Removal guide for Smart Fortress 2012

Remove Smart Fortress 2012 (Uninstall Guide)

Smart Fortress 2012 is a malicious software that will display fake alerts, claiming malware has been detected on your computer.
The security alerts are professional looking pop-ups and when you click on them, you’re advised to buy Smart Fortress 2012 in order to remove the detected threats.
In reality, none of the issues are real, and are only used to scare you into buying this malicious software and stealing your personal financial information.To make matters worse, this malicious software actually installs malicious code that puts you at risk of attack from additional threats.

This is how the main screen of Smart Fortress 2012 looks:

[Image: Smart Fortress 2012]

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Registration codes for Smart Fortress 2012

You can use the following registration code to register this malicious software and stop the fake alerts.

AA39754E-715219CE

Please keep in mind that entering the above registration code will NOT remove Smart Fortress 2012 from your computer , instead it will just stop the fake alerts so that you’ll be able to complete our removal guide without being interrupted by this rogue.

Removal Guide for Smart Fortress 2012

(If you experience any problems completing these instructions, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.)

STEP 1 : Start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking

To boot into Safe Mode with Networking press and hold the F8 key as your computer restarts.On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Networking , and then press ENTER
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STEP 2 : Download our registry fix to repair your Windows Registry from Smart Fortress 2012 malicious changes.

  1. Download the registryfix.reg file to fix the malicious registry changes from Smart Fortress 2012.
    .reg  registryfix.reg (Size: 1.18 KB)
  2. Double-click on registryfix.reg file to run it. Click “Yes” for Registry Editor prompt window,then click OK.
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STEP 3 : Remove Smart Fortress 2012 malicious proxy server which is preventing the you from accessing the internet.

Open Internet Explorer → Click on the gear icon [Image: icongear.png] (Tools for Windows XP Users) → Select Internet Options → Connections tab → Click on LAN Settings → Uncheck the option Use a proxy server for your LAN[Image: Smart Fortress 2012  2012-ie3]

If you are a Firefox users, go to Firefox(upper left corner) → Options → Advanced tab → Network → Settings → Select No Proxy


STEP 4: Run RKill to terminate Smart Fortress 2012 malicious processes

  1. While your computer is  in Safe Mode with Networking ,download and run RKill to terminate Smart Fortress 2012 malicious processes.
  2. Run Rkill , when the program has completed its task, it will generate a log. You can then proceed with the rest of the guide.
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WARNING: Do not reboot your computer after running RKill as the malware process will start again , preventing you from properly performing the next step.


STEP 5: Download and scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware FREE to remove Smart Fortress 2012 malicious files from your computer.

  1. Download and run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware FREE
  2. Install Mawlarebytes Anti-Malware by following the prompts. Do not make any changes to the default installation settings and do not restart your computer if asked so.
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  3. On the Scanner tab,please select Perform full scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer for any possible infections.
    [Image: mbam4.png]
  4. When the scan is finished click the ‘OK‘ button and then you will be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.
    Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on Remove Selected button.
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  5. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start removing the malicious files.
    If during the removal process Malwarebytes will display a message stating that it needs to reboot, please allow this request.
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STEP 6: Download ans scan with HitmanPro to double check your system for any left over infections.

  1. This step can be performed in Normal Mode ,so please download the latest official version of HitmanPro.
  2. Start HitmanPro  by double clicking on the previously downloaded file. and then following the prompts.
    [Image: hitmanproscan4.png]
  3. Once the scan is complete, a screen displaying all the malicious files that the program found will be shown as seen in the image below.After reviewing each malicious object click Next .
    [Image: hitmanproscan5.png]
  4. Click Activate free license to start the free 30 days trial and remove the malicious files.
    [Image: hitmanproscan6.png]
  5. HitmanPro will now start removing the infected objects, and in some instances, may suggest a reboot in order to completely remove the malware from your system. In this scenario, always confirm the reboot action to be on the safe side.
    [Image: hitmanproscan7.png]

STEP 7 : Remove the residual damage from Smart Fortress 2012

Smart Fortress 2012 may also modify your HOSTS file default settings, which can cause browser redirects or errors while trying to access antivirus and security websites.
To protect itself, Smart Fortress 2012 has changed the permissions of the HOSTS file so you can’t edit or delete it.

  1. Please download the following batch file to revert your HOSTS file permissions:
    .bat  hostfix.bat (Size: 134 bytes)
  2. Click on hostfix.bat and allow this file to run.Once it starts you will see a small black window that opens and then quickly goes away, then you should be able access your HOSTS file.
  3. Please download and run the below file from Microsoft to revert your host file to its original settings.Please note that if you have added custom entries to your HOSTS file then you will need to add them again after restoring the default HOSTS file.

If you are still experiencing problems on your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.


For more detailed instructions on how to perform each step, you can read our Remove Smart Fortress 2012 (Uninstall Guide)

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  • Les Walsh

    When I click on the registryfix.reg, I get the following message ” To open this file Windows needs to know what program created it.” at that point you are instructed to either let Windows fin it on the web or designate a program on your computer. What to do? Many thanks.

    • Stelian Pilici

      Hello Les Walsh,
      Can you please run the RKILL scan as seen on guide…..Waiting for your reply to tell me how everything is working…

  • Oz

    Thanks a million for this post. It helped me a lot. Worked flawless as described and laptop runs very good now (so far) after cleaning. Thanks again, you made my day.

  • Helen

    I cannot find REGISTRYFIX.REG I see other free registry prorgams available bit not the.REG what should I do?

  • Keith

    actually have you seen issues post clean up when windows security essentials and firewall wont start. I have reinstalled security essentials, but firewall will not start, get Error 5

    • Stelian Pilici

      Hello,
      Can you please run a scan with Combofix:
      Download ComboFix from one of these locations:

      Save as Combo-Fix.exe during the download. ComboFix must be renamed before you download to your Desktop

      Link 1
      Link 2

      * IMPORTANT !!! Save ComboFix to your Desktop

      • Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools
        See HERE for help
      • Double click on Combo-Fix & follow the prompts.
      • As part of it’s process, ComboFix will check to see if the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed. With malware infections being as they are today, it’s strongly recommended to have this pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal.  It will allow you to boot up into a special recovery/repair mode that will allow us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware.
      • Follow the prompts to allow ComboFix to download and install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console, and when prompted, agree to the End-User License Agreement to install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console.

      **Please note: (This applies to Windows XP systems only) If the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is already installed, ComboFix will continue it’s malware removal procedures.

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      Once the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console is installed using ComboFix, you should see the following message:

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      Click on Yes, to continue scanning for malware.

      When finished, ComboFix will produce a log.

      Note:
      1. Do not mouseclick combofix’s window while it’s running. That may cause it to stall!
      2. Remember to re-enable your anti-virus and anti-spyware before reconnecting to the Internet.

  • Keith

    Love your work, this worked a treat, thanks so much, saved me a big headache.

  • Dondi

    Took a while, but so far, so good. Really appreciate the help with your excellent easy-to-follow guide.

  • Jake M

    took a little over an hour, but worked perfect. Very helpful!

  • Raymond Clark

    Very helpful. Worked great.

  • kenny

    great guide! own you one!

    • Me

      Owe*