This Smart Fortress 2012 and I have done battle several times. This is an old threat under a newer name. It has taken on dozens of names over the years but it’s the same virus over and over.

Tracking down the makers of malware like this is a hard task. This virus does not take an expert to remove it. A good place for information is this http://www.removevirus.org/smart-fortress-2012 guide. You may also want to look at this guide as well.

The most frustrating thing this virus does is block other program like AV clients from running. The programs are all blocked by the virus from starting up. It is for this single reason that some will be frustrated and find it hard to remove. If you are able to download and install an antivirus client then that is the simplest way to remove this threat.

Helpful Hint to Remove Smart Fortress 2012

One great option that seems to work for many is to just boot into safe mode and run a system restore. It’s a lot like a time machine and you can send your PC back to when the virus was not installed. Be sure to run a full virus scan once done so you know you have no traces left.

If the system restore does not work for you then you can most likely install an antivirus client while in safe mode with networking. This tends to work well for many people out there.

If you are going to manually remove this virus you have to first stop the program from running. Once you stop a single .exe file on the system the program will most likely stop running and you can then delete the rest of the virus traces and take back your computer. This process sounds a lot hard then it is.

What I would do is browse to this file path C:ProgramData\. Then sort the files and folders by date. Show the most current insalled files first. Now it’s just a matter of comparing the dates to the day you got infected. You will most likely see a folder on the exact date of the infection that will be named something weird like 4sfsf452. Basically the folder name will not make any sense. This will be the file you need to stop from running. Re-name the files in the folder to anything you like. The virus will now no longer load and upon re-boot should not be active.

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