Advanced PC Shield 2012 is a program that pretends to be a legitimate security program. In reality it is unable to detect and remove any infections. The program is a totally scam which installed with the help of trojans. It will flood your computer with nag screens and fake security alerts, detect fake infections in order to scare you and make you believe in some danger that does not exist. The rogue hopes that you will next purchase its full (paid) version. So, you should stay away of this application! If your computer is infected, then follow the instructions below to remove Advanced PC Shield 2012 from the system for free.
During installation, the rogue will be configured to run automatically when you logon into Windows. When Advanced PC Shield 2012 is started, it will perform a fake system scan and detect that your computer is infected with a lot of viruses. Some of the fake viruses are:
Next, the malicious program will prompt you to purchase its full version to fix supposedly found infections. Remember, all of these reported infections are fake and don’t actually exist on your computer! So you can safely ignore the scan results that Advanced PC Shield 2012 gives you.
While Advanced PC Shield 2012 is running, it will flood your computer with warnings and fake security alerts. Some of the alerts are:
Tracking software found!
Your PC activity is being monitor. Possible spyware infection. Your data security may be compromised. Sensitive data can be stolen.
Prevent damage now by completing a security scan.
Severe system damage!
Spyware and viruses detected in the background. Sensitive system components under attack! Data loss, identity theft and system corruption are possible.
Act now, click here for a free security scan.
Moreover, the malicious program blocks legitimate Windows applications claiming that they are infected:
Application has been attacked with the virus!
Advanced PC Shield 2012 detect “[program]” corrupted by “Backdoor.Destroy”
Click here for immediately security scan.
Thus, you will be unable to run some programs, including antivirus software. Of course, like false scan results above, all of these alerts and messages are just a fake. All of them are created in order to convince you that you must purchase the full version of Advanced PC Shield 2012 and, thus, fix the entire system. So, you can safely ignore the fake warnings and alerts.
As you can see, all Advanced PC Shield 2012 does is fake and you should stay away from the malicious application! If your PC has been infected with the rogue, then ignore all it gives you and follow the removal instructions below in order to remove Advanced PC Shield 2012 and any associated malware from your computer for free.
Use the following instructions to remove Advanced PC Shield 2012 infection
It is possible that the rogue will not allow you to run a malware removal tools, then you will need to reboot your computer in Safe mode with networking.
Restart your computer. After hearing your computer beep once during startup, start pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple operating systems, you can press the F8 key when the Boot Menu appears.
Instead of Windows loading as normal, Windows Advanced Options menu appears similar to the one below.
Windows Advanced Options menu
When the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, select Safe mode with networking and then press ENTER.
Now you should download Malwarebytes Anti-malware and remove all Advanced PC Shield 2012 associated malware.
Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM). Once downloaded, close all programs and windows on your computer.
Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe. This will start the installation of MalwareBytes Anti-malware onto your computer. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure a checkmark is placed next to “Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware” and Launch “Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware”. Then click Finish.
MalwareBytes Anti-malware will now automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
As MalwareBytes Anti-malware will automatically update itself after the install, you can press the OK button to close that box and you will now be at the main menu. You will see window similar to the one below.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Window>
Make sure the “Perform quick scan” option is selected and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer for Advanced PC Shield 2012 associated malware. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
When the scan is finished a message box will appear that it has completed scanning successfully. Click OK. Now click “Show Results”. You will see a list of infected items similar as shown below.
Note: list of infected items may be different than what is shown in the image below.
Malwarebytes Anti-malware, list of infected items
Make sure all entries have a checkmark at their far left and click “Remove Selected” button to remove Advanced PC Shield 2012. MalwareBytes Anti-malware will now remove all of associated Advanced PC Shield 2012 files and registry keys and add them to the programs’ quarantine. When MalwareBytes Anti-malware has finished removing the infection, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.
Your system should now be free of the Advanced PC Shield 2012 virus. If you need help with the instructions, then post your questions in our Spyware Removal forum.
Advanced PC Shield 2012 removal notes
Note 1: if you can not download, install, run or update Malwarebytes Anti-malware, then follow the steps: Malwarebytes won`t install, run or update – How to fix it.
Note 2: your current antispyware and antivirus software let the infection through ? Then you may want to consider purchasing the FULL version of MalwareBytes Anti-malware to protect your computer in the future.
Advanced PC Shield 2012 creates the following files and folders
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Buy Advanced PC Shield 2012.lnk
%StartMenu%\Programs\Advanced PC Shield 2012
%StartMenu%\Programs\Advanced PC Shield 2012\Buy Advanced PC Shield 2012.lnk
%StartMenu%\Programs\Advanced PC Shield 2012\Launch Advanced PC Shield 2012.lnk
Advanced PC Shield 2012 creates the following registry keys and values
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Enum\Root\LEGACY_[RANDOM] HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_[RANDOM] HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\[RANDOM] HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[RANDOM].exe”