Security Essentials 2010

Threat Scorecard

Threat Level: 100 % (High)
Infected Computers: 60
First Seen: February 18, 2010
Last Seen: March 9, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

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Security Essentials 2010 is not a Microsoft product. Although the name is very similar to that of Microsoft Security Essentials, which is a real anti-malware program, Security Essentials 2010 is a rogue anti-malware application that tries to scare money out of the users of infected PC's. Also, Security Essentials 2010 is a rogue security application that just keeps coming back, in one way or another, sometimes under different names.

Symptoms Caused by Security Essentials 2010

The signs of an infection with Security Essentials 2010 are easy to spot, because this fake security software will constantly pester you for money. Because Security Essentials 2010 will be configured to run when Windows starts, the first time you'll see Security Essentials 2010 will be when you boot your computer, and the Security Essentials 2010 interface appears. The interface uses a weird icon, with the Windows logo inside some kind of metal frame or lock, and there will be text in at least one or two places that says that you are using the "trial version" of Security Essentials 2010. Every time this interface loads, Security Essentials 2010 will pretend to run a scan of your computer, and then Security Essentials 2010 will tell you that a very large number of the core Windows files are actually viruses. Security Essentials 2010 will offer to remove these bogus threats, but only if you pay for the full or "licensed" version of Security Essentials 2010's software by visiting the phony Security Essentials 2010 website.

Security Essentials 2010 will also try to persuade you that your PC is in danger by generating fake security warnings, which will pop-up frequently. These warnings typically begin with the phrases Critical warning, System warning, Security warning, and Attention! Either the warnings will be very vague, claiming that your PC is unprotected, or they will say that a specific threat has been found, such as the Netsky worm. However, as is the case with the phony system scans, all of the claims made in these warnings are fake. Security Essentials 2010 can't actually detect or remove malware.

In order to protect itself and to try to convince you that your computer is in danger and in need of help, Security Essentials 2010 will prevent you from running other programs, including Task Manager. When you try to run something other than Security Essentials 2010 – or the web browser, since Security Essentials 2010 needs it in order to get you to the payment site – Security Essentials 2010 will shut it down, and give you a warning message that says that the program or file in question is dangerous. It should be obvious that not every program on your computer can be dangerous or infected, but Security Essentials 2010 will shut them all down anyway.

How Security Essentials 2010 Gets into your Computer, and where Security Essentials 2010 Comes from in the First Place

Like most rogue anti-virus programs, Security Essentials 2010 relies on a Trojan in order to find a way into victim PC's. In this case, the Trojan that supports Security Essentials 2010 is commonly called Win32/Fakeinit, and it is very frequently disguised as a Flash update, offered for download on a third-party website. The Trojan may also be bundled with a freeware download. Once you have been tricked into unknowingly downloading the Trojan, it unpacks the files for Security Essentials 2010. Sometimes, it also downloads another piece of malware, called Win32/Alureon, which steals personal information stored on the affected computer. Either way, Security Essentials 2010 will become active the next time you start Windows.

Security Essentials 2010 first appeared in February 2010, but Security Essentials 2010 reappeared in November 2010, sometimes calling itself Security Essentials 2010, and sometimes using the name Security Essentials 2011. Security Essentials 2010 is also essentially identical to other rogue security applications in this family, including Internet Security Essentials 2010 and Internet Security Essentials 2011. All of these fake security programs are part of a huge Internet-based scam.ScreenshotScreenshotScreenshotScreenshotScreenshotScreenshotScreenshot


15 security vendors flagged this file as malicious.

