If your system has suddenly started to bring up random scan screens and telling you that you have an infection, there is a strong possibility that your system has been infected with the Total Security virus.
If you have this issue then do not worry as this article will explain what Total Security, what Total Security does, as well as how to get rid and prevent Total Security from taking over your system.
Total Security is a clone, or re-branded , version of an infection called Anti-Virus 360. Both of these programs are created to trick the user into thinking that they have been infected by a program.
Total Security gets into the system by either downloading a file that has Total Security attached to it, or visiting a website that has been compromised or knowingly is distributing Total Security to its website visitors. Either way it is never a good thing to have or get Total Security on your system.
Total Security often creates pop up images that appear to be either a program that is scanning the system, or a pop up box in from what appears to be the taskbar and states in one for or another that an infection has been identified on your system. The reality is that Total Security is the actual infection and that it is just attempting to trick the users into paying money to remove this imaginary infection.
Total Security will not remove any viral or malware infections from the system, but will claim to have completed its removal after purchasing the program. In many instances Total Security will actually remove or disable many legitimate anti-spyware programs such as XoftSpySE, MalwareBytes, and sometimes Norton PC security.
The easiest way to remove Total Security is to restart your system and once the system is rebooting continually press the F8 key as this will initiate a screen that will allow you to choose Safe Mode. Once the system runs in Safe Mode it will appear differently than normal operating times, but this is not an issue. Once the system has started simply run a full system scan of a functioning anti-spyware program and this will remove the infection.
Once the infection has been removed it is best to restart the machine and see if there are any remnants of the infection left behind. If there is no apparent Total Security activity many users will download and run a registry cleaner to remove any pieces, or fix the changes, in the operating systems registry that could be left behind from Total Security.
This is because although the security program got all pieces of the spyware, there is still a possibility that there are small pieces left behind, especially if the infection is a variant or mutated version of the program that is in the security programs database.