Smart Fortress 2012

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Smart Fortress 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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Diagnosed as a rogue anti-spyware tool, Smart Fortress 2012 is a piece of fraudulent computer security program. Smart Fortress 2012 is a scareware campaign and cyber scam designed to target Windows-based computer users and manipulate them into willingly handing over their hard-earned cash to the cyber crooks that created this rogue computer security application.

Smart Fortress 2012 is a Piece of the WinWeb Security Family

Smart Fortress 2012 is the most recent reproduction of a well-developed cyber scam. This particular rogue anti-spyware application was produced and released over the Web by the Winweb Security family of malware products.

As a member of the WinWeb Security family, Smart Fortress 2012 is part of a notorious scareware campaign that reintroduces the same cyber scam over the net under alternate names. Briefly stated, this family of rogue anti-spyware products is comprised of numerous clone-like reproductions of the same scam that is, merely, released over and over again under different aliases. As such, some of Smart Fortress 2012's precursor rogue applications are Smart Protection 2012, Security Sphere 2012, System Tool 2011, System Security, Personal Shield Pro, Winweb Security and MS Removal Tool. As predecessors of the Smart Fortress 2012 scam, each of these individual applications are, fundamentally, the same malware-laced computer program re-released under new, less recognized titles – the point of which being to, hopefully, dupe a larger body of victims by creating new clones that bare unheard of, and therefore less recognizable, names.

Smart Fortress 2012's Rogue Behavior malware researchers report that Smart Fortress 2012 is known to work to restrict compromised machines' users from being able to access a number of much-needed components on their machines. For example, users have reported that this corrupt program has successfully kept them from being able to access their Windows Registry Editors and Task Managers. This particular skill is designed and built into programs like Smart Fortress 2012 in order to aid them in evading the removal process. Whenever Smart Fortress 2012 works to block you out of a particular program, there is a good chance that a message, very much alike to the following, will be exposed on your system as a kind of excuse for why you were unable to access the program in question:

Application cannot be executed. The file notepad.exe is infected.
Please activate your antivirus software.

Additionally, as a bogus program, Smart Fortress 2012 will also work to falsely emulate the behavior of real computer security software by running fake security scans and making false threat detections.

What's more, as is the norm when dealing with this particular brand of malware, Smart Fortress 2012 will also fabricate and display a number of phony pop-up security notifications on infected systems. These phony security notifications are designed to reinforce the nonsense spewed by Smart Fortress 2012's bogus scans and threat detections, which claim that your computer system is seriously infected. Such bogus security notifications may appear on your system bearing messages, whose text is as follows:

Warning: Your computer is infected
Detected spyware infection!
Click this message to install the last update of security software...

Smart Fortress 2012 Warning
Intercepting programs that may compromise your privacy and harm your system have been detected on your PC.
Click here to remove them immediately with Smart Fortress 2012

Smart Fortress 2012: WARNING!
Attention! System detected a potential hazard (TrojanSPM/LX) on your computer that may infect executable files. Your private information and PC safety is at risk.
To get rid of unwanted spyware and keep your computer safe you need to update your current security software.
Click Yes to download official intrusion detection system (IDS software).

Once Smart Fortress 2012 has exhausted its attempts to convince you that – (a) this program is legitimate, and (b) you machine is severely infected – Smart Fortress 2012 will begin attempting to sell you the supposed full version of this rogue anti-spyware application. When this happens, you will begin seeing pop-up notifications that prompt you as follows:

Lifetime Software License, 60% discount! 89.95 USD
You are purchasing Smart Fortress 2012. This is a one-time charge and you will not be rebilled.

Please note that all notifications, appearances and seeming components of this bogus computer security program are absolutely and entirely phony. There is nothing authentic about this program, and Smart Fortress 2012 is actually only capable of harming your system – NOT helping it.

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Detection of Smart Fortress 2012 (Recommended)

Smart Fortress 2012 is difficult to detect and remove. Smart Fortress 2012 is not likely to be removed through a convenient "uninstall" feature. Smart Fortress 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 Fortress 2012 and other spyware, adware, trojans and viruses on your computer.

Run a Smart Fortress 2012 scan/check to successfully detect all Smart Fortress 2012 files with the SpyHunter Spyware Detection Tool. If you wish to remove Smart Fortress 2012, you can either purchase the SpyHunter spyware removal tool to remove Smart Fortress 2012 or follow the Smart Fortress 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 Fortress 2012. Smart Fortress 2012 can come bundled with shareware or other downloadable software.

Another method of distributing Smart Fortress 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 Fortress 2012 on your system. Smart Fortress 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 Fortress 2012, use this SpyHunter Spyware dectection tool to detect Smart Fortress 2012 and other common Spyware infections. After detection of Smart Fortress 2012, the next advised step is to remove Smart Fortress 2012 with the purchase of the SpyHunter Spyware removal tool.


Smart Fortress 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 Fortress 2012 from your computer.

Remedies and Prevention

Smart Fortress 2012, as well as other Spyware, are constantly evolving and becoming more advanced to avoid detection. Smart Fortress 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 Fortress 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 Fortress 2012 and other types of spyware.

Remove Smart Fortress 2012 manually

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


  • %UserProfile%\Application Data\[RANDOM DIGITS]\[RANDOM DIGITS].exe

Other Files

  • %CommonAppData%\[RANDOM 33 CHARACTERS]

Registry Keys

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\[RANDOM 4 CHARACTERS]\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM 33 CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM 33 CHARACTERS].exe" -s "%1" %*
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce "[RANDOM]"
  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{a2a9545d-a0c2-42b4-9708-a0b2badd77c8}
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-861567501-152049171-1708537768-1003_Classes\%s "(Default)" = "[RANDOM 4 CHARACTERS]"
  • HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-861567501-152049171-1708537768-1003_Classes\[RANDOM 4 CHARACTERS]\shell\open\command "(Default)" = "%CommonAppData%\[RANDOM 33 CHARACTERS]\[RANDOM 33 CHARACTERS].exe" -s "%1" %*
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.exe "(Default)" = "[RANDOM 4 CHARACTERS]"
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce "[RANDOM DIGITS].exe"

External links

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