Security Center

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Security Center 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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Security Center is a rogue security suite, which began infecting computers in July 2009. Security Center is not real security software of any kind; it is a scam that relies on scare tactics in order to manipulate you into handing over your money. Security Center is a clone of some other rogue security suites which are even older than itself, including Privacy Center, Privacy Components, and Secret Service.

Security Center's Typical Pattern of Infection

The Security Center rogue relies on some common Trojans in order to implant itself into victim computers. To be specific, a Security Center infection is most often the result of an infection with either Vundo or Zlob. These particular Trojans are involved in a surprisingly large number of the rogue anti-spyware and anti-virus application scams currently plaguing the web. The way it works is that while you surf the Internet, the Trojan is hidden in something that you click on or download, and it infects your computer first, without your knowledge. Then the Trojan causes the Security Center rogue security package to download and install, which is why Security Center will seem to appear out of thin are on your PC.

Once Security Center is on the system, it will set itself up to run automatically. It will pop up with a fake home screen made to look like it offers several different security utilities, to check on your system's memory, registry, site licenses, firewall, etc., in addition to scanning for spyware. Security Center cannot do anything about any of these things, because it cannot actually do anything. It's made to look good and to scare money out of you. So right off the bat, Security Center will claim that it has found errors or threats in one of the several things it claims to be able to protect. It will prompt you to buy the full version of Security Center in order to remove the so-called threats fully, and if you follow the prompt, you will wind up at a payment site. Do not pay for Security Center, no matter how many things it claims to have found wrong – the whole thing is a fraud.

Security Center will also cause a huge, constant stream of pop-ups to flood your computer. They will advertise the "full" version of Security Center and warn you of unresolved threats, which this "full" version could supposedly remove. These pop-ups will also direct you to the bogus payment page. As if that were not annoying enough, Security Center also changes your browser settings, and whenever you try to go online, it will redirect you to a site that promotes its own phony software.

What You Should Do To Stop Security Center?

A likely first step in removing the annoyance of Security Center might seem to be using the Add/Remove Programs option in Windows, and you might be able to get it to look like Security Center is gone. However, whenever you next start up the computer, hidden components of Security Center will re-install it and start it back up. Security Center can be removed, and you should not give up and pay money to its con-artist creators; you just may need more than Windows itself to do it.

To check your computer for Security Center, download SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool.

SpyHunter spyware detection tool is only a scanner meant to assist you in detecting Security Center and other threats. If you detect the presence of Security Center on your PC, you have the opportunity to purchase the SpyHunter removal tool to remove any traces of Security Center.


Detection of Security Center (Recommended)

Security Center is difficult to detect and remove. Security Center is not likely to be removed through a convenient "uninstall" feature. Security Center, 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 Security Center and other spyware, adware, trojans and viruses on your computer.

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

Method of Infection

There are many ways your computer could get infected with Security Center. Security Center can come bundled with shareware or other downloadable software.

Another method of distributing Security Center 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 Security Center on your system. Security Center 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 Security Center, use this SpyHunter Spyware dectection tool to detect Security Center and other common Spyware infections. After detection of Security Center, the next advised step is to remove Security Center with the purchase of the SpyHunter Spyware removal tool.


Security Center 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 Security Center from your computer.

Remedies and Prevention

Security Center, as well as other Spyware, are constantly evolving and becoming more advanced to avoid detection. Security Center 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 Security Center, 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 Security Center and other types of spyware.

Remove Security Center manually

Another method to remove Security Center is to manually delete Security Center files in your system. Detect and remove the following Security Center files:


  • C:\Program Files\SecurityCenter\SecurityCenter.exe


  • c:\Program Files\Security Center\Security Center.dll

Other Files

  • c:%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temp\mv2.tmp
  • c:%UserProfile%\Desktop\Security Center.lnk
  • c:%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Temp\ins1.tmp
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\SecurityCenter.lnk
  • %TempDir%\ins2.tmp
  • %TempDir%\mv3.tmp
  • %TempDir%\wrk4.tmp
  • %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].dat
  • %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].ico
  • %Desktop%\Security Center.lnk
  • %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Security Center.lnk
  • C:\Program Files\SecurityCenter\SecurityCenter.url
  • c:\Program Files\Security Center\

Registry Keys

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "SecurityCenter"
  • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[RANDOM CHARACTERS]"
  • HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\StandardProfile\AuthorizedApplications\List "C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe" = "C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe:*:Enabled:Security Center"

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