Security Tool - How to remove?


Security Tool is a fake spyware remover with an impressively generic name even in terms of rogue anti-spyware names. This parasite enters the system without the user’s knowledge or consent, usually by employing the use of various trojans. Security Tool might also convince you into downloading it by using the browser hijacker, which is a fake online scan. Security Tool uses misleading advertising to trick users into purchasing it’s so-called “licensed version”.

Once inside and active, Security Tool floods the user with popups and fake system notifications, claiming his system is infected and in need of an anti-spyware program. All of these popups lead to the purchase page of Security Tool. Much like any other rogue, Security Tool will also perform fake system scans, which mark legitimate files as threats. To remove these “threats”  you supposedly have to purchase the full version of Security Tool, which is just as fake as the trial.

Typically, the popups inform about various dangerous spyware, for example :

Security Tool Warning
Spyware.IEMonster activity detected. This is spyware that attempts to steal passwords from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook and other programs.
Click here to remove it immediately with SecurityTool.


Security Tool Warning
Some critical system files of your computer were modified by malicious program. It may cause system instability and data loss.
Click here to block unauthorised modification by removing threats (Recommended).

Sure, these threats do not exist on your PC, as Security tools scanner is not functional and just a decoy.

Popups aside, Security Tool will also significantly decrease system performance and block certain websites, as well as prevent some applications from running. It is a scam and should be treated as such: do NOT download or buy it and remove Security Tool immediatelly upon detection.

Security Tool Removal instructions:

Getting rid of Security tool might be a complex task, as you need to disable its protection against antivirus software. At the moment Security tool allows users to launch processes similar to browser ones, as it needs user to visit its website. We suggest renaming/copying removers as iexplorer.exe or firefox.exe, which should pass through security tools mechanism. Here how to get rid of Security tool:

1. Disable security tool

a)  By rebooting into safe mode with networking  (press F8 just after reboot)

b) by pressing ctrl+shift+esc right after logging in into windows. go under processes tab, stop all numerical processes.

2. Delete security tool files (see under files in our guide)

a) by investigating where security tool shorcut points to (it will be on desktop)

b) by searching for filename with same name as processes stopped, if you went for 1.b

3. Reboot, do followup scan with free spyhunter scanner. This will detect any additional problems or files you might have missed.

Alternately, you might want to try one of registration codes for Security Tool to disable it, for example 64C665BE-4DE7-423B-A6B6-BC0172B25DF2 this one. These keys were discovered disassembling security tool and analyzing its gateways by malware researchers at . This will disable various popups and likely to allow running various antimalware tools like spyhunter or malwarebytes to remove the remaining trojans and traces for the system. Full version of spyhunter, malwarebytes or decent internet security suite would reduce risk of Security Tool and similar infections considerably.

Another method to remove Security Tool virus is following:

1. Reboot into safe mode.
2. Launch MSCONFIG and clear ALL startup entries. Do not close window.
3. Search MSConfig entries that reference randomly named folders in C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files (x86), for exampe C:\Program Files\sdgsdgsgsdghs . Delete WHOLE folder
4. Go to your users Application Data folder and delete all executables named by numbers, 2352352.exe or similar. Right-clicking on Security Tool’s icon will show exact place where they are located.
5. Delete all the DLLS listed bellow
6. Reboot Into Safe mode with networking
7. Download spyhunter ( if pctools are blocked). Do a full system scan. You can scan with other tools like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, hitman pro. Delete what they find.
8. You can reenable remaining msconfig startup entries
9. Reboot, do followup scans

There are couple other parasites that replace Security Tool and cause havoc in the end of 2010: System Tool and System Tool 2011. They are a bit more aggressive, and their removal differs somewhat.


Automatic Security Tool removal tools


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Manual Security Tool removal


Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Security Tool, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on


It is impossible to list all file names and locations of modern parasites. You can identify remaining parasites, other Security Tool infected files and get help in Security Tool removal by using Reimage scanner. 


Security Tool screenshots

October 2nd, 2016 04:09, October 2nd, 2016 04:09
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1,021 thoughts on “Security Tool

  1. blue carbuncle

    I hope that whoever creates this crap is not only sued out of existence, but also has a massive car wreck that kills them, their children’s children, and even people they sent a text to yesterday. Why would it be considered illegal to kick their teeth in?

  2. Kevin

    Suddenly I got security tool in my laptop. It really disturbs me and makes me spend time, I can’t work and focus on the other my jobs.
    Even though I installed spyware doctor, it requires money to register.
    Are you selling poison and medicine together?
    Endless disappointment and lost trust to this firm.

    1. admin

      Kevin : you can use manual instructions. There are some free anti-spyware as well. Most of them are community supported and do not update their definitions as fast as commercial ones. But you can try malwarebytes anti-malware.

  3. Joe

    Security Tool has completley destroyed my system. it won’t let me run any excutibles or even anything. can you help me? since ive downloaded Spyware doctor on another computer and put it on mine, it wont let me run it because i have a popup message from my toolbar saying: .exe is infected with worm Lsas.Blaster.keylogger. and so on. can someone PLEASE help me.

    1. admin

      Joe: try renaming file to iexplorer.exe or iexplorer.bat.

  4. Devin

    Joe I had the same problem. Security tool is now hiding under a random seven digit number name. If you start the task manager while the computer is still booting you can get it to work. End the number process and then you can download any of these programs. It will then also allow you to open the registry editor.

  5. Eric

    Rename which file? I’m having the same problem where I cannot add/remove programs, system reboot or download spyware removal because I get a “Security Tool Warning” every time that says “so and so” is infected with worm, etc. etc.

    1. admin

      Eric : download a file to USB stick on another PC.

  6. John

    i installed malwarebytes anti-malware but when i try to run it, it says it cant find mbam.exe. ugh this is a pain. i even did the whole rename taskmgr to iexplorer and deleted the string of numbers.

    i get the same error when i run it in safe mode

  7. John

    ok this time after i installed malwarebytes, it actually launched….for about 20 seconds before it closed. then when i tried to reopen it it said the same crap. when i log in all the items on my desktop are gone and its black. is it suppossed to be like that? i dont want to sound rude its just this is very frustrating. thanks in advance for your help

  8. Vicki Troyer

    I had to install malwarebytes on another pc.. copy mbam.exe to a pen drive.. boot the infected PC into safemode… load malwarebytes and copy mbam.exe into the directory containing the sofware.. then run in safe mode.. this allowed me to reboot into normal mode with all working… problem is about 10 minutes later it came back.. now searching for the nasty little things regenerating files

  9. Ian

    John… I found that if I copied mbam.exe onto my desktop as soon as it got installed, I could run it from the copy after the spyware deleted the original executable. Even then, I had to startup malwarebytes a couple of times before it would stay up. And the system still isn’t clean… ran a scan, asked that the bad stuff be deleted, rebooted, and ran a full scan. That’s still running, but it shows I am still infected.

  10. Haze

    Thanks Devin, the task manager suggestion worked for me. I’d tried everything else, and was near my breaking point. I recommend any one having problems with the others suggestion try it.

  11. kodykid168

    joe, as soon as you start your system, before system tool starts hit alt ctrl delete and open task manager, it will be opened before system tool can kill it, and then find the process that system tool is running under (dont delete processes run by the system) and kill it

  12. Philly Keith

    forget all that… try this move, it worked for me after going nuts over this for a whole day.

    Reboot in safe mode
    browse to C:\Documents and settings\all users\ application data

    There will be a folder in there that has eight numbers as a name (ex 91908431)

    Delete this bad boy, empty recycle bin

    Reboot normally, delete all left over shortcuts, empty recycle bin again and you are home free.

  13. Bryan

    I have the same problem with this Security Tool thing, and I don’t know what to do. It started like last week and I thought it would go away but it hasn’t. I have no clue where it came from and it is driving me crazy. Can somebody please help me

  14. Azz
    1. admin

      Azz : Avg is not too bad, but I doubt it. From free antiviruses, pick avast.

  15. Joe

    I can’t get malwarebytes to run once I download and save it to my desktop. I get an error message! Will spyware doctor from PC tools work? I really do not want to pay for spyware doctor if it won’t work!

    1. admin

      Joe: You can try scanning. If it is not stopped during scan, it will remove. If not, you need to update definitions.

  16. Joe

    Malwarebytes won’t even start up to scan.

    1. admin

      Joe : Try spyware doctor. Malware bytes are too often blocked.

  17. Randy

    Hitting the CTRL ALT DEL Keys while starting up worked for me, in Taskmgr there is a numbered file that I delete and then I can at least use the computer, but it comes back then next start up. That is why I am here to figure out how to remove it for good. It should be easy to catch these criminals, I have spent easily 3 hours myself getting rid of this. I hope anybody associated with this goes to jail.

  18. Earl

    Yeah, I’ve been removing more than a few times this weekend, and it keeps coming back! I can remove the 8-digit item, and I’m good for awhile, but it comes back. I’ve used Avast! and even bought Spyware Doctor (chalk me up as another that couldn’t get Malware to run).

    I’ve removed, rebooted, and run full scans, and it keeps coming back eventually. This is maddening! Worse, my PC takes between 5-6 minutes to completely boot up, now.

    Getting very frustrated over this, but thanks for all the suggestions so far, they at least provide temporary relief!

  19. ralph durden

    @Philly Keith
    Keith you are right on…worked just like you said. THANKS A BUNCH

  20. Jeanette

    I have the free verson of AVG and I have the same trojan virus that you all have,started yesterday (10/10). So, I guess AVG doesn’t help!

  21. Jeff

    I got this today and I have used Spyware Doctor to get rid of it. Unfortunately it keeps coming back if I re boot, so I have to go through the whole process again. Is there anyway to find and destroy the thing for good???

    1. admin

      Jeff: update definitions – there might be a new re-download trojan that is reinstaling it. Also, scan with malwarebytes prior reboot, you should be able to launch them once the main virus is removed.

  22. Lauren

    where can I find “doguzeri.dll”

  23. Sharon

    Philly Keith, you are a genius!!!!!! Have been pulling my hair out for days with this. Fingers crossed it stays away. Many, many thanks.

  24. Aubrey

    I have had Spyware Doctor for over 4 years now, and my computer is infected with this “Security Tool” virus and I cannot get rid of it. Every time I start my computer, the icon and the pop ups for this virus are still there. I run the scan over and over again, and Spyware Doctor claims to have removed the virus. It is still there! Please help! What do you mean by update definitions? and Scan with malwarebytes prior reboot? I though Spyware Doctor was supposed to take care of all of this?

    1. admin

      Aubrey : Spyware Doctor uses definitions to remove parasites. When parasite is new or updated, it does not have definitions, till PCTools support add them and roll them out. Once definitions are uploaded, you are protected from particular parasite. Sometimes you get a very new version of trojans that promote rogues and Spyware doctor fails to protect even if he can protect from different strain of trojans promoting same rogue as long as the definitions are not updated. In such cases it is a good choice to scan with another remover, to remove remaining trojans.
      No spyware remover is 100%, and if one claims to be so, it is a sure sign of scam.

  25. kody112

    Reboot in safe mode I GUARANTEE YOU THIS WORKS
    browse to C:\Documents and settings\all users\ application data

    There will be a folder in there that has eight numbers as a name (ex 91908431)

    Delete this bad boy, empty recycle bin

    Reboot normally, delete all left over shortcuts, empty recycle bin again I GUARANTEE YOU THIS WORKS

  26. angel

    Thank you Philly Keith and Kody112, you’re suggestion works!!! I just took my computer to the Geek Squad and they told me it would cost $199 to fix. Your recommendation works and was quick. However, for me, it was found under C:program data (and not documents and settings). I discovered this by right cliking on Security Tool while I was in safe mode and then going to “open folder location”. This took me right to its location and I was able to delete it. In fact, I had 5 files to delete with the 8 digit code. THANKS, it did work!!! I’m back on my computer again without all the problems of Security Tool.

  27. Jacob

    Okay, this is really annoying, I cannot do anything! Do I download that thing above from my other main computer and put it on my flashdrive? Please help, I need this computer as well as my other.

  28. Eric

    I did these simple steps and they worked great. I finally got this crap off my computer. These companies need to be shut down and the people need to be gone after. This is outrageous. Anyways, here you guys go.

    1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    2. In the System Properties dialog box, click the System Restore tab.
    3. Click to select the Turn off System Restore check box. Or, click to select the Turn off System Restore on all drives check box.
    4. Click OK.
    5. When you receive the following message, click Yes to confirm that you want to turn off System Restore.

    Now Restart your Computer in Safe Mode with Networking How Do You Restart in Safe Mode with Networking? Right when your computer is booting, press and hold your “F8 Key” which should bring up the “Windows Advanced Options Menu”. Use your arrow keys to move to Safe Mode with Networking and press your Enter key. Then Download Update and Scan Useing Norman Malware Cleaner

    After you Finish Remove Security Tool, Restart You Computer To Be Normal. Once you discover it’s normal, Turn On System Restore.

    Here are the steps to turn it back on

    1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    2. In the System Properties dialog box, click the System Restore tab.
    3. Click to clear the Turn off System Restore check box. Or, click the Turn off System Restore on all drives check box.
    4. Click OK.

    After a few moments, the System Properties dialog box closes.
    Restart you Computer to be Normal.

  29. clutch

    My wife recently infected my computer and I have spent quite a number of hours trying to remedy this problem as well. As well as deleting the files from Application Data (or wherever the “open folder location” takes you), make sure you write down all of those nasty numbers. Do: Start > Run > regedit and run a search for each of those numbers and delete the keys until it doesn’t return any results. Be careful when doing this though, because deleting the wrong keys could turn your computer into a VERY overpriced paperweight. Hope this helps.

  30. Liiyavi

    It doesn’t help! I can’t download things anymore, and can’t start a program and my background is completely empty, except for the Start-menu!

    Omg, I’m crying behind my PC. ._.

  31. Chuck Eames

    It doesn’t work for me. There is no folder in there that has numbers on it.

  32. James

    Yeah Nothing works when i download it so all this is B.S im just gonna let it take over my computer cause all this help is just frustrating me and it wont download!

    1. admin

      James : download to another PC and move to infected PC through USB disk. Dont forget to copy executable using couple different names, for example iexplorer.exe

  33. Earl

    No, I totally understand the frustration. I THINK it was Friday I was first officially hit, although I had seen slowdowns before that. I tried a few different solutions (SpyDoctor, Avast!) but couldn’t get Malwarebytes to download correctly. Well, I finally did Monday, by renaming the .exe file as it installed, before the virus could kill it. It helped, and I have run it a few times, but I still get the infection over time.

    I am seeing a TEN digit number in some of the Registry entries (Run, Software, Etc), but it is NOT any of the EIGHT digit numbers I had been infected with. Is it at all likely that the ten digit number should be in the Registry at all? I am leery of deleting it (them) and turning my PC into the aforementioned expensive paperweight, but the RUN command does fit the pattern of earlier eight digit infections (points to the Application data\10 digit number\ten digit number.exe) — and there is nothing there, even with hidden items shown.

    Should I kill the references to the ten digit number in the Registry?

    I’m getting to be an old hand at running Task Manager as the system boots (takes 4-5 minutes now) and killing the number stream as it appears (when it does, as it doesn’t always), so I can work on the PC, but it’s still there. I also know to, if I miss it on bootup, rename any files in the Application Data folder that are numbers only, so it can be deleted on a reboot, but these both just seem to be holding actions. I still see browser redirects, and the Automatic Updates item keeps getting shut off.

