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Live Security Platinum

Posted: June 1, 2012

Threat Metric

Ranking: 11,223
Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 248
First Seen: June 1, 2012
Last Seen: September 21, 2021
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Live Security Platinum Screenshot 1Live Security Platinum is a variant of rogue anti-malware software from Win32/Winwebsec. While WinWeb Security-derived scamware products have been in distribution for quite some time, Live Security Platinum was only identified relatively recently, and SpywareRemove.com malware researchers suggest that you keep your anti-malware programs updated if you want the best chance of detecting or removing Live Security Platinum. Like almost every other type of fake security software, Live Security Platinum's goal is to make you spend money on its fraudulent software while Live Security Platinum feeds you broken system scan results and fake pop-up warnings, some of which may even resemble notifications from Windows Security Center and equivalent types of legitimate security programs. Although members of Winwebsec like Live Security Platinum are typically rated as low-level PC threats due to limited functionality and distribution, Live Security Platinum may still impede your PC by blocking a wide range of unrelated programs until you delete Live Security Platinum with a respectable anti-malware product.

Live Security Platinum – Slightly Ridiculous but Far From Harmless

Live Security Platinum uses the same unusual light-pink interface that's common to other branches of WinWeb Security such as Antivirus Security, System Security, AntiSpyware Pro 2009, Total Security, Total Security 2009, Security Tool, Trojan.RogueAV.a.gen, System Adware Scanner 2010, FakeAlert-KW.e, Advanced Security Tool 2010, System Tool 2011, Security Shield, MS Removal Tool, Personal Shield Pro, Advanced PC Shield 2012, Security Sphere 2012, Futurro Antivirus and Antivirus Center. Other variants of Winwebsec continue to portray a similar template that's identifiable as a clone of the one that Live Security Platinum uses, albeit with a different color scheme. As a rogue anti-malware scanner, Live Security Platinum isn't designed to display accurate threat alerts or protect your PC, and Live Security Platinum's pop-ups and other system alerts are all just leverage to make spending money on Live Security Platinum's software seem attractive. SpywareRemove.com malware research team doesn't see any benefit to be had from spending money on Live Security Platinum, and also notes that the fraudulent 'companies' that distribute PC threats like Live Security Platinum are known for exploiting credit card data and other fiscal information ruthlessly.

Live Security Platinum's fraudulent security information can include fake infection warnings and taskbar updates, and since Live Security Platinum is designed to launch automatically, you can anticipate seeing these pop-ups on a regular basis. However, Live Security Platinum's start up routine and other attacks are all designed for Windows, and SpywareRemove.com malware researchers consider non-Windows operating systems safe from standard Winwebsec-based attacks.

Live Security Platinum: 'Old Testament Style' Jealous Software

Live Security Platinum's most dangerous behavior arguably is its ability to monitor your PC's memory and disable processes that Live Security Platinum dislikes – including actual anti-malware and security programs. In fact, Live Security Platinum's list of programs that Live Security Platinum blocks without just cause is so broad that it's easier to list the programs that Live Security Platinum doesn't block, such as Internet Explorer and various processes that are critical for the Windows OS.

As a counterbalance, SpywareRemove.com malware research team notes that this program-blocking function doesn't harm the applications in question. Since Live Security Platinum uses randomly-named files and alters the Windows Registry during its infection, you should use appropriate anti-malware software to remove Live Security Platinum. With Live Security Platinum out of the way, your other programs should resume normal functionality.

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Technical Details

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:



c5826.exe File name: c5826.exe
Size: 335.87 KB (335872 bytes)
MD5: e6cc102925ffdca462c902a4d065b6db
Detection count: 92
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: June 1, 2012
f424f.exe File name: f424f.exe
Size: 335.87 KB (335872 bytes)
MD5: 184fce4b47332eae76ed18b1905b0951
Detection count: 90
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: June 1, 2012
a2e1a.exe File name: a2e1a.exe
Size: 335.87 KB (335872 bytes)
MD5: 3db4009ba568811087332374e1aef6c2
Detection count: 88
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: June 1, 2012
%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe File name: %AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%Desktopdir%\Live Security Platinum.lnk File name: %Desktopdir%\Live Security Platinum.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%Programs%\Live Security Platinum\Live Security Platinum.lnk File name: %Programs%\Live Security Platinum\Live Security Platinum.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
Ticket_Delta_Airlines_IN2139.zip File name: Ticket_Delta_Airlines_IN2139.zip
Mime Type: unknown/zip
Group: Malware file

