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Smart Fortress 2012

Posted: February 28, 2012

Threat Metric

Ranking: 7,509
Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 853
First Seen: February 28, 2012
Last Seen: December 3, 2021
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Smart Fortress 2012 Screenshot 1Smart Fortress 2012 is a recent clone of System Tool, a rogue anti-malware program that's noted for its characteristic pink-hued interface. Like other members of the WinWeb Security family, Smart Fortress 2012 will create fake warning messages and simulated scans that contain dire results to make you believe that your PC is severely infected by multiple types of PC threats. Although Smart Fortress 2012 will offer its purchasable anti-malware services to fix this situation, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers emphasize the fact that Smart Fortress 2012 isn't able to detect or remove any type of malicious software. Accordingly, the best thing to do with your funds is to save it or spend it on a genuine anti-malware product that can remove Smart Fortress 2012, which should not, under normal circumstances, be removed by manual means that can risk damaging your PC.

Being Smarter Than Smart Fortress 2012's Fake Features

Smart Fortress 2012 is distributed via drive-by-download attacks and deceptive websites that may be identified by their own labels, such as Rogue:JS/Winwebsec. Smart Fortress 2012's presence also may be facilitated by Trojans or other PC threats that install Smart Fortress 2012 without your consent, and it's recommended that you scan your entire PC after you've found any signs of Smart Fortress 2012's existence. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have noted that Smart Fortress 2012 can be recognized with ease due to its trademark System Tool clone appearance and other symptoms that are extremely visible such as:

  • Changes to your desktop wallpaper that replace it with a threatening message.
  • All non-essential programs being blocked, along with accompanying warning messages.
  • Fake alerts that come in a range of formats, including toolbar pop-ups and firewall warnings.

Samples of some of the dizzying array of Smart Fortress 2012's warning messages are shown below for reference:

Smart Fortress 2012 Warning
Your PC is infected with dangerous viruses. Activate antivirus protection to prevent data loss and avoid the theft of your credit card details.
Click here to activate protection.

Warning: Your computer is infected
Windows has detected spyware infection!
Click this message to install the last update of Windows security software...

Security Monitor: WARNING!
Attention: System detected a potential hazard (TrojanSPM/LX) on your computer that may infect executable files. Your private information and PC safety is at risk. To get rid of unwanted spyware and keep your computer safe you need to update your current security software.
CLick Yes to download official intrusion detection system (IDS software).

Smart Fortress 2012 Warning
Intercepting programs that may compromise your private and harm your system have been detected on your PC.
Click here to remove them immediately with System Tool.

Warning!
Application cannot be executed. The file cmd.exe is infected.
Please activate your antivirus software.

Breaking Out of Smart Fortress 2012's Software Fraud Scheme

Smart Fortress 2012's only goal is to badger you into spending money on its fake software, but buying Smart Fortress 2012 is utterly unnecessary to remove Smart Fortress 2012 (and its related problems) from your PC. SpywareRemove.com malware experts also recommend against trusting other rogue anti-malware applications from Smart Fortress 2012's family, which spans a wide range of fake brand names, 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.

Because Smart Fortress 2012 will try to shut down unrelated programs, including anti-malware programs that could safely delete Smart Fortress 2012, SpywareRemove.com malware analysts recommend that you use Safe Mode or similar alternatives to prevent Smart Fortress 2012 from being launched. Safe Mode can be accessed on most Windows computers by tapping F8 during the system boot but prior to the Windows loading screen. This will give you the environment that you need to remove Smart Fortress 2012 and other PC threats via system scans without being attacked.

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Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Smart Fortress 2012 may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

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Note: SpyHunter's free version is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware tool to remove the malware threats. Learn more on SpyHunter. If you would like to uninstall SpyHunter for any reason, please follow these uninstall instructions. To learn more about our policies and practices, visit our EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria .

Why can't I open any program including SpyHunter? You may have a malware file running in memory that kills any programs that you try to launch on your PC. Tip: Download SpyHunter from a clean computer, copy it to a USB thumb drive, DVD or CD, then install it on the infected PC and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.

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:



%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\F4D55F3B000083BB000405A5D151FC4E\F4D55F3B000083BB000405A5D151FC4E.exe File name: F4D55F3B000083BB000405A5D151FC4E.exe
Size: 360.44 KB (360448 bytes)
MD5: 6379eba67e654d595ec2aeeb7c9c87be
Detection count: 22
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\F4D55F3B000083BB000405A5D151FC4E\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: February 28, 2012
%UserProfile%\Application Data\[RANDOM DIGITS]\[RANDOM DIGITS].exe File name: %UserProfile%\Application Data\[RANDOM DIGITS]\[RANDOM DIGITS].exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file
%StartMenu%\Programs\Smart Fortress 2012.lnk File name: %StartMenu%\Programs\Smart Fortress 2012.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM 33 CHARACTERS] File name: %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM 33 CHARACTERS]
Group: Malware file
%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM 33 CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM 33 CHARACTERS] File name: %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM 33 CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM 33 CHARACTERS]
Group: Malware file
%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM 33 CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM 33 CHARACTERS].exe File name: %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM 33 CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM 33 CHARACTERS].exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

