SpyFalcon (also known as SpySheriff and SpywareQuake) is one of the latest spyware infections plaguing users on the Internet. SpyFalcon 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 SpyFalcon, this is the only complete set of remove SpyFalcon instructions available that will not involve spending money or buying a product. This tutorial will show you how to remove SpyFalcon infection from your system.
NOTE: – It is important that you follow the remove SpyFalcon tutorial directions on the following pages EXACTLY to ensure a proper removal of the SpyFalcon spyware infection. Skipping steps, or performing actions out of sequence will result in an incomplete SpyFalcon 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 SpyFalcon process will require you to restart your PC.
How you Were Infected with SpyFalcon: Most of the time it is easy to know when your computer is infected with the SpyFalcon 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 SpyFalcon spyware infection.
The main purpose of SpyFalcon 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 SpyFalcon to remove the infection. In reality, SpyFalcon is the spyware infection, and the typical AntiSpyware utilities (Adaware, Spybot Search and Destroy, Microsoft AntiSpyware, and Windows Defender) can not remove it because SpyFalcon is constantly running – even in Safe Mode.
This remove SpyFalcon tutorial consists of three additional steps. Please continue the remove SpyFalcon process. The entire remove SpyFalcon tutorial should take less than five minutes to complete.
Remove SpyFalcon Step 1 – With the introductions out of the way, you will now need to download the tools required to remove SpyFalcon 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 SpyFalcon 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 SpyFalcon when its creators manipulated your Internet Explorer browser. To successfully remove SpyFalcon 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 SpyFalcon process! Don’t skip this step!
Remove SpyFalcon 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 SpyFalcon infection can hide in your system restore points, so to remove SpyFalcon completely, we strongly suggest you do not skip this step.
Remove SpyFalcon Step 4 – Once you have disabled System Restore, you will need to prepare your other tools 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.
Next, locate the FixSF.zip file on your desktop, and double click it to extract the FixSF.reg file to your desktop. Once these two files are on your desktop, you are ready to begin the Remove SpyFalcon process.
Remove SpyFalcon 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 SpyFalcon 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 SpyFalcon in the previous step. Open your Control Panels and double click on Add/Remove Programs. Once the Add/Remove window is open, locate the SpyFalcon 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.
Remove SpyFalcon Step 6 – Next, you are going to use one of the tools you downloaded. Find the FixSF.reg file on your desktop and double click on it. Say “Yes” to any security warnings that pop up. This file modifies your computer’s registry. Once it is done working, it should say that items have been successfully added to the registry.
Once the first remove SpyFalcon tool has completed, you will need to run the second tool. 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 SpyFalcon infection has been removed from your system. Reboot your computer to exit Safe Mode.
Remove SpyFalcon Step 7 – Now we have to get rid of the SpyFalcon spyware application so it stops popping up alerts in the future. To do this you must end the SpyFalcon 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 SpyFalcon alerts in the taskbar should now stop popping up.
Prevent Reinfection! Some users have reported that SpyFalcon 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!!
You have now completed the remove SpyFalcon tutorial. As long as you downloaded and installed the Google Pack, your system should be safe from reinfection by SpyFalcon as well as most other malware programs.