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I got wacked with the spyware "Total Security" which shows fake scans etc. What legit remover-tool can I use to get this out? All AV scanners refuse to remove it.

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Just out of curiosity, what AV software are you running? – John Gardeniers Aug 28 '09 at 22:04

Get a copy of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from Update its definitions and let it run a full scan. It has handled every fake anti-virus/anti-spyware app that I have thrown at it with no problems. Once you've got everything cleaned up, get a copy of Spybot Search & Destroy and use its immunize feature on a regular basis to help keep your PC protected.

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I'd also recommend installing at least one of the free anti-spyware tools in addition to av software. My own favourite is spybot search and destroy but other people prefer ad-aware. If possible set it to scan on a schedule otherwise run it manually at least once a week.

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Try this:

Total Security manual removal:

Kill processes:

tsc.exe Sc2C21UvvM.exe

Delete registry values:



HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects{D263FA6D-84CC-48A8-9AF6-C664362B7A5B}

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "1FD92E3F7C34799BFB075C41DA05D1FE"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center "AntiVirusOverride" = "1"

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center "FirewallOverride" = "1"

Unregister DLLs:


Delete files:







Uninstall TSC.lnk

Delete directories:

c:\Program Files\TSC

%UserProfile%\Start Menu\TSC

c:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Uninstall

NOTE: If you're unable to do some of the steps above... boot up in SAFE MODE and try the steps again.

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I tried this earlier. This seems to be a new variant. – Saif Khan Aug 28 '09 at 21:38

SmitFraudFix should take care of this.

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Have you tried Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware?

Try it if you didn't. Don't forget to manually update the virus database (it's only automatic for the paid version).

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Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is very good, so is SuperAntiSpyware ( With it, you also have to update manually for the free version.

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You could try following the instructions on this page:

It describes what the malware "Total Security" does, has tools to check if it has infected your computer, and instructions on how to remove it.

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WARNING This looks like a fake site started by the owners of total security. – MGOwen Apr 18 '11 at 9:05

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