Windows Safe Mode

Windows Safe Mode Description


ScreenshotThe program Windows Safe Mode (as distinguished from the Windows operating system ‘Safe Mode’ boot option) is a rogue anti-virus application that uses false advertising to try to steal money from users who take Windows Safe Mode’s warnings at face value. Scans initiated by Windows Safe Mode will turn up negative results each and every time, and Windows Safe Mode’s presence on any PC causes various inaccurate and panic-inducing error messages to sprout up. In some cases, Windows Safe Mode may also block programs from running; the security risk presented by this rogue security product makes it a sensible decision to delete Windows Safe Mode as soon as you can manage it.

Windows Safe Mode is not the Kind of Safe Mode You Want on Your PC


Unlike a genuine security product, Windows Safe Mode is installed through malicious websites and Trojans. One Trojan-based message used specifically for the installation of Windows Safe Mode can be seen below:

Windows detected a hard disk problem
Windows detected a file index error caused by boot sectors problem. Install recommended software to fix detected error.
Install Windows Safemode software (recommended)
windows Safemode is a professional software toolkit designed to detect identify and fix hard ware memory related problems on a windows based computers.


If you are fooled by this message or other installation methods, Windows Safe Mode will create entries in the Windows Registry that enable Windows Safe Mode to run without your consent as a program linked to the OS startup process.
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This can be stopped temporarily by, ironically, resorting to the real Safe Mode or permanently by uninstalling the rogue anti-virus application Windows Safe Mode.

Windows Safe Mode uses its position as a foremost program on your startup list to threaten you with nonexistent infection alerts and offer scans that show your computer to be supposedly crammed full of malware. Dummy files can be created solely for the purpose of faking infections, or Windows Safe Mode may list legitimate preexisting files as corrupt when they’re actually in perfect health.

Windows Safe Mode – Not Very Safe for Your Computer


If your PC is infected with Windows Safe Mode, the problems don’t end with faulty infection alerts. Windows Safe Mode has been confirmed to block programs, and may prevent you from using Windows tools like the Task Manager or Registry Editor, or security applications like anti-virus scanners. Here are some of the other possible problems you may see:
  • Security or browser settings altered without warning, always for the purpose of making your PC less safe to use.
  • Strange browser behavior, especially a changed homepage or a browser that redirects itself to unfamiliar sites.
  • Processes in memory or files on your desktop or hard drive that don’t correspond to known programs, particularly if they refuse to be remove or return after you get rid of them.
  • Slowdown of your system due to mysterious use of system resources like RAM.

If you don’t delete Windows Safe Mode quickly, these problems can grow severely enough to do lasting harm to your PC. Removing Windows Safe Mode is a job that should be assigned to actual anti-malware programs that do the job this rogue security application fakes, to clean every last file and Registry entry out with little chance of error.

Windows Safe Mode belongs to the FakeSysDef family, which includes members such as Windows Disk, Data Repair, Disk OK, Smart HDD, Disk Optimizer, Windows Diagnostic, HDD Fix, Windows Recovery Series, Rogue.Windows Fix, Disk Repair, PC Cleaner Pro 2012, Scanner, Rogue.File Recovery, PUP.PC Health Kit, HDD Plus, Computer Fix, Windows XP Repair, Memory Optimizer, HDD Rescue, HDD Diagnostic, Rogue.File Restore, Windows Recovery, Windows Fix Disk, Windows XP Fix, Windows Scan, WindowsTool, Rogue.Windows Error Recovery, System Restore, Rogue.System Check, System Defragmenter, Rogue.System Recovery, Rogue.File Integrity Checker, HDD Low, Windows Repair, Ultra Defragger, Rogue.Data Recovery, Windows Restore, Fast Disk, Disk Recovery, Smart Defragmenter and Win HDD.

Windows Safe Mode Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)


Is your PC infected with Windows Safe Mode? To safely & quickly detect Windows Safe Mode we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.




Technical Details

Visual & GUI Characteristics

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File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.
  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name Detection Count
    1 %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Safemode 237
    2 Uninstall Windows Safemode.lnk 234
    3 Windows Safemode.lnk 231
    4 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\ Application Data\ vu9C8ENY1q.exe 131
    5 %WinDir%\System32\drivers\sst[NUMBERS].sys N/A

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Threat Level: 10/10
Detection Count: 166

12 Comments

  • Tracey Fox says:

    My laptop is stuck in safe mode. I have Windows 7 premium installed it. I have tried rebooting and using the recovery feature but it still reloads in safe mode. Help please.

  • Susan Webb says:

    Please help locked in safe mode don’t knowhow to get out of this

  • ymelda walters says:

    How do I remove safemode. Ever since it was applied (my mistake) I have not been able to use neither my Kindle nor my laptop. Please help me as I need both

  • Donna Tancredi says:

    There is only one math question

  • Donna says:

    How do I disable Safe Mode from Windows 7

  • doris beaune says:

    How do I get windows out of the safe mode? I can not get on e-mail or internet explorer or my desktop or any of that Where is the security code?.

  • doris beaune says:

    How do I get windows out of a safe mode!

  • geraldine pugh says:

    some one put safe mode on computer,cannot remove it. help!

  • wendy says:

    i cant do anything. computer is locked in safe mode and everytime i hit a key, it starts all over to a black screen. keeps saying PLEASE RE-INSTALL A COPY OF THE ABOVE FILE. <windows root> \\system 32\\hal.dll

  • Nick Morrow says:

    I just went through a painful experience with this virus. Fortunately, I had a backup hard drive with an (almost) duplicate copy of my system The bottom line is that disaster recovery isn’t so much about what to do after a disaster strikes, it’s about preparing for one. I now keep an up to date image of my C: drive stored on a USB drive. If my system becomes corrupted, I can boot from the Acronis True Image boot CD and restore the C: drive with the clean image.

    To ellie moore: It should be relatively easy to temporarily connect the original drive (XP) to your new Windows 7 PC as a second hard drive and transfer over the needed files. If you’re dealing with a laptop, you can plug the XP drive into a USB hard drive adapter and do the same thing. The one I have is made by Apricorn. It works with both PATA and SATA drives and works really well.
    N.Morrow

  • ellie moore says:

    I had to buy a new computer because my Dell XP jumped into safe mode and i am unable to do anything about it. It does not move at all….What should I do as I need several of my documents on the XP computer transferred to my new windows 7.

    Thanks in advance.

    Ellie Moore

  • Adrian Peterson says:

    Trying to remove WINDOWS SAFE MODE virus. Can’t use CTRL+ALT+DEL won’t work because taskmgr is disabled. Also can’t run MSCONFIG because it has been disabled also. Can get to regedit but WINDOWS SAFE MODE is NOT in the registry.

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