What is Smart Security

Smart Security, in this malicious context, is an example of a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA). PUAs refer to applications installed in a device that may pose a high risk or have an untoward impact on user security and/or privacy. They may also contribute to consuming computing resources. PUAs can include applications that bundle other unwanted software, display excessive advertisements, collect information without users’ consent, or exhibit other unwanted behavior. If your computer is infected with the Smart Security rogue scanner, it’s important to remove it. This can be a complex process, as the program often disables the operating system’s Task Manager and disallows execution of Internet browsers. A detailed removal guide is available below in the article.

How Smart Security infected your computer

The Smart Security rogue app infects computers through various methods, such as malicious websites, drive-by downloads, and Trojans. Drive-by downloads are particularly dangerous because they can occur without the user’s knowledge or interaction, simply by visiting a compromised website. Cybercriminals exploit security vulnerabilities in outdated or vulnerable apps, browsers, and operating systems to download malicious files without the user’s knowledge. Once installed, the rogue app imitates a legitimate security program and reports fake security infections on the system, attempting to scare users into purchasing the full version. In reality, these infections do not exist, and the program is designed to deceive users and potentially steal their personal information.

  1. Download Smart Security Removal Tool
  2. Remove/Uninstall Smart Security from Control Panel
  3. Cannot remove/uninstall Smart Security using standard methods
  4. Remove Smart Security files, folders, and registry keys
  5. Block pop-ups promoting Smart Security
  6. How to protect from threats, like Smart Security

Download Smart Security Removal Tool

Download SpyHunter

To remove Smart Security from Windows completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter from EnigmaSoft. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of malware and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars. The trial version of SpyHunter 5 offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Alternative Removal Tool

Download Malwarebytes

To remove Smart Security from Windows completely, we recommend you to use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Smart Security and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.

Remove Smart Security manually for free

Here is a manual step-by-step tutorial for full Smart Security removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of Smart Security installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Remove Smart Security from Control Panel

To start removing Smart Security, you should remove it using Control Panel. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11.

Remove Smart Security from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Smart Security.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Smart Security from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Smart Security and click Uninstall.

Remove Smart Security from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that, click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Smart Security, click Uninstall.

Remove Smart Security from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Smart Security from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu, choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Smart Security in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu, choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate Smart Security in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Remove Smart Security from Windows 11:

  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu, choose Settings.
  3. Click on the Apps tab on the left side.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Smart Security in the list.
  5. Click on 3-dots icon near it and then click Uninstall button near it.
  6. Depending on the type of application (Windows Store app or classic Win32 app) it will be removed immediately, or you will need to confirm the action and go through the standard uninstall procedure.

Cannot uninstall Smart Security

In some cases, Smart Security won’t uninstall and gives you a message, that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Smart Security. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing Smart Security folder and files. This happens because some file or service does not allow you to do it. In this case, I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes or uninstall Smart Security in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode, do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting, press F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove Smart Security.

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

Remove files, folders, and registry keys of Smart Security

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How to block ads and pop-ups, offering to download Smart Security

As Smart Security is mostly distributed via special ads and pop-ups promising to fix Windows errors or remove viruses, a good way to avoid the installation of Smart Security is to block such ads in browsers. There are a couple of programs that have such functions. We recommend you use AdGuard to remove ads by Smart Security from browsers. Download free trial here:

Download AdGuard

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