HKEY..\..\{CLSID Path}HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{a2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8}Directory%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Smart Fortress 2012%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Smart Fortress 2012File name without pathSmart Fortress 2012.lnkHKEY..\..\..\..{Subkeys}HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce "[RANDOM DIGITS]".exeHKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-861567501-152049171-1708537768-1003_Classes\\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "%CommonAppData%\\.exe" -s "%1" %*HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "%CommonAppData%\\.exe" -s "%1" %*HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-861567501-152049171-1708537768-1003_Classes\%s "(Default)" = ""HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}Smart Fortress 2012

Additional Information

The following messages's were detected:
# Message
1Security Monitor: WARNING!
Attention! System detected a potential hazard (TrojanSPM/LX) on your computer that may infect executable files. Your private information and PC safety is at risk.
To get rid of unwanted spyware and keep your computer safe you need to update your current security software.
Click Yes to download official intrusion detection system (IDS software).
2Smart Fortress 2012 Warning
Intercepting programs that may compromise your privacy and harm your system have been detected on your PC.
Click here to remove them immediately with Smart Fortress 2012
3Warning!
Application cannot be executed. The file notepad.exe is infected.
Please activate your antivirus software.
4Warning: Your computer is infected
Detected spyware infection!
Click this message to install the last update of security software...
5Security Monitor: WARNING!
Attention! System detected a potential hazard (TrojanSPM/LX) on your computer that may infect executable files. Your private information and PC safety is at risk.
To get rid of unwanted spyware and keep your computer safe you need to update your current security software.
Click Yes to download official intrusion detection system (IDS software).
6Smart Fortress 2012 Warning
Intercepting programs that may compromise your privacy and harm your system have been detected on your PC.
Click here to remove them immediately with Smart Fortress 2012
7Warning!
Application cannot be executed. The file notepad.exe is infected.
Please activate your antivirus software.
8Warning: Your computer is infected
Detected spyware infection!
Click this message to install the last update of security software...

20 Comments

  • Roger Carlyle says:

    Get this shi* off MY computer!

  • joshua brummitt says:

    hey can anyone tell me how to get this bull shi* off my computer if i don't have a clean computer

  • shahab shamloo says:

    my PC functioning with Vesta has been severely infected with Smart Fortress ...my words program will not open and I hv many years of work and writting on this format . I can not run any antivirus programs on my PC due to S.Fortress interventions .
    Can you pls kindly help me out to eliminate this virus ?

  • shahab shamloo says:

    I can not run and install any anti-virus programs on my PC due to Smart Fortress intervention .
    Pls assist me to defect thie virus .

  • pieter says:

    i just selected "change/remove programs"; selected and removed "smart fortress" and after a restart things went back to normal.

  • Youcef says:

    I did what Pieter suggested and it worked.

  • Youcef says:

    Thank you. I did what you suggested, it worked.

  • Fawz says:

    First step i scan with SPYHUNTER .
    Just selected "change/remove programs"; selected and removed "smart fortress" and after a restart things went back to normal.

  • Michele S says:

    Just clicked on a link on FB and got this virus. Annoying ! Finally was able to get it off. I clicked the START button and clicked COMPUTER. (only program smart fortress allows you to click on). On the left side you will see where it says CONTROL PANEL, Click it. Click on PROGRAMS, and Uninstall a program. Find the smart fortress 2012, click uninstall, then restart your computer after it shows that it has been deleted. This worked for me so I hope it works for the next person.

  • Marcopolo says:

    Start up in safe mode. ( F8 ) on load. Make necessary changes to the registry keys above in this mode. Reboot in normal mode and get a good virus scanner program. I recommend AVG free

  • Doug says:

    If is blished thany one knows where to find the people that published this that would be great.

  • Von Patrich says:

    Take my thankfulness for your review! I really like what you’re posting here.

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  • Lesa Nighman says:

    letter of thanks for your report! I really enjoyed reading it.

  • iNGRID says:

    Thank you, it worked, you made my day!

  • Jam says:

    Removing this program was easy in safe mode by going to my programs list and uninstalling the program from it. This stopped the f*****g thing from bothering my PC any longer However, a few files were left over. The list of files on here really helped me and gave me peace of mind 🙂

  • Steve says:

    I've just been affceted by this rubbish...
    Having read the above it's clear that it's now been 'beefed up'. As well as installing Smart Fortress it now drops all kinds of Trojans, virus and keylogger as well. So far I've had to remove 11 bits of malware.
    I'd advise anyone that just used control panel to remove SF to run a full check as well.
    There's also a programm in my Startup folder called 'Puykarci' which hijack a Host process so can be delted in normal mode. It can be removed in Safe mode, but once the systems rebooted it's back again!
    MSE doesn't remove this prog nither will Malware Bytes! So I'm guressing it's new (very new).
    There's also a command line process that keeps trying to change something, but so far I haven't been able to ID it!
    I was infected on the 25/05/12. If you've got this after that date double check your system...

  • Lyle says:

    Thanks a million. Solution worked: Just go to Control panel, bring up "smartfortress" in programs, remove, restart computer. Imagine, even a computer illiterate like me could fix it, it's so easy.

  • Wolf says:

    don't stress me any longer with this sh

  • subin says:

    I had my laptop infected with smart fortress virus. I had removed the virus. All my data files like image, text, vedio etc got changed to unknown extension with prefixing the file name as 'locked'. If I change the extension back to original, then the content of the files are in non readable format. can anyone help how to restore my files...