    Sorry for all the rambling (typing at work). Thanks for any advice anyone can offer. If not, no worries. Thanks again,

    1. admin

      Try spyware doctor with updated instructions, then try malwarebytes (prior reboot).
      Yes, it will be these 10-digit executables, as there should be no executables in application data folder – it is for saving data (not executables) . They are hidden as system files probably, or protected by rootkit – thats why you can not see them. You might also need rootkit revealer or gmer (if you run vista) or AVG anti-rootkit tool.

  34. I won!

    So far this page is the best I’ve found regaurding killing this horrid monster of a virus.
    Just a couple notes:
    1) safe mode worked best for me
    2) Delete your MSN/Windows Live Messenger and re-install. Even after I got the virus off my MSN kept sending the link to people.
    3) set your computer to save a restore point EVERY DAY, this way you can just back it up a day if you get infected in the future

  35. Earl

    Thanks for the advice. I tried both, nothing new found (something is shutting off Windows Updates, but since I can’t use them ATM, it’s workable), although the 10-digit items are still in the Registry (but I shut one off with msconfig at startup — no changes, but no problems, either) and the PC still takes a long time to boot and sometimes has long pauses.

    Still, better than yesterday 🙂 Thank you so much!

  36. Earl

    Sorry, spoke too soon, it appeared again 🙁 I killed it in Task Manager before it could act, but it’s still there.

    Last thing I did was try World of Warcraft …

  37. Earl

    Well, last update (sorry to admin for so many). Tentatively looking better. I removed all the references to the 3175614738 (10 digit) in Registry everywhere except the search area. Bootup is much better, about 3 minutes instead of 5, and no problems so far aside from some minor Google misdirects, which I am not sure if it is the virus, or not.

    Thanks for your help!

  38. Ilona

    For those who can do MS DOS: Philly Keith’s method works perfectly.

    Start by pressing F8 (safe mode)
    move cursor to COMMAND PROMPT

    cd c:\documents and settings\all users\application data
    then cd xxxxxxxx (numbers)
    then del *.*
    then cd \ (go one up)
    mdir xxxxxxxxx

    you’re done.

    Next: restart your computer normally
    discard shortcut

    install malwarebytes and hope for the best (just did it, don’t know how long it holds).

    Great site!!!

  39. Mike Mike

    @Philly Keith


    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I have been at it all day trying to remove Security Tool Warning. Spy Doctor is no good, Malabyte would not run properly (probably because of the rogue app) and was at the end of my rope!!

    Your instructions were easy and quick and WORK BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    When you say to browse the C drive, you can also use the RUN feature in the start up menu and type in C:\Documents and Settings\all users\application data then delete the folder that has eight numbers (ex-92108456) for it’s file name. It could be any eight number combination. I had three files with eight number file names but all that you need to do is click on them until you find that dastardly shield logo then delete, emty recycle bin and make sure all shortcuts are removed.


  40. Mikey Mike

    I forgot one important piece of info for anyone who reads my forwarding of Philly’s advice. Reboot in SAFE MODE to do this then follow his instructions.

  41. phoenix

    what am i doing wrong i did everything even all the help from on this site can anyone help please me and my girl are fighting over this cause we cant get any work done withot pop ups.HELP…………

  42. fritz

    this thing has disabled my ability to start in safe mode, what can i do?

  43. Yous

    I got given this machine this morning to fix. (wxpp-sp3)
    Found this page, and a page on blepincomputer most helpful.

    I think there are at least two variants of this bug.
    The version I had would not allow ‘anything’ to run in ‘normal’ mode.
    Even stopped the three fingered salute from working.

    Rebooted machine into safe mode (f8 on boot)
    Loaded malwarebytes. Ran full scan found 5 items.
    Seems clear at the moment. – run full avg scan – so far so good.

    Use procexp.exe to check bug no longer running.

    Use hijackthis to check again and clean up system.

    On this machine, I will install firefox and make it the default browser, then
    remove msie from the desktop.

    I had the advantage of my own desktop machine to find info and load programs
    from to a usb stick, to load onto infected machine.
    Good luck folks – the peeps that make programs like this should be shot…….


  44. karen

    Hey, i was hack by this security tool virus scam, i just wonder if i reformat my computer, would this help??? or it will only get the situation worse…

    please help me. i have many important information on that computer

  45. Torberg

    Philly Keith,

    Your method works well. My computer starts to behave. Thank you!

    But it seems there is still residual issue. Soon after reboot, a program named
    _ex-08.exe appears in Window Task Manager, which takes over the processor, 99% CPU usage. Is it the leftover of Security Tool virus? Anybody has idea on how to get rid of it for good?

  46. Nate

    I cannot find app data or program data in my C drive!!! Can someobody please help me??????

    1. admin

      On vista, it is C:\Users\%Username\App Data. On XP, it is C:\Documents and settings\%username\App Data

  47. AJ

    Nothing is working for me. I tried to do system restore, it would not open. Tried to download and even run through USB, other virus scanners – spy docter etc, cant run them at all. I get an error by security tool, saying they are infected.

    I cannot boot in safe mode. When i try to do that it goes to blue screen “your compute is infected…please restart”. Anyone any ideas please?

    1. admin

      AJ : Save downloaded files as iexplorer.exe or firefox.exe.

  48. AJ

    I tried that, saved them as iexplorer.exe and firefox.exe. But when i try to open them i get the popup – “iexplorer.exe is infected with Lsas.Blogger…” same thing for the firefox.exe too.

    Only success i had was, the “grant access” message appeared once when i tried to run those files. I granted access and back to the error and i got nowhere. What to do now?


    1. admin

      AJ : have you access to task manager or regedit ?
      If you have access to regedit (and not task manager), you can reenable it by using registry. Just search for key containing TASK.
      Also, see if you can run process explorer . It might be allowed to run.
      You need to stop Security tool tasks prior launching remover.

  49. wafae

    the same problem with security tool help to remove it please

  50. Christine

    I have tried everything and this Security Tool is a nightmare. I have windows Vista and I am unable to do anything. If anyone is familiar with windows Vista, can you please give me step by step instructions.

  51. Christine

    @Philly Keith
    I have vista, and I can not it.

  52. ATL

    I got this crap from Youtube. I followed some of your instructions and I believe I have removed it.

    Before doing anything else, disable your internet and/or wireless connection so this spyware doesn’t do anything else weird, then shut down. If you can go into safe mode, do so as soon as your system starts up (press and hold F8 as soon as your computer powers up).

    Click safe mode when the DOS prompt comes up

    Once Windows loads (not sure if this affects Apple OS Users) (it will probably say Safe Mode in each of the corners of your screen and maybe some technical gibberish at the top. You will want to go in as Administrator if the user prompt shows up) go into My Computer, select Local Disk or C Drive, then Documents and Settings, then All Users, then Application Data. Make sure that youu are able to see hidden files (go to tools, then Folder options, then click the View Tab on the pop up and check the circle next to show hidden files and folders) otherwise you won’t find it, then under Application Data you’ll see the weird folder with the eight digit number you need to delete. YOu might have more than one, so delete all of those that apply. Then, use your search tool under your Start button on the Taskbar and search for “Security Tool” in the search box. Be sure to search in hidden files and folders! This should get this crap out. For anyone unable to go into safe mode, or if your system is really fried, I would recommend going to a PC Repair shop as this is something that most off-the-shelf software can’t delete (this spyware prevents software from being installed from a disk, believe me, I tried previously)

    Best of luck to everyone here. I’m going to have some choice words with both YouTube and GOogle now…

  53. Mel

    Will someone please help me remove this before I blow my brains out

  54. AMY


  55. Cellburn

    When you install it, it should be under your all programs tab, Right click security tools go to properties and find out where it is located. Once you have done that, restart/relog. Open the task manager (Ctrl+Alt+delete) before programs start up. This should override it, leave the task manager up. Go to the folder it is contained in and delete it. It worked for me.

  56. cer

    Add me to the list. I am going crazy with this thing. This is my second full day of trying everything. My biggest problem is that I cannot start in safe mode. I get a blue screen and it reboots.

    Cannot get Malwarebytes to run either.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  57. Suz

    @Philly Keith

    Thank you so much!! it saved me lots of time and stress! you saved the day!

  58. ADHI

    I used malwarebytes anti malware and it perfectly worked. Used those program on safe mode.

  59. ptropp

    Cannot even boot in safe mode. Computer just restarts! Help

  60. Brian C

    @cer You could try F8 then Last Known Good. See if that lets you restart into safe mode. It may take more than once.

  61. Alex

    HELP HELP……………who invented this virus…I’m having major issues…

    trying to delete file but won’t let me.

  62. This crap was on my computer when I went back to it after been away. It is shit and is giving me the shits to go with it. I can not even check my e-mails.

  63. Andre Archambault

    It is nice and maybe helpful for some people to details all the problems they are having with this crappy shit.
    I had them also myself but thanks to a friend of mine he got me out in minutes.
    By the way they must change their numbers every day!
    These people after all are all bandits and they are the ones that creates all these viruses so they can sell their crap.
    They should be all ban.
    What I suggest is this.
    Why someone that is involved into a group or company does not start
    a major petition to ban all these companies.
    Without them we would not have any problems.
    I am too old to do that myself and living way out in the country alone.
    I think Google should do the something about it


  64. vic

    for those who can not boot in safe mode, boot from a dos diskette, use this program NTFS4DOS.EXE to get access to your ntfs drive c: then delete all of the sh.. in application data folder

    use another computer to download bootable diskette image and NTFS4DOS.EXE from the net. google them first.

  65. dave

    thanks for everyones help here. it might be working…
    heres where I am at:

    I can’t start in safe mode. never had that happen before.
    task manager has been disabled.
    regedit has been disabeled
    folder option is not available to make system/hidden files visible.

    I was still able to search the folder option folder out to find 14834828.exe and delete it (we neeed to see those hidden folders!)… I was able to find out the exact name of the file by looking at the properties of the icon that was conveniently displayed on my desktop… otherwise it would have been hard to find.

    yesterday I deleted advanced virus remover from program files and a shortcut to it from the startup folder. that program has not reappeared since restarting my machine. a lot of pop ups have disappered since then but it seems like overall the invasion still continues. a number of little things are starting to not work right.

    I haven’t restarted yet since deleting security tool so we will see how it goes.

    msconfig is still available.
    there are some programs in the startup tab that I have turned off a whole bunch of times but they always start with the next reboot so I am not sure how to get rid of them since I can’t access regedit.

    I feel like I will probably have to reformat.
    thanks for all of the tips everyone and good luck!!!

  66. John C.

    Thank you for the best info site yet for this abomination! I have tried everything except the manual removal stuff, for which I do not feel competent to try. Tried Spyware Doctor, which at least got rid of the main Security Fool pop-ups, but the puter still seems to be a very sick puppy. I still cannot re-install Malwarebytes, getting the now oh-so-familiar “error codes”. And now I am beset with “the daily heralds” popups, which suspiciously started once the Tool went dormant. I am sure it is still in there somewhere. Most recently, I got a USB memory stick, downloaded Malwarebytes on another computer, ran in safe mode on mine with the stick and actually got the sucker to RUN!!! Did a quick scan which found all kinds of stuff, but could not delete it without a reboot. Rebooted, did the same operation again with the USB, this time running a full scan, found even more stuff, it could not delete again without a reboot. Did this, and started up XP proper. All seemed well – I tried to install Malwarebytes back on the C drive, got almost to the scan, and Security Tool nuked me. Now it won’t even let me access the USB stick. My sense of this is that Malwarebytes can’t get rid of this effing plague, and until they address these new quicks and superpowers of Security Tool, we are all screwed.

    Please tell me I am wrong! I have spent hours each day this week on this. I could have bought a new computer with the lost time. What a waste! May these bastards rot in hell.

  67. Mide

    my sysytem too can’t enter safe mode but here is what i did.
    immediately after the system finished booting i quickly hitted alt+ctrl+del keys before the malware started this brought up the task manager, then ended a process with about 8 digit numbers mine was “62062066”. Then on the desktop where the shortcut is i right clikd to get the menu and clikd on properties. On the properties popup i copied the address where the program was installed.
    i internet explorer then pasted the address there. (mid you you have to delete the last file name with .exe so as not to launch the program again and the preceeding quotation mark) you see the folder then delete all in it.

    Hope you get my explanation. I know i suck at explaining but just fuse the pieces together and it should work for you.

  68. kevin

    my background goes gold and no icons

  69. Kelly

    Started in safe mode then restored to before this piece of crap took over my computer . So far so good . I run XP Home Edition .

  70. Nick

    I’m in the same boat as ptropp. It will not allow me to boot into safe mode, computer just restarts. I have tried the “last known good configuration” to no avail. It also has changed my permissions for being able to access REGEDIT. I installed Ad-Aware, during the first run it stopped in the middle and now will not start at all. When I CTRL-ALT-DEL at start up I can chase down and end most of the trouble making processes but there is one I can’t shut down, there are 2 csrss.exe’s there and I’m pretty sure thats the culprit. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.

  71. Dave

    My daughters PC got it and here’s what worked for me from reading in this forum…

    Safe mode – ha, would not work
    Ctr-Alt-Del right away while booting and stop the 8 number process – worked
    Search – comes up but would not start any searches
    My computer – hidden files not accessible and would not allow me to change it
    Click on security to get properties to find actual address – worked
    In Search mode, while search would not work, it did allow me to stumble down the address until I finally got to the folder to be deleted.

    Deleted folder, empty recycle bin, reboot and……..

    IT WORKED. First reboot only had a few icons including the security one, deleted that and the link in the start menu, emptied the recycle bin, shut all the way down and restarted yet again and looks like most if not all came back including a bunch of desktop icons.

    Thanks guys and gals, looks like each of us may have to attack the problem a little differently depending on what this nasty lil bug screws up.

  72. mickser

    download vipre antivirus software. There is a 30 day free trial. Disable your current AV software.Vipre will pick it up and remove it. EASY PEEZY!

  73. Phil D.

    Well add me to the list. Problem is Security Tool, or something, has diabled both the keyboard and mouse, so I can not promt into safe mode or any other F# key. When it boots up there is just the desktop( blue) and their faux spyware program. I cannot do anything except look at it.

    Any ideas? Take it out and shoot it? Recycle it? Start over, reinstall XP and lose everything on it?

  74. Phil D.

    Add me to this list. Security Tool has taken over mine to the point of disabling both the keyboard and mouse. I cannot promt any F# key or anything else. When I boot up I get a desktop (blue) and the ST’s fake program. All I can do then is manualy turn off the computer.

    Any ideas? Reinstall XP and lose everything? Drop the CPU off at the recycling center? Take it out and shoot it?

  75. David

    This is really getting me down now. It’s been going on since Thursday night and quite frankly I’ve wasted nearly the whole weekend trying to remove this from my system because of these fucking geek hackers writing this piece of shit virus.

    Must have re-started my PC about a hundred times, both normal and safe mode trying different ways to remove it. Since Thursday I haven’t seen the numerical.exe in the Apps Data folder but I still can’t run Malwarebytes or SpyDoctor or several others I have tried so it’s obviously lurking somewhere in the background like a fucking coward….come out you fucker, I’ll take you on….sorry for the rant it’s not really very helpful, just need to get it off my chest…

  76. André

    I got this one on wednesday, spent nearly every day trying to remove it and though my system is not on 100% (I think only reinstalling everything will get me to that) I finally can work again…I used avira-antivir-live-cd zu do a scan and find the trojan base of this; then I used ubuntu-Boot-CD zu get in Linux, deleted the security-tool-files manually and the trojan-files; then I friend helped me re-writing the Master Boot Record. After hat I could start windows and deleted the security tool-base in the registry. Finally I could run Anti-Malware from Malwarebytes, Kaspersky Removal Tool (from that website), Combofix, Spybot, Ad-aware, AVG 9 and now I’m running Zonealarm and Threatfire additionally…

  77. André

    Oh, btw: For those just deleting the digitnumber-folder: That just stops security tool, but security tool entered your PC by using a trojan. That base of the virus needs to be removed.
    Though I still can’t rid of my browser hijacker, that redirects bei google-search and Safe Mode still doesn’t work (maybe some files merged with windows-sysfiles and killing those files killed my safemode); any ideas?

