How to remove Smart Engine?
What is Smart Engine?
Smart engine is a new nickname for My Security Shield rogue antivirus. This rogue is known of crippling user PC by blocking execution of regular computer program including antiviruses and browsers. All this is done to convince user into buying full versions of scareware Smart Engine, which will re-sell and reuse gathered credit card details.
One gets infected by Smart Engine by visiting various faked video portals or infected sites. You may be even redirected to this kind of domain without asking. Faked video portals offer “free videos” that require specific codecs or flash updates. All of updates that are not downloaded from manufacturers websites are infected with trojans. Thus instead of videos or useful programs you get popups and advertisements of Smart Engine. This malware might be distributed by fake computer scan websites too offering to download an executable. Once it gets on board, it will create fake harmless files that will be dropped in the system and later will be “discovered” as cyber threats:
On each reboot Smart Engine will produce a fake system scan that will show various infections. Although scan window is similar to system folder view of Microsoft Windows, the results are completely made up. The computer is not infected with these parasites, and most of files reported are the ones that Smart Engine invented earlier. Ignore its reported threats because they are harmless, either planted by malware itself or required for normal operation of system. Thus it is good idea to remove Smart Engine before it tries to completely brick your PC or convinces someone into paying for its full version ($49.95 for 6 Month Guard Subscription, $69.95 for 1 Year Guard Subscription, $89.95 for a Lifetime Guard Subscription).
For ripping users off, it will display tons of security alerts as well. They usually look like that:
malicious applications, which may contain Trojans, were found on your computer and are to be removed immediately. Click here to remove these potentially harmful items using Smart Engine.
Warning! Virus detected
Threat Detected: Trojan-PSW.Win32.Delf.d
Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the Internet.
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\Iexplore.exe
Lsas.Trojan-Spy.DOS.Keycopy is suspected to have infected your PC. This type of virus intercepts entered data and transmits it to a remote server. Data interception was detected while visiting a website.
For Smart engine removal we recommend rebooting into safe mode with networking and then scanning PC with reputable anti-malware tools like Spyhunter or Malwarebytes anti-Malware. If you want to delete manually, take care to edit out all affected registry keys. Smart Engine might come with several rootkits that reinstall, block internet connection and removal attempts during manual removal.
Smart Engine is Extremely dangerous
Smart Engine may spread via Trojans
Smart Engine may display fake security messages
Smart Engine may install additional spyware to your computer
Smart Engine may repair its files, spread or update by itself
Smart Engine violates your privacy and compromises your security
for Smart Engine detection
Note: Spyhunter trial provides detection of parasite like Smart Engine and assists in its removal for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.
Smart Engine screenshots
Manual Smart Engine removal
Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Smart Engine, 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 Spyhunter or other malware and spyware removal applications found on 2-viruses.com.
Stop these Smart Engine processes:
Remove these Smart Engine Registry Entries:
Remove these Smart Engine files:
It is impossible to list all file names and locations of modern parasites. You can identify remaining parasites, other Smart Engine infected files and get help in Smart Engine removal by using free Spyhunter scanner. It comes with free real-time protection module that helps preventing Smart Engine and similar threats.
Smart Engine is classified as Rogue Anti-Spyware. After infecting a user’s system, it proceeds to scare its victim into buying the “product” by displaying fake security messages, stating that your computer is infected with spyware and only Smart Engine can help you to remove it after you download the trial version. As soon as the victim downloads Smart Engine trial version, it pretends to scan your computer and shows a grossly exaggerated amount of non-existent errors. Then, Smart Engine offers to buy the full version to fix these false errors. If the user agrees, Smart Engine does not only fix the errors, but it also takes the user’s money and may even install additional spyware into the victim’s computer.
Some Rogue Anti-Spyware, such as Smart Engine, may offer users to buy it after the victim clicks on a banner or a pop-up while surfing the internet. Usually, a Trojan is installed to a victim’s computer after clicking on the advertisement. It then proceeds to download or even install Smart Engine, which is another way for Rogue Anti-Spyware to spread itself.
Most of rogue Anti-Spyware, such as Smart Engine, is nearly impossible to remove manually.