Remove Smart Fortress 2012

What is Smart Fortress 2012?

Smart Fortress 2012 is a fake antivirus program from the Rogue:Win32/Winwebsec malware family. It is distributed through Trojans that are already in your computer system. And just like rogue anti-virus programs Smart Fortress 2012 will warn you of threats, viruses and potential loss of data in your system but the truth is that these threats are nonexistent. Clicking a button to solve issues or to protect your PC will only lead to you a site where you have to order the complete or full version to clean your PC.

Some Smart Fortress 2012 screenshots:
Smart Fortress 2012

Smart Fortress 2012 will present a very long scan after you boot and will tell you that it has detected an amount of threat to your system. Do not ever press a scan button which will only inform you more fake updates and attacks. If you have been infected with Smart Fortress 2012, you need to remove it at once since it is a result of a Trojan infestation. Run a reliable anti malware program and then run a system full scan. You may have to clean or repair your registry after the malware has been detected and removed. If you have paid for Smart Fortress 2012 using your credit card, you may want to call and inform your credit card company of your fake purchase.

Some of the Smart Fortress 2012 fake security alerts and warnings that users may get:
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
Warning: Your computer is infected Detected spyware infection! Click this message to install the last update of security software...

Using a TDSS or ZeroAccess rootkit to protect its files and to prevent you from launching security programs, Smart Fortress 2012 may be a little harder to remove than usual malware.

Associated Smart Fortress 2012 System Entries and files

Smart Fortress 2012 Processes

Smart Fortress 2012 Files

Smart Fortress 2012 Registry Entries


How to Stop Smart Fortress 2012 Fake Alerts

To register Smart Fortress 2012 and stop its fake warnings, use the following fake license key.

Smart Fortress 2012 registration code: AA39754E-715219CE

NOTE: this code will NOT remove Smart Fortress 2012 from your computer, it will JUST stop the annoying alerts and messages.


Smart Fortress 2012 Removal Instructions

Step 1: Reboot in Safe Mode with Networking

To restart your computer in Safe Mode with networking:

  1. Restart your computer.

  2. When you see the computer manufacturer's logo, press and hold the F8 key.

  3. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Networking, and then press Enter.
    Safe Mode with Networking Screen

  4. Log on to your computer with a user account that has administrator rights.


Step 2: Disable Smart Fortress 2012 Proxy Server

Smart Fortress 2012 may add a proxy to its package. Its goal is to get the information through the Web connection (password etc).
It also helps to block the connection to certain sites (eg malware removal help sites) or to block the download of trustworthy antispyware and antivirus programs.

The following steps reset the Internet Explorer proxy settings in the Windows registry so that you can access the Internet again:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (Keyboard Shortcut: Windows logo + R)

  2. Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box:

    Run dialog box

  3. Click OK.

  4. click Start, and then click Run.

  5. Copy and paste or type the following text in the Open box in the Run dialog box:

  6. Click OK.

Now that you have disabled Smart Fortress 2012 proxy server, you will be able to browse the web again with Internet Explorer.

  1. Click Start, and then click Run. (Keyboard Shortcut: Windows logo + R)

  2. Type in iexplore.exe.
    Run iexplore.exe


Step 3: Remove the Smart Fortress 2012 rootkit

Smart Fortress 2012 may be bundled with the TDSS rootkit. A rootkit is a program that hides the presence of malware in the system.
Kaspersky offers a free utility, TDSSKiller, that removes malware belonging to the family Rootkit.Win32.TDSS (aka Tidserv, TDSServ, Alureon).

So to find out if your system is infected with any rootkits that make Smart Fortress 2012 hidden and very difficult to remove, follow the steps below:

  1. Download Kaspersky TDSSKiller to your desktop from the following link:
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Download link

  2. Smart Fortress 2012 may block all executable files, so when you launch the TDSSKiller file, it will execute itself.
    So Rename tdsskiller.exe to tdsskiller.com or winlogon.exe or iexplore.exe
    Rename tdsskiller.exe

  3. After you run TDSSKiller (or the renamed version), in the welcome screen click on Start Scan.
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Start Scan

  4. TDSSKiller will now scan your computer.
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Scan Progress

  5. If any infection was found, TDSSKiller will display a screen results like the following one:
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Scan Results
    Then click on the Continue button and TDSSKiller will clean the infections.

  6. A reboot might require after disinfection. In this case, click on Reboot Computer
    Kaspersky TDSSKiller Reboot Computer

  7. After the reboot, start your computer again in Safe Mode with Networking and then disable any Smart Fortress 2012 Proxy Server (See Step 1&2).


Step 4: Stop Smart Fortress 2012 processes

In order to stop Smart Fortress 2012 from interfering with our removal procedure, we need to end and kill its processes. For this, we will use a FREE powerful utility called RogueKiller.

RogueKiller (by Tigzy) is a tool written in C++, which scans the running processes, and kills those which are malicious. This tool was developed based on speed execution, which will clean the running processes before being killed.

To terminate Smart Fortress 2012 process:

  1. Always in Safe Mode Download RogueKiller to your desktop from the following link:

    RogueKiller Download link
    RogueKiller Setup Icon
    RogueKiller is a portable application, so you don't need to install anything.

  2. Smart Fortress 2012 may block all executable files, so when you launch the RogueKiller file, it will execute itself. So Rename RogueKiller.exe to RogueKiller.com or winlogon.exe or iexplore.exe

  3. At this point a "pre-scan" will complete and stop any malicious process. Also a list of options will appear along the right-hand side.
    RogueKiller Pre-Scan


Step 5: Remove Smart Fortress 2012 registry keys

To remove Smart Fortress 2012 malicious registry entries, we will need RogueKiller again.
RogueKiller also checks for rogue Registry entries, rogue drivers, and Master Boot Record (MBR) issues, so rootkits will be cut.
RogueKiller can also fix and restore a Host file, delete any Proxy entries, repair shortcut problems and unhide files.

CAUTION: This tool is not for beginners. In this step we will ONLY use the Registry tab.

To Delete Smart Fortress 2012 Registry entries:

  1. Always in Safe Mode run a scan, open RogueKiller and click on Scan.
    RogueKiller Scan Progress

  2. After a while, you should see a screen with scan results like the following one:
    RogueKiller Scan Results

  3. Click on the Registy tab, then click on the Delete button.
    RogueKiller Delete Registry Entries


Don't Reboot you computer yet, please stay in Safe Mode.


Step 6: Remove Smart Fortress 2012 files

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is simply the best known FREE malware removal tools online.

To remove Smart Fortress 2012 files:

  1. Download Malwarebytes to your desktop from the following link:
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download link
    MBAM Setup Icon

  2. Just Follow the easy setup process. Do not make any changes to the default settings
    When the setup is finished, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked.
    You can check or uncheck the Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO as the malware removal is FREE.
    Then click on the Finish button. If Malwarebytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard

  3. When Malwarebytes is launched, it will ask you to update the databse. Just click OK.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Updating

  4. On the Scanner tab,select Quick scan and then click on the Scan.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan Screen

  5. When the scan is finished a message box will appear, click OK to continue.
    Then the screen results will show the various malware infections including Smart Fortress 2012 that Malwarebytes has found on your computer.
    the image below is just an example, your results will be different.
    Click on the Remove Selected button.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan Results Screen

  6. After Malwarebytes has finished the removal of Smart Fortress 2012, you will get a message stating that you need to reboot your computer.
    Just Do so, and restart your computer in Normal Mode.
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Reboot Message


Step 7: Check for any Smart Fortress 2012 left over

To make sure that your computer is now completely free of Smart Fortress 2012, redo a Malwarebytes scan in Normal Mode.
After your are finished, Reboot your PC as asked by Malwarebytes anti-malware.


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