  78. John C.

    Update – apparent success. Purchased Spyware Doctor, SpyHunter and Security Task Manager. Ran the last first and got rid of some nasty shit. Then SP and SH got rid of more shit. The apparent turning of the tide was downloading AVG 9.0 Free.
    This took out even more stuff and made it so I could INSTALL AND RUN MALWAREBYTES!
    This took out everything. I have purchased the full Malwarebytes and have it running ALL-THE-TIME. Praise Jee-sus!

    1. admin

      John C. : go with AVAST instead of AVG. AVG has no rootkit protection in free version (as far as I know). And that is a big problem in cases like this.

  79. Craig

    I’ve been having these problems w/ Security Tool as well. The ctrl+alt+delete, ending the process #s works to stop it from popping up. However, it has removed all of the icons from my desktop as well as made my wallpaper invisible. Any suggestions on how to get them restored.

  80. Craig

    Hi all, found this rather helpful. Free Spyware, it seems to have helped me w/ my issues I’ve been experiencing w/ this Security Tool bullshit.

    Avira AntiVir Personal

    1. admin

      Craig: I would recommend AVAST, if you go with free antivirus. Better detection ratio.

  81. TQ

    I’ve had problems with this for a while now. It won’t even let me run explorer.exe…

  82. Phil D.

    OK, I have an idea.
    It may be there has been a motherboard failure on the computer, that’s why the mouse and keyboard stopped working.
    How ’bout I pull the hard drive out (because that’s what’s infected) and put it in another computer, then try to run anti-virus/anti-spyware programs?
    I would really like to save the info on this hard drive.
    Any comments?

    1. admin

      Phil D. : It should work. Just scan with antivirus the drive first ( Before copying anything out).

  83. Jay

    ty Philly Keith! my roommate bought a laptop & against my advice, uses IE instead of Firefox & didnt install spybot or ad-aware & last night this crap shut it down.

  84. K.L.

    Please help me. I have tried all the suggestions listed in this comment string since Oct. 9th, as well as tips from Spywarefixpro. I am unable to boot in safe mode, unable to access the internet or task manager. I have not lost my keyboard or mouse but you guys are scaring me. I tried downloading an automatic Spyware Remover to a flash drive and run that but nothing happens. I just paid $100 to have someone else clear viruses a few weeks ago from this same computer. I’m trying not to pay again. I’ve been working on this all weekend and the last two nights. Any new suggestions?

    1. admin

      K. L. : Have you tried manual instructions ? Do you have access to task manager or process explorer ?

  85. rBlue

    when i have the task manager open , in process what do i do to get rid of or delete the “security tool” program.

  86. paul ng

    I had problem with Security Tool and applied the solution from Philly Keith:
    1-Reboot in safe mode.
    2-go to C:\Documents and settings\all users\application data.
    3-search and delete file with ex 91908431.
    4-empty recycle bin.
    5-reboot normally.
    6-delete all shortcuts.
    7-empty recycle bin.
    It works. thanks a million.

  87. nani

    this system craping system, my desktop disappear…

  88. Phil D.

    Thanks admin, that worked for me. Was able to copy all the files I needed off the hard drive and paste on to a diferent one. Maybe I’ll rebuild the old Dell.
    I’am using Zone Alarm’s latest anti-virus/anti-spyware and Spybot on this computer.

    1. admin

      Phill D. : Throw away spybot 🙂 It is not too good with latest parasites. Do occasional scans with malwarebytes or get superantispyware if you want free tools, but I do not thrust in spybot’s updates.

  89. iwant

    Philly Keith is right! Their way i s best. Just be sure to goto tools/view/show hidden files , then look for application data in ALL USERS! Delete the 8 digit filename folders and empty recycle bin. ALso remove all shortcuts and links from start up tab.

  90. Iona

    I have installed Norton which is working ok but somehow in the process ‘Security Tool’ has appeared!!! It is awful & pops up allllll the time!
    I have looked up on google to try & find how to delete it but I just can’t seem to delete it! Why isn’t Norton version 3.0 getting rid of it??? Can anyone tell me in very easy steps how to remove Security Tool from my laptop. Thank you.

  91. David

    After my earlier rant (message #88)I think my system is now clean. I tried all the ways suggested including manual removal, some of which was successful although I still couldn’t run Malwarebytes, SuperAntispyware or my AVG anti-virus so the trojan was still there in the background.

    What I did was post all my problems on a relevant forum and a Hijackthis specialist (even though at this stage I couldn’t run a scan without it shutting down) gave me step by step instructions to remove. Most of these were unsuccessful so as a last resort used a program called Combofix. It is a very aggressive malware removal tool but it seems to have done the trick. However, I would not use it without instruction and again the analyst will walk you through what to do. I hope this in some way helps because I was as frustrated as some of you clearly are.

  92. james303b

    @Philly Keith
    I tired that 4 times it didnt work

  93. stewart

    I got security tool in my desktop.IAfter using the internet for a while, the wholee system blacks out. How?

  94. paulg

    got this crap on my system tonight. And my problem is that as soon as security tool kicks in, my whole desktop goes blank/gray and all of my icons dissapear. I’m gonna try the recommendations others have provided and see if it works.

  95. paulg

    Success! success! I finally got this shit off of my computer. What I finally did was open the windows task manager, and click on the proccesses tab. And then I highlighted and deleted the 8-digit number that security tool was hidding under (the number in my system was a number that started with a 7, not 9).

    Then I was able to follow the steps that Philly Keith suggested (except I wasn’t in safe mode), and restarted it. Now its back to the way it was before. WOO-HOO!

  96. Erik

    Ok, I’m not sure who suggested it, but when Security Tool was eating the exe for Malwarebytes I made a copy and renamed it F-U-SECURITY-TOOL.exe and the infection didn’t eat it. Then I was able to update it and scan the pc that is infected.

    The ‘people’ that are wasting our lives with this garbage seem to be reading this blog. I can’t get to Safe Mode, the fix worms are getting smarter and this is getting more aggrevating. I don’t think that this is only hoaxware but more like a test bed for worse attacks to come. For those that are struggling with this issue, please be patient and keep being resourceful. For those that are reading this stuff to see what holes we’re all finding in their software, please reference the rename of the file as mentioned above.

    And to those that get mad when they click on something that ends up costing them money, . IF you don’t get it, google it and check the first link that comes up.

  97. Erik

    Ok, why is it that ‘tanstaafl’ got removed from my past post?

  98. Sana

    i have it too but whenever i download the spyware, after presssing run, nothing happens…Stupid person whoever made “Security Tool”.

  99. Sana

    i was very close and i dleted the random number and relogged it had most of my icons for a moment then security tool took over.

  100. Beverly

    Keith, it will not let me delete the 8 digit folder, how do I delete it? @Philly Keith

  101. chucky

    i cant get the spy doctor to run because of the secruity tool progam wont allow it
    i need help please

    1. admin

      Chucky: You need to disable virus first. Start task manager and stop all numeric-only processes. This should allow spyware doctor to run.
      Andrew : we got a new release of spyware doctor, this should fix the problem. Security tool recently mutated.

  102. Joe B

    I just got the security tool virus and im not sure how to get rid of it can someone help me? I can’t open any apps other than the internet. I’ve read comments that say download spyware manager on another computer and put it on their own but i don’t know how to put programs from other comps onto mine.

  103. Zack Hickman

    how do I delete it, this is completley taking over my pc I want it gone NOW!!!

  104. Zack Hickman

    whenever I click something to delete it, it pops something up and cancels it out
    please help me s.o.s

  105. Zack Hickman

    If you click the tool bar you should have an option to show the desktop
    dosn’t last long.

  106. robert Franceman

    whoever made this stupid thing must have go the name Tool from someware deep in there conchance. This is the most ignorant thing, I dont feel like waisting all my time to fix some stupid little joke, I dont have the money for this crap.

  107. becca

    I Got rid of this Virusus by copying all the stuff to my hard drive(usb) then i deleted evrythin, n i put aall the setting back on, with my stuff. i go out for a night the week after, and its back. i cba to do wat i did again if i know tht it doesn’t work. im really pissed off any ideas for wat i could do!!
    i’ve download malware but i dont wanna pay for anything. i downloaded spy-doctor but u have to pay. i’ve tried manual script n it just comes back. AHHHH IM DIEING OF THIS VIRUS HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  108. J.C

    my task manager is disabled is there anything i can do to get this off without it

    1. admin

      Try downloading process explorer from microsoft. Rename it to iexplorer.exe or some random name.

  109. Dianne

    Wow… this blankety blank Security Tool virus is almost as bad as the H1N1 Virus! I think I’ve deleted all the suspicious files. Need to reboot to be sure… wish me luck!

  110. james

    please help !!
    when i try to download any programs to delete it they do not appear on my screen (neither does any program there before) and when i click start and run and search it a security tool warning says there is a problem ! does any1 know how to help

  111. Ralph Shelton

    I did not order security tool. It just popped up on my computer and ruined my week. After i get off from work, i can’t even read my e-mails because of the constant pop-ups telling me that my computer is infected. I don’t use my computer very except reading e-mail from our church members. I want very badly to get this virus removed from my computer.

  112. Lauren

    This virus has caused my computer to show a dark blue screen on start up saying the system has closed down, there for i can’t get into anything it won’t start up on safe mode either….what am i to do???

    1. admin

      Lauren : Try rescue CD, if you got one. If PC does not boot up, it is reinstall time probably.

  113. Dr Amit K Saiya

    Dear Kody and keith,
    Do advise on “left over shortcuts” and oblige
    Dr Amit K Saiya

  114. chris

    @blue carbuncle
    better yet why is it illegal for people like us to get back at theese kind of people

  115. Heather

    the virus wont let me open spyware doc, adware se, task manager, add remove programs, nothing.. HELP

  116. Phyuck Spyware

    Dang! Does anyone have an answer???

    This crap makes me want to toss my computer out of the window!

  117. Ian

    @blue carbuncle I cannot believe this! Another malware on my computer. This one’s not even creative. For the sake of its builder, I hope we never meet.

  118. patrick

    This security tool keeps popping up saying i have 39 viruses. i just keep press continue unprotected. and it will go away but there is still the small icon at the bottom of the screen that keeps showing up that different files are infected by a worm. and all my icons that are on the regular screen are only there when i first log on and if i want to open something i have to hurry and click on some of them before the security starts its fake scan. then after a little bit of messing around with it. the screen goes to a blue page that has something about problem is caused by: SPCMDCOM.SyS and says a few other things then toward the bottom of the page it has a few groups of numbers kinda like 00×0000340 and that page stays there for about 15 secs then it restarts my computer. any idea on how to get this off here?

  119. patrick

    Another question before this security tool thing got on my computer i have been having a problem with starting up my computer. when its turned off and i go and turn it on it goes to a blue HP page that has 4 options F9- diagnostics F10-setup F11- system recovery and Esc-boot menu. and that screen only last for about 5 secs if u dont pick one then it goes to a black blank page with an _ at the top like its gonna let me start typing something but i cant do nothing on that page, i always have to hold the power button down to turn it off then turn it back on and when the blue page pops up i have to hit Esc to get to the boot menu and it has >HDD Group 3rd drive:(E.)hitachi hdp*********CD-Rom Group 4th drive:optiarc dvd rw ad-*******< bunch of#s and if i have my external burner on it will show that on there to. but i always pick the 3rd drive (E.) and then it starts up. anyone know how to fix that so it will start up regular again.

  120. chrfles

    The easiest way to rid computer of security tool.Start computer press f8 as it is starting. this lets you start in safe mode. In safe mode using the arrow pad go to networking. Push enter.Only the things needed will start.Then open internet explorer Type in trends micro housecall.Go to this web site and download housecall.Close window and agree to there terms Scan computer It takes about six minutes to scan Then click to remove security tool. Then run a registry cleaner to remove any icons or remnents of this trojen.Its very easy to do. The whole things takes about 20 minutes.And it cost you nothing but a few minutes of your time This works on all Trojens,Adware,or any other nasties out there

  121. chrfles

    To keep the malwares from stopping your anti virus from working,you will first have to remove your anti virus .Then reload it and rename it with a few key strokes of anything you may like to use.Then the virus can’t shut down or disable your anti virus program.It works

  122. chrfles

    If you can’t start in safe mode,try this.Go to a friends computer and download a disc of a anti virus program rename this program..Disconnect your computer from the internet.This will slow security tool down.First try to run a scan with your own anti virus to get rid of security tool.Always run a registry cleaner after removing.If this doesn’t work Put the disc in and download.Now run your scan from the new anti virus program This should remone it Run registry cleaner to get rid of it for good.

  123. michael

    Heres how I fixed my computer (I hope its all gone but its working fine now). After reading a few posts here I tried going into Safe Mode but was unable to so before Security Tool could load I hit Ctrl Alt Delete to bring up the task manager. I found the eight diget process and shut it down right when it was loading. I then went to the desktop icon and went to properties and find target location and deleted the file. This allowed me to actually run a full scan on my virus program which came up with an additional 18 infections. My computer seems to be working fine but then again actually being able to use my desktop icons and programs is 1000 times better than a few hours ago.

  124. Sunshine

    The security tool was downloaded to my computer. I have Windows Vista, could not get it off at all…tired the regedit (didn’t work)….I had to start in safe mode then do regedit and search for the numbers it gave as the title and delete them and search again about 4 times then load back up in regular mode and now my computer is fine.

    I hope this helps someone out there…I was ready to throw my brand new computer out the window (not really but damn)

    Thanks for the help from the people here!!!!!!

  125. angee

    Took your advice. Immediately after start up Control Alt Delete to end task. End process with an 8 digit number (I located mine by scrolling across the security tool icon on the bottom of the screen 23374928.) Found it in the process menu and end the annonying lil thing. Clicked on startup was able to search the web and downloaded malwarebytes. Ran a full scan and fixed the problems. Reboot and thus far havent had a problem. Hope this helps because believe me I was ready to pull my hair out.

  126. dexter

    what peace of shit it disturbing i cant use my computer it says many viruses infenct my computer hahahayz

    guys how get this off?

  127. lee

    @Philly Keith
    hi Philly Keith, i’ve tried your advice but can’t find the 8 digit “bad boy” in app data any other advice please as this is driving me nuts thanks

  128. Ciarguy

    Chrfles, followed your above, downloaded Housecall, removed Security Tool and cleaned my reg. All back to normal now. I would like to see the Security Tool people put before a firing squad!!

    Thanks Again,

  129. Winner

    Try intalling malware byte in a usb flash drive using a non infected comp. recommended on an 8g drive. Hook it up to the infected comp and run it. Disable the processes before the actual run

  130. Elaine

    Philly Keith :forget all that… try this move, it worked for me after going nuts over this for a whole day.
    Reboot in safe modebrowse to C:\Documents and settings\all users\ application data
    There will be a folder in there that has eight numbers as a name (ex 91908431)
    Delete this bad boy, empty recycle bin
    Reboot normally, delete all left over shortcuts, empty recycle bin again and you are home free.

