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Article Time Stamp: 15 April 2012, 19:45:34 GMT+7

How To Manually Remove Smart Fortress 2012 In Windows XP



Smart Fortress 2012 Sample Fake Scan Screen

What is Smart Fortress 2012? (This definition taken from http://www.xp-vista.com site)

Smart Fortress 2012 is a malicious application, which is made to look like a genuine anti-virus programs. This creation of the hackers uses malicious advertising methods in order to gain profit by unsuspecting users. Programs like Smart Fortress 2012 are also called rogue antivirus software. It uses a variety of scare-tactics in order to make the victims believe their computers have been infected. Then, the phony program will push the users to purchase its fake full version.

To begin with, Smart Fortress 2012 uses the help of Trojans, laid in compromised websites, in order to penetrate into the targeted machines. Only a click on the website is enough for the Trojans to be dropped on computer system through security holes, found in it. Such vulnerabilities are mainly caused by outdated software. Therefore, we highly recommend you to keep all your programs up-to-date. It is even more important to download the updates of a given product only from its official website. Everyone should avoid downloading from file-sharing services and P2P networks.

As soon as the Trojans manage to enter the PC, they immediately bring Smart Fortress 2012 inside, as well. The rogue’s first task is to create a random folder and then place a malicious file in it. After that, the rogue program configures itself to be launched automatically as soon as Windows starts. From that point on, every time the victim turns the computer on, Smart Fortress 2012's window appears on the screen and makes a pretend scan of the system.

The scans, performed by Smart Fortress 2012 are all phony. Their main purpose is to frighten the user into believing that there is a number of viruses in the machine. The list presented as a result of the scans does not include the names of the presumable infections. Then, the victim is prompted to purchase the so-called full version of this fake software, which is promoted as the best solution to the security problems found by the scans. The truth is that even the full version of this program is a scam – it cannot detect or remove viruses, because it is a virus itself.

The other scare-strategy used by Smart Fortress 2012 involves bogus alerts and messages. They state that the computer has been infected and once again urge the user to buy the fake software.

These notifications are extremely annoying, because they appear constantly and even purchasing the application will not stop them. What is more, they slow down the PC immensely.

In addition to the rest of its mischief, Smart Fortress 2012 also changes the victim’s Windows Registry. This gives the rogue a chance to prevent other programs from being launched. When the user tries to run a program, a fake Smart Fortress 2012 warning appears, which declares that the requested program has been corrupted.

There is probably no need to say that spending your money on Smart Fortress 2012 is a great mistake. This application is smart indeed – a smart scam. Do not let it victimize you. Treat it accordingly – eliminate it as soon as possible, with the help of a genuine anti-virus tool.



How To Manually Remove Smart Fortress 2012 In Windows XP
1. Reboot your computer. When you see anything on the screen, immediately start tapping the F8 key on your keyboard. Eventually you will be brought to a menu similar to the one below:
Smart Fortress 2012 Windows XP Advanced Options Menu

Choose Safe Mode and then press Enter.

2. When the login prompt shows up, you must login with your account that had been infected by Smart Fortress 2012.

3. After your Window Desktop appear, click at the Start Program button, then look for Smart Fortress 2012 folder. If you found it, then right click at the Smart Fortress 2012 program (not the folder), and choose Properties. Look at the "Start in" value. Mine look like this: "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\B7E85B32000475AA0000039CD151FC4E\"

4. Copy the folder location, example: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\B7E85B32000475AA0000039CD151FC4E

5. Open your Windows Explorer, then paste the folder location at the Address Bar, and press Enter button.

6. At the folder location, you will see an exe file. Rename the exe file.

7. Reboot your Windows into Safe Mode with Networking by pressing F8 button when Windows started. After you've pressed the F8 button, then there will be Window Advanced Options Menu, similar to point 1 above. Choose Safe Mode with Networking.

8. When the login prompt shows up, you must login with your account that had been infected by Smart Fortress 2012.

9. After that, click at the Start Program button, then click at Control Panel, and remove the Smart Fortress 2012 program.

10. Restart your Windows normally.

11. Remove the folder and all of the files within it at point 4 above.

12. Remove the Smart Fortress 2012 shortcut button at your Desktop.

13. Remove the Smart Fortress 2012 at the Start Program Menu by click at the Start Program button, then look for Smart Fortress 2012 folder. If you found it, then right click at the Smart Fortress 2012 folder, and choose Properties. Copy the folder location, and then open your Windows Explorer, then paste the folder location at the Address Bar, and press Enter. Go up one directory and delete the Smart Fortress 2012 folder.


Congrulations, you just remove the Smart Fortress 2012 completely from your Computer.


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