THIS HAPPENED TO ME!
I’m not a computer technician neither am I tech smart but with some research and luck, I was able to remove a malicious virus from my computer, all by myself.
My teenager had been on a music sharing website and was tagged by a virus called SECURITY TOOL. What it does is disguise itself as an antivirus program and tricks you into believing its legitimacy by initiating fake scans and spyware alerts to make it look like the real deal. Furthermore, it disables your existing antivirus and spyware protection leaving you vulnerable to trust it.
After the program scares you into thinking you have 30 or so infections on your computer, it baits you to purchase SECURITY TOOL immediately to remove the infections. DON’T DO IT! … IT’S A SETUP! There is a hacker on the other end waiting to receive your credit card, bank and personal information to steal your identity. The following steps can help you to remove the SECURITY TOOL virus.
Step 1: SHUT DOWN THE COMPUTER
If you are unable to shut down your computer normally, hold down the power button until it shuts down
Step 2: REBOOT THE COMPUTER + F8
Press key F8, located at the top center of the keyboard, immediately when the computer screen boots up. F8 will take you to a black and white screen named ADVANCED BOOT OPTIONS
Step 3: SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING
Using the direction arrow keys, move the selection bar to SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING. Press ENTER. You will then be able to access your desktop without interruption from the SECURITY TOOL virus.
Step 4: RUN YOUR ANTIVIRUS PROGRAM…BUT IT MAY NOT BE WORKING PROPERLY
My antivirus program was corrupted by the SECURITY TOOL virus. If yours works, great! Run it and eliminate the virus.
I did some online research (on another computer with antivirus) and found a free trial antivirus download called SPYWARE DOCTOR WITH ANTIVIRUS by PC Tools. It will run a real scan and provide a report of the infections on your computer. But what it doesn’t do is wipe out the infections for free. For access to the cure, you have the option to purchase a license for this reputable antivirus software for up to 3 computers for the just $39.95. The company offers a 30-day money back guarantee.
OTHER METHODS AVAILABLE
There are other methods available that are free. A good resource is YOU TUBE with great step-by-step demonstrations. Go to You Tube. Search “Security Tool Virus.” Please take some time to educate yourself on what the infection looks like and what it does to your computer. Be knowledgeable and prepared, just in case.