  131. Ashley

    Hi I’m Ashley. I’m a fifteen year old girl. I as of about two hours ago aquired security tool. At first i thought it was legit. I mean I have technology. But unfortuantely I didnt quite understand the danger this program held. It loaded and repeatedly bothered me. But i saw nothing wrong yet as my norton does this because i have not updated it. (and yes i know i need to.) Until my computer manually shut itself down because of viruses. It was not until i turned my computer back on that i had problems. It would let me access anything. Not even my Task manager. I came to the conclusion that it was a virus itself. So i tried to delete. Originally opening its file up and trying to delete it. That failed. Becoming so frusrated I restarted my computer and tried to delete it before security tool could load. Still didn’t work. Finally after third reloading I went ofr reasearch on then net. After waiting for minutes for internet to load i stumbled upon yahoo answres where upon a link and another five minutes it led me here. and after reading other comments teling me to go to safe mode and then deleting it I decided to try for myslef. It worked. I thank you so much. If not for you I probably would have thrown my laptop. Thank you once agin.

  132. mark q

    used your instructions they worked a treet thanks millions mate

  133. mark q

    there might be a few folders with eight numbers i had three folders with eight digits i just deleted the lot and im up and running again touch wood

  134. Josh

    What I did was download Sysinternals Process Explorer. Extract it. Rename the executable file to iexplore.exe Put the files on a USB Flash Drive. Use Process Explorer to kill the processes associated with it. Download and run ComboFix. Download and run Anti-Malware.

  135. Tozzi

    If it takes more than four hours and/or three attempts to find and eliminate virus issues, you may be better off wiping the HDD and re-installing the OS and all apps.

  136. ken

    I can not find the location with the 8 digits. I am running vista and cannot find the extension application data. any one with any suggestions

  137. sarah mc a

    I have downloaded spyware doctor and the security tool still appears. i tried everything to delete it from my programmes and it looked like it was gone however when i shut down the computer and logged back on it was still there!

    can anyone help?…. any ideas?

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  139. Spike

    PHILLY KEITH — YOU DA MAN!!!! Used his fix in safe mode within an hour of gettin this crap. So far, so good!

  140. noel q.

    haha… i clicked “system restore” on my hp windows7 then reboot normally..
    deleted the remaining icons and emptied the recycle bin…
    it worked!!! hope it won’t come back..
    thanks all of you guys for the idea! saved me alot of time and money..

  141. kelly

    this is crap how does it get n to your computer? i have never seen it before. thank you to all the websigts out their to help you.

  142. jim k

    It cost me $30.00 for a year contract but it worked. Even running much faster. I used the spy-bot, search and destroy–uniblue

  143. TROY

    How do you get into safe mode to find the 8 digits

  144. Theresa

    I am ready to pull out my hair. I can’t even run my computer in safe mode cause when I do my password doesn’t work. wierd. I can’t run any programs, open any attachments, so on and so forth. I think it’s a shame that people have nothing more to do with their time but to make people miserable and completely unproductive. These people should be found and punished to the highest extent of the law…whatever that may be. UGH!!!~!!

  145. Mike

    My roommatre accidentally let this program in and it IS an in-your-face irritant. To remove it I rebboted in SAFE MODE, right-clicked on the SECURITY TOOL icon to Properties, to File Location. Then I deleted all files in that location. I rebooted again in NORMAL MODE and then did a System Restore (could not get there prior)to a couple of days prior. That solved the problem.

  146. Mike


    Troy. You turn the computer off using the POWER button by holding it down for 15 seconds. Then power on and choose the SAFE MODE at the beginning of the reboot.

  147. Phil

    I can’t see the C:\Documents and settings\all users\ application data. I’m running XP Pro and under all users I see desktop, favorites. shared documents, start menu.

    Is application data a hidden file?

  148. noel q.

    click restart on your pc.
    before it opens again, press f8.choose safe mode
    if u are using windows7 its so much easier! look for all the security tool icons,right click and choose properties. once in there,press locate program. (should be at the bottom left)once located, delete it…and all the remaining icons. click restart again, you should be running on normal and your done!
    follow philly keith advice! goodluck man!

  149. noel q.

    ……….and don’t forget to empty your recycle bin.

  150. Jim Wendt

    @Philly Keith
    I booted up in safe mode but couldn’t figure out the exact steps to reach c:\documents and settings. I am running windows Vista Home Edition. How do I “browse over” to the files you specified?


  151. Phil

    I may have stumbled onto it. While in Safe mode I searched on Application Data and got a number of matches. I saw a Documents and Settings\All users file folder, clicked on that and saw a file named 77411828 which went right to trash. Prior to that I traced the Security Tool locations by selecting the file name, clicking on Properties and deleting all references / locations.

    Holy smoke, now I’m getting the same crap from a malware package called AntiVirus Pro

  152. Bob Johnson

    I have the security tool on my computer. The only thing it does is sits there and does nothing. I don’t have any mouse control and with keyboard, I just the Task Manager and cannot end any process. Looks like I am in trouble. I try safe mode, last safe mode with networking, last known configuration. Nothing works.

    Does anyone has suggestions.

  153. Bob Johnson

    Please help…. Anyone, I don’t have any control over my mouse or keyboard, except the only thing that pop’s up is Security Tool, I could CTRL, ALT, DLT, but cannot terminate any of the processes. Cannot go into any Safe Mode. Does this sound like re-imaging the computer.

    Your answer would be appreciatd.

  154. Steven the Sad

    Hey I as everyone else on this site… has security tool infecting my comp, I did all the manual stuff and deleted every last damn file with the 8 digit code and blocked all processes I killed every file i found and now i cant find anymore but i still cant run malwarebytes, i cleared the registry i cleared the user apps folders i cleared everything i could think of and the little prick is somewhere deep within the confines of my comp royally fucking shit up… Any suggestions? i need to fix this comp i cant afford a new one..

  155. Lauz

    Thank you so much everyone for your advise…very helpful! My computer is currently unprotected – does anyone have any suggestions for antivirus software? I really gotta get me some!!

  156. matt

    Philly Keith :forget all that… try this move, it worked for me after going nuts over this for a whole day.
    Reboot in safe modebrowse to C:\Documents and settings\all users\ application data
    There will be a folder in there that has eight numbers as a name (ex 91908431)
    Delete this bad boy, empty recycle bin
    Reboot normally, delete all left over shortcuts, empty recycle bin again and you are home free.

    what do you mean by all left over shortcuts, and how do you reboot in safe mode?

  157. Rick

    @Steven the Sad
    Guys I just spent the last 6 hours getting rid of this POS. I tryed all the free ways and ended up getting Spy Doctor ran it in safe mode (Pressing F8 repeatedly upon rebooting system. Security tools wasnt present in my safe mode all the popups were held at bay. I loaded Spy doctor and ran scan. This sucker did lock my internet connection once I was stuck but just rebooted in safe mode and I got back online.Then rebooted in normal mode and had to run another scan. All is write now and im back on working tonite as i lost a day of productivity.

  158. mohd

    I tried all this things .. but nothing worked ..

    the only thing helped me .. made restore settings .

  159. Wakay

    Hey guys, follow Matt advise it worked for me.. but I’ll be checking time to time 🙂

    forget all that… try this move, it worked for me after going nuts over this for a whole day.
    Reboot in safe modebrowse to C:\Documents and settings\all users\ application data
    There will be a folder in there that has eight numbers as a name (ex 91908431)
    Delete this bad boy, empty recycle bin
    Reboot normally, delete all left over shortcuts, empty recycle bin again and you are home free.

  160. Wakay

    Correction thanks Philly Keith… your the man

  161. Adina

    Haha, I laugh but I shouldn’t. I think I’m the only one on this site that sais that I PAID FOR IT! ;))) Well, actually not me, my scared mother. Unfotunately I wasn’t home to explain her. Well, the good thing is that now I am scanning my computer using Malwarebytes and actually everything works nicely. My mom said that emediately after she bought it, the viruses listed were “miraculously” deleted and all went back to normal.Now I wonder how much it lasts. Anyway, right now i’m dressing up to go to a store and buy an antivirus, which I thought (from my experience) that I don’t really need, especially that I used to work with computers with less than 512 MB RAM and any antiviruses slowed down my system so much that I wouldn’t be able to open even explorer. Now I learned my lesson.
    Oh, and one more thing, it appears that the most affected program by this virus is Google Chrome, which happens to be my favourite web browser. Right now, even if my mom paid them, I still can’t get any response from Chrome.
    So, I hope we all fix this problem. Good luck!

  162. @kody112

    Hey thanks kody112 i followed your instructions and they were on point i was able to get that junk off my computer i learned a lession from this next i will get have a antivirus on my computer thanks phats456

  163. Mark

    Philly Keith’s solution worked for me. I went to ‘run’, then entered c:\programdata\, and found and deleted the offending folder. A world of warning, however: I noticed that Security Tool had actually placed 4 such folders on my computer (they were all 8 number names), so make sure you scroll through the whole list and remove them all. I also removed the shortcuts it had placed on my desktop, and emptied the Recylcle Bin before rebooting again. Thanks Philly Keith for the very useful tip. So happy to see my Desktop return.

  164. FM18

    i need help! ive been reading all these comments from everyone..
    i found the 8 digit numbered folder[there were 2] i deleted 1 but the other one i cnt delete it, what can i do??help!!!

    1. admin

      FM18 : You need to stop processes before using task manager. Check what files are in the folder you cant delete and search for these processes.

  165. Bat Thompson

    Instead of government putting focus on collecting data and information on all Americans, they should just hunt these characters down and kill them ! This is costing Americans $Billions in lost time and material..

  166. cassandra

    idk how security tools got on my computer it just poped up a couple of days ago what do i do to get it off for good?

  167. Jibril

    Admin, I have downloaded “spdoc.exe”. And Security tool wouldn’t let me use it! HELP!

    1. admin

      Rename to spdoc.pif and it should work.

  168. Tanya

    This security tool rogue was driving me crazy………I tried for three hours to get rid of it! Once i followed the instructions via Philly Keith’s solution it actually worked…….Thanks a Bunch!!!!

  169. Evgenia

    Thanks to Philly Keith. His solution worked for me, people do not forget to use SAFE MODE than it works.

  170. gena ferguson

    help, I have tried to download several programs to get rid of Security Tool. The programs aren’t being allowed to work. I’m not that great with computers so I need help. Thanks

    1. admin

      Gena : rename the program to whatever.pif on save.

  171. Stuart M

    @Philly Keith

    tried to delete but comes up with “cannot delete make sure disk not full or write protected and file is not currently in use!!!! Please help i am going out my mind with this s**t


  172. Greg

    I have Vista and could not find the numeric file anywhere until I used Mark’s method (post 185) and then did what Philly Keith said to do. Seems to have deleted security tool. Thanks a bunch guys!

  173. Ravicater

    O.K. guys I came back to this site and registered just to tell you a very easy method to get the Security Tool permanently removed. It’s simple, just boot up in safe mode (F-8) and do a restore to a past date. (OH,just pick one) I Hope they catch those A-holes that did that program. Now that I’d pay for.

  174. Rick

    This thing is pissing me off. Whats the fastest and easiest way to kill it without downloading stuff? I have an english report due at the end of the week and this thing keeps poping up and getting in the way saying harmful software detected and bull.

  175. devil

    keith: folder option doesn’t allow me to show all hidden files? and i cant see any “application data folder” in “all user folder”?

  176. raven

    this security tool thing
    is messing with my computer
    i found the source, in my computer
    and when i try to delete it.
    it tells me that i dont have
    permission for this action.
    i need help

  177. The “Security Tool” on my PC just appeared and I don’t know why. I didn’t purchased nor downloaded it. I am trying to follow your instructions but this virus is corrupting your application. What should I do? I have my very important files on my pc. Please help me. Email your response as soon as possible. I am hoping for your positive response.

  178. bernadette graham

    Everytime I log in the screen and is and than my icons disapear, I keep getting the security tools warnings that i need to register and remove the threat

  179. Evgenia

    @Stuart M
    you probably did not use SAFE MODE when you reboot. With safe mode all works!

  180. Speed

    When i do Reboot in safe mode
    browse to C:\Documents and settings\all users\ application data. I cant find application data can anyone help me

  181. Tom

    Okay. I am infected with security tool on my other computer and have been for the past week. I have read articles and solutions in the mean time and turned the computer back on for the first time in the last 6 days two hours ago. It starts in what appears to be safe mode offering me all of the options one would hope for but when I try to run it in safe mode (or any other mode for that matter) it just reboots and I go through the same process over and over and over. Any ideas would be gratly appreciated.

  182. Yvonne

    Hello Kody,
    I tried what you suggested. I went quickly and clicked on ctrl alt delete and I found the numer sequqnce and I ‘ended the process’ because that’s the only thing that comes up as an option. It still did not ‘kill it’ as you mention it.

    I also tried to start my computer in safe mode. It would not even open another window after typing MSCCONFIG and clicking ok. I tried to start in safe mode with the F8 Key. It would not work either.
    What can I do?

    This thing is horrible. It is weird that the Security lets me access the internet, so I can write this here.

    My Wallpaper of course is no longer there. The background of my screen is pitch black and it ‘steals’ the desktop icons, so one cannot access the Recycle Bin.

    What is this? And where does it come from?

    I have Avira Antivir (which is usually pretty good) and it would not even let me perform a system scan with that.

    Can any of you help me out with a different solution maybe?

    Also further up on this discussion board there are many files listed under HKEY/Current User/software/microsoft/windows … etc….
    How do I find these?

    Also where would I look for doguzeri.dll and 4946550101.ex when opening the the explorer with the right mouse click on the start button?

    I feel so lost right now!

    Thanks for your all help.


  183. Yvonne


    I typed in c:\programdata\ after clicking on ‘run’, but it told me that it cannot find the file.

    I want to try to start my computer in safe mode again, but I don’t know how to make that work, because it doesn’t work via ‘run’ with MSCONFIG because it doesn’t open another window. I tried with the F8 Key and it wouldn’t work either.

    I am so pissed about all this!
    How can one protect oneself of such stupid viruses?
    How many firewalls does one have to put up?

    I do like to go on Facebook and I also like to play games. Can we not even do that anymore without catching a virus?

    Please for some help.
    Thanks a bunch.

  184. Yvonne

    Hello Wakay,
    I went to Documents and Settings/all users/
    The weird thing is that it doesn’t follow with application data.
    Where would I find this maleware file now?

    Can you give me a hint?


    1. admin

      Yvonne : the app data folder is hidden. You wont see, but you can access it by adding it to directory field in explorer.

  185. Zayan

    this programme doesnt allow me to open any application.

  186. Yvonne

    dear admin.

    how do I do that?
    where do I find the directory field?

    To tell you the truth, a couple years ago we were hit by lightning and it blanked out my computer. Ever since then I have lost my Windows Office Program. I also don’t use IE anymore, but Mozilla Firefox. I can go into the Control Panel anymore to use the ‘search file function’ because anytime I do, there is this little doggy at the bottom of the page, smiling at me as if so he is saying: “Well too bad, but this page stays blank” 🙁

    Of course I tried to fix things on my own, and I have possibly deleted things that I should not have …. 😉
    After all the computer is working great, but last night I caught the ‘Security Tool’ and it is annoying because I can’t access any icon on my desk top anymore.

    I will try what you have suggested dear admin. 🙂
    Hope I will find the app data folder so I can add it, and hopefully it will let me do it.

    I can open IE, but for example it won’t play any videos nor did it move the ‘dropp down menue’ when Yahoo still had its old page and one would want to see the weather for example.

    Ok. where do I find this directory field again?


  187. Yvonne

    here I am.
    I went as far as ‘all users’ and then it gives me the option to add a new folder.
    Yet, what sense would this make? The Security Tool exe would not be in there!

    The All Users – Folder contains, Desktop – Favorites – Shared Documents – Start Menue.

