Beware of Internet Security Essentials

Internet Security Essentials…sounds like a necessary thing to have for your computer.  It also sounds very familiar with another program called Microsoft Security Essentials which is a pretty good and free, legitimate anti-virus program.

However, Internet Security Essentials is quite different. Unlike Microsoft Security Essentials, it is a rouge program which you might notice at first as an annoying pop-up claiming to identify and clean your computer.  But what it really does is creep into your system to try and get you to purchase it by pretending to scan your system and identify different viruses.  Then it presents itself as the solution to all the problems it has identified.

This can be very convincing when you are trying to keep your records clean, and the small cost to purchase may seem logical.  However, since you did not permit this application to be loaded on your system, this should be the first sign that something doesn’t smell right.

If you try to ignore these pop-ups, chances are they will pop up again and again.  And with time it will prevent you from using the internet even though you have a good internet connection.  As time proceeds it will plant some real viruses in your system and make it harder to work with.  The quicker you deal with this pest, the better.

  1. Step one is to uninstall it from the Add/Remove Programs section in your Control Panel.
  2. Then go to Internet Explorer and choose Tools from menu, then Internet Options, then the Connections tab.
  3. From there click on the “LAN settings” button, then uncheck the box under “Proxy Server”, and make sure there is a check in the box above called “Automatically detect settings”.
  4. Click Ok to exit LAN settings, and Ok again to exit Internet Options.
  5. Restart your computer.  Things should work normal again.

MalwareBytes is a good scanner to run when this happens to clean out any other gremlins.  The quick scan in this program should do the trick.

As far as Microsoft Security Essentials, I recommend it for anyone with a faster and newer computer.

Hope this article was helpful.  I am available for any questions on Skype: or email: [email protected]

Best of luck and good computing to all of you.

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation.  His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.