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Home Safety Essentials
Alias: Home Safety Essentials, Home Security Essentials, FakeAntivirus.Generic
Home Safety Essentials is a new variant of Home Security Essentials and Internet Security Essentials. Home Safety Essentials is a fake antivirus product which hijacks your computer and uses scare tactics to get you to purchase the full version. Just like its predecessors, Home Safety Essentials is very good at eluding detection. In order for Home Safety Essentials to stop you from removing it, it disables your existing antivirus and antispyware programs and blocks access to help forums and to major name brand antispyware and antivirus vendor websites. It can also disable Task Manager so that you don't shut it down manually. Additionally, Home Safety Essentials modifies your 'hosts' file which basically hijacks your Internet connection. This can be used to block access to certain websites, and to re-direct your searches to websites of Home Safety Essentials's choice. Home Safety Essentials adds several hundred entries to your registry under the 'Image File Execution Options' key. These entries are used to block access to several hundred programs.
Home Safety Essentials occasionally harasses the user with warnings and messages saying that their computer is infected and is under attack from hackers. In most cases we have seen, Home Safety Essentials was installed by a trojan or mistakenly downloaded from one of many fraudulent Fake Scanner Sites.
Home Safety Essentials displays exaggerated fake scan results similar to this:
Home Safety Essentials issues fake alert messages similar to those shown below:
If you are unable to run programs, this is because Home Safety Essentials has disabled them.
Remove Home Safety Essentials in 4 Easy Steps
Step 1: Download Vkill. If you cannot download Vkill directly to the infected computer, you can download it onto a clean computer and transfer it to the infected computer (by using a network or a flash drive). Click Vkill for more information on how Vkill works.
If you cannot download directly to the infected computer and you do not know how to transfer files between two computers, click here for instructions on how to restart your computer in Safe Mode with Networking. Once you are logged in Safe Mode, you can download SpyNoMore.
Step 2: Double-click Vkill several quick times in a row to disable Home Safety Essentials. Make sure to save any unsaved work before you do that.
Step 3: Once Home Safety Essentials has been disabled by Vkill, you can download and run SpyNoMore. SpyNoMore will download updates then scan your computer and if Home Safety Essentials is present, SNM will detect it and you will be able to see either Home Safety Essentials or Fake Antivirus in the scan results. These are the same product. Please note that the free version of SpyNoMore will only show you the detections. In order to remove the infection you need to purchase a 1-year license which costs $29.95 (or $39.95 for 3 computers). In all cases, you will be able to see the infection in the free version scan results.
Step 4: After the scan is completed, click on Remove Spyware to purchase a 1-year SpyNoMore license. Your payment will be processed securely by Regnow.com (a Digital River company) who are considered to be among the most secure online payment processors in the industry. More details on Digital River Regnow here.
Hijacker - A Hijacker is a software application that takes control of your browser's settings. Usually it changes your home page and redirects it to some unknown site or modifies your search settings. It prevents you from changing back your browser's settings. An infected browser usually operates much slower.
Ransomware - Ransomware is a software application that infects a computer and asks for money to have the infection removed.
Trojan - A Trojans or Trojan Horse is any programs that installs itself secretly normally via malware programs, quite often with sinister intent. Once installed, the trojan author (hacker) can gain complete control of the infected PC. Trojans are usually designed to steal sensitive information and/or destroy the system. Trojans can be distributed as unsolicited email attachments, or bundled with freeware and shareware programs.
Advice: Remove This is a very high risk threat and should be removed immediately as to prevent harm to your computer and / or to protect your privacy.
SpyNoMore removes Home Safety Essentials: Yes
Threat risk: Very High Risk
Extremely dangerous malware. Uses stealth installation, randomly named entries and has the capability to self update or resurrect after incomplete removal. Almost impossible to remove manually. Category mostly consists of trojans and spyware.
Home Safety Essentials gets installed without your permission.
Inability to run programs.
You cannot simply uninstall Home Safety Essentials as it is malware and does not come with an uninstaller.
Inability to open Task Manager.
A message "Warning! Virus detected. Trojan-Spy.HTML.Bankfraud.ra"
Following balloon message is displayed:
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 Home Safety Essentials.
Running Process Signatures:
Registered Dll (Dynamic Link Library) Signatures:
SpyNoMore Collected Residual File Signatures: