Microsoft Security Essentials

ScreenshotMicrosoft Security Essentials is a fake anti-spyware application that imitates the legitimate Microsoft program. Once Microsoft Security Essentials is inside a system it will launch bogus system scan reports, security alerts and pop-up warnings. Users should ignore these fake security notifications because they are simply displayed to scare users into purchasing the non-existent "licensed" version of Microsoft Security Essentials. The legitimate version of Microsoft Security Essentials can be downloaded for free by users that have a legitimate copy of Microsoft Windows. If your PC is infected with the malicious version of Microsoft Security Essentials, it is advisable to use a reliable anti-spyware program to remove it completely.

Technical Information

Screenshots & Other Imagery

Microsoft Security Essentials Image 1 Microsoft Security Essentials Image 2 Microsoft Security Essentials Image 3 Microsoft Security Essentials Image 4

File System Details

Microsoft Security Essentials creates the following file(s):
# File Name Size MD5 Detection Count
1 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft Security Essentials 96
2 %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft Antimalware 95
3 %PROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Security Essentials 94
4 Microsoft Security Essentials.lnk 93
5 %programfiles%\Microsoft Security Essentials\MsMpEng.exe 17,424 2275c89d8b702c1ef05d6966139c3865 42
6 %WINDIR%\system32\DRIVERS\SETBA79.tmp 214,696 e77dc03dd3c8e5a388bf9eed2a28f3d1 40
7 %programfiles%\Microsoft Security Essentials\msseces.exe 1,446,504 6e35b5c18d2c8d2f9bb29553075fd31a 11
8 %PROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Security Essentials\MpCmdRun.exe 202,776 2bb2da971e8e666036e1c85514d9f248 10
9 %PROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Security Client\NisSrv.exe 214,952 a7db364c6878cd0bb997cc9de250aeee 10
10 %WINDIR%\TEMP\4E.tmp 39,168 61436252a401141bfc6b15160ff76e35 3

Registry Details

Microsoft Security Essentials creates the following registry entry or registry entries:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\..{RunKeys}
MSSE
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}
Microsoft Security Essentials

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