Brave Sentry (also known as SpySheriff and SpywareQuake and SpyFalcon) is one of the latest spyware infections plaguing users on the Internet. Brave Sentry is a particularly difficult piece of spyware to remove from your computer, and while there are many spyware and security forums out there that show you how to remove Brave Sentry, this is the only complete set of remove Brave Sentry instructions available that will not involve spending money or buying a product.
This tutorial will show you how to remove Brave Sentry infection from your system.
NOTE: – It is important that you follow the remove Brave Sentry tutorial directions on the following pages EXACTLY to ensure a proper removal of the Brave Sentry spyware infection. Skipping steps, or performing actions out of sequence will result in an incomplete Brave Sentry removal and probable spyware reinfection. Please click here to bookmark this page (Ctrl+D) so you can return here later after you restart your computer. This remove Brave Sentry process will require you to restart your PC.
How you Were Infected with Brave Sentry: Most of the time it is easy to know when your computer is infected with the Brave Sentry spyware infection. You will see a popup each time you boot your computer similar to the one on the right. You will also see almost constant popups that appear to be coming from the Windows Security Center, but are actually generated by the Brave Sentry spyware infection. These are depicted below.
The main purpose of Brave Sentry is to trick you into thinking that your computer is massively infected with spyware, and the only solution is to purchase the commercial version of Brave Sentry to remove the infection. In reality, Brave Sentry is the spyware infection, and the typical AntiSpyware utilities (Adaware, Spybot Search and Destroy, Microsoft AntiSpyware, and Windows Defender) can not remove it because Brave Sentry is constantly running – even in Safe Mode.
This remove Brave Sentry tutorial consists of three additional steps. Please continue through the remaining steps of the remove Brave Sentry process. The entire remove Brave Sentry tutorial should take less than five minutes to complete.
Remove Brave Sentry Step 1 – With the introductions out of the way, you will now need to download the tools required to remove Brave Sentry from your computer. There are two tools that are needed. Use the links below to download each tool and save it to your Windows Desktop. Right click on each link and select “Save As” and save them to your desktop.
Remove Brave Sentry Step 2 – Once you have these two tools downloaded, you need to install a secure a secure browser, such as Mozilla Firefox. You were infected with Brave Sentry when its creators manipulated your Internet Explorer browser. To successfully remove Brave Sentry you must download and install Firefox. After installing Firefox it is critical that you run the Firefox browser at least once. This is important in the remove Brave Sentry process! Don’t skip this step!
Remove Brave Sentry Step 3 – Once you have Firefox installed and have opened it, you need to disable the System restore function in Windows XP and ME. Pieces of the Brave Sentry infection can hide in your system restore points, so to remove Brave Sentry completely, we strongly suggest you do not skip this step.
Remove Brave Sentry Step 4 – Once you have disabled System Restore, you will need to prepare the tool you downloaded for use. To do this, first locate the smitrem.exe file on your desktop. Double click on the file and you will see an extraction window similar to the one on the right. Click on Start and the extractor will create a folder on your desktop called smitrem.
Remove Brave Sentry Step 5 – With your tools ready for use, you must now boot your computer into safe mode. You will need to restart your PC to do this, so be sure to click here to bookmark this page. (Ctrl+D) Safe Mode is a diagnostic mode of Windows that will make the remove Brave Sentry process much easier.
If you do not know how to boot into Safe Mode, please read our online safe mode help article. Once your computer is in Safe Mode you can proceed with the tools you prepared for to remove Brave Sentry in the previous step. Open your Control Panels and double click on Add/Remove Programs. Once the Add/Remove window is open, locate the Brave Sentry entry (they are in alphabetical order) and click uninstall.
Although this removal seems surprisingly simple, appearances can be deceiving. Close the Add/Remove window and close the Control Panels Window.
NOTE: – The Brave Sentry program will still be popping up those annoying alerts from your taskbar. This is normal. Continue through the rest of the tutorial to complete the remove Brave Sentry process and stop the popups.
Remove Brave Sentry Step 6 – Next, you are going to use one of the tools you downloaded. Locate the smitrem folder on your desktop and double click on it to open it. Locate a file in the folder named “runthis.bat” and double click on it to launch it. Click “Yes” on any security warnings that pop up. Follow the on-screen directions to move through the smitrem tool.
Once it has completed, the tool will exit and an automatic disk cleanup will be launched. This cleanup can take anywhere from minutes to hours to run, so be patient and do not interrupt it. Once the disk cleanup is finished, the majority of the Brave Sentry infection has been removed from your system. However, there are still some manual cleanup steps you will need to perform to finish the job.
Remove Brave Sentry Step 7 – Now we have to get rid of the Brave Sentry spyware application so it stops popping up alerts in the future. To do this you must end the Brave Sentry task. By design, the task is difficult to identify. First, press the “ctrl” + “alt” + “del” keys at the same time. The Task Manager window should now appear. Click on the “Processes” tab. Under Process Name, look for any of the tasks listed below in the list in your computer.
If you find any matches, highlight the task by left clicking on it, and then click on the “End Process” button. End any and all matches you find, because there could be more than one. As you end the processes, be sure to click “Yes” to any warning boxes that pop up. The Brave Sentry alerts in the taskbar should now stop popping up.
You are almost done with the remove Brave Sentry tutorial. This remove Brave Sentry tutorial consists of three additional steps. Please continue through the remaining steps of the remove Brave Sentry process. The entire remove Brave Sentry tutorial should take less than five minutes to complete.
Brave Sentry Removal Step 8 – Next you will need to use your comuter’s search function to look for and delete the last of Brave Sentry’s files. Depending on the particular infection that is on your computer, you may find some or all of these files.
First, prepare your search function by left clicking on the Start button and then left clicking on Search. The search window should now open. On the left, click on “All Files and Folders” and then left click on “More Advanced Options.” A drop down should now appear. Make certain you have a check mark in the Search System Folders, Seach Hidden Files and Folders, and Search subfolders boxes.
Enter the name of each of the files below into the search box and search your computer for the file. Delete any that are found.
Brave Sentry Removal Step 9. Some users have reported that Brave Sentry has continually reinfected their computers after it has been successfully removed. To prevent this from happening to you, we recommend that you download and install the FREE Google Pack. The Google Pack contains FREE essential software which includes one of the best applications on the Internet for removing spyware – Adaware Personal Edition. Downloading and installing the Google Pack over a high speed connection will take about 5 minutes, but it is WELL WORTH THE WAIT!! If you do not complete this step, you will most likely be reinfected with Brave Sentry!
You have now completed the remove Brave Sentry tutorial. As long as you downloaded and installed the Google Pack, your system should be safe from reinfection by Brave Sentry as well as most other malware programs.