Friday, December 10, 2010

How To Remove SystemTool 2011

How To Remove SystemTool 2011

System Tool 2011 'SystemTool' is malware cleverly designed to act like legitimate system tool and anti-virus program. It unfortunately is nothing more than a 'rogue' program. This type of malware is designed to trick the computer user into believing there is something wrong with their computer, and that it can be fixed with this program. Furthermore, systemtool 2011 (like most other rogue malware) then pretends to try to repair the damage (or clean the virus) but ultimately fails - requiring you to purchase the licensed version - which promises to clean the infection or problem. 

Ultimately, buying the 'licensed version' results in nothing being cleaned or removed, and you have no recourse to get a refund. 

Instead of getting rid of computer problems, and virus, systemtool 2011 victims will experience annoyances such as continuous pop-up alerts, system tray notifications, and of course endless reminders to purchase the licensed version of System Tool 2011. Efforts to remove or uninstall system tool 2011 program will fail as many of windows functions are unusable. Task Manager, Add or Remove Programs, and Windows Registry Editor will not work. The start menu is also modified to show only limited programs - and of course System Tool 2011. Many users will resort to purchasing a system tool license. Doing so will lead the buyer to an online payment processing web site where credit card information will be requested. Providing your credit card information will bring credit card charges for unknown transactions. 

System Tool 2011 Infection Details;

It will modify Windows Registry and add the following entries:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\System Tool 2011
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “5648541024″
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “[random]”

System Tool 2011 will create these malicious files:
%UserProfile%\Desktop\System Tool 2011.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\System Tool 2011.lnk

How to Remove System Tool 2011

The process to remove System Tool 2011 can be either manually (harder to accomplish) done, or automatically (simplest) done.  You will require 'Malware Bytes' Anti malware program which can be downloaded from malwarebytes directly. The full version can be purchased as well.

Manual removal of system tool 2011
1. Restart your computer in Safe Mode

- Repeatedly Press 'F8' on keyboard as soon as you turn on the computer to access the boot menu
- Select Safe Mode to start the computer loading only minimal resources
2. Delete Windows registry entries systemtool 2011 created.

- On Windows Start Menu, Click Start > Run
- Type in the field, regedit
- Find registry entries mentioned above and delete if necessary
3. Delete System Tool 2011 Files:
- Browse and delete malicious files detected above.
- Some files cannot be deleted instantly. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to open Windows Task Manager, look for any virus-related files mentioned on this page and highlight it, click End Process. Try to delete the file once more.
4. Run Your Antivirus and Anti Malware Programs
- You must be connected to Internet to be able to update your anti-virus program. This is needed to have the latest database available and detect newer threats.
- Thoroughly scan the computer and clean or delete all detected threats.