Anti-Virus Software Detection
Symantec Trojan.FakeAV!gen24
Panda Suspicious file
Ikarus Trojan.Renos
BitDefender Trojan.Renos.Gen.1
Symantec CoreGuardAntivirus2009
Sophos Mal/Bredo-F
F-Secure Trojan:W32/Fakexpa.BE
Kaspersky Trojan-Downloader.Win32.FraudLoad.wyhz
Sunbelt Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
Panda Adware/SecurityEssentials2010
McAfee-GW-Edition Heuristic.LooksLike.Trojan.FraudPack.I
McAfee FakeAlert-MA
eSafe Win32.FakeAlert.Ma
DrWeb Trojan.Fakealert.12853

SpyHunter Detects & Remove Security Essentials 2010

Security Essentials 2010 Video

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File System Details

Security Essentials 2010 may create the following file(s):
# File Name MD5 Detections
1. SE2010.exe 5cb463586c30033bf89618f9c13be2e3 38
2. SE2010.exe b29cb77382dedb6b81854ed0f63e63e0 4
3. SE2010.exe 0f2e7c457ab4481c81544aaba8bcb212 0
4. SE2010.exe 8b6c61381388171658c0f2a5606f608b 0
5. SE2010.exe e751e0120b1ef07f48e5552baaf6327d 0
6. SE2010.exe bcffb70ca16ce7a17875d5daa4ba167f 0
7. SE2010.exe 40c2459be511830d02c25da9ffc421a6 0
8. SE2010.exe 211b273cb032fa4654ccd86bac1a1fbf 0
9. SE2010.exe 128431880239236564f932118f9ae3c7 0
10. SE2010.exe 98e738f6c4804accad556ede71196a1d 0
11. SE2010.exe 8b9ee828183f776745f88ea9304fb1db 0
12. SE2010.exe c390ad4dfa72d240ff150b731abc6dbb 0
13. SE2010.exe b356b2cdd65cb6aa5fcadecf4d9499ae 0
14. SE2010.exe 008927b901ca73202dd67707d9295f5e 0
15. SE2010.exe 428e36c3c913da61290af3de382da346 0
16. SE2010.exe 4b446f7387efcbc6c2f6fa6bd2e548fd 0
17. SE2010.exe b3dffa607d61f5c8fdceb8c444619008 0
18. SE2010.exe 3332f7820d7e185598106dc52941c902 0
19. SE2010.exe 88a7280d82682f5437007dc93fec7d38 0
20. SE2010.exe 0eda8b7d6d5b25b7023b2c04530555d0 0
21. SE2010.exe a2ff3479794dfc0ab0687f8ffb93d574 0
22. SE2010.exe ba907662a0187a074202f0d5f43eccbb 0
23. SE2010.exe 816e01c35c8c7ae4c272f88e3a1e0262 0
24. SE2010.exe 1d0d2b02e037948c1a9c6b15e3b5e3f2 0
25. SE2010.exe 9936618c92561007f28084e4822c913e 0
26. SE2010.exe c4ebd2b2a1612c7270aaec02bb44a263 0
27. SE2010.exe b45eb51f42ff8f5d0a398dba6669fbb5 0

Registry Details

Security Essentials 2010 may create the following registry entry or registry entries:
File name without path
Security essentials 2010.lnk
Run keys
Security essentials 2010


Security Essentials 2010 may create the following directory or directories:



Security Essentials 2010 may call the following URLs:


The following messages associated with Security Essentials 2010 were found:

Security Essentials 2010
Proactive system found several active vulnerabilities on your computer.
System warning!
Continue working in unprotected mode is very dangerous.
Viruses can damage your confidential data and work on your
computer. Click here to protect your computer.
System warning!
Intercepting programs that may compromise your privacy and
harm your system have been detected on your PC.
It`s highly recommended you scan your PC right now.


wont let me run taskmanager or regedit, or delete the folder where the exe file is, what should i do, also where can i get there compnay info, i would like to sue they


Gregory Englhofer Reply

I have exactly the same problem... The fix mentioned above does not help, nor do any others I have found on the net, tried it in safe mode, in windows recovery console, cannot run taskmanager, regedit or delete any of the associated files?? I would like to sue them as well

Hello Gregory,

Monty and you are experiencing similar issues. It is where Security Essentials 2010, similar to other rogues, will constantly update. What could be worst is you could have a rootkit which regenerates which means it can recreate itself after you try to remove it. We are able to track files like this on a daily basis. However, there is a feature on SpyHunter called the Spyware Helpdesk where one of our technicians can create a custom fix that is transmitted back to SpyHunter. All you would have to do is update SpyHunter.


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