Microsoft Security Center 2011

Posted: April 2, 2011

Microsoft Security Center 2011 Description

Instead of being an actual Microsoft product, Microsoft Security Center 2011 is a rogue security program that offers you anti-virus scans and other security features that it does not, in fact, possess. Giving Microsoft Security Center 2011 the leeway to stay on your PC will result in constant fake error message displays and may also cause security attacks like browser hijacks to dangerous websites, cut off downloads and restricted use of applications. To keep your computer fully secured against malware threats and remote attackers you should avoid websites affiliated with this rogue threat and remove Microsoft Security Center 2011 through industry-recognized anti-malware software.

Propagation for a Faux-Microsoft Rogue Threat

Microsoft Security Center 2011 may be related to similar rogue programs like MS Removal Tool, Best Antivirus 2011, Antivirus Antimalware 2011 or the System Tool 2011 family. Likely initial infection routes for Microsoft Security Center 2011 include:

  • Malicious websites that use hostile code to force your PC to download Microsoft Security Center 2011. They may also display erroneous infection warnings that encourage you to download a rogue program such as Microsoft Security Center 2011 to remove the nonexistent malware.
  • Unsolicited email messages or 'spam.' Some rogue application groups use this method in preference over other options and will typically fake being sent by a known contact. Avoid downloading a strange file unless you've verified its safety.
  • Trojans that imitate Windows system alerts and other warnings while requesting that you download some form of security software. One of the most common rogue program-delivering trojans, the Fake Microsoft Security Essentials Alert trojan, uses a fake detection of an 'UnknownWin32/Trojan' along with an imitation of a Microsoft Security Essentials Alert interface.

Identifying Microsoft Security Center 2011's presence on your PC after installation shouldn't be difficult, as almost all rogue applications will reboot your computer after being installed and proceed to display themselves obtrusively during the Windows startup routine.

The Perils Present in Microsoft Security Center 2011

PCs that are infected by Microsoft Security Center 2011 are vulnerable for the below attacks, at a minimum:

  • The continuous appearance of alarming false infection alert messages and other warnings. Since Microsoft Security Center 2011 isn't a real security program and can't detect system problems, you have no reason to pay heed to these alerts, but they may be difficult to distinguish from legitimate system messages. The most common kinds of fake errors used by rogue programs similar to Microsoft Security Center 2011 will use threats of keyloggers, trojans and spyware infections.
  • Your web browsing application, such as Firefox or Internet Explorer, may be hijacked. Hijack symptoms include seeing unusual malicious website warnings that prevent access to security and Microsoft-affiliated websites, popups, unusual links and the alteration of your homepage. Any exposure to malicious websites as a result of hijacks can place you at risk for other malware infections.
  • Restricted application use, as Microsoft Security Center 2011 will block programs that could remove it or aid in disabling it. This includes Windows Task Manager and other Windows-default programs as well as popular anti-virus scanners.
  • Restricted downloads, particularly as they pertain to acquiring known anti-malware programs. In some instances, you may be able to avoid Microsoft Security Center 2011's meddling by renaming a security program installer into a different, generic file such as 'iexplore.exe.'

There's no price too high to pay to remove Microsoft Security Center 2011 from your computer, but manual methods are usually impractical and may result in other system problems. In ordinary circumstances, it's best to resort to an updated and widely-known anti-malware scanner to delete Microsoft Security Center 2011 for you.

File System Modifications

  • The following files were created in the system:
    # File Name
    1 %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Desktop\Microsoft Security Center 2011.lnk
    2 %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Security Center 2011
    3 %Documents and Settings%\[UserName]\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Security Center 2011\Microsoft Security Center 2011.lnk
    4 Microsoft Security Center 2011.lnk

Registry Modifications

  • The following newly produced Registry Values are:
    HKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Microsoft Security Center 2011"

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