    I just searched through all of them, by opening these folders. There is nothing that sais “application data folder” …. 🙁

    Thanks for any help that you can give.

    I will look out for your response, dear Admin.


  188. TiffanyL

    This is what worked for me after trying just about everything here.
    ctrl+alt+delete upon start up to
    get task manager up before security tool.
    click on start and scroll up to security tool to find its location.
    right click on it.
    open file.
    find string of eight numbers, and delete.
    permanently delete out of recycle bin.
    remove any short cuts on desktop for security tool.

    Permanently delete out of recycle bin.
    restore computer to a date before infected with security tool.
    Check to make sure that all anti-virus and malware running properly.

  189. Yvonne

    Hi Guys,
    I tried it again. I think I was able to catch the ‘safe mode’ on start-up. Anyhow it only worked once, since when I restarted the computer the desktop icons went back to normal size.

    I also clicked on ctrl alt delete to open the window for the task manager.
    I found the number, but all it allows me to do is to end the process. There is no button for ‘delete’.

    It doesn’t help because anytime I restart it is right back on there.

    I see other exe.

    these are the ones that I cannot make out.

    svchost.exe (many times; I have about 6 or 7 of the same on there)
    spoolsv. exe

    Does anyone know what type of exe these are and what they relate to?

    Maybe one or more of them came with the suspicious Security Tool?

    I am so grateful for your all help.

    Thanks for your quick responses.

  190. Danny

    Hey, i got the Security tool flue, and i have Avast, but every time i set it to scan så i can remove it, it shuts down? Any help ?

  191. Yvonne

    Hi Tom,

    WOW, I am so glad that I have a second computer, which I just finished hooking up. Of course this one has minimum Memory, so I probably can’t upload my Adobe Photoshop Program on this one here, but it works for the while being until I find a way to fix my other one.

    Yes, I finally clicked on reboot on safemode, then I went to the suggested applications in ‘run’ and I got as far as clicking on ‘SAFE/BOOT” and ‘BOOT.INI”, guess what? I can’t get the computer to boot all the way to my desktop anymore! WHAT IS WRONG WITH MY COMPUTER? … I am so cried-out about this.
    Does anyone know what I can do in order to at least get back onto my desktop?

    I keep highlighting to going back to a point where it was safe, or to start in safe mode, but all it does is is counting down the 30 or 29 seconds to 0, just to start counting down again from 30 or 29 seconds! It also always goes back to ‘start computer normally’.

    Can anyone please help? Thank you.

    I hope I don’t have to take this computer to a store to get it cleaned-out! It costs money, which I can’t free up at this point and time.
    Or, does anyone know how to cean up a computer? I would do it myself, since I do have the Windows XP CD-Rom anyway.

    Hope to hear from anyone, soon.
    Thanks again for you help.


  192. Angelo

    @ Philly Keith,

    I followed your instructions to the letter and problem solved! To think that I almost shelled out 29.95 for Spy Doctor (that’s what’s in store for those who istall it); you saved me money, time, and frustration. Thank you so much, you really are a lifesaver.

    Yours trully,

  193. Al

    Thank you so much everyone!!! The Security Tool (on our Vista) was located in
    C:\program data\35840525

    Working on safe mode, I deleted the folder 35840525 & the 2 shortcut icons, then emptied my Recycle Bin… Reboot it normally afterwards… Security Tool’s gone!!!

    Thanks again!!!

  194. Jen

    I know NOTHING about computer virus scan sites. and I accidently installed this Security Tool.. Is there any way at all to just REMOVE the Security Tool fully without actually installing anything else?? I dont own the computer and I just want it off…. Please let me know if there is anything that is simple steps. Thanks!

  195. martin

    okay, this somehow ended up on my new pc and it’s not even installed in my computer and it keeps scanning and telling me i have viruses and files that are infected that i know it’s not true. it keeps me from doing my work on microsoft and other programs. i’ve tried installing the Malwarebytes Anti Malware but everytime i try to bring it up on my cd it says that it’s infected and won’t let me do anything. what do i do? please i just got this computer.

  196. KyLO

    To All Having Problems Searching For Application Data!!

    I have windows xp media center edition, and ealier the Admin said to Yvonne that the app data folder might be hidden!!!

    First off, let me start by saying that every computer may not have the file name (ex 91908431)…I actually came across three files 09204121, 41220112, & 51200987.


    1. start computer in safe mode

    2. go to start, my computer

    3. go to C:\Documents and settings\all users

    **note** you may encounter four folders Desktop, Favorite, Shared Documents, and Start Menu.

    4. Here you right click anywhere in the box, then go to properties

    5. Now you check hidden (near the bottom), then hit OK… a smaller box will appear, make sure you hide the sub folder as well *IMPORTANT*

    6. Now everything has disappeared!! Dont worry, repeat step 4 & 5… but this time you uncheck hidden then hit OK

    7. Now you have six folders!! Application Data, Desktop, Favorite, Shared Documents, Start Menu and Templates…. double-click the app data folders and find them eight irritating azz numbers and then follow the example giving by my man Philly Keith!!


    Hope this helps, if not…. i suggest installing windows again, but of course back up your most important shit 🙂

    P.S. I just turned 20 today!! 11/30

  197. Norm

    Here’s to all of us who have been victimized by this crap. If you would like to talk with a representative of the company that markets/infiltrates the Security Tool all you need to do is dial 1-800-507-4599. After quite a lot of work I managed to get it off my computer and after a few phone calls I managed to get some of the anger and frustration out also. Enjoy the day!

  198. Ken

    Has anyone tried giving Mcafee their $90 and they remove it for you????

  199. Gail

    Security tool has totally messed up my computer. I cant even finish downloading any software that supposedly gets rid of it. Trend Micro does nothing to it. I have a black screen and can’t open any applications. Help!

  200. deb
    1. admin

      press F8 couple times when booting your PC. Then choose from menu.

  201. Paul

    After I got rid of the 8 number files, the icons on my desktop were dark, sort of when you cut a document or pic so you can paste it elsewhere? What happened and how can I fix it?

  202. ayesha

    a very very easy solution,,,,just kill the numbered process from task manager before sucurity toll starts and then go to c->documents and settings->all users->applications and delete numbered folder,,,also delete from recycle bin,,,

  203. Hannah

    i just got a brand new computer and now i have stupid security tool on it, and my parents are going to be really mad. I need help nothing is working i tried everything. the pop ups are making me so mad… and my computer goes to a blue screen after 30 mins of using it. and then shuts down i dont know what to do… PLEASE HELP ME

  204. jessie

    My computer keeps crashing over and over again, i have security tool and it turned my desktop blue, i keep trying to go into ‘change/remove programs’ but it keeps telling me somethings trying to get through to my credit dard information. it wont let me download anything whatsoever. i really need help getting this off.

  205. tex


  206. Yvonne

    When you write ‘kill the numbered process from task manager” what do you mean by ‘kill’? I clicked on END and it would still come back up. How EXACTLY does the process work to ‘kill’ the numbered process?
    Thank you.

    I had tried that and then some other stuff, so now my computer won’t even boot up anymore. I went into bios and even enabled the SUPER BOOT and not I can’t even get back into BIOS anymore!!!

    Can anyone help me to at least get the computer to boot again, so I can go and try the process again to ‘kill’ the Security Tool?, and or to at least save some of my important photographs to CD.

    Thanks so much.

  207. Amber

    I GUARANTEE you this will only work temporarily. I should know, I’ve only done it about 50 times already.

  208. Laura

    Hi, my lap top was infected with ths securiy tool virus a few days ago, it is absolutely unbelievable and unlike anyting i have encountered, i have Norton pemier 3.0 i have tried deleting ‘securiy tool’ files, running comprehensive virus scans etc. it has somehow gotten itself into my ‘program data’ and will not let me delete it manually saying i need permission to perform the action… i’ve tried rebooting everything i can think of, it shuts my computer down ranomly and has disabled my entire desktop and removed my backgound it also hides my tool bar… after reading the posts on here i have made the decision to get professinal help even if that means paying for it as i would rather pay $100 to get it properly fixed as opposed to damaging my 2000 dollar lap top only 3 mnths old tryin to remove it myself and i would stronly suggest this to ANYONE infected by this virus.

  209. Laura

    on my computer it does’t even appear in task manager


    i need rid of security tool as it is fake and damaging my programmes?

  211. Carla

    Thanks to Philly Keith…after how many days of aggravating pop-ups…finally removed it!!!

  212. Nyncapoop

    Yes there a many FREE spyware removal programs but are there really any that are free, and you do not have to purchase a programs after you have completed a scan? Are there any really free ones available???

    1. admin

      Well… There are couple free for home users, namely spybot S&D and superantispyware. Some are semi-free, aka remover is free and real time protection is paid or there are limits on how many parasites you can remove with free version.
      The problem is that maintaining a good anti-spyware product requires money for staff, equipment and malware tests. There is always a catch how anti-malware manufacturers try to get money 🙂

  213. Scott

    I have a windows Vista and I tried Philly Keiths method but I think it is differnet in Vista. Anyone have any idea how to get rid of it with Vista. I cant download any malware programs etc. It wont let me.

  214. Scott

    Thank you. I found it and deleted and it worked.

  215. Samir

    I got a bitdefender total security and It didnt decete the fuking malware called security tool. But my Intenet works fine. All you lot and I can do is press ctrl+shift+esc and click process the end process the 8 digit number (sometimes it closes but keep doing it until it opens!!)

  216. Anil

    Started it in safe mode logged in as Administrator.

    Did a system restore to a previous date.

    It didnt have any security tool any more

  217. Roxanne

    @Scott What did you find? I’m still fighting to download a malware on Vista. Any suggestions?

  218. Yvonne

    Hi Roxanne,

    you can download Avira Antivir for free.
    I have it on mine, and it works great!

    By the way, after agonizing with my computer, not being able to start it at all anymore, I was soooooooooooooo lucky about 3 days ago!

    A friend of mine, whom I haven’t seen in a long time, and never even thought about, helped me to start up my computer again and then we had to take it down.
    Security Tool messed up too much already. At least I was able to save my pictures and some documents since we totally had to upload Windows XP anew.

    This killed it, too but it also killed my computer, you know.
    Since I had this second one here with very little memory, he simply placed the drive from the old computer into this one. Now I am ok, and hope this Security Tool stays away FOREVER! …. lol…

  219. Mike

    Does anyone know the address of this “Security Tool” place? I think some folks would like to pay them a very personal visit.!!

  220. KingTimmy

    Roxanne, in Vista, restart your system.
    after logging on, hit alt ctrl delete and open task manager.
    Click on processes
    Be sure check “show processes from all users”
    Find the process that System Tool is running under. Mine was an 8 digit numerical .exe file
    Highlight it, then click “End Process”
    Next go to C:|program data
    Locate the folder, right click and delete it.
    Be sure to empty it from the recycle bin.\
    Reboot…………hope this helps. It worked for me!

  221. don

    I got rid of security tool very easily. I right mouse clicked the security tool icon on the desktop. Went to properties and found the long number with exe after it. I copied that. Went to start on bottom left of screen and opened that on the bottom there is a search screen I pasted what i copied took me to where the number was, I deleted it cleaned my recycle basket and restarted my computer. It hasn’t been back since knock on wood

  222. Zach

    for all you ppl saying delete that numbered file alone, and rebooting.. good luck to you.. that doesnt fully remove this..

  223. Justin

    I got this virus and it brought along cyber security with it so I had both.

  224. young

    If you go into safe move look in your application data folder under all users and you will see an exe that has the same icon as the security tool. Delete it and then it will let you install any antivirus or the preferred malwarebytes antimalware which worked for me.

  225. Jonathan

    ooooh!….this “SECURITY TOOL” is a big messy thing. i cannot open my programs due to irritating and annoying pop-ups… whoever the creator of that useless system file should be punished. i do hope that all the “finest” IT experts will work on it to trace that genius but useless creator of Security Tool…the PAC-MAN is not happy for that thing… haaaaayzzz…

  226. Ashley

    I can’t run the doctor spyware. I need help. My desk top is now black and can’t se anything on it.

  227. Haneen

    I cant open anything i got to this website through their customer srvice and cant open anything with it help me i dont know how to reboot it help me!!!!!!!!

  228. ler

    @Philly Keith
    i cant delete the 8 digit number

  229. Zach

    Thanks for the numbered file tip, I deleted both of those, but, then again, they were both empty. I think it may have killed itself overnight because there was the Security Tool shortcut last night, and early today (on safe-mode) the same icon was empty, and its properties described it as being re-directed. Also, a curious factoid, on Task Manager, I never saw an eight-digit or ten-digit number followed by .exe, yet my computer was still infected with the rogue anti-virus. This sure has been an odd experience.

  230. Frank

    Here’s how I killed it:

    1- I have XP, so I keep hitting F8 to start in the safe mode.
    2- In the SAFE mode, do “Run”, type in MSConfig. Here upcheck the process in “Startup” that has a six digit numberic number, in my case, “807999”, click “Apply”.
    3- Re-boot, and startup WILL NO LONGER activate the virus, taking control of your PC, even though the malware is still in the system. Now, you can take control of things to download tools needed to remove the executables, registry entries etc. of the virus.
    4- Download Malwarebytes, free version, to remove what remains in the system.
    5- I separately deleted the “Security Tool” icon on the desktop.
    6- Change the wallpaper back to normal.
    6- Resume work ….

  231. Frank

    Here’s how I killed it:

    1- I have XP, so I keep hitting F8 to start in the safe mode.
    2- In the SAFE mode, do “Run”, type in MSConfig. Here uncheck the process in “Startup” that has a six digit numberic number, in my case, “807999”, click “Apply”.
    3- Re-boot, and startup WILL NO LONGER activate the virus, taking control of your PC, even though the malware is still in the system. Now, you can take control of things to download tools needed to remove the executables, registry entries etc. of the virus.
    4- Download Malwarebytes, free version, to remove what remains in the system.
    5- I separately deleted the “Security Tool” icon on the desktop.
    6- Change the wallpaper back to normal.
    6- Resume work ….

  232. Stacy

    Used My system Restore before my computer had fully booted. Set it back 14 days, Ran that. Added new Anti Virus working fine.

  233. Randy

    Instead of downloading the software to remove it just simply follow the steps to remove it in the registry… you should also boot in safe mode and goto Run/msconfig and remove ALL STARTUP ITEMS, this is called selective startup and you disable EVERYTHING, and then windows will only launch what is needed to run, this way Security Tool is not trying to launch and interfering with the removal process, if you are familiar with system registry keys then goto Run / regedit.exe and follow the steps at the beginning of this page and remove the reg keys from the system.

    Also i recommend CCleaner by Piriform to repair your registry and ALWAYS DISABLE SYSTEM RECOVERY otherwise when you reboot the virus’s etc will return.

    Bachelors of Science
    Programming / Network Forensics

  234. KyLO


    Sup dude… STool can be a pain in the ass lol….. Try downloading “rkill”… what it does, it temporally terminates all mal-ware program (security tool)… here i will place the link

    Once it is downloaded, double-click on the in order to automatically attempt to stop any processes associated with Security Tool 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 Tool 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 Tool . So, please try running Rkill until malware is no longer running. You will then be able to proceed with the rest of the guide.

    Do not reboot your computer after running rkill as the malware programs will start again!!!

    If you are still having problems… i will make another video sutible for your cause 😉

  235. brenda

    This ‘security tool’ has been drving me insane!
    So far, I’ve been able to do the above suggested by ‘KyLO’ (#222) but can’t find my recycle bin to empty it! My desktop isnt showing and my background is a funny green colour.
    I’ve been searching for the last 45min but still can’t find it! GRRRRR!

