Security Shield 2010 Description
No matter what you may read about it on its own sites, Security Shield 2010 is not real anti-virus software. Security Shield 2010 is a rogue anti-virus program, a scam that is trying to pass itself off as something that Security Shield 2010 is not.
Security Shield 2010's Signs of Infection
It should become clear, as soon as you find Security Shield 2010 on your computer or install Security Shield 2010 on your computer, that this program is not what Security Shield 2010 claims to be. Security Shield 2010 does all the same things that other rogue anti-virus programs do. Security Shield 2010 has a fake interface that will display every time Windows starts, and from this interface, Security Shield 2010 runs fake system scans. The scan always turns up results, but these "threats" that it reports are usually harmless system files, which could make Windows unstable or unusable if deleted. However, Security Shield 2010 counts on your not noticing that, and Security Shield 2010 will announce that you that must pay for the Security Shield 2010 software, because it is the only way to deal with the threats it has detected. If you fall for this, Security Shield 2010 will direct you to pcsecurityshield.com or another malicious site in order to pay for the malware. Unfortunately, paying for Security Shield 2010 doesn't do any good, since Security Shield 2010 doesn't have any functionality that can be unlocked or accessed. It's meant to trick you.
While you try to use your computer, Security Shield 2010 can cause frequent pop-up alerts and advertising. Security Shield 2010 will warn you repeatedly that your computer's security is in some kind of danger and that you need to purchase Security Shield 2010 in order to keep your PC secure. Security Shield 2010 may cause your browser to redirect you to its payment pages, so that you will see these instead of the websites you try to visit.
The Trojan and Malicious Websites that Support Security Shield 2010
Security Shield 2010 typically relies on a Trojan in order to infiltrate a system. The Trojan is hidden in files that look harmless, and which most people download without thinking about too much. Then, once the Trojan is on the computer, it opens a backdoor and downloads Security Shield 2010, which installs itself and edits the registry to make sure that Security Shield 2010 starts when Windows starts. However, Security Shield 2010 also uses a surprising number of malicious sites, along with planted user reviews and comments, in order to drive traffic to its site that allows you to download Security Shield 2010 as a “trial” version of anti-virus software. Therefore, it is likely that Security Shield 2010 is more frequently downloaded directly, without the need for a Trojan, than you would typically see with most rogue anti-virus application scams.
The website and the online support for this scam are much more careful than what you would find with most other rogue security applications. Security Shield 2010 has a website that looks relatively realistic and professional. It has doctored online "resources" like a pdf user's guide. Countless malicious websites list Security Shield 2010 as one of the ten best security programs of 2010, and they offer free downloads of its "trial" version (which is nothing more than the malware itself). An Internet search for “Security Shield 2010” yields almost more malicious pages in the results, than pages that correctly state that Security Shield 2010 is malware. In fact, the malicious sites that are known to be directly linked to Security Shield 2010 are marked as trusted sites by some software companies that produce anti-virus products! Regardless of how this came to be, or why Security Shield 2010 seems to have slipped under some companies' radar, the fact remains that Security Shield 2010 and all of its associated payment websites and distribution websites are malicious and untrustworthy