Live Security Platinum is a bogus application from the Smart Fortress 2012 family. This family makes a new product every 2-3 months and then replace it with a new product. In a year, we usually see 5 variants of different applications from this group of hackers. These guys create bogus products to scare people into thinking that their computers are seriously compromised with malwares. Then Live Security Platinum does a so called full scan of your computer and reports numerous infections residing in your computer.
If you notice, Live Security Platinum completes its full scan in like 30 seconds which is impossible to do for a genuine anti-malware program. It displays fake infections and scary alerts messages pop-up continuously from the task bar. All these messages are generated by the rogue software to convince you that your computer is now seriously infected with malware and Live Security Platinum is the only software which can save you. However, the truth is far beyond your imagination.
Live Security Platinum is a bogus applications designed to report fake alerts and block other legitimate security applications on your computer. If you notice, while the Live Security Platinum is active on your computer, you won’t be able to run any other applications. Even If you run Internet Explorer, this rogue malware will close down it forcefully and ask you to scan your computer for infection. It will also block genuine antivirus applications on your computer and leave your helpless. How It would be possible to remove a malware without having access to any tools? This is how this malware works and It can download additional malicious stuff to your computer If you don’t remove Live Security Platinum quickly. During the past two months, this rogue has changed its user interface two times. Here is the new variant of Live Security Platinum doing a fake scan :
This software will show fake security alerts like :
Live Security Platinum Warning
Some critical system files of your computer were modified by malicious program. It may cause system instability and data loss.
Live Security Platinum Firewall Alert
Live Security Platinum Firewall has blocked a program from accessing the internet.
Internet Explorer Internet Browser is infected with SVCHOST.Stealth.Keylogger. This worm is trying to send your credit card details using Internet Explorer Internet Browser to connect to remove host.
Above error messages are indeed very scary and If you’re completely trusting Live Security Platinum’s warnings, you might pull out your credit card too soon and pay money to these scammers. We suggest that you don’t do that as this software is completely bogus. Neither this version nor its paid version can help you from anything. This software is a shallow gimmick just designed to ransom money from unsuspecting consumers. Read the next part of removal guide to know how to remove live security platinum quickly and easily.
How To Remove Live Security Platinum
Removing Live Security Platinum is indeed tough as it blocks everything on your computer including your genuine anti-malware applications. It also modifies the registry and blocks entries to block all other anti-malware programs which you might install. We’ve played with this malware in our research lab and have developed two removal methods which will surely help you get rid of Live Security Platinum.
One method is fully automatically while the other one is manual removal method. You can read more about both removal methods below :
1. Automatic Removal Method – Easiest and Quickest
As the name tells, Automatic Removal method is the best way to remove Live Security Platinum. This method is based upon using a genuine anti-malware tool which is perfectly capable of dealing with rogue applications. Here is how to proceed with automatic removal method :
1. First of all, click on Start—>Run. This will show the Run Box.
2. Type “http://www.fakeavremovals.com/download.php” (without quotation marks) and click OK button. Alternatively, you can also click on this button to initiate the download :
4. Now double click on “explorer.exe” on the desktop and you’ll see that Live Security Platinum will get terminated forcefully. Now install the anti-malware application (which is Spy Hunter) and do a full scan of your computer.
5. Spy Hunter will automatically find and delete Live Security Platinum, its executable files and registry entries from your computer. Now your computer is free from all the viruses.
Watch this removal video to learn how to do all this :
As you can see in the video, It is very easy to fix Live Security Platinum with the right tools into your computer. Take advantage of automatic removal method and return your computer to its previous glory.
2. Manual Removal Method – Risky and Tedious
Manual Removal method means removing all the infected files, registry entries and doing everything else using your own mind without help of any automated tools. Now this is really a tough task to remove this dangerous malware If you don’t know where to start.
Manual removal is really risky at times because at best, you might not be able to get rid of Live Security Platinum and at worst, If you remove wrong files from your PC, it may stop booting up completely. For this reason, follow manual removal steps only If you know what you are doing.
1. First of all, please download Process Explorer and save it as “explorer.exe” on the desktop.
2. Identify the process of Live Security Platinum and terminate it by right clicking over it and select “End Process Tree”.
3. Now access Registry Editor to remove all the infected registry entries. To access Registry Editor, please click on Start—>Run, type “regedit” and click OK button. Now you need to remove/correct these registry entries :
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Live Security Platinum
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce "<random characters>"
4. Now you need to remove the infected files related to Live Security Platinum. Search for these files in your computer and remove them.
%CommonAppData%\<random characters>\<random characters>
%CommonAppData%\<random characters>\<random characters>.exe
%StartMenu%\Programs\Live Security Platinum\
%StartMenu%\Programs\Live Security Platinum\Live Security Platinum.lnk
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Live Security Platinum.lnk
If you follow above steps correctly, you should be able to remove Live Security Platinum without any problems. If you face any problems with manual removal method, you can always opt for automatic removal method in the end. Automatic Removal method is a real time save and does the job perfectly!