Smart Protection 2012

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Smart Protection 2012 Information
Type: Spyware
Analysis: Installs & gathers info from a PC without user permission.
Infection: By downloading freeware & shareware.
Symptoms: Changes PC settings, excessive popups & slow PC performance.
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While attempting to sell itself to unknowing computer users as a useful antispyware program, Smart Protection 2012 is actually a rogue antispyware application. Smart Protection 2012 is a malware-based security threat that actively works to trick, manipulate, deceive and dupe its intended marks; and as such, if you have identified this bogus antispyware application's unwanted presence on your machine, malware analysts strongly advise that you take whatever steps necessary to ensure that the entirety of this malicious rogue antispyware application is completely removed from your system.

Smart Protection 2012 is a Bogus, Criminally-Derived Security Software

Smart Protection 2012 is yet another recently released malware product that is especially skilled at targeting and scamming unsuspecting computer users. Called Smart Protection 2012, this bogus program's title infers a number of things that could never actually be true of this corrupt antispyware application. Thus, even this rogue anti-spyware application's displayed name can be considered one of the advantageous false pretenses of legitimacy used and illustrated by this fake antispyware tool. For instance, let's considered the two terms contained within the rogue anti-spyware application's displayed name, 'Smart Security.' When combined with Smart Protection 2012's choice to employ the current year in its displayed name, this rogue anti-spyware application's name suggests and quite clearly insinuates that Smart Protection 2012 is not only the smartest choice for your machine but also that Smart Protection 2012 is the most recent and up-to-date version available to computer users.

The Smart Protection 2012 is Part of a Family of Rogue Security Tools malware researchers have also reported that this particular rogue antispyware product is one of the newest members of an already quite large body of identical, carbon-copy-like precursor applications. For instance, a number of Smart Protection 2012's precursor family members are Smart Internet Protection 2012 and 2011, Smart Virus Eliminator, Smart Antivirus 2009, Smart Protector, Smart Enhancer, System Smart Security, Windows Smart Security, ESET Smart Security Enhanced Protection Mode and it seems as though this constantly growing list of Smart Protection 2012's predecessors can just go on and on.

Smart Protection 2012, as well as each and every one of its family members, are fundamentally the same fake security application that is often only slightly revamped – if even that – given a new and more updated name/alias, and released to begin targeting and infecting vulnerable machines in secret, without users consent. Several reports provided on Smart Protection 2012 have definitely linked the rogue security application to malware-propagating Trojans. Smart Protection 2012 employs Trojans to aid and abet its rogue security program onto targeted machines. By utilizing such Trojan assistance, Smart Protection 2012 is able to ensure that Smart Protection 2012 is injected and installed onto targeted machines in secret – attracting no notice – without being required to receive any form of user authorization to do so.

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Detection of Smart Protection 2012 (Recommended)

Smart Protection 2012 is difficult to detect and remove. Smart Protection 2012 is not likely to be removed through a convenient "uninstall" feature. Smart Protection 2012, as well as other spyware, can re-install itself even after it appears to have been removed.

You also run the risk of damaging your computer since you're required to find and delete sensitive files in your system such as DLL files and registry keys. It is recommended you use a good spyware remover to remove Smart Protection 2012 and other spyware, adware, trojans and viruses on your computer.

Run a Smart Protection 2012 scan/check to successfully detect all Smart Protection 2012 files with the SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool. If you wish to remove Smart Protection 2012, you can either purchase the SpyHunter spyware removal tool to remove Smart Protection 2012 or follow the Smart Protection 2012 manual removal method provided in the "Remedies and Prevention" section.

Method of Infection

There are many ways your computer could get infected with Smart Protection 2012. Smart Protection 2012 can come bundled with shareware or other downloadable software.

Another method of distributing Smart Protection 2012 involves tricking you by displaying deceptive pop-up ads that may appear as regular Windows notifications with links which look like buttons reading Yes and No. No matter which "button" that you click on, a download starts, installing Smart Protection 2012 on your system. Smart Protection 2012 installs on your computer through a trojan and may infect your system without your knowledge or consent.

If you think you may already be infected with Smart Protection 2012, use this SpyHunter Spyware dectection tool to detect Smart Protection 2012 and other common Spyware infections. After detection of Smart Protection 2012, the next advised step is to remove Smart Protection 2012 with the purchase of the SpyHunter Spyware removal tool.


Smart Protection 2012 may attempt to change your computer's desktop, hijack your browser, monitor your Internet browsing activities, change system files, and can do this without your knowledge or permission. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to remove all traces of Smart Protection 2012 from your computer.

Remedies and Prevention

Smart Protection 2012, as well as other Spyware, are constantly evolving and becoming more advanced to avoid detection. Smart Protection 2012 along with its variants can install in different locations and even when you try to uninstall it you find they reappear when you reboot your computer.

Install a good anti-spyware software

When there's a large number of traces of Spyware, for example Smart Protection 2012, that have infected a computer, the only remedy may be to automatically run a Spyware scan from a good anti-spyware software designed to detect Smart Protection 2012 and other types of spyware.

Remove Smart Protection 2012 manually

Another method to remove Smart Protection 2012 is to manually delete Smart Protection 2012 files in your system. Detect and remove the following Smart Protection 2012 files:


  • %CommonAppData%\\.exe

Other Files

  • %UserProfile%\Desktop\Smart Protection 2012.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Smart Protection 2012.lnk
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Smart Protection 2012.lnk
  • %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS]\

Registry Keys

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM CHARACTERS]"
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[1 RANDOM]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce ""

External links

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