How to remove Security Inspector 2010 (Uninstall Guide)

  • November 8, 2010

Security Inspector 2010 is a rogue anti-spyware program that is installed via malware without your permission or knowledge. Once it is installed it will be configured to start whenever you login to Windows. Once started it will scan your computer, and when finished, state that you computer has numerous computer infections. It will not, though, allow you to remove any of these so-called infections until you first purchase the program. As the detected infections are all fake, you should not purchase the program.

  • Security Inspector 2010 screenshot
  • Installer

While Security Inspector 2010 is running it will also display numerous nag screens and alerts that are designed to make you think your computer has a major security problem. These alerts will be shown often and will require you to navigate through numerous screens before finally closing. Examples of some of the fake security alerts you will encounter while Antivirus Studio is running are:

Warning!
Your computer is being used as spamming machine. You can get sued for spam.
Your computer WILL BE DISCONNECTED FORM INTERNET BECAUSE SPAMMING OTHER PCs

Antivirus Studio Agent
The antivirus database has become outdated and should be updated now. Click on this message to receive the latest antivirus updates.

Program <insert filename here> is infected with virus Generic Dropper.js. Continue running this program may be dangerous to your computer and personal data. Running this program can lead to permanent data loss and program instability. Would you like to disinfect this program with antivirus?

Your computer might be at risk
Antivirus detects viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. They can (and do) destroy data, format your hard disk or can destroy the BIOS. By destroying the BIOS many times you end up buying a new motherboard or if the bios chip is removable then that chip would need replacing.

Just like the fake scan results, these security alerts are all fake and should be ignored.

When infected with Security Inspector 2010 your Internet Explorer web browser will also be hijacked to randomly display warnings and infection messages instead the actual web page that you requested. The text of the message is:

Reported Insecure Browsing: Navigation Blocked
Insecure Internet Activity. Threat of virus attack
Due to insecure Internet browsing your PC can easily get infected with viruses, worms, and trojans without your knowledge, and that can lead to system slowdown, freezes and crashes. Also insecure Internet activity can result in revealing your personal information.

This is just another scare tactic being used by the program and can be ignored.

Without a doubt, Security Inspector 2010 was created to scare you into thinking that you have a critical computer security problem so that you will purchase the program. It goes without saying that you should definitely not purchase Security Inspector 2010, and if you already have, please contact your credit card company and state that the program is a computer infection and a scam and that you would like to dispute the charge. To remove this infection and any related malware, please follow the steps in the guide below.

Self Help Guide

This guide contains advanced information, but has been written in such a way so that anyone can follow it. Please ensure your data is backed up before proceeding.

If you are uncomfortable making changes to your computer or following these steps, do not worry! Instead you can get free one-on-one help by asking in the forums.
  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 Inspector 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 Security Inspector 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 Security Inspector 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 Security Inspector 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 mb3-setup-1878.1878-3.0.6.1469.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 Security Inspector 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 Security Inspector 2010 Files

%Temp%\_2.tmp %UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Security Inspector 2010.lnk %UserProfile%\Application Data\Security Inspector 2010\ %UserProfile%\Application Data\Security Inspector 2010\Security_Inspector_2010.exe %UserProfile%\Application Data\Security Inspector 2010\securitycenter.exe %UserProfile%\Application Data\Security Inspector 2010\securityhelper.exe %UserProfile%\Application Data\Security Inspector 2010\taskmgr.dll %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Security Inspector 2010.lnk %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Security Inspector 2010\ %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Security Inspector 2010\Activate Security Inspector 2010.lnk %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Security Inspector 2010\Help Security Inspector 2010.lnk %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Security Inspector 2010\How to Activate Security Inspector 2010.lnk %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Security Inspector 2010\Security Inspector 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.

%Temp% refers to the Windows Temp folder. By default, this is C:\Windows\Temp for Windows 95/98/ME, C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\<Current User>\LOCAL SETTINGS\Temp for Windows 2000/XP, and C:\Users\<Current User>\AppData\Local\Temp in Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

View Associated Security Inspector 2010 Registry Information

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Security Inspector 2010 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Security Inspector 2010 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "2kowmeuswvw3" HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Security Inspector 2010"

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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