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

Directory%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Live Security PlatinumFile name without pathLive Security Platinum.lnkHKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Live Security Platinum\DisplayName "Live Security Platinum"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Live Security Platinum\ShortcutPath "%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe" -uHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Live Security Platinum\DisplayIcon "%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe",0HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce\[RANDOM CHARACTERS] "%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Live Security PlatinumHKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Live Security Platinum\UninstallString “%AppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe” -u

Additional Information

The following URL's were detected:
adobe-upgrade.org/w.php?f=28f52cougarsupport.net
The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1Live Security Platinum Warning
Spyware.IEMonster process is found. This is virus that is trying to send your passwords from Internet browser (Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook & others) for the third-parties.
Click here to protect your data with Live Security Platinum.

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39 Comments

  • Keiron says:

    In the section File System Modifications, how do I find them? For the Registry Modifications, how do I do the deletion. Do I go into regedit?

  • Bill says:

    I found an even simpler way to remove it.

    Turn computer off, then on. Keep hitting f8 key while computer is on until you get the safe mode. This gives you the option of computer restore.

    I simply had it restore the computer to 2 days ago-- before the virus appeared-- and it was gone !

    I am using Windows XP Home edition.

  • Cathy H says:

    I'm using XP on the Windows side of my Mac via Parallels and have been infected with Live Security Platinum. How do I go about getting rid of it? I tried quitting, restarding and hitting the F8 key and the program still comes up. I can't backdate to an earlier date. Does anyone know how to go about this on a Mac via Parallels using Windows XP?

  • Bruce Miller says:

    I'm using Windows XP home edition but I have Safari as well. I'm definitely not very well informed re. restoring the computer to, for example, 2 days ago as Bill did. i
    Is this regedit, where you record a time when everything is fine and can return to it? If so, I might be screwed. I'm reluctant to leave this page as I found you guys via Internet Explorer and the safe button is on my AVG search just below Windows Internet Explorer. I guess I'll just make a note of your url and give it a shot.

  • yoselyn says:

    tengo el pc infectado y necesito activar el antivirus como lo hago????

  • Dorothy says:

    I am useing win 7 will that work with it aswell?

  • Joyce Johnson says:

    I am totally computer illiterate. What is the simplist way to get rid of the pop-ups from Live Security Platinum which started popping up this morning.

  • Steve says:

    you got it bill, embarrassed me i never thought of it.

  • Natasa says:

    Thanks a lot Bill - very useful - it worked with my computer.

  • John says:

    Bill-thanks so much -(fingers x'd) it worked. Here's what I did. Shut computer off-maually so it asks re-"restart in safe mode" then promt -yes-and then 3 days back when asked re system restore -and it was gone. Again-thank you.

  • Betty says:

    I am using firefox and I have this live security platinum just got it today please help

  • Ashley says:

    i just got this virus today and it wont let me connect to internet, and doesnt let me open internet...everytime i press "uninstall' it doesnt let me..so now i am on another account using the internet on my computer, because for somereason it only affected the administraters account (mine) so please help!

  • Debbie says:

    i can't even get the mouse or the arrow keys to move to get it to go into safe mode so it starts up as normal. Will not allow me to start malwarebytes or get into remove software - any advice?

  • Barb says:

    Thanks Bill your solution worked like a charm. I suggest everyone try this first.

  • Bhaby says:

    :Nice one cud you pls. uploade suocre code ? if is not to much to ask ? Ill see If I can find it, It old and im now working on new ExeLock encrypter

  • elaine darbyshire says:

    Aug 7th,2012 at 10.15pm

    Thanks Bill, Hitting the f8 button and going to safe mode then restoring to an earlier date worked for me, i'm using windows 7.
    cheers mate your a star ........ :0

  • Bruce says:

    Thank to Bill got rid of Live Security platinum

  • William says:

    Bill -- Thanks so much!! Your technique of going into Safe Mode and then restoring to a previous date did the trick for us as well. I was then able to access our Microsoft Security Essentials, do a complete scan, and purge our computer of all (11) Trogan/virus files. You saved us a lot of grief -- and $$$.