  236. Biggity Bob In NorCal

    @Philly Keith
    Dude your way worked perfectly….no buying one spamware tool to erase another, no exhaustive processes, just to-the-point directions…..and results. You, sir, deserve a holiday named after you and a park made in your honor.

  237. Rhys

    That yellow shield is finally gone.
    What a great Christmas gift.

    Thank you guys,

  238. Georgie H

    kody112 :Reboot in safe mode I GUARANTEE YOU THIS WORKSbrowse to C:\Documents and settings\all users\ application data
    There will be a folder in there that has eight numbers as a name (ex 91908431)
    Delete this bad boy, empty recycle bin
    Reboot normally, delete all left over shortcuts, empty recycle bin again I GUARANTEE YOU THIS WORKS

    Thank you for this -I was goofing up at the browse stage…I kept clicking Browse after typing in directory – Instead of OK–Press OK…guys/gals

  239. Rhys

    Yellow shield back.


    1. admin

      Rhys : Have you scanned with any anti-spyware after it was gone? There might be a security vulnerability open by the security tool or some hidden trojan downloader. You HAVE to make sure everything is clean after you remove Security tool

  240. virushater!

    i downloaded the spydoc but the security tool wont let me download it!!! every time i try to open it to install it, it says somthing about sending me credit card deals or something help me FAST!!

    1. admin

      virushater : rename it to spydoc.pif on save . It should pass.

  241. Bethany

    @Philly Keith
    Ok, great – I got to the application data and found the file and was trying to delete it to the Recycle bin and an error message popped up saying that it couldn’t delete, access denied. What do I do now????

    1. admin

      Bethany : disable the processes first. Start task manager and stop the numerical processes.

  242. KyLO

    @brenda… you can access your recycle bin by going to my computer and that “arrow down button”

  243. securitytoolmurderer


  244. Aaron

    @Philly Keith
    how do i delete other remaining pop ups?

  245. Paul

    ok i got this damn virus to and its killing my computer! So you say that there is manual instructions what are they? how do i do it manually? I cant even open my desk top anymore. Please help me i dont want to download anything i just want it off manually! thanks.

  246. DKN

    @Philly Keith

    Wouw thank you SOOOO MUUUCCCHHHHHH !!
    I was about to get crazyyyyy, u saved mee


  247. erik

    hi!! my computer was suddenly infected by security tool. i try too get ridd of it but i didnt make it. what can i do??? its really boring too have it on my computer! please help me!

  248. Hezrin

    Help, I Just found out that this ‘Security Tool’ is a VIRUS. I am trying to remove it using Spydoc. Does it works???

  249. Chris

    Hey theres a sercurity tool which won’t let me access anthing on my computer. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME RID OF IT

  250. rose

    Hi, would system restore after you do the task manager thing works to get rid of this? thanks

  251. Jimmy Lim


    if you load normally, hit ctrl+alt+del before security tool loads, go to the processes tab and end the process that has a 8 numbered name, this will NOT solve the problem, this will allow you to use the computer to fix the problem.

    open up my computer and in the address bar at the top type the following and hit enter

    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data

    That will take you to the folder whether it is hidden or otherwise. There should be a file (sometimes more than one) that are also named with 8-digit numbers, Delete these then empty your recycle bin.

    Following this remove any desktop shortcut and startup item for security tools and empty recycle bin again.

    Restart your computer again and it should run ok. I would suggest running a registry cleaning software after to remove anything from there and also a scan with a program like Malwarebytes to hunt out the trojan that put security tools there.

    ::NOTE:: these file locations are for windows XP, if you are running Vista or Windows7 they may be in a different location, if this is the case, right click on the security tools icon on the desktop and click properties. Once this window opens hit the ‘find target’ button and it will take you to the folder housing security tools. Once there delete the numbered folders as in above instructions.

    If anyone is having trouble with the F8 safe mode boot, after killing the numerical prcess via the task manager open your start menu and go to run. Type in msconfig and hit enter

    this will bring up the windows configuration utility, go into the BOOT.INI tab and check the box marked /SAFEBOOT and the box saying minimal (if you want network access check the network box instead of minimal) then restart your computer. Leave it to start and it will automatically boot in safe mode

    ::NOTE:: When using msconfig it will continue to boot this way until you return to msconfig and tell it to reboot normally. when finished in safe mode, before restarting, run msconfig again, on the first screen check the option ‘normal startup’ and hit apply. Next time you restart it will load as normal. (again i have only tested this on XP so someone else will have to confirm for vista/windows7

    Hope this helps you guys as I read through and see a lot of repeated comments about the same things. Just trying to do my part as a previous victim of this wretched program.

    Good Luck

  252. logan

    i cant remove this so if u would please help me remove this :(!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks Logan Chandler

  253. Edie

    how do you boot up in safe mode

  254. Leah

    I just did a system restore and it’s no longer on my desktop or in my tool bar or start up menu. Did this get rid of it? Anyone know?

    1. admin

      Laeh: Do a scan with anti-spyware programs. Many provide free scanners, and it is highly recommended to make it sure.

  255. Suana

    ok this security tool is driving me crazy!! I am scanning my spyware doctor but this thing makes my computer restart in the middle of my scan so.. is there any other way to remove this?? thxx

  256. Suana

    ok i opened my mozilla firefox internet and it says

    “how embaressing
    firefox is having trouble recovering your windows and tabs
    you can try removing one or more tabs that you think cause the problem or start a new session.”

    Security tool-how to remove

    remove or start new session?????
    what do i do, pleaseee help

  257. c kato

    I had a problem with this just yesterday i tried a ton of stuff to get rid of it but the popups never went away. i was in the middle of renewing my mcafee virus protection then it started to disable my internet and deleted all my desktop icons and i couldnt open files. It was on my toolbar and hiding in my files too.
    I went to a few sites that showed you how to get rid of it but that didnt work either. I actually had to call mcafee and just pay $90 for them to get rid of it for me. they were cheaper than dells virus removal and others. Im pissed i had to pay so much but at least they have a 100% guarantee that it will be removed. i wouldnt trust doing it myself since the virus can come back after being deleted.
    the safe mode only works for awhile but it will still be on your computer. supposidly the longer its hiding on there the more damage it’ll do. unless you know exactly which files to look in i would just have a pro do it. after getting rid of it i was finally able to renew my mcafee disk and it hasnt been back since. it took them about 20min to fix it. 90 bucks for 20min is crazy but it worked.

  258. Karen

    Hi Guys
    Just wanted to say thanks for all the information on this page i was infected by this virus last night and after hours of trying found this site. Great and easy instructions.
    Thanks again.

  259. gwendolen

    1. Bootet the pc with Bart PE (windows-environment link:
    2. Removes those 8-10 digits exe-files (under UserData/All User/Application Data – remember to make those folder visible!)
    3. Boot af pc. “Security Tool” doesnt start anymore. (Blessings!)
    4. Doing Malwarebytes AntiMalware and looking for some patterns in registry (regedit)
    5. Have fun.

  260. redd

    Thanks to Keith and Kylo whose info helped me kill this SOB! All works now!

  261. N/A Unknown

    ctrl alt delete as soon as windows logs on b4 virus boots up,open task manager,end process of the 8 digit number,go to documents and settings,application data delete security tools,get rid of it in start menu,and task bar if its still there,run a virus scan just in case,and yur gud!

  262. roseline

    Omg i have this virus too omg i want it gone ASAP hellp something freee would do nice!!!! so annying i didnt know there was people out there having the same issues so lame man!

  263. jim b


    This caused me no end of aggro so thanks to all the helpful people who posted advice here.

    I got the number of the offending spyware program when I went to close down my PC – I got a message saying that one program won’t close etc – did I want to end now. The number of the spyware program was shown then – it was an eight digit number beginning with 4.

    I then restarted, hit ctrl-alt-delete immediately on start up, and went into processes, found the process with that number, and turned it off.

    I found that I was then able to run malwarebytes and remove all the related spyware components from my system. That was 15 minutes ago and everything seems okay now (touch wood).

    Thanks to those who suggested the ctrl-alt-delete on start up, if I hadn’t done that I wouldn’t have been able to open malwarebytes and get any further.

    This has now taken up around 2 hours of my day now…..#%&^*!

  264. Patty

    Thank you Frank, you are an angel.
    Your directions allowed me to eliminate that devil “Security Tool” which turned out to be the KoobFace worm in disguise. I am certain my children picked up this infection from facebook. Now that my computer has been successfully de-wormed(shudder) I feel I should send everyone to the showers to wash away all traces of slime.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  265. Katharine

    Within an hour of aquiring it, the Security Tool virus quickly rendered my PC unusable, even though I subscribe to a low-end version of Norton Antivirus. Using another computer, I examined the options and decided I felt insecure trying to eliminate Security Tool by myself. I decided to go with Spyware Doctor. They charged me $30 but it may have been the best $30 I’ve ever spent. The trick was starting Task Manager at boot-up to silence the virus temporarily and regain use of the computer to download and run the eradication program. They tell you how to do that. I am quite satisfied with the results. The only thing I seem to have had to restore is the custom background picture for my desktop. They tell you it only takes minutes, and that’s true for the actual eradication once you have and have registered the software, but the download and registration process took me an hour. I’ve had Spyware Doctor less than a day and it has already caught other incoming infections so I feel pretty confident recommending this for folk like me who aren’t particularly technologically savvy.

  266. Flexman

    I was flustered for 2 days with this @&$#ing thing
    then I found this site and did the reboot in safe mode
    went to C:\Documents and settings\all users\ application data and looked for 8 digit file (ex. 91908431) and deleted it and then emptied recycle bin
    then I rebooted normally and then deleted all shortcuts on desktop and elsewhere to Security Tool and then emptied recycle bin
    that was it gone!!!
    I then ran my registry fixer (iolo system mechanic professional)did registry scan and clean it found all remnants of this Security Tool and removed it
    I installed malwarebytes anti-malware and ran that
    finished and clean

    try this method it really works…..take it from someone that was ready to kick my computer and to hunt down the inventors of this vicious virus and kill them!!

  267. @Mike Mike
    hello, when you tried to delete the 8 digit folder did it say access denied, because mine is and i can’t deete it. HELP!!! please. thank you.

  268. Disco Stud

    Will System Restore Do The Trick?

  269. Bruno

    @Philly Keith
    Keith – thanks for the tip. It worked!

  270. Disco Stud

    GREAT!!!!! MY COMPUTER HAS NO HOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  271. Kevin Dixon

    I really hope whoever created this is jailed or seriously prosecuted.

    I can’t believe people have such no life to sit at home for hours on end creating something like this. It doesn’t make you popular.
    Going to try and remove now.

  272. margaret

    Security Tool eneded up on my computer. I read through this entire forum, deleted the things that people here suggested (I had several instances of the 8 digit numbers in the App Data Folder and in Registry) and then cleaned with Malwarebytes to get what was left of the beast.

    Everything seems to be fine with one exception. If I try to type in something in a search window of google or yahoo, I get no results back from the search. Bottom left corner of pane says “Done”. But, if I type a web address in the top of Internet Explorer it will go to any website. I went to Microsoft site and can search using the “Bing” search window and get results.

    Now my question, did this thing mess up Internet Explorer? How can I fix this. I was going to reload IE8 but wanted to get you guys feedback first.

    Thanks You all so much for letting us know how to destry the Security Tool

  273. Eddy


    For all those Vista users, what worked for me was booting up in safe mode and then restoring the computer to a couple days prior

  274. Katie

    What if it keeps saying “access denied” ?
    Please help me!

  275. Ireland

    @Philly Keith

    Philly Keith YOU ARE the MAN!!! It worked! However, idk if anyone else has this problem but my icons and page are huge. I have gone into resize and such but o no avail! Still big icons and the page seems zoomed… Again, I went into everything to re-size fonts and fix page size but nothing. All systems are working great except for this. I also did a simple sytem restore. Should I just back up everything and run a full recovery?

    Help, please! YOU ROCK! btw =)

  276. Whitney

    What the crap is going on?? AHHHHH! I have a spyware terrminator already in my system how do i get rid of this stupid security tool thing, this sucks! Every two seconds the stupid security tool wants to me remove all the “bad” programs!

  277. Victor

    This had bothered me for 2 days it kept popping up with things saying like this is trying to send credit card info and i was scared but so then i rebooted my computer and went into safe mode then i right clicked the icon in my desktopand went to properties then i put locate file i think and it asked if i wanted to delete it i put yes i did this for about three times and then i went to the start menu and looked for the progrm and deleted it for two timesthen i shut my computer down and turned back on and its fine now i have windows vista
    hope this helps

  278. Darrin

    @Jimmy Lim
    Jimmy Lin, you are my hero. Followed your instructions and they worked beautifully. The world needs more people like you and a whole lot less of the moron(s) that designed the bug. Thanks mate.

  279. Big John

    I am trouble shooting my wifes laptop which is running Vista. I wasnt able to follow the paths given in some of the previous texts but: I did a system restore and have rebooted 3 times. So far so good. Good luck people.

  280. Roman

    @Philly Keith
    thanks alot bro! got rid of the security tool.

  281. Spike

    Guys, I used Philly Keiths’s method from October 9th, been good for over a month now.

  282. Red

    I`ve downloaded the spyware-doctor and Malewarebytes anti-maleware , but when i trying to install it security tool says it`s infected and i can`t install it
    I can`t reboot in safe mode and task maneger dosen`t work .
    Help me please

  283. Philobavoire

    I have already found the 8digit file and deleted and this has worked thus far succesfully (1hr). Google search now just goes to a blank screen when searching. Does anyone no how to sort this out?

  284. Philobavoire

    Red :I`ve downloaded the spyware-doctor and Malewarebytes anti-maleware , but when i trying to install it security tool says it`s infected and i can`t install itI can`t reboot in safe mode and task maneger dosen`t work .Help me please

    I have already found the 8digit file and deleted and this has worked thus far succesfully (1hr). Google search now just goes to a blank screen when searching. Does anyone no how to sort this out?

  285. Fritz

    I have this crap on my laptop. I boot in safe mode but when I access the dir for the Application Data, all I get Volume serial number. There are no files. What now?

  286. kevin s

    this is the way to shut this thing down. thank you.@Jimmy Lim

  287. Philobavoire

    I have tried other search engines and the same thing seems to happen. (just a blank screen). Why would this be?

  288. Fritz

    ok, I just did restore back to a date before the virus hit. What else do I need to do? I don’t want to touch it until I know it’s gone! Thanks!

  289. Fauzi

    @Red: You have to use manual instruction instead, I’ve blocked with this software and I can’t even install my Super Anti-Spyware. To use manual instruction, you have to run windows in safe mode, then right-click on Security Tool properties, then click find target/open file location, then delete the software. After that, you have to open registry editor, then delete the registry folder that has a same name with what you’ve deleted before. Hope this could help.

  290. stang

    not very sure how to restart my computer in safe mode and what i am lookin for

  291. stang

    this security tool want let my computer do anything. and i am not very computer litterit

  292. my name

    @Philly Keith
    your advice didnt work for me,and i tried it twice.
    is there anything else i can try,this thing is getting on my nerves!!!!!

  293. Eun

    @Philly Keith
    I did that, but when I scan with spyware doctor, I still see security tool. Get rid of this, I need to spend money for spyware doctor. Do I have to this???

  294. Eun

    I scaned it and shows 3 threats and 5 infactions. I trid to fix those and spyware doctor said I need to pay for it. What do I do?

