Personal Security (PersonalSecurity) Virus Removal Guide

Personal Security

Personal Security is a rogue security application, also known as a fake antivirus program. Personal Security is very similar to Antivirus 360, Total Security, and Cyber Security, which are all fake antivirus programs. Personal Security hopes to trick the user into thinking that it is a real program. Personal Security hopes to scare the user into purchasing the program by displaying fake virus scan results. Personal Security is fake and doesn’t work.

The program has three different versions; therefore, the executable file for Personal Security will generally be located at one of the three following locations –

C:\Program Files\PSecurity\psecurity.exe
C:\Program Files\PersonalSec\psecurity.exe
C:\Program Files\PersSecurity\psecurity.exe

Personal Security will tell the user that their computer is infected and will use tactics to convince the user to purchase it. It will also use other tactics, such as the use of pop ups to warn the user. However, the program itself doesn’t work to remove viruses. It has a website which it uses to advertise the fake program.

When accessing the web, the following alert from Personal Security may come up –

“This website has been reported as unsafe
We strongly recommend to discontinue the use of this website.
Register your computer’s security software
This website has been reported to Microsoft for containing threats that might steal personal or financial information from your computer.”

Common symptoms and characteristics of Personal Security and other rogue security programs include:
1. Personal Security is generally installed without user permission through a trojan horse.
2. Personal Security uses pop ups and fake virus scans to scare the user.
3. Personal Security website is unprofessional, with fake testimonials and fake awards.
4. The payment website for Personal Security looks suspicious.
5. Various antivirus and system programs on the user’s computer will stop functioning.

Virus Type: Rogue Security Application
Threat Level: 8 / 10

Below is our recommended removal tool for Personal Security. The removal tool has been rated 5 cows out of 5 by Tucows and was previously CNET’s Editor’s Choice. Feel free to download it below.

If you are unable to run the removal tool, or are unable to run any programs in general, you may need to stop the processes associated with Personal Security with task manager. If task manager has been blocked by Personal Security, try using Process Explorer. You can also try renaming the removal tool to make it run.

Manual Personal Security Removal - In order to manually remove Personal Security, the processes associated with Personal Security must be stopped, the files associated with the processes must be removed, and the registry entries must be corrected to the previous state before Personal Security entered the computer. Please exercise caution when manually removing the virus.

Stop Personal Security Processes (Learn How To Do This)
psecurity.exe

Remove Personal Security Files (Learn How To Do This)
C:\Program Files\PSecurity\
C:\Program Files\PSecurity\psecurity.exe
C:\Program Files\PersonalSec\
C:\Program Files\PersonalSec\psecurity.exe
C:\Program Files\PersSecurity\
C:\Program Files\PersSecurity\psecurity.exe

Remove Personal Security Registry Keys (Learn How To Do This)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Personal Security
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Personal Security

Remove Personal Security Startup Entry (Learn How To Do This)
psecurity.exe

Common Questions -
1. What is a computer virus? (Click Here To View)
2. How did I get this computer virus? (Click Here To View)
3. What common symptoms show that my computer may be infected? (Click Here To View)
4. What is a rogue security application? (Click Here To View)
5. What are some antivirus and antispyware programs which I can use to remove viruses and spyware? (Click Here To View)

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to comment below. If you need any help with any of the steps, please don’t hesitate to comment below. We recommend that you follow our safety tips so that you can keep your computer clean Please Click Here to View Our Safety Tips.

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10 Responses to “Personal Security (PersonalSecurity) Virus Removal Guide”

Lily December 13th, 2018 at 12:51 am

Thank u so so much! Worked a treat!!!!!

Colin Rosenstiel December 14th, 2018 at 12:30 am

The removal instructions ignore win32extension.dll that came with the infection I experienced today. This appears to be what implements the browser hijack and needs deleting from windows\system32.

Finn Alfred Olesen December 29th, 2018 at 12:52 pm

Det er altid rart når man kan finde disse guide på nettet. :D

dana January 10th, 2019 at 1:18 am

The manual instructions outlined above worked great! Thanks for the information!

David Gilmour February 6th, 2019 at 11:37 am

Thanks, instructions worked well but I can confirm that I also needed to delete c\windows\system32\win32extension.dll. The evidence that all still wasn’t well was that attempting to visit BBC’s iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer) was blocked by IE8 as unsafe.

I wasn’t able to do that until I had started the PC (running Vista) in Safe mode (hit F8 before Windows starts, choose Safe mode).

sebastian March 24th, 2019 at 11:54 pm

aiuto!!!il mio pc è bloccatocon personal securiy e non riesco a far partire nessun applicativo ke me lo ripari!!!

Lori Canfield April 13th, 2018 at 2:49 pm

I did purchase this program cause I didn’t know it was fake. I never activated it and I won’t. I have tried to get my money back the day after the purchase and have written them 3 times, and they just keep asking me to activate it. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get my money back?

Jon April 15th, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Lori – Please call your credit card company and see if they can refund the payment.

Todd May 16th, 2018 at 10:40 pm

The steps appear to have worked fine. Thanks.

However, when I go to some websites the block-ups appear to bring up the same flags. Anyone know how to remove the psecurity.exe from effecting web browsing?

Emily May 19th, 2018 at 10:53 am

I can’t get rid of personal security, it has blocked task manager, I can’t seem to install programs or use firefox ( I am using internet explorer) Please Help!!

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