Smart Engine - How to remove?
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.
Automatic Smart Engine removal tools
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 tools found on 2-viruses.com.
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 Spyhunter scanner.