Live Security Platinum is a newer form of malware known as a “rogue security program,” or a “rogue security software.” These are new wave viruses geared toward unsuspecting PC users with little or no knowledge of PC electronics. Their goal is to latch on to your operating system, hampering its functions and fooling you into buying a membership license to their program, so that they can continue to diagnose and fix fake hard disk drive and operating system problems.
Live Security Platinum works exactly as its previous variants called Smart Fortress 2012, Smart Protection 2012 and several other applications having the same user interface and malicious features. Live Security Platinum is extremely dangerous as it blocks everything on your computer and won’t even let you dis-infect your computer in safe mode. Here is a screenshot of Live Security Platinum doing a fake scan : Live Security Platinum will display fake security alerts prompting you to fix them, and thus ultimately enticing you to buy a license for their product. Live Security Platinum is able to do this, and believably so, by blocking your .exe files from opening, thus making it seem as if your hard disk drive is indeed damaged, or your files are corrupted.
Typically, Live Security Platinum is offered as a free anti-virus program, or PC diagnostic, on the internet, and many if not millions of computer users download it mistakenly, thinking it will help their PC stay safe. Live Security Platinum can also be installed through a Trojan file, unloading it and allowing it to attack your operating system. Live Security Platinum will also cause your computer to slow down greatly as it works its way through the root files of your system. Once installed, the Live Security Platinum virus is highly invasive. It can corrupt your system registry, as well as your operating system, and cause genuine Windows errors. This bogus software will show fake security alerts like :
Live Security Platinum Warning
Spyware.IEMonster process is found. This is virus that is trying to send your passwords from Internet browser (Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Outlook & others) for the third-parties.
Click here to protect your data with Live Security Platinum.
Live Security Platinum Warning
Live Security Platinum has found viruses at your system.
We highly recommend to get license for Live Security Scanner to remove harmful software now.
Above warnings are fake and actually they are being generated by the Live Security Platinum software itself. This software uses a wide variety of scare alerts to drag people into buying full version of a bogus software. Don’t buy this software at any cost and If you’ve already done that, contact your credit card company and dispute the charge to get your money back.
How To Remove Live Security Platinum
Live Security Platinum can be removed easily using various techniques and It is up to you how you remove this rogue software from your computer. We’ve tested various methods to remove the rogue software and we highly recommend these removal methods :
1. Automatic Removal Method
2. Manual Removal Method
1. Automatic Removal Method – Easiest and Safest Method
As the name implies, Automatic Removal method removes live security platinum automatically without any manual intervention. This method is extremely effective in removing this malware, its registry entries, hidden malicious files and other harmful stuff from your computer. This method is equally useful for computer savvy users as well as newbies.
When a malware like Live Security Platinum gets in your computer, It creates several copies of itself on various locations in your hard disk. Without doing a full scan of your computer, It is not possible to guess and find all traces of the rogue software. This is why automatic removal method is fast, easy and guarantees complete removal of the rogue application.
Since Live Security Platinum won’t let you access Task Manager (as well as other tools of Windows), this removal method will automatically terminate the rogue application so that you can scan and remove this malware. Here is exactly what you need to do :
1. Please click on Start—>Run and this will show Run dialog box.
2. Type “http://www.livesecurityplatinumremoval.com/download.php” (without any quotation marks) and click on OK button. Alternatively, you can also click on this button to initiate the download :
3. Please save the downloaded file on Desktop and name it as “explorer.exe”. Explorer.exe is the name of a critical Windows Process and Live Security Platinum rogue will not terminate any application having aforementioned name.
4. After downloading, double click on “Explorer.exe” file on desktop and as soon as you run it, Live Security Platinum will get terminated forcefully. Now install Spy Hunter in your computer and start a Full Scan. Spy Hunter will automatically find Live Security Platinum and all its traces in your computer.
5. Once the full scan is complete, click “Fix” button and that’s all you need to do. The rogue software (Live Security Platinum) is out and your computer is free from all the viruses and malware. Here is the complete removal video which shows how I did it on my computer :
2. Manual Removal Method
Removing Live Security Platinum manually can be really tough as the virus blocks all the applications including your anti-virus software and other tools which you might use against it.
We don’t recommend this removal method this method is not complete in itself and you’ll always end up leaving traces of the virus on your PC. Manual removal method is tedious and it is nearly impossible for a computer user to find all the infected files without having any clue. You can try these steps to remove the virus manually and see what happens.
Before you follow any steps, make sure that you don’t delete any files because you think those files are infected. Before you delete a file from your PC, make sure its not a important system file otherwise you may face more problems later. Follow these steps at your own risk :
1. First of all, terminate the rogue application using Process Explorer. Read the automatic removal method above to know how to use Process Explorer.
2. After terminating Live Security Platinum, you need to rectify these registry entries using Registry Editor (You can access registry editor by clicking on Start—Run, type “regedit” and click OK button) :
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Live Security Platinum\UninstallString “%AppData%\[Random]\[Random].exe” -u
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Live Security Platinum\ShortcutPath “%AppData%\[Random]\[Random].exe” -u
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Live Security Platinum\DisplayName Live Security Platinum
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Live Security Platinum
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Live Security Platinum\DisplayIcon %AppData%\[Random]\[Random].exe,0
Please note that you should never play with the registry as It is the single most important part of Windows. Editing registry improperly can have serious negative impact on your computer and you may need to re-install Windows If you make critical mistakes. Before you make any changes to registry, make sure you know what you are doing.
3. After removing malicious registry entries, remove these infected files from your PC :
Live Security Platinum.lnk
%Programs%\Live Security Platinum\Live Security Platinum.lnk
%Desktopdir%\Live Security Platinum.lnk
After removing infected files, you might want to take a look at the current running process to see If you see anything unusual. Also check If your router is blinking even when you are not using the Internet. It is always a good idea to do a full scan of your computer to make sure nothing is left. There is no way in manual removal way to know If all the harmful files are removed.
Please note that Live Security Platinum is being updated with new malicious features every single day and manual removal steps may get outdated at anytime If scammers change their way of infecting the computer. However, automatic removal method is foolproof and results are guaranteed. You can see the removal video of Live Security Platinum to know exactly how to do this.