Smart Fortress 2012 is a fake antivirus program that should never be trusted. It seeks only to get users’ money by pushing them to buy its licensed version as soon as it gets inside the system. Numerous people have already fallen for this scam hailing from the dangerous Rogue.SecurityTool or WinWebSec family of malwares that is famous for Security Shield, Smart Protection 2012 and other rogue anti-spyware programs. Just like before mentioned programs, Smart Fortress 2012 displays lots of warnings and alerts that one’s PC is infected and tries to convince the user that a “full” version of Smart Fortress 2012 is capable to fix all security related problems. In fact the “full” application is useless and should never be trusted because it has no capability to find or remove any kind of viruses or malware. It is nothing else but a scam. On late 2012, it was replaced by System Progressive Protection rogue , which is very aggressive too.
Smart Fortress 2012 is distributed using web exploits, trojans and various system vulnerabilities. It is installed without users’ permission, usually by using security exploits or by convincing the user to install some sort of trojan disguised as “freeware”, “update” or similar. After a secret infiltration, Smart Fortress 2012 is executed every time PC is started and it starts displaying continuous alerts of unrealistic threats. In reality, all the files that are detected as malicious are harmless system files that should never be removed from the system. You should ignore all Smart Fortress 2012 alerts, having text, similar to the ones below:
Warning: Your computer is infected
Detected spyware infection!
Click this message to install the last update of security software…
Smart Fortress 2012 Warning
Intercepting programs that may compromise your privacy and harm your system have been detected on your PC.
Click here to remove them immediately with Smart Fortress 2012
Application cannot be executed. The file notepad.exe is infected.
Please activate your antivirus software.
Security Monitor: WARNING!
Attention! System detected a potential hazard (TrojanSPM/LX) on your computer that may infect executable files. Your private information and PC safety is at risk.
To get rid of unwanted spyware and keep your computer safe you need to update your current security software.
Click Yes to download official intrusion detection system (IDS software).
Smart Fortress 2012 will make operation of your PC problematic as it will block legitimate programs. In addition, this scamware will be getting on your nerves each time you log into Windows and it will allow more malware infiltrate into your PC, as it is left unprotected from attacks of other parasites. In order to prevent its removal, this Smart Fortress 2012 tends to disconnect the PC from the Internet and stop all legitimate applications, thus your computer will be pretty much useless while the rogue is active. Typically, you will be able to visit most of the websites by explicitly pressing “Allow” after pressing each link. As you can see, Smart Fortress 2012 is really dangerous and annoying application that has to be uninstalled from the system without any delay. You should follow this guide and remove Smart Fortress 2012 from your computer for good.
Smart Fortress 2012 uses specific trick to prevent manual removal : it will disallow renaming or deleting its executable while its process is active. This can be fixed by stopping malware process only, and that is quite tricky. The best way to disable and remove this parasite is using anti-malware programs or fake its registration so it will be less annoying. Full Smart Fortress 2012 removal guide is listed below.
Special instructions on how to remove Smart Fortress 2012 rogue
We have checked multiple anti-malware programs against Smart Fortress 2012 versions and devised a way to execute them even if Smart Fortress is active. First, you will have to download the programs listed on infected machine (If you can not navigate through web and visit our website through other PC or mobile browse, type one of these addresses straight in your browser address bar):
You will have to press “continue unprotected” in the browser to finish download.
It is confirmed, that executables of anti-malware program will launch if renamed to .com instead of .exe (make sure you see file extensions). You can also right-click on executable, choose Run As, uncheck “Protect my computer and data…” and execute the program. Here is a video guide how to remove Smart Fortress 2012:
If you still can’t do that, try using this registration code that worked with earlier threats from this family to “register” Smart Fortress 2012: AA39754E-715219CE. Finally, run a full system scan with updated anti-malware program to fully get rid of Smart Fortress 2012, try using spyhunter, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or spyware doctor that are safe and effective.
If you have paid for Smart Fortress “full version”, you should consider contacting your bank and asking for credit card change.
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