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook etc. Click Yes to scan and remove threats. (recommended)

As you can see, Security Essentials Ultimate Pack purposely attempts to scare you into thinking that your computer has a security problem so that you will purchase the program.

Last, but not least, when you reboot your computer while this infection is installed and Windows starts, you will be shown a Windows Advanced Security Center dialog prompting you to purchase Security Essentials Ultimate Pack in order to protect your computer from "supposed" infections. If you choose not to activate the program, which you should not, then it will require you to wait 90 seconds until it makes the Remind Later button available to click so that you can then access your desktop.

Without a doubt, this program was created to scare you into thinking you are infected so that you will be tricked into purchasing the program. With that said, you should definitely not purchase it, and if you have, you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charges stating that the program is a computer infection. Finally, to remove Security Essentials Ultimate Pack and any related malware please use the removal guide below.

 

Threat Classification:

 

Advanced information:

View Security Essentials Ultimate Pack files.
View Security Essentials Ultimate Pack Registry Information.

 

Tools Needed for this fix:

 

Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:

<b>Windows Vista and Windows 7</b>:

%AllUsersProfile%\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack\
%AllUsersProfile%\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack\SecEls.exe
%AllUsersProfile%\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack\sebrls\
%AllUsersProfile%\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack\sebrls\seufrvxls.cfg
%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack.lnk
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack.lnk
%StartMenu%\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack.lnk

<b>Windows XP</b>:

%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack\
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack\SecEls.exe
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack\sebrls\
%AllUsersProfile%\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack\sebrls\seufrvxls.cfg
%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack.lnk
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack.lnk
%StartMenu%\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack.lnk

 

Guide Updates:

06/06/11 - Initial guide creation.

 


Automated Removal Instructions for Security Essentials Ultimate Pack 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 Security Essentials Ultimate Pack 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 Security Essentials Ultimate Pack 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 Security Essentials Ultimate Pack 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 Security Essentials Ultimate Pack . 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 Security Essentials Ultimate Pack 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 Security Essentials Ultimate Pack 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 Security Essentials Ultimate Pack 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 Security Essentials Ultimate Pack Files:

<b>Windows Vista and Windows 7</b>:

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [updatesst] "%AllUsersProfile%\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack\SecEls.exe"

<b>Windows XP</b>:

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [updatesst] "%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack\SecEls.exe"

File Location Notes:

%AllUsersProfile% refers to the All Users Profile folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users for Windows 2000/XP and C:\ProgramData\ for Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

 

Associated Security Essentials Ultimate Pack Windows Registry Information:

<b>Windows Vista and Windows 7</b>:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SE2010
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3F2BBC05-40DF-11D2-9455-00104BC936FF}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SecEls.DocHostUIHandler
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "updatesst"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "Shell" = "%AllUsersProfile%\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack\SecEls.exe" /hide

<b>Windows XP</b>:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SE2010
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3F2BBC05-40DF-11D2-9455-00104BC936FF}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SecEls.DocHostUIHandler
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "updatesst"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon "Shell" = "%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Security Essentials Ultimate Pack\SecEls.exe" /hide

 


 

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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