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SoftStronghold Adware Removal Instructions

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The Emsi Software malware research team has discoverd a new outbreak of the SoftStronghold adware. a-squared Anti-Malware detects this malware as Adware.Win32.SoftStronghold.

SoftStronghold is a rogue scanner program, it shows a fake security center window, misleading scan results and fake security alerts. The author of SoftStronghold also made ShieldSafeness, SoftVeteran, SoftSoldierSoftCop, TrustFighter, TrustSoldier, SafeFighter, SecureVeteran, SafeFighter etc, so it has same user interface, same characteristics, just a different name. To further convince victims, SoftStronghold will also create numerous junk files with random names on your computer that will be detected as malware when the program scans your computer, but will not allow you to remove them until you purchase it.

Create new files:

  • %ProgramFiles%SoftStronghold SoftwareSoftStrongholdSoftStronghold.exe
  • %ProgramFiles%SoftStronghold SoftwareSoftStrongholduninstall.exe
  • %AllUsersProfile%DesktopSoftStronghold.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%Start MenuProgramsSoftStronghold1 SoftStronghold.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%Start MenuProgramsSoftStronghold2 Homepage.lnk
  • %AllUsersProfile%Start MenuProgramsSoftStronghold3 Uninstall.lnk
  • %UserProfile%[email protected][2].txt
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTempnss84.tmpnsProcess.dll

Create new registry entries:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwaremicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallSoftStronghold
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEsoftwareSoftStronghold
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareSoftStronghold
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun, “SoftStronghold”

Screenshots:

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How to remove the infection of Adware.Win32.SoftStronghold?

To delete this malware infection, please download and install a-squared Anti-Malware. Run a full scan on all drives and move all detected items to the quarantine.



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