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How can I remove Malware: Smart Defender Pro?

I have a user who has managed to snag a copy of this Smart Defender Pro malware.  Pop-ups every few seconds, bogus "Your browser is secure" screens, false threat warnings, the works.  The only files I see listed on the system are in her profile under Application Data.  I need to know if anyone has idea what reg keys and or files to look for so I can get rid of this thing.

The only info I have found on the web are sites advertising removal tools (always shady).  The app is an exact replica of "Virus Remover Pro."  After all the bogus literature I have come across, I would rather get some assistance via EE (with all our abundant knowledge!)

I will re-image the machine in the end but I wanted to see if anyone has some additional insight.
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Have you tried MalwareBytes - www.malwarebytes.org - great free tool and finds all manner of spyware, malware and other nasties.
As stated, Malwarebytes should remove this threat.
If however you are unable to remove it in normal mode, you may need to boot into Safe Mode (F8 at startup) and run the scan in that mode.
You may also want to run HiJackThis. Once you run the utility look for and remove the following entry if present.
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Smart Defender PRO] %UserProfile%\\Application Data\Smart Defender PRO\smrtdefp.exe
Download HiJackThis from:
Once you run the utility save the log file.
You can post it for free analysis here or at
You are primarily looking for items marked with red X's.
You can get a brief overview of Hijackthis here:
Mohamed OsamaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
with rogue programs like this one , if Malwarebytes did not do the trick as advised above, you can jump rightaway to using Combofix
also please show us the logs form Hijack this, Combofix & MBAM

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I would try  Spybot - Search & Destroy which you can download from:

Mahoney-84Author Commented:
The log is attached.
But this is after the fact - Ran a full scan in Norton (in SAFEMODE) and removed the executable from %UserProfile%\\Application Data\Smart Defender PRO\smrtdefp.exe prior to running hijackthis.  

I can log in as the user and the SmartDefender no longer appears in the tray and the popups have ceased.  I don't see any background processes that should not be there.

Mohamed OsamaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
Nice work with the removal efforts , try to fix  those entries using hijack this to get rid of some leftovers
O4 - HKUSS-1-5-21-842925246-1659004503-1417001333-9722..Run: [Smart Defender PRO] C:Documents and Settingsocasis\Application DataSmart Defender PROsmrtdefp.exe (User 'ocasis')
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {08B0E5C0-4FCB-11CF-AAA5-00401C608501} - (no file)

it is still a good idea to run a scan using MBAM.
finaly take a look here for the manual removal steps

Mahoney-84Author Commented:
The hijackthis logs are very helpful - Thank you for suggesting the very handy utility
Prefer to try and remove threats like this manually without scan utilities or blow the machine away and start over.
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