  • Aaron V says:

    Bill saves the day. What a simple solution, the best ones usually are. F8-Safe Mode-System Restore. Thanks!

  • Mike D says:

    Thanks Bill !!

    Simple and worked a treat. Took 5 minutes to do and now back to normal. Excellent.

    Windows XP.

  • Clever says:

    hi my computer will not boot up its just dead at a black screen and i cant do anything i only hear beeps please help me.

  • Martin says:

    Bill solution worked for me, cheers mate! windows 7, f8 on start up, repair computer, system restore - legend!

  • olu says:

    Thanks for sharing Bill your simple solution POSTED JUNE 20, 2012..... Very much appreciated.

    Step 1: manually turn off computer.
    Step 2: keep pressing PF8 simultaneously as you turn ON computer.
    Step 3: choose SAFE MODE
    Step 4: choose RESTORE option
    Step 5: choose date from past to restore from

    IT WORKED FOR MY WINDOWS XP..... Thanks again Bill

  • Donna says:

    I am trying to remove this anti virus bull crap i have anitvirus and tried to purchures yours but u keep rejecting my credit card and now i can't do anything on my laptop because your antivirus will not allow me i have avg and your stupid thing is telling me it is a risk. I don't want your anti virus please tell me how to remove it!

  • Tracy says:

    Thanks Bill this worked fine. Restored 6 days in safe mode. Fingers crossed it doesnt come back!!

  • maurice says:

    It's fortunate to find this forum. Follow the 5 steps listed by Olu to restore the laptop to a week ago, the Live Security Platinum was gone!!!
    Many thanks to Bill, the original provider of the solution.
    XP Window Professional

  • Mike says:

    Many many thanks - a simple solution that worked first time. I wonder if I could sue Visa (proud sponsor of the Olympics and partner in crime with the purveyors of this nasty little trick)?? I think I'll write to them and see what they have to say for themselves 🙂

  • Mike says:

    Has anybody actually paid for the Live Security Platinum? I followed Bill's instructions and removed the infection (thanks Bill!) but I think the people who put out this kind of stuff should be hunted down and stopped. If they are making money out of it they can only do so with the support of the credit card companies........

  • Thomas says:

    Thanks Bill & Olu! Your help just saved my night.

  • Hank says:

    Coming up in SAFE MODE and doing a RESTORE from two weeks ago did the trick. Thanks.

  • pete says:

    worked for me. now how cab we prevent this from hiting again?

  • Jalpan Pardesi says:

    System restore did the trick for me too, using windows 7

  • jafryar says:

    using win xp home and it tells me restore is turned off...now what?

  • Don says:

    Bill -Thanks a heap. Saved the day. You are one smart cookie

  • Iris says:

    Bill - thank you thank you thank you. . This worked for me as well on windows Vista

  • dave says:

    so this virus is uite annoying, booting up in safe mode and removing it from startup menu will allow your computer to boot without activating it then you can go in and remove the files/program from your system without having to restore your computer to a earlier date

  • Anne says:

    Dear Bill,
    Thank you SO much for this solution. I cannot even explain how happy you have made me. I have never posted on a site before but I really, really, REALLY appreciate your help with this. I have XP Professional. Worked like a charm. I'm the happiest girl.

  • Jane says:

    This HAS PUT viruses on my computer 3 times now and keeps showing up. I have spent a total of 15 hours having to go thru different channels to the viruses. Requests have been made to the company to remove my name from the list, yet I still get notices which I will not open any more because it of infecting my computer. I am glad for all who are satisfied and have had no trouble, but it also needs to be said that it can be a malicious program.

  • Hannah says:

    This sounds very useful, but since I have a new computer and I haven't set up Windows Backup prior to getting this malware I can't back up my computer before attempting this, so I'm very hesitant on what to do.