  295. junjoni

    Hi ^_^ just got infected last night and went through hell all day today. ^_^
    read the tips up a above and did some things to stop it from appearing while I searched for help. I tried windows defender and stopped it from appearing at startup and further on. it hasn’t bothered me now. I’ll try and go on safe mode and do what you guys tried to do to permanently take it out of it’s misery…

  296. Therese

    Everthing is working and I cant find any more files of Security tool but it is still blocking all download and update sites on the internet. How do I fix this?

    1. admin

      Therese : Check browser add-ons, proxy server and hosts file. Most of anti-malware software does not check these places, as they are not actual infections, but bad configuration.
      Here a guide how to do that :

  297. steve

    I have a dell and when i go to safe mode i get the blue screen of death

    1. admin

      Steve: Check which error you get on BSOD. You can remove security tool without “safe mode”, for that you have to press couple times ctrl+shift+esc during login phase of windows so task manager launches. Stop numerical processes and then delete them.

  298. jo3y

    well, like you i have Security tool crap. it won’t let me open IE, nor do i have a system restore (not sure if S/Tool disables that? or renders it unusable?) nor am i able to Ctrl-Alt-Delete to get task manager. i have vista/32bit home edition. can someone give me a rundown how to rid this POS Security Tool and what i should do to prevent against it or future invasions? i use Spybot and update it weekly. also adaware and use it weekly and i use the Free AVG that runs daily at nooon. once, i used this other program (ashampoo i think) and it cleared my that my system restore? i hope not…thanks for your help. jo3y in baytown.

  299. ghraze

    OMG… my computer got the security tool.. im trying to download the spyware doctor but the security tool is blocking it. what should i do? help me please,,

    1. admin

      Ghraze : there is an alternate link to spyware doctor. Try it.

  300. Candace

    I have this on a computer at work so it’s pretty important that I fix it… I can’t use task manager and I can’t use safe mode. I can hardly even get to the start bar because this virus makes my computer SO slow… how am I supposed to fix this?

    1. admin

      Candance : Try launching task manager right after boot (keep hitting ctrl+shift+esc).. Virus might need time to launch. Another alternative is downloading process explorer .

  301. mike

    @jo3y So far today I’ve been able to stop it three times with Windows Defender. I, like you,would like to eliminate it completely. It’s amazing that most of the removal answers are so difficult to read. If I discover something this afternoon, I’ll try to make it simple enough for me to understand.

  302. mike

    On my laptop, the file shows up as c:/ProgramData\41818325 I deleted it there, and in software in Defender, and from desktop. It hasn’t shown up for about 3 hours now. Windows Defender seemed very successful at temporarily stopping the file. I ran two other anti-virus programs and they didn’t recognize it.

  303. Christina

    @Philly Keith
    How do you know what the left over files/shortcuts and such are? My daughters pc got this crap on it somehow.

  304. dashaun

    my desktop is blank i almost always get the stop screen ( the blue screen ) and i cant take this “tool” off!! Please help me get this thing off! Thank you.

  305. Tony

    Where do you go to type C:\…etc. in at ? I do not follow you?

  306. Jeremie

    You need to hold down ctrl/alt/delete and end the process. That will free up your computer. Then you need to start working on this tutorial.

  307. Peter

    Philly Keith’s solution worked like a charm. thank you !

  308. De'Varion

    The best thing to do is use Norton Antivirus. Spyware doctor is great and all but it’ll detect things on the computer that isn’t there. If u can’t buy the full Norton Antivirus or Internet Security get the trial version and it’ll find the security tool and delete it for you.

  309. chan4070

    You know, me and my wife just spent the last few hours trying to get this mess removed from our desktop. To who ever the person is who wrote this mess, please pray that i dont find you. The painful things I want to do to you are massive.

  310. Linda English

    My husband actually went out and purchased a new computer today and we now have this virus back!

  311. Linda English

    How could this happen again???

  312. Linda English

    He loaded up all of the typical software programs and also Skype

  313. Linda English

    We have no idea how this could have happened again with a brand new computer. any thoughts on this one?

    1. admin

      This can happen if there are another infected PC in your network or you visit infected websites, Linda

  314. Linda English

    My husband was able to get the virus deleted and it looks like it is gone for now. However, if the pop up appears again what is the very first thing we should do at that point in time? Thanks so much and Happy New Year.

  315. Cade

    I think this worked for me on my wifes laptop… I disabled her wireless connection to stop ST from updating or getting out, restarted her computer and interrupted the boot into safe mode. When windows launched, I started task-manager immeadiately, which was up in the back ground, even though ST was still giving messages, Task Manager stayed up. I found the numeric dll process and ended it, then I was able to get into her system menu to restore to an earlier checkpoint. I installed malwarebytes on my computer via flash and transferred to her via flash, allowed it to update and it ran great, it is running now, and working like it did before the virus. Maybe this helps, It did for me.

  316. sam

    @Philly Keith

    What a pain! Philly Keith is exactly right!!!!!! Make sure to go to tools and and unhide all hidden folders because mine was hidden at first inside all users! thank youuu

  317. Nina

    A couple months ago I purchased Spyware Doctor onto my computer but somehow it is not getting rid of this “Security Tool” that has been popping up the last few days. (As someone suggested above) I was able to delete a couple of folders with an 8 digit name but one remains unable to be removed. Anyway i’m doing all the possible scans on Spyware Doctor yet it still is not removing this darned Security Tool. what to do? what to do?…

    1. admin

      Nina : Have you updated Spyware Doctor? This is weird, because I am possitive that Spyware Doctor removes most of the versions of Security tool. Try doing update (in safe mode with networking) and performing full scan.

  318. Emily

    Pls help me..

    I have downloaded Malwarebytes until I can’t open this file bcoz security tool blok my desktop icons and I get just black background. when I open Malwarebytes from document, I can see just malware icon but, I can’t run this..
    How can I do?

    1. admin

      Emily: Malwarebytes is blocked by Security Tool. You need to either try different removers or disable the Security tool manually.

  319. ana

    @Philly Keith
    i search but i g0tz many f0lderz wut d0 i delete???it driving me nuts

  320. phyllis

    i just got this what do i do to get rid of it

  321. Linda Hayes

    I got this stupid security tool thing, too and was at my wits end trying to get rid of it. Believe me, I am not a savvy computer user, just a 67 yr. old grandma so if I can get rid of it, you can, too. I truly had to shut down my computer by hand as the Sec. Tool wouldn’t even let me close it down normally. Once it started booting up, I just kept clicking control/alt/del until the list of processes appeared. I searched for the one which had 8 numbers in it (hides the Sec. Tool app.) and clicked to remove it. Bingo! Worked like a charm and it’s now gone.

  322. sherri

    thanks for the tip on ctrl alt delete when its starting up!!! i couldnt access anything bc this stupid thing would prevent anything from opening. so getting it to stop in the set up before it was running helped at least to get into a program and online. so now im going thru one of the free spyware thats supposed to catch this one. wish me luck!

  323. linda

    i just got this stupid virus like 8 hours ago.
    im in C:/Users/Linda, but i cant seem to find App Data. nor i can find the file in C:/Program Files/. please help. im very new at this stuff..

    1. admin

      Linda : Go to folder options and choose show hidden/system files. Or you can write app data in the address bar of your explorer

  324. thia

    i recently got this shit on my comp. i followed everything but the only problem now is that when i open firefox, explorer etc it all runs really really slow! i’ve been scanning my computer every hour and its getting really irritating anyone can help me with this?

  325. Ray

    Thanks to all the helpful hints in this thread I was able to remove Security Tool but now my computer is REALLY slow. Any advice to bring it back up to what it was before? Thanks in advance

    1. admin

      Ray : do a follow-up scan with updated spyware doctor. Also, check the proxy server.

  326. Fazza

    What i did was restarted my system and wile it was starting up in windows i pressed Alt+Ctrl+Del and stopped the service. It was under some Number 364…. I just stopped that and after that i was able to run a normal Cleaning program. Try that.

  327. Roza

    Got this on my PC today, here is what I did:
    (I use vista)
    Somwhow it downloaded itself from a website (laaame)
    And it tried to launch “CMD” several times, but vista will block any action (first time im greatfull for it)
    So I disabled my internet connection, then I restarted my computer (removing the power) restarted in safemode, followed the shortcut on my desktop (SecurityTools) and it led me to the .exe which I deleted and now im letting AVG do a linescan before I restart my pc normaly.

    Seems to be gone so far

  328. suzy

    omg liike the system security has like tooootally crashed my new laptop…cus liike first i was online and then the system tool popup came up and i accidently clicked ok and it downloaded a bunch of crap on my pc and like now i cant get on to itunes or anything else!!!!..this thing is really pissing me off i tried using the instructions on how to remove it but likeee…i dont wanna download anything else cus im scared ill jst break it some more….i meaan like really im like a teenager….I NEED MY COMPUTER!!

  329. Per

    My cumputer was infected with Security Tool virus. I have followed this guide:

    How to manually remove Security Tool Virus
    1.Stop Security Tool Processes: [random numbers].exe
    2.Remove Security Tool Files
    3.C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\[random numbers]\
    4.C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\[random numbers]\[random numbers].exe
    5.Remove Security Tool Registry Keys
    *HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Security Tool
    *HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Security Tool
    6.Remove Security Tool Startup Entry: [random numbers].exe

    And it seems to work okay, no sign of Security tool or other popups.
    I have one problem left and it is my google search that doesn´t work. If I search for a word in google, it just like freeze and goes no where.
    I dont no if this problem relates to security tool, but it started after i had the virus installed.

    I hope someone can help me!

    1. admin

      Per : disable proxy server and empty your hosts file. Also, do a follow up scan with spyware doctor to make sure there are no additional parasites left.

  330. LaDescarada

    Oh thank you SO, SO, SO, SO much! I spent the last two hours in a fret over this horrible, nasty, headache riddled program. It would NOT let me boot up in safe mode. I used CTRL/ALT/DEL and ended the program which finally let me run the C:/Documents and Settings/all users/application data, deleted the file and emptied my recycle bin. This took care of it!

  331. amy

    hi just woundering how to get rid of this stupid thing its on my laptop i dont no how to get rid of it permanintly can you help if so can you explain it in really simple terms as i am not that good with computers thanks

  332. Vikusha

    C:\Winsows\System32\config\systemprofile\Start Manu\Programs

    I found another one there. o.o

    what i did is Restarted my computer quickly did ctrl+alt+del ( task Manager)

    Removed stranger numbered or named exes ( that i have never seen before )

    then quickly removed security tool on desktop

    then removed 1 in

    C:\Documents and settings\all users\ application data

    numbered folder

    and in C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\Start Manu\Programs

    and in Start> All programs on the last list . I remived Securuty tool again.

    That makes 4 Security tools files installed.

    By the way i’m not familiar with the other exes in Task manager:


    Siszyd32.exe ( i alse see it in Satart up in all praograms [ Start.All Programs)

    any 32 numbered exes ;o are they bad?

  333. Per

    Thanks it worked to delete my host files in c: Windows_directory\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
    My google search works again

  334. Jason

    I need help!
    My school’s computer is infected with the virus!
    It almost totally crashed!
    The computer can only start internet explorer and documents!

  335. Tizzle

    thanx guys it really worked for me. delete the 8digit folder.

  336. ocie

    I’ve successfully removed the security tool virus using the tutorial on UTUBE and Anti-Malware software. However, when I try to do a search on Internet Explorer, I get a blank page. If I have a bookmark, it will bring me there and display correctly, but if I do a new search a get a blank page. I’ve tried reseting I.E. I’ve tried reinstalling I.E. I’ve tried installing Firefox. No change. I’ve run Spyware Doctor and it says I’m clean. Please advise.

    1. admin

      Ocie : Check Your proxy server and hosts file. this might cause the problem.

  337. Fretag

    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who posted you were not only helpful but some provided comic relief which was very much needed.

  338. ocie

    Could you please elaborate? Where is the proxy and host file located and should I just delete them?

  339. abigail

    this is annoying me. i thought it was a bit suspicious and am glad i looked it up on the net,now i just have to remove this shit.

  340. deb johnst

    @Philly Keith
    how do you browse on a laptop when in safe mode networking

  341. DaWiz

    Was called this evening by a client. They were infected by Security Tool. Could not get online and their desktop was jacked. I began by starting his Windows XP machine in safe mode. From there I ran CMD and disabled ALL his Services and Start Up items. I then renamed his most recently modified files in Windows/System32/config (with old as the extension, not all modified files let me rename them.) After doing that I back to Windows and opened C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data (unhide files!) and deleted two numerical files. We shut down his computer and then logged in normally. Things appear normal for now but I will check his computer again in a day or two. His desktop icons are back and he is able to get online once again. Needless to say I think that these people should be hit by a massive ‘Technical malfunction’ and their Servers be akin to a McDonald french fry, Fried Long and Hard!!!

  342. jena blakley

    @ralph durden
    ralph: how do i get to C:\documents and settings??

  343. Håkan

    Here’s my story how to get and get rid of Security tool, if you can start in Safe mode (If you just want to know how to lose it, skip down to 20 🙂 )

    1 Download zip folder Zuma deluxe from your torrentz supplier of choice
    2 Open and click on anything that looks like install.exe
    3 Play Zuma
    4 Go to sleep
    5 Wake up and find your computer taken over by aliens
    6 Try to fix it your self
    6 Try to fix it your self
    6 Try to fix it your self
    9 Call friends and follow their advice
    10 Find this site and follow all advices here
    11 Still find your computer taken over by aliens
    12 Go to your local drugstore and buy a huge amount of alcohol
    13 Drink
    14 Pass out in front of computer, angry
    15 Wake up on floor in front of computer
    16 Puke on your spouse’s clothes
    17 Argue with your spouse
    18 Kiss and make up, have wonderful hangover/make up sex
    19 Find new solutions

    20 Start your pc in safe mode with network
    21 Go to and download Housecall
    22 Follow instructions
    23 Wait for scanning result (in my case, 4 hours)
    24 Restart, nervously
    25 Heureka! No more Security tool!
    26 Clean up some leftover files like C:\Documents and settings\all users\ application data and other good adviced places recommended above in this thread (I also deleted Zuma and all of it’s content)
    27 For security, I re-installed Firefox, Msn, Msn live and other programmes using straight up internet.

    Good luck!

  344. octavio

    it blocks spyware how do i stop it i dont know how to do it manual im 12 god

  345. Kauner

    security tool is destroying me
    i just got this laptop and now i am considering another.
    I’m not the best with computers and i dont no where to search for security tool files and how to delete them. the instructions don’t go in depth enough for someone with low computer training to follow.

  346. Jim Anderson

    A computer geek since 1958. How to prevent this infection:
    Post a notice showing the Security scam page OR simply detailing what it looks like “Security Alert: You are infected with xxxxxx viruses”.
    1. STOP IMMEDIATELY whatever you are doing. It is better to redo than try to remove this beast.
    2. Disconnect physically from the internet by removing the CAT5 cable or power off the cable modem. This prevents sending an acknowledgment to the rogue server.
    3. do one of these: Power off the PC (DO NOT do a shutdown)by pulling the power cord or turning the power supply OFF. (2) Turn off the power strip, if used. (3). Turn off the battery backup, if used.

    Then power on the PC but leave the network cable disconnected.
    Enter safe mode (F8) with networking.
    Open Internet Explorer. Then open Tools/internet options/ remove cookies and temporary internet files.

    Has worked every time for me and my users….

  347. cheri

    what cody112 recommended seems to work for us. I just to had to type in application data at end because we couldn’t find it. thanks cody112….

  348. Cassie

    It will not let me start up in safe mode!!!!!! argh!!!

  349. nikki

    hi all
    my desk top was empty too, accidentally found that if you right click on the empty part of the tool bar it gives you the option of ‘display desktop’ it disappears periodically but you can just do it again to see icons again.

