x
48h OFFER
If you're already a customer of
our homeusers protection,
renew now with a 50% off
RENEW NOW
x
SPECIAL OFFER
If you're already a customer of
our homeusers protection,
renew now with a 50% off
RENEW NOW
x
HALLOWEEN OFFER
take advantage of our
terrific discounts
BUY NOW AND GET A 50% OFF
x
CHRISTMAS OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
BUY NOW AND GET A 40% OFF
x
SPECIAL OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
BUY NOW AND GET A 50% OFF
x
BLACKFRIDAY OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
TODAY ONLY UP TO 70% OFF
x
CYBERMONDAY OFFER
Buy the best antivirus
at the best price
(Only for homeusers)
TODAY ONLY UP TO 70% OFF
Active Scan. Scan your PC free
Panda Protection

Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

SecurityEssentials2010

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:SecurityEssentials2010
Technical name:Adware/SecurityEssentials2010
Threat level:Medium
Type:Adware
Effects:  

It is an adware program which deceives users and warns them of unexisting threats in their computers. In order to eliminate them, they are enticed to purchase a certain program. It can reach the computer when the user accesses certain websites which display banners or pop-up windows which lead to the download of this program.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

First detected on:Feb. 15, 2010
Detection updated on:June 1, 2010
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

SecurityEssentials2010 is an adware program that uses the same name as Microsoft's free antimalware protection called Microsoft Security Essentials in order to deceive users and make them think it is a Microsoft product.

Once installed, it warns users of unexisting threats in their computers so that they purchase a certain program that removes them from the computer.

It also carries out several modifications in the Windows Registry that prevent users from changing the Desktop wallpaper and from accessing the Task Manager, which allows users to view the processes that are being run.

SecurityEssentials2010 can reach the computer when the user accesses certain websites which display banners or pop-up windows which lead to the download of this program. It can also reach the computer in a link that can be received via spam messages, fraudulent websites, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

SecurityEssentials2010 is easy to recognize, as it shows the symptoms below:

  • It reaches the computer in a file with the following icon:

    Icon of SecurityEssentials2010
  • When it is run and installed, the interface of the program is displayed and starts scanning the system in search for possible malware:

    Interface of SecurityEssentials2010
  • Once finished, it displays a warning message informing users that their computer is infected:

    Alert message displayed by SecurityEssentials2010