  350. Alan

    i started following your instructions, but now when i reboot it automatically goes to the pre-screen with SAFE MODE on it. if i choose NORMALLY BOOT nothing happens, all other options start scanning driver files and get stuck on:


    what i’ve read is that i need to run a restore from the boot disc, but this is a netbook w/o a drive. any ideas before i have to turn to external/networked drive?


  351. Ashley

    I’m gonna SNAP. Idk how this stupid thing got on my laptop but I cannot get it off. I went into program files and deleted the numeric file in the security tool file and all the icons blah blah blah and then restarted this thing and it’s STILL here. I cannot open task manager. I have no idea what I’m doing. Can someone please explain in english??
    1) Reboot in safe mode

    then what??….

  352. renae

    So I didn’t mean to click on the subscribe button or whatever it was I clicked. That’s what i get for not paying much attention. I am in safe mode right now with network connections. When I go back to the regular settings I can’t get into anything. Not even task manager to shut anything down. Everytime I Ctrl+Alt+Delete and choose task manager it flashes on the screen for a second like it’s trying real hard to start but then goes away. While I am in safe mode there are no security tool processes or applications running or at least I can’t find any of them, maybe I’m looking in the wrong places. As for renaming the files I haven’t tried but I couldn’t rename anything in normal mode if I wanted to, and if I rename it in safemode will the changes carry to normal mode when I restart? Thanks so much!!

    1. admin

      Renae: If you rename something in safe mode, it will stay renamed in normal.
      To start task manager, try hitting ctrl+shift+esc right after logging in in windows. Security tool might be not active then and will not close task manager.

  353. GLM

    my wifes pc has this freaking virus. i run avast virus w/spybot, and windows defender. when the pc boots up, all that crap comes up. using task mgr, i noticed another window open, i used alt tab to cycle thru the windows, low and behold, windows defender found the threat and allowed me to remove all (uh huh), so, rebooted, same ole. but now i have the knoweldge to let WD shut down the sw which allows/ed the removal via the method above (manual) some of the entries, etc weren’t on the system, but most were. good luck to you..

  354. sherlene thomas

    security tool interruption has delayed the completion of my grandchildren’s homework assignments. Really don’t appreciate that!!!!!

  355. I have not gotten rid of Security Tool yet, but what has helped me, so I can get in and out of programs without being over ridden by Security Tool is stopping the computer and installing the Drivers and Utilities disc that came with my computer (leave it until you find the answer). You will still get popups, but you can over ride them.

  356. melissa

    i cant believe i got this too – i did the ctl+alt thingy but cant fnd the next step:- 2. Delete security tool files (see under files in our guide)

    can you please point me in the right direction

    …but so far i go tno pop ups thank god!!!

    thanks for this guide guys!!!!

  357. Pierre

    Philly Keith’s way of deleting Security Tool works beautifully: it’s fast, easy, and gets rid of it in minutes. One thing that was differnt I went to look for application data in documents and settings, but it was not there. For people who encountered the same problem is easily remedied if you go to the start menu and type in the address Philly Keith had put in: C:\documents and settings/ all users/ application data

  358. meaghan

    where do i type that c:\documents and settings thingy

  359. Benjamin Rico

    Por fabor remuevan su oferta de mi computer ya que esta bloqueada y no me deja trabajar por esto les p[ido que remuevan su inicio de instalacion porque no lo quiero Gracias

  360. Debra

    so what do you do after you type it in?

  361. Ape

    I got a new laptop for christmas, and now Security Tool has started saying I have loads of trojans and viruses. It keeps saying stuff about: vdsldr.exe and stealing credit details or something whenever I’m doing nothing. I just want a completly FREE remover of Security Tool, because this ‘Spyware Doctor’ still makes you pay money to remove the stuff…For god’s sake…Just please can somebody just help me. GOD DAMMIT! I CAN’T DO ANYTHING!!! FFS!

    1. admin

      Ape : Try manual instructions.

  362. David B

    My sons laptop has just been infected with security tool, spent all aftrenoon trying to get rid of it. in the end i tryed systerm restore which took the systerm back 2 days and somehow it worked. all runing ok now. very easy to do and i cant beleve it worked. i hope this help someone.

  363. texan

    hey David, I got rid of security tool on my pc by 1st rebooting your computer, pressing F8 as the computer starts back up BEFORE the windows screen with the blue loading bar begins. then scroll to SAFE MODE.Then press enter. when your normal screen pops up, click on the start menu, then control options. double click on file options, it should be on your left in the first row. scroll down and click show hidden files and folders, click apply, then ok. Right click on start menu, click explore, click on documents and settings, All Users, the first file on the list should show 8 digits. this is the file you want to delete.right click on it, click delete, it should disappear right away. then reboot in normal mode, and download a free antivirus to find and uninstall security tool or manually do it from your files.

  364. Sarah

    My BackGround On My Laptop Goes Black And No Icons..?

  365. Ben

    Thanks for all the good infos. In my case, in safe mode there was no process running. All I had to do is to delete files and entries in the registry named “94754837” and shortcuts to Security Tool. I ran CCleaner after to remove remaining spyware traces.

  366. Mac

    I would just like to repeat Ben’s message above … i used that method successfully …a bit of searching but pretty straight forward

    MANY MANY thanks to u guys and gals who contributed

  367. lisa

    people, help me! my laptop worsen. my folder option is missing, my task manager has been disable, cant do system restore, cant boot in the safe mode. when i choose to boot in safe mode windows will turn back to the safe mode screen again and again till i still have to chose start windows normally. i follow the step above, but i cant do anything. people help me. 🙁

  368. julia

    i have 2 diff. kinds of security tool warning popping up on my lap top how do i get this off i have tried alot of stuff .. dont want to spend money that i dont have to get it fixed..

  369. kara

    what do you mean when you said stop all numerical processes?

    1. admin

      Kara: processes like 23623623 , 7437346 etc.

  370. crewchiefvh60

    had security tool on laptop with windows 7. spydoctor said it removed it. when i rebooted still there. I then right clicked on security tool shortcut went to target file in the open folder location then deleted it. it said C:program data 71113244 not C:\documents… before rebooting ran spy doctor it did not find the virus. rebooted with no problem. I did notice that while trouble shooting the virus seemed to counteract whatever i did. I was able to get into safemode at first then i was blocked.

    1. admin

      crewchiefvh60 : Do you have a firewall? I would guess it is either an infected computer on your network OR a new rootkit/trojan that redownload security tool. Do following :
      1. Delete your internet cache in your browser.
      2. Scan with spyware doctor again, do a full scan (not fast one)
      3. without reboot, scan with some other anti-malware ( malwarebytes is ok, superantispyware, etc).
      4. Reboot.

  371. nguyen

    thank you so much for the information guys, angel you got the best way to remove the security tool virus. thanks thanks so much

  372. michelle

    Security Tool totally ruined my computer! Now I can’t open Word or task manager or any program. Please help me!

  373. katie

    HELP!!!! I have Vista, I had Security Tool virus.Thanks to #248 King Timmy,I was able to get removed. Then I ran my BObit Security 360 & clean programs & cleaned the registry & files. I had disconnected my AirCard(wireless) while I was doing this. I got a new AirCard from Sprint Mobile. We’ve spent two days trying to get connected. I have turned off security programs & firewall but cann’t connect to internet.Get error ” wizard cann’t connect to internet” Did I turn off IE some way??? PLEASE HELP!!!

    1. admin

      Katie : Do not use IOBit Security. They use a stolen database from other security manufacturer, so I would guess they are not too reliable on updates themselves.

  374. katie

    Please HELP!!!!! I have a desktop with Vista. I had Security tool virus but thanks to KingTimmy #248 his easy to read & understand directions,I got it removed. I ran IObit Security 360 & also cleaned the resitery. While I was doing this,I uninstalled & removed my mobile broadband to be sure it won’t sneak back in while I was working. After when I tryed to reinstall Mobile broadband it won’t work. I got a new AirCard & been working with Sprint. We disinabled the security program & firewall to be sure “Sprint SmartView” was getting in. But cann’i connect to IE,say’s “wizard cann’t connect to internet”

  375. Garrett

    i don’t know what to do. i went on my face-book today, and Security tool just popped up and started ruining everything. I can’t do anything. I’m totally lost. i don’t even know where to start.

  376. alex

    the security tool blacks out my background and eliminates the icons. it also disables many programs such as windows media, word, internet explorer, and even my antivirus program. what should i do?

  377. crewchiefvh60

    admin. yes i have a firewall my wife got security tool from facebook pop-up. since removing it from the folder no more problems

  378. dan claus

    Security tool is very annoying – wouldnt let me download any spyware programs.(not too mention annoying popups) If having this problem….when booting up computer press F8 and select safe mode with networking. You should be able to download spyware doctor or use windows defender to eliminate effects of security tool. A computer repair center wanted $150 to fix problem but i purchased spyware doctor for $29.95 and it fixed the problem within minutes. Simple and fast – Highly recommended!!!!

  379. BigMattKong

    Your website rocks. My sisters computer got security tool and I thought it was toast. Did philly’s version in safe mode and it worked. It wouldnt let me pull up recycle bin in safe mode, so after I deleted nos. I shut down/rebooted and deleted recycle bin after normal restart. It worked. Thank you for having a site like this.

  380. Kara

    I got Security Tool on my laptop yesterday and I’m tryin Keith’s idea I have windows 7, When i try to browes my documents and settings folder is locked any ideas. Please if anyone can help. Thanks

  381. George

    I too was picked up the “Security Tool” virus. I installed Kaspersky Internet Security 2010, and it rid my laptop of the menace,

  382. JMT

    @Philly Keith

    You are the man!!!…Thanks so much. Your instructions was right on. Didn’t have to download anything. I just followed your instructions. Had two set of 8 digit random numbers attached to a folder. I Deleted them and I am as happy as can be. Been at this now for three hours. I am praying it holds. Thanks.

  383. odette

    thanks my pc stock 3 months ago for having this bad boy virus, and suddenly i found your post which i follow your instruction and it works… well done to you guys, as well as philly, good job….

  384. mikimeun

    reboot in safe mode -when restart your pc press f8 continously
    when already in safe mode, right click the security tool icon, find target or open folder then delete, then empty recycle bin

  385. jaymeegeek

    I had to tackle this last night. I wanted to say two things: first, several other sites recommended that after you enter safe mode, to go to System Restore and turn it off until after the virus is removed. This makes sure the virus is not saved in a restore point in case you need to go back later on. Secondly, if you use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (I did and it worked great), you NEED to update it in order to catch Security Tools. Make sure you are running in Safe Mode with Networking, and if you are running on a laptop, your WiFi will be disabled in Safe Mode, so plug it directly into the router. Hope that helps! We ended up with 6 other trojans as well as Security Tools, so be on the lookout.

  386. Crystale

    Everyone listen to kody112 instructions. This virus plagued my computer and was driving me abolutely nuts. I tried everything, was ready to buy a program to rid my laptop of it, take it to a professional at the tune of $200.00. Kody 112’s suggestions were easy and it worked in a flash. Thank you kody112. you saved my day….My hero.!!!!!

  387. angela

    After getting this virus, my computer will not reboot at all. I’ve tried rebooting it in safe mode, etc and it lists a bunch of files to halfway down the screen and then freezes. Is there anything I can do?

    1. admin

      Angela : repair instalation with rescue disk. If you can’t or it will not help, you will have to bring PC to techs or backup data on another pc and reinstal windows.

  388. Sue

    So glad I found this site. My computer became infected a few days ago. Followed kody112 instructionS above which got rid of it entirely. THANKS SO MUCH!

  389. T-Phen

    @Philly Keith…thank you so much for the info…it worked on my vista^^, …thanks to this site as well…more power y’all ^^,

  390. Chris

    @ATL Thanks so much ATL this worked so good for me I got this fuking mess by watching music videos in yahoo I spended a good 8 hours trying to fix it till i found your advice, my god what a relief u rock, thank you, thank you, thank you. my computer is nice clean and working in full capacity yea once I deleted all those folders with the numbers and started my computer the only thing left over was a icon in my screen I inmidiatly sended that sucker into the ricycle bin and emtied jaja yeaaa. put my screen picture back and good to go. jaja how you like me now mr. security tool,kizz my ss.

  391. Heather Wright

    I am so tired of this security tool thing because it itself is a tool. I want it off of my computer NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can someone please help me get this off my computer… It is not allowing my to use my magic jack and it wont let me access my files for school… I have downloaded spy ware doctor and that didnt work and I dont have a credit card so i am screwed there. I need some answers.. I cant afford some fancy puter cleaning system or any house calls… Please help!!!!

  392. Sheila

    I tried to do the process of removing Security Tool but I only went to the stopping the numerical processes part. Should I just skip that step and move onto removing Security Tool files?

  393. Shayla

    the stupid security tool thing want let me do anything on my computer and my mom and i have no clue how it even got on our computer!!!!

  394. shawn brown

    i have this damn security tool on my cp i want it off

  395. Gam3Freak

    i had real trouble dealing with that motha phacking stupid virus thing, thanx alot again!!! 😀

  396. Angela

    I’m not really sure how it works, I downloaded the intelliscan, but I still have a lot of infections, how do I get rid of them? And, security tool goes away each time I scan, but when I didnt scan it, it stayed there, so how am I just entiltled to scan each time I log in to the computer? And how do you remove files?

  397. Mike A

    I hope I’m not past the point of saving, but my laptop won’t even boot-up. I’m running vista, and I get to the point where it says “Resuming Windows” and then no more picture. I tried putting my reinstallation disk in but it doesn’t help.
    Any advice?

  398. Daniel DeLaVega

    I with this Heather girl(woman)! These security tool people need to be shot!!!!! Quit screwing with people. This has to be one of the most inconsiderate things I have ever seen! I also can’t afford to have my computer fixed. Please send help this way too!!!!!!!

  399. 11232

    I just recieved security tool several days ago and it has been driving me nuts everr sincee. Is there a FREE download that knocks it off of the computer? Because the information you provided is not quite working with my computer or I should say I dont understand it. Can you please write back to me a FREE recommended download that will not only kill security tool but will also not slow down my computer. I would appreciate it.
    THANK YOU! 🙂

  400. Sarah

    For my computer I used System Restore, wich you can acess by hitting the start button (which should still work), then going to all programs, then Accesories, then go down to system tools and you should find System Restore there.

  401. kristal

    I just got this today and it is now off of my laptop…this is what I did.
    I restarted my comp….hit f8 right after the restart went into safe mode. Once logged into windows went to start….then to accessories and the to system restore. Restored to a date before this lame a$$ virus took over and wallllaaa! gone:) Hope it works for everyone!

  402. Maria

    I just got this spyware today and i removed it with the steps you gave to remove it. I also have a question, after removing this program is it going to affect my computer or take any passwords???? thank you for your help…..

  403. Aaron

    This is hell but i recon i will just put a fresh install of windows 7 on my pc but atm malwayre bytes its workin what i did was go into safe mode and i deleted all u needed files and programs then ran 10 antivirus full scan all findin different things then using malwayre bytes in normal mode and hoping for this to work,,,,,,

  404. Jessica

    this thing wont let me do anything.. it has shut down my computer like 5 times now. its soooo annoying.

  405. Sana Ansari

    kristal-Thank you so much!!!!!

  406. Peter

    Picked up this virus on our home computer last night. After spending a couple of hours trying to deal with it I found this site and worked through using system restre. I am running Windows 7 and it looks like we are good. Thanks for the help in working through this. Responsible parties for this virus should be SHOT!

  407. Cat

    @Jimmy Lim
    I have Windows 7 and tried your suggestion, but it won’t delete because it says it